Sunday 30 April 2017

Old Rectory Update
Great News! The Taylor family have completed their family move across the street to the new rectory, so we can press ahead with work to the Old Rectory.  

We have issued an official request for tender to four different contractors, and expect to have their bids by the end of this month. On the financial side, thanks to your generosity we have raised enough money to complete the purchase of the Old Rectory site from the Diocese, however, we don't yet have enough funds to compete all of our planned building projects to Old Rectory, Church Cottage and the Church Centre. So please keep your standing orders and other giving in place!

Fancy Camel Racing?
Camel Racing Night, raising money for The Cellar café in Godalming, Saturday 20th May, 7.30pm at Wilfrid Noyce centre - a fun evening, £10 per ticket includes curry supper, fully licenced pay bar. Tickets available from Chris or Maggie Jagger, The Cellar or Record Corner.

Space for God - Prayer Event
Tuesday 2nd May, 8.00pm - 9.00pm in Busbridge Church. In the midst of busyness a time for quiet, stillness and personal prayer.

Noticeboards
There are currently 4 x A3 sized noticeboards across the parish, where we display service times and other special events. We were thinking it would be great to have even more of these… so - Busbridge residents - Would you like your community to know more about what goes on at Busbridge&Hambledon? Do you want to raise the profile of the church in Busbridge? And most importantly, do you have room in your front garden for a sign of your very own? If you’d like to find out more, please talk to Karen Kinder in the first instance.

Marvellous Movie Matinee!
Put Saturday 6th May, 2.30pm at Busbridge Church in your diary for this Doctor Seuss classic. As always, bring a cushion - popcorn provided and it’s free to come along. Who can you invite?

Blokes’ Biking date change
Please note that there has been a date change to the May outing for Blokes’ Biking. It will now be happening on Wednesday 17th May - all welcome. This group of blokes are all ages, shapes, sizes, biking abilitie and senses of balance meet in the Homebase Carpark at 7.30pm. The bike ride is followed by a restorative pint at the Inn on the Lake. Feel free to join in for the pint end of things if you can’t make the cycle.

Nexus
On Thursday 11th May, Maggie and Chris Jagger will tell us about SALCET’s first trip to Uganda last November. In the poor area of Makasa in SW Uganda, they ran medical clinics with Compassion; were involved in setting up and funding equipment for an agricultural project; and provided equipment for a Christian dentist running the Mata Dental Clinic. Come and hear all about the great work they accomplished during their two-week visit! We meet in the Busbridge Church Centre at 8.00pm and will have drinks and nibbles before the talk starts. We very much look forward to seeing you. All welcome!

Hambledon Ladies Breakfast
A reminder that the next Hambledon Ladies’ Breakfast is coming up on Saturday 6th May. Our speaker is Hilary Austin and she will be sharing her experiences of working with the Guildford Street Angels. Tickets are available from Hambledon Village Shop or email hambledonbreakfast@bhcgodalming.org.

BIG Spring Clean
The annual BIG Spring Clean is happening on Saturday 10th June at Busbridge Church. Thanks to those who've contacted the office to join up - but we still need lots and lots more of you. We have all sorts of indoor, outdoor, gardening, painting, building jobs to do - it’s not all about dusting the pews! We also need people to help organise the scrumptious lunch that is always a highlight of the day. Children (under your watchful eye) are very welcome to join in - a couple of years ago a group of under 11s moved tonnes of earth for us! It’s a fun day and a great way of getting to know others. We need about 70 people to make the day work . Can all the rest of the potential eager volunteers please email karen.kinder@bhcgodalming.org ASAP and join in the Spring Clean fun. Thanks!

 

Sunday 23 April 2017 - APCM

APCM
A reminder that it is the APCM today - following the Hambledon Service at 10.30am (earlier service start time of 10.00am) or following the 6.30pm Busbridge Service. There are hard copies of the APCM report at the back of church or download a copy from www.bhcgodalming.org/apcm-2017.

