Parish News

The latest news from the parish

Treasurer’s report for October

Fund-raising has continued from jumble sales and cream teas in September through to the Quiz night in October.  Thank you to everyone who involved in organising this event, which raised £157.00 to support our general fund.

At the Harvest festival, you donated £50 for our nominated charity, Water Aid. Gift Aid will be added to the sum raised when the money is being paid over to the charity. Thank you for your support. Thanks must also go to the members of the Social Committee who organised the Harvest lunch, which raised £212.00 for the Hall Fund.

 A number of unexpected repairs have had to be undertaken recently. The photocopying room roof has needed a new roof and a gas heater has malfunctioned. Also, we have had to seek professional help to remove pigeons nesting in the church roof. The general fund is unable to support payment of all of these bills and therefore the PCC standing committee has authorised the repair to roof to be paid from the Reserve Fund (unrestricted fund).

As I write, we are making final preparations for our Patronal Festival. Please remember to return your Gift Day envelope in the collecting bag.

Mention must also be made of the Christmas Fair, which is on the immediate horizon. Thank you all, in anticipation of your usual enthusiastic support for this event in order to make this fund-raiser a resounding success.

Allison Scandrett – Treasurer.

Dates for your Diary

Sunday 24th November – Christ the King

This year The Feast of Christ the King will be celebrated on Sunday 24th November.

On this day we celebrate Christ the universal King. He did not claim to be only the King of the Jews. His kingdom was not to be an exclusive one. He is king of all who are on the side of truth and listen to his voice.

This is the last Sunday in the Christian Year.

There will be Solemn Evensong and Benediction at All Saints’ at 6.30 pm.

1st December will be Advent Sunday – the start of a new Christian year.

From Advent Sunday until Christ the King 2020, the Sunday Lectionary will be Year A, and the Weekday Lectionary will be Year 2. The  Sunday Readings for this year will be dominated by St. Matthew’s Gospel.

Parish Walk

November and December are both very busy months, so the next advertised Parish Walk will be next year. Hopefully there will be a short one in January – provided we get suitable weather.

Walking is good for your health, so why not make a New Year’s Resolution to come along in 2020.

However, Roger has said that if he does find a free Saturday to arrange another walk this year, he will let the regular walkers know, and also advertise it on the Sunday news sheet.

Saturday 30th November 2019 – All Saints’ Christmas Fair

In about four weeks time – on Saturday 30th November – ‘Santa Claus’ will be arriving at All Saints’ for our Annual Christmas Fair. So, in the words of the song ‘we are making a list and checking it twice’ to make sure that the event goes well.

We are aiming to run most of our usual stalls,  so we are now looking for volunteers to run them.  And if you have any ideas for additional attractions – Elizabeth would love to hear from you.

There is a list on the table at the back of the church for you to sign if you can help in any way with the Fair, and in the porch there will be four boxes for donations of goods that we can sell. (one for ‘Gifts & Good As New’; one for Raffle Prizes; one for Tombola Prizes’ and one for ‘Pick a Card’ items.)

There will also be posters for you to take away and put in your windows to help advertise the event, and maybe you might even be able to persuade some local shopkeepers to advertise it for us as well.

Also, please tell everyone you meet about the Fair and encourage them to come along.

The Fair is one of our major fundraising events and so we need it to be as successful as possible.

But, not only is it a chance for us to make money for the church, it is also an opportunity for us to work together with a good heart and a generous spirit and begin our Christmas    Celebrations together.


All the usual Stalls and Sideshows in the Church  : Refreshments in the Church hall :

Open  11 am – 2 pm     :       Admission FREE!!

Free Christmas Pudding Draw every Half Hour!!

Christmas Dinner – Sunday 8th December – 1.00.p.m.

We are having another


It will be served in All Saints’ Church Hall, Norman Road, SW19 1BT on Sunday 8th December – at 1.00 pm


Turkey plus trimmings, served with Roast potatoes, Peas, Sweetcorn, Brussels Sprouts and Parsnips

Followed by  Christmas pudding with custard/ cream or   Chocolate gateaux.

