The latest news from the parish
Bills continued to be paid as they fell due during October. Sadly, we have had to hold another funeral in the church. We have lost three long-standing members of our congregation over recent months and they will be much missed.
The report on the recent quinquenial inspection, with its potential cost implications for the necessary repair work that might need to be done, is still awaited.
Thank you for your recent contributions to Water Aid for the Harvest Festival. Your support has enabled us to donate £175 to this great cause.
As I write, we have just had our patronal festival and the school will be visiting our church, for the first time in a long while, for their All Saints’ Day service in church. The flowers in the church were beautiful and I would like to thank everyone who contributed towards the flower fund and helped with flower-arranging on the day. Thank you for your support.
If anyone would like to know more about the Freewill Offering Scheme, or would like to start using Freewill Offering Envelopes, please have a word with me and I can give you a set.
Gift Aid on your Giving
If you pay tax – please also consider filling in a Gift Aid form, if you have not already done so. This enables the church to claim an additional (much needed!) 25p from HMRC for every £1 you give us.
Dates for your Diary
We will be holding a scaled down Christmas Fair in church (with all refreshments in the hall) on Saturday 20th November from 1.00 – 4.00 pm.
There is a list on the board asking for helpers to run stalls – please think about what you could do, and ‘sign up’ if you can.
The Cake Stall usually makes over £100 – but many of usual bakers are unable to make any cakes this year – so if you would be able to provide any please let Elizabeth know. Posters are available at the back of the church and if you could put one in your window that would help us with advertising the event. Many thanks.
‘Step into Christmas’
On Saturday 4th December we will be holding a Community Social in the Church Hall from 5.00 – 8.00 pm. – “Step into Christmas.” It will be open to all. Further information to follow.
GWEN WATTS – 1925-2021
Gwen Margaret May Watts was born on 1st November 1925 – the eldest of five children born to John and Sarah Woodley. Her parents were both parishioners and had married at All Saints’ earlier that same year. Gwen was baptised at All Saints’ by Father Torrance and in due course became a regular attendee at both church and Sunday school which, she recalled, was often held in the Garfield Road Mission Hall. Father Torrance went on to prepare her for Confirmation and – wearing a traditional white dress and veil – she was confirmed at S. Mark’s, Wimbledon – parishes in the area taking it in turns to hold their Confirmation services year on year.
By 1939 the family had moved to Pitt Crescent and here she met Ronald Watts whose family lived just a few doors away. In 1952 Gwen and Ron were married at All Saints’ by Father Penwarden – they would be inseparable until Ron died in 2016.
It has been a privilege, and somewhat of an adventure, looking through the hundreds of pictures that were taken during Gwen’s lifetime and they tell a story of a person who had enjoyed life to the full, not only personally, but also in the service of others.
As a couple they travelled widely – visiting all corners of the U.K. as well as venturing abroad on several occasions. And they certainly enjoyed their adventures together – for the first time we saw pictures of Gwen in a grass skirt, in various extravagant fancy dress outfits, joining in with the ‘Hokey Cokey’ and sitting down with friends to enjoy meals together and to celebrate any family occasion in style. She had a great sense of humour and loved it when her brother-in-law (an accomplished magician), performed at various church socials using as his magic words “Gwen, Gwen, Auntie Gwen!”
But this only paints a small part of Gwen’s story, and there are many more pictures illustrative of her work for others and of her many hobbies and interests. She was adept at handicrafts, an accomplished knitter and embroiderer – the ecclesiastical lace sewn onto some of the server’s cottas at All Saints’ testament to her skills. She was a school Dinner Lady, always to be seen behind a stall at fetes and fairs and even a keen performer on the stage!
She loved her garden and the flowers that grew there. She became a talented flower arranger – one photo showing her proudly receiving a cup for ‘Best in Show’ for one of her arrangements. For many years she led the flower arranging team at All Saints’ and on occasion co-ordinated some quite magnificent ‘Flower Festivals’ at the church.
Gwen was also a member of the Wimbledon Guild – a community charity based in Merton which aims to reduce social isolation and loneliness, to help people who are experiencing difficulties and to enable older people to be active and healthy. This latter aim was certainly something that Gwen supported and furthered for many years. Her great passion at All Saints’ was the Pensioner’s Club which she ran for many years, until faltering health forced her retirement. Her legacy however, continues and the Club is still active and thriving today.
Gwen and Ron were lifetime supporters of B.L.E.S.M.A. Tragically Ron had been injured in the last months of the war, and this charity – specifically formed to provide lifetime support to limbless and injured veterans – was of great help to them both as they grew older.
But All Saints’ was her true home. She loved the church, its congregation and the colour and light it provided. She attended Mass faithfully every Sunday and, even when her health was deteriorating, still made the effort to be there each week as long as she was able. Now her seat is empty, but the memories remain in the hearts of those who knew her and in the very stones of the building she loved. May she rest in peace.
Chris and Linda Maurice
Friday Morning Open Church!
All Saints’ Church is open on Friday mornings from 9.00 am – 12 noon.
Somewhere dry and warm to sit and chat to your friends over a cup of tea or coffee.
