News and photos of the Friends activities which have taken place
Saturday 30th July 2022:
Family Fun Day at Sayers Croft Outdoor Centre
And a Wonderful Day Out it was!
Thank you to Sayers Croft for allowing the Friends to take over their site and providing their trained instructors to look after us during the day. None of this would have been possible without our wonderful volunteers who helped before and during the day. Our thanks to them.
BUT MOST OF ALL - THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO CAME AND HELPED RAISE
SO MUCH FOR OUR CHARITY - FriendsofStPeter&StPaul
Weekend 2 - 5 June 2022:
A Flower Festival for the Platinum Jubilee
Many thanks to Margaret Lockwood for creating this beautiful, intricate display, Crowns and Coronets, on behalf of FPSPS. You did us proud Margaret.
In all there were fourteen displays in St Peter & St Paul this weekend, each made by a village organisation.
Our thanks too to Pam Bell and all the others who worked so hard to make the Festival happen.
Tuesday 5th April 2022: The Easter Market at the Parrot Inn, Forest Green
Almost 200 people came to the market over lunchtime. The stalls were busy the whole time and the traders all reported good business. Many who came also enjoyed a coffee and lunch in the bar. The free classic bus service from Ewhurst was a great success and many people enjoyed the ride.
At the end of the day we can safely say that over £2200 was made for our Friends of St Peter and St Paul Charity.
Friday 25 February 2022: Charity Quiz Night
Our first joint event with the Parish Charities team was the most successful yet. Despite only having ten tables instead of the usual eleven a record £1400.00 was raised. The ladies from Ewhurst in the Parish Charities group served up a delicious Ploughman's Supper and FSPSP ran the quiz . Excellent donations made sure that the Raffle was a big success and £300 was raised.
The evening began with representatives from the two charities, Vaughan House, Guildford and the Friends of St Peter & St Paul speaking about their work and how money from the quiz would help. The £1400.00 raised will be divided with Vaughan House receiving £750.00 and FSPSP, £650.00.
Sunday 6 February 2022: A Jubilee Celebration
At 10.30am on Sunday 6 February a special bell-ringing session took place to celebrate the start of our Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. This was the first occasion that the new bells have been rung for a national event. Thank you to our bell ringers for marking this historic occasion.
Friday 4 February 2022: A visit to the church by St Mary's School, Putney
Twenty six Year 6 pupils and three members of staff walked from Sayers Croft to learn about our historic village church. They were told how the building and the bells have changed over the years and about the past events they have witnessed. Banners around the church showed how the different parts of the interior looked in the past and this gave the pupils the opportunity to see the changes for themselves and to realise that recycling items is nothing new!
Christmas Cards 2021
Christmas card sales hit a new record high this year. Over 1000 cards were sold – realising £319.00 for FSPSP funds.
Thanks to the picture-donors, especially George Yates, whose two designs were extremely popular.
To all you photographers - maybe start thinking about more local wintery scenes ready for next years cards!
27 November 2021
A Taste of Italy in the Village Hall
80 guests sat down to a three course Italian themed meal where false moustaches were de rigueur. We were entertained by master of ceremonies, Andy, who led the wine tasting proceedings and tested us with a short quiz. Johnny got us joining in and then weeping with his beautiful singing. A silent auction and raffle rounded off the evening.
The generosity of everyone was incredible.
A massive total of over £6,000 has now been raised as a result of this evening. Another step toward the restoration of the south transept.
As someone said "Viva Ewhurst!"
22 & 23 October
Exhibition and Sale of Paintings
Each of the three sessions in the Wilson Room were well attended. The artist, George Yates, was in attendance for the whole of the time and more than a hundred people came to look at and buy the many paintings which he had kindly donated to the Friends. A magnificent sum of £800 was raised for our charity.
Our thanks also goes to the Cranleigh Arts and Crafts Society for the loan of the display boards and to CCM for the use of their van to transport the boards.
Saturday 2 October 2021
Dedication of a rose border in memory of Jennie Seller
The border by the West porch has been replanted with Nostalgia roses by FSPSP in memory of Jennie Seller. Jennie was the wife of Rev Tim Seller, the Assistant Minister at St Peter & St Paul for many years.
The short outdoor service was conducted by Rev Rosemary Mason, who recalled all the work and fellowship Jennie carried out within the village. Despite the torrential rain, over 20 people attended, a true tribute to the love felt for Jennie.
The cost of the border was covered by donations in memory of Jennie and the remainder of that has been given to FSPSP to continue Jennie’s memory.
Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 Sept 2021
People came to learn about the church. They were able to tour the churchyard, visit the bell tower and buy the latest Ewhurst book, Ewhurst 1910 - 1960.
Saturday 8 August 2021
The Friends Stall at the Ewhurst Carnival
Thank you to everyone who had a go at guessing the weight of a church roof slab. We had some fun and raised some interest and money towards the charity.
Correct weight? 10.8kg = 23.8lbs.
The winning weight was 11.2kg
A beautiful cupboard, made by Roser & Elms of Ewhurst, is installed in the South transept. This will store the many display banners which the Friends will place around the church during open days and special occasions.
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Previous Dates and Events
December 2020 The Friends Group is set up.
December 9th, 2019 Chancel roof restoration completed
November 17th, 2019 Service of dedication for the Time Capsule
August 27th, 2019 Peal of Stedman Triples rung in memory of Phil Henry
October 2018 The Heritage Lottery Fund awards a grant for the roof repairs
October 6th, 2018 First Full Peal On the Restored Bells - in 3 hours
Rung to welcome the Revd. Clare Shepherd,
recently inducted as Rector of Ewhurst Okewood, and Forest Green.
The first peal on the bells since restoration
March 11th, 2018 Mothering Sunday & Bell Dedication Order of Service
February 16th 2018 The Surrey Advertiser, article about the bells being removed.
January 2018 The £55,000 target for the refurbishment project is raised
Thanks to everybody who has contributed
METHOD: 5184 Bristol Surprise Major - Composed by J.W. Holdsworth
Ringers from the Guildford Diocesan Guild:
1. Nicholas MW Haggett
2. Sally A Schupke
3. Jackie Roberts
4. Stephen P Darvill
5. Christopher H Rogers
6. Julian Morgan
7. Richard H Burton
8. Mark ER Gill (Conductor)