A note from the Oxboroughs...
Please thank everyone for all their prayers, cards, phone calls and good wishes - very much appreciated. Brian continues to improve in Milford Hospital.  

Hi-vis jackets
A number of Hi-vis jackets have been borrowed from the Church Office. Considerably less have been returned. If you have some lurking in the back of your car/garage/kitchen then please return them ASAP. Thanks!

Squires Lunch
Our next Squires lunch will be on 30th April at the time of 12 noon as usual. If you would like to join us and savour the gastronomic delights of this establishment please let Terry Swanton know by Wednesday 26th April so that he can warn Squires how many will be descending upon them from Busbridge&Hambledon church. Hope you will be able to join us and look forward to seeing you there.

Could this be you?
Would you be interested in leading or co-leading one of our kids work summer sessions in July and August? During the summer we have a mixed age group meeting in the Church Centre and we need a leader and helper to run each session. The dates we are looking for are 23rd July, 6th August and 27th August. If you would be interested and could help out, please get in touch with James (james.ellin@bhcgodalming.org). Thanks!

A reminder that the next Hambledon Ladies’ Breakfast is coming up on Saturday 6th May. Our speaker is Hilary Austin and she will be sharing her experiences of working with the Guildford Street Angels. Tickets are available from Hambledon Village Shop or email hambledonbreakfast@bhcgodalming.org.

“Be prepared to give an answer!”
On Wednesday 10th May, Alan Hulme, Director of the Diocesan Parish Development and Evangelism Team will be leading a 90 minute session aimed at all Christians who want to become more confident in talking about their faith and sharing it with others. 7.00pm start at Busbridge Church, and the evening includes nibbles and drinks. For more information, please contact Bryan on bryan.silletti@bhcgodalming.org.

BIG Spring Clean
The annual BIG Spring Clean is happening on Saturday 10th June at Busbridge Church (for those doubters amongst you, the date was googled and it still counts as ‘Spring’!). “But what does this involve?!” I hear you cry. An excellent question. We have all sorts of indoor, outdoor, gardening, painting, building jobs to do - it’s not all about dusting the pews! We also need people to help organise the scrumptious lunch that is always a highlight of the day. Children (under your watchful eye) are very welcome to join in - a couple of years ago a group of under 11s moved tonnes of earth for us! It’s a fun day and a great way of getting to know others. We need about 70 people to make the day work - so far we have had one, yes one, volunteer. So if your name rhymes with Ricky Lemery, well done to you! Can the rest of the potential eager volunteers please email karen.kinder@bhcgodalming.org ASAP as the job list is growing. Thanks!

4-11s Children’s Leader update…
As you know, Amy Johnston is leaving us this week as our 4-11s Leader and we are yet to fill this full time post! We have interviewed one candidate and decided not to take them further. So we are still looking for someone to come and lead this great ministry. If you or someone you know is interested why not come and chat to James Ellin or pop him an email.

Trekkers Update
Our children’s group in the Busbridge Classic, Trekkers, has a schedule change. After Easter it will be going to twice monthly, on the second and fourth Sundays, with 9th July as the final date before the summer break.

Feba
Feba Prayer Meeting on Monday 8th May, 10.30am to 11.30am at 42 Minster Road. Please take this opportunity to pray for a media organisation with partners and projects in most of the world's trouble spots. Contact Shelagh Godwin for more details.

Have you booked your tickets yet?
Music in Munstead Soirée, Saturday 27th May, 7.30pm
A black tie event at Tillies, Munstead Heath Road. Tickets are £40 and include a buffet dinner, wine and the evening will be accompanied by the talented young Steinway artist Harry Nowakowski-Fox. To book tickets or for any enquiries contact Clare Haddad on 01403 751677 or email clarehaddad@aol.com.