Bring your own Drinks.

(Any Vegetarians  should  have a word with Elizabeth, who will arrange a suitable alternative to Turkey.)

Price: £ 7- 00  for adults £ 3 – 50 for children under 16.

ALL WELCOME! –  but all meals must be booked and paid for by  Sunday 1st December.

There will be a list on the table at the back of the church from Sunday 17th November for all who would like to come. Please make sure you write your name on the list in time – and if you can’t get to church for any reason, please ask someone to write it for you.

Information about paying for your meal will be printed in the weekly sheet nearer the time.

Weekend Pilgrimage to Walsingham – 2020

Friday  24th  – Monday  27th JULY  2020

The 2020 weekend pilgrimage to Walsingham, led by Fr. Christopher, will take place from  Friday 24th  –  Monday 27th July 2020. We don’t yet know the total cost of the weekend. 

Walsingham’s charges are: – £202 – 50 for adults: £121 – 50 for children aged 5 – 16: under 5’s free (which is the cost of 3 nights and all meals from Friday supper to Monday breakfast: 8 meals in all.) and to this has to be added an amount to cover transport there and back. I will be ’shopping around’ for coach prices – but first I need to have an idea of numbers going, as this will determine the size of coach we require. But I hope it will be not more than £260 – 00 per adult – less for children – (provided our 2 Tabletop Sales do well.)

Next July may seem a long way ahead, but (as with any other holiday) it has to be booked well in advance, and I have already had to pay an initial deposit of £250 to secure places on the weekend we wanted. So I am asking for names and a £10 deposit per person from those 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!)

We have reserved 25 places, so there should be room for all who would like to go – but 15 of these have already been taken, so if you are interested in going, please don’t leave it too long before expressing an interest. It will be ’first come first served’ – and when 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. If you have never been to Walsingham, why not think about going this year?

If you would like your name added to the list, please have a word with me as soon as possible.

 Jenny Hardy (Cell Secretary / Pilgrimage Organiser)

The Latest News from our School

“Growing Stronger Together in God’s Love.”

The inclusive and nurturing ethos of All Saints School provides every child with the opportunity for academic, creative and sporting success. This works in tandem with their      commitment to developing every aspect of the child, creating aspirational, confident and caring citizens of the future.

Sporting Activities provided at All Saints’.

Our Junior Wimbledon Tennis Initiative!

On Wednesday 9th October the children in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 were very lucky to take part in a tennis session run by Hannah and Mark from the Wimbledon Junior Tennis Initiative.

The Wimbledon Junior Tennis Initiative is a community tennis initiative run by the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) offering Merton primary schools free Tennis coaching.

All the children really enjoyed themselves.

In 2018/19 All  Saints’ gained the ‘School Games Gold Award’.

Each year, All Saints’ enters a wide range of sporting competitions as part of the Merton School Sports Partnership. They have participated in tournaments in football, netball, tag rugby and tri golf as well as cricket, rounders, athletics and swimming competitions!

All Children in Years 3 – 6 have the opportunity to compete in the Key Stage 2 tournaments and they often take two teams, to provide more pupils with competition experience. They hold lunch time and after school training sessions before each tournament, and the children love the wide variety of sports on offer. They also enter inclusive tournaments and festivals in order to give every pupil the opportunity to attend a tournament with their peers. All Saints’ Primary School prides themselves on creating a friendly and positive environment in which to compete They also offer a wide range of extra-curricular sports, and their sporting clubs have been increasing year on year. Extra-curricular sports clubs are open and available to all children, and there are a large range of activities available for both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 pupils. They have provided many extra-curricular opportunities, from football to gymnastics as well as multi-sports, and the clubs change every term in order to provide a wide variety of sports that appeal to all pupils.  

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.

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