You may also come in and sit quietly, or light a candle, – and there is a prayer board if you would like us to remember someone in our prayers.
The Quiet Garden will also be available for those who would prefer to sit outside. (if the weather permits!)
Things wont be ‘exactly the same as before’ as we need to be aware that the pandemic is not over.
The wearing of Face Masks is optional, but please be aware of the protection of others and respect safe distancing.
You must sanitise your hands before entry, and sanitiser is provided by each door for your use.
To ensure good ventilation, the main door will be left open when the weather permits, and the gates will be open and the garden door unlocked for those who require level access.
Following the prolonged closure, it will no doubt take time for our former ‘regulars’ to return — but it is hoped that church members will drop in for a short time on a regular basis so there will be people on hand to welcome our visitors.
And if you would be willing to come and make the coffee from time to time, please have a word with Jenny as there may be an occasional Friday when she is unable to be there and having re-opened, it would be a shame to close if this situation arose.
The All Saints’ Monday Club
The club re-opened on Monday 4th October 2021 at 12 noon.
It finishes at 2.30 pm each week to enable us to clean the tables and chairs after use.
All members will be given a copy of the Covid rules for the church hall that they must adhere to.
I know some of you may not want to return for whatever reason or perhaps you will not wish to have lunch. I would be grateful if you would ring me on my mobile number 07717 147144 to let me know of your intentions.
We do look forward to seeing you all again. Stay safe.
Rita and Jane.
FREE gardening equipment for schools.
If you shop at Morrisons, would you be willing to collect Grow Tokens for our church school each time you shop?
Between Monday 6th September and Sunday 24th October Morrisons are giving one token for every £10 you spend.
To take part, you will need to sign up for a My Morrisons card (if you haven’t already got one.) Once registered you can collect Grow Tokens for any shopping you do on line or in store – remember to use your card each time you shop.
On your first visit to My Morrisons you should be asked to select the school you’d like to donate your Grow Tokens to. ( Please say All Saints Primary, South Wimbledon.)Then after each shop log onto your My Morrisons account and donate.
If you have a My Morrisons card but don’t have a computer to log onto MyMorrisons, have a word with Customer Services in your local store and ask them how / if you can take part in the scheme.
Weekend Pilgrimage to Walsingham – 2022
Friday 29th July – Monday 1st August 2022.
The 2020 weekend pilgrimage to Walsingham, led by Fr. Christopher, which had to be postponed because of the pandemic will now, all being well, take place from Friday 29th July – Monday 1st August 2022.
We don’t yet know how much the weekend will cost. Walsingham will send us their charges for accommodation towards the end of the year, (we hope they wont have to increase their prices too much as a result of being closed for so long), and to this has to be added the cost of transport – but I hope to make it not more than £270 – 00 per adult (less for children.) (This covers transport there and back, and all meals from Friday supper to Monday breakfast: 8 meals in all.)
In a lump sum, this may seem a lot to find, but if you put by £5 a week between now and the end of July, you will have saved almost enough to cover it.
It may seem a long way ahead, but (as with any other holiday) it had to be booked well in advance, and I have paid an initial deposit of £300 to secure the places on the weekend we wanted.
I hope all who had booked for 2020 will still be able to come, and all money you paid will be carried over to 2022. but there are still about 10 spaces, so I am asking for names and a £10 deposit per person from anyone else who would like to go. I am happy to receive the rest of the money at any time – in installments, or a lump sum. (I keep careful records!)
There should be room for all who would like to go – but if you are interested in going, please don’t leave it too long before expressing an interest as the spaces have also been advertised in St. Olave’s, Mitcham. It will be ’first come first served’ – and when all the places are filled, I will be unable to get any more.
If you would like to find out what the Pilgrimage entails, have a word with Fr. Christopher, or with one of those who have been on Pilgrimage before.
Discover more about Walsingham, by visiting their website: – http://www.walsinghamanglican.org.uk
Jenny Hardy (Cell Secretary / Pilgrimage Organiser
The Latest News from our School
“Growing Stronger Together in God’s Love.”
This month’s ‘News’ from All Saints’ School can now be found here
All Saints’ welcomes children . . . .
.… and caters for them as follows:
- Teddy Bear Service – 2nd Sunday of each month at 10 am
A short service for the under 6’s and their families.
Older children who come are encouraged to take part by reading the prayers. Everyone welcome!
- Junior Church – held during the 11 am Sunday Service.
Mainly for children of Primary School age. The children go into the hall after the opening prayers, for a programme of music, activities and prayer based on Bible Stories.
They come back into Church in time for Communion.
- Older children who come regularly will be encouraged to consider training as Servers, or to join the Choir.
Also … .
- Throughout the year, we support our Church School. We welcome them into church for school services. Apart from the end of each term, they have a service in church on All Saints’ Day and for other special occasions.
Each month, the ‘Parish News’ includes a write-up, often with photographs, produced by a different class each time. In addition, Art Work from the children is displayed in church for special occasions throughout the year.
If you would be interested in helping with any of our children’s activities, or have any suggestions to make about our work with children, please have a word with Roger.