Midsummer Music at Malthouse, 24th June, 6.00pm - 9.30pm. A relaxing evening of opera, jazz and classics from the West End and Gilbert & Sullivan. Bring a picnic, drinks and something to sit on. Tickets just £22 pp. Purchase online at www.bhcgodalming.org/tickets/malthouse.

 

please pray for…
· Andrew Baker and his family
· The upcoming election
· Brian Oxborough, now in Milford Hospital
· Councillors and all who serve in local politics
· Malcolm Gorick who is struggling in his new life in Taunton
· Heath Lane and their road steward, Rev Simon Taylor
· New Road and Hambledon Park

 

 

Sunday 16 April 2017 - Easter

PCC & Deanery Synod
If you are considering joining the PCC or Deanery Synod there is still time to put yourself forward. Please speak to Simon Taylor or Catherine McBride in the first instance or call the office to get a form.

 

4-11s Children’s Leader update…
The time is drawing close for Amy Johnston to leave us as the 4-11s Leader and we are yet to fill this full time post! We have interviewed one candidate and decided not to take them further. So we are still looking for someone to come and lead this great ministry. If you or someone you know is interested why not come and chat to James Ellin or pop him an email.

Leaving do for Amy & Michael Johnston - Sunday 23rd April
We would like as many of you as possible to come to say farewell to both Amy and Michael at morning and evening services on 23rd April (yes, APCM day). After the 10.30am Busbridge service there will be self-service tea and coffee available from the marquee by the centre. There are also rumours of doughnuts. Don’t miss the chance to say your goodbyes to these lovely people. If you still want to contribute to their farewell gift, you can make a payment online marked ‘Johnston farewell’ to sort code 60-09-04, account no. 00705349.

Thank you!
The Taylor family would like to thank everyone who has offered prayer, support and encouragement over the past few days as they have moved house. The next phase of the Old Rectory project is now about to start.

Trekkers Update
Our children’s group in the Busbridge Classic, Trekkers, has a schedule change. After Easter it will be going to twice monthly, on the second and fourth Sundays, with 9th July as the final date before the summer break.

Feba
Feba Prayer Meeting on Monday 8th May, 10.30am to 11.30am at 42 Minster Road. Please take this opportunity to pray for a media organisation with partners and projects in most of the world's trouble spots. Contact Shelagh Godwin for more details.

We have two simply gorgeous events coming up to fundraise money for the Old Rectory…

Music in Munstead Soirée
Saturday 27th May, 7.30pm

Alison Martin is hosting this lovely black tie event at her gorgeous home, Tillies, in Munstead Heath Lane. Tickets are £40 and include a buffet dinner, wine and the evening will be accompanied by the talented young Steinway artist and winner of several prestigious piano competitions, Harry Nowakowski-Fox. To book your tickets or for any enquiries contact Clare Haddad on 01403 751677 or email clarehaddad@aol.com.

And on 24th June, 6.00pm - 9.30pm you can enjoy a relaxing evening of opera, the joyful strains of jazz and classics from the West End and Gilbert & Sullivan at Midsummer Music at Malthouse. Bring your picnic, drinks and something to sit on (sorry - no gazebos as the site is sloping). Tickets are a mere snip at just £22 per person and can be purchased easily online at www.bhcgodalming.org/tickets/malthouse or for more information email malthouse@bhcgodalming.org.

The APCM
Don’t forget it’s the APCM next Sunday 23rd April, Hambledon 10.30am, Busbridge 7.00pm and will follow directly after the services; 10.00am Hambledon, 6.30pm Busbridge.

 

Sunday 9 April 2017 - Palm Sunday

We have two simply gorgeous events coming up to fundraise money for the Old Rectory…

Music in Munstead Soirée
Saturday 27th May, 7.30pm

Alison Martin is hosting this lovely black tie event at her gorgeous home, Tillies, in Munstead Heath Lane. Tickets are £40 and include a buffet dinner, wine and the evening will be accompanied by the talented young Steinway artist and winner of several prestigious piano competitions, Harry Nowakowski-Fox. To book your tickets or for any enquiries contact Clare Haddad.

And on 24th June, 6.00pm - 9.30pm you can enjoy a relaxing evening of opera, the joyful strains of jazz and classics from the West End and Gilbert & Sullivan at Midsummer Music at Malthouse. Bring your picnic, drinks and something to sit on (sorry- no gazebos as the site is sloping). Tickets are a mere snip at just £22 per person and can be purchased easily online at www.bhcgodalming.org/tickets/malthouse or for more information email malthouse@bhcgodalming.org.

Easter Garden Service
Nicky Hemery is co-ordinating a team of helpers to serve the tea at the Easter Garden service on Saturday 15th April, 3.00pm. If anyone would like to help, please get in touch with Nicky. We also need cakes, lots of cakes! So please get baking and bring your donations of cakes for the Saturday.

Road to Easter...
...is back for another year at Hambledon (big thanks to Rog Matthews who has spearheaded this for the last few years). If you haven’t been before, this BHC Easter event is a series of thought-provoking installations in and around Hambledon Church. It is open for all of Holy Week and is a lovely activity to do for the whole family.

Hot Cross Bun Family Adventure!
This year's Hot Cross Bun Family Adventure will be from Hambledon Church to Busbridge Church on Good Friday (14th April) starting at 2.15pm. A brilliant event for the whole family (and dogs welcome too). It’s a great way of getting to know new people or catch up with old friends. Plus the cakes are nice when you finish the walk! All welcome.

Hambledon Prayer Breakfast
A reminder that the Hambledon Prayer Breakfast on April 15th (Easter Saturday) will be at the usual time but will be just coffee/tea and a hot cross bun. All welcome.

Farewell to Michael & Amy Johnston - Sunday 23rd April
We would like as many of you as possible to come say farewell to both Amy and Michael at morning and evening services on 23rd April (yes, APCM day). After the 10.30am service there will be self-service tea and coffee available from the marquee by the centre. There are also rumours of doughnuts. Don’t miss the chance to say your goodbyes to these lovely people.

Meals on Wheels
Ever thought about helping an older person by delivering lunch? Meals on Wheels is run by Waverley Council, who have asked if anyone would like to deliver lunch to a lonely elderly person in and around Godalming. No long term commitment required if you could only manage one delivery that would be a very generous and kind act for the community. To find out more please contact Mark Pateman mark.pateman@bhcgodalming.org.

Christian Aid Week Co-ordinator needed
Channel for Mission are looking for a willing volunteer to co-ordinate the Busbridge end of Christian Aid week. Michael Stubbs has been doing this worthwhile job for the past four years but can no longer do it. What it involves... putting notices into the Notice Sheet, organising buckets in the church for donations, liaising with June Higgins over a house-to-house collection, and, perhaps, organising a sponsored walk (the Surrey Advertiser used to do one at the end of April), take part in CA’s Big Breakfast, or organising a coffee morning. Any offers to Robbie Hume, Sandra Campbell, Joanna Cookes, Jean Adams (Hambledon) or Shelagh Godwin.

The APCM
A reminder that the APCM is coming up - have you put it in your diaries yet? It’s on Sunday 23rd April, Hambledon 10.30am, Busbridge 7.00pm and will follow directly after the services; 10.00am Hambledon, 6.30pm Busbridge. (You can go to either one - you don’t have to go to a particular congregation to attend. How exciting!)

Sunday 2 April 2017

Christian Aid Week Co-ordinator needed
Channel for Mission are looking for a willing volunteer to co-ordinate the Busbridge end of Christian Aid week. Michael Stubbs has been doing this worthwhile job for the past four years but can no longer do it. What it involves... putting notices into the Notice Sheet, organising buckets in the church for donations, liaising with June Higgins over a house-to-house collection, and, perhaps, organising a sponsored walk (the Surrey Advertiser used to do one at the end of April), take part in CA’s Big Breakfast, or organising a coffee morning. Any offers to Robbie Hume, Sandra Campbell, Joanna Cookes, or Jean Adams (Hambledon) or Shelagh Godwin.

Stars in Their Eyes
If you missed this event you’ll be kicking yourselves! How often do you get the opportunity to see Tom Jones, Snow Patrol, Elvis(‘s), Elton John and more, all in one show?! It was an absolutely fantastic evening - thanks to everyone who performed, the judges, the punters, the voters, the bar staff, the setter-uppers and the taker-downers and most of all a HUGE thanks to the talented Tim Davies who put on such an entertaining event. Not only was it fun, fun, fun but it also raised an impressive £1700 for Old Rectory. Thank you!

Huge thanks to Carole Keating and her team of helpers for the lovely posies which they made for Mothering Sunday. Much appreciated by all the recipients - not only mothers!

Hearing Aid Clinic
If you need to make use of our regular Hearing Aid Clinic please note that this month’s session will be held on Friday 7th April, 2.00pm - 4.00pm, as the second Friday of the month falls on Good Friday.

Notice from Busbridge Infant School...
Busbridge Infant School currently leaves the Hambledon Road and Rectory Gardens access gates open outside of school hours for the convenience of parents and local residents. There is no formal public right of way across the School. Due to recent vandalism, we will regrettably have to keep the Hambledon Road and Rectory Gardens access gates closed and locked outside of school hours. This means that it will not be possible to walk across the school grounds from Hambledon Road to Rectory Gardens and vice versa. The gates will be open from 7.00am to 9.10am and from 3.00pm to 5.00pm on school days. This will take effect from 5.00pm on Friday, 31st March 2017.

The APCM
A reminder that the APCM is coming up - have you put it in your diaries yet? It’s on Sunday 23rd April, Hambledon 10.30am, Busbridge 7.00pm and will follow directly after the services; 10.00am Hambledon, 6.30pm Busbridge. (You can go to either one - you don’t have to go to a particular congregation to attend. How exciting!)

Old Rectory update
We are delighted to announce that two developments occurred in the past week or so. Last Monday the PCC voted to approve the project up to the amount which has been raised so far and planning permission was granted on Wednesday. The Old Rectory team are now looking at costs and priorities and will share this information with the church as soon as we have it.

What can you do?
· Give thanks and pray for those involved in the planning (from Old Rectory team members through to the Waverley Planners)
· Approach Mark Williams to offer to help with an Action Team
· Contact Dudley Hilton to offer to support and care for Probation Service people with us every Wednesday and which started last week
· We appreciate many have given financially, but the Team are keen for anyone who is able to set up a monthly direct debit of any amount for the project to do so, as this will help with longer term planning
· Pray that this project will honour the Living God who intervenes in our lives and will give us confidence in our faith

Space for God
Is this prayer event in your diary too? Tuesday 4th April, 8.00pm - 9.00pm, Busbridge Church.

Hot Cross Bun Family Adventure!
This year's Hot Cross Bun Family Adventure will be from Hambledon Church to Busbridge Church on Good Friday (14th April) starting at 2.15pm. We are looking for some help with serving tea and/or making cakes. Offers please to Frances Shaw, frances.shaw@bhcgodalming.org.

Nexus
On 6th April, Ann Wilson MBE, Vice Chair of the Surrey Gypsy Traveller Communities Forum, will give an insight into Surrey’s largest ethnic minority, their lives, traditions and aspirations. An evening not to be missed! We look forward to seeing you in the Busbridge Church Centre at 8.00pm. There’ll be drinks, nibbles and a chance to catch up before the talk starts. All are very welcome!

please pray for…
· The APCM
· Brian Oxborough as he recovers in hospital
· Those being baptised today
· The planning for upcoming Easter events
· The Alpha course - finishing soon
· Grosvenor Road and their road stewards, Dawn O’Toole and Sarah Blagden
· Mary Vale and Church Lane