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Cantate Hand-bell Ringers at St. Lawrence’s

Many of you will already know how successful the teas have been every Sunday at St. Lawrence’s throughout the summer.   There is always plenty of tea, ‘proper’ coffee and wonderful homemade cakes, brought to your table on pretty china and always served by very friendly people.  Most Sundays there has been musical entertainment whilst you while away the time on a warm summer’s afternoon.  You can come on your own, or with family or friends and there are always others to chat to.  This has been happening each summer now for many years.

This year it has been decided to continue this friendly afternoon entertainment during the winter months as well – on the third Sunday of each month with ‘Talk and Teas’.

I belong to a hand-bell group called the Cantate Hand-bell Ringers.  We have never rung hand-bells at St. Mary’s or St. Lawrence’s before but we have taken part in ‘Munch with Music’ at St. John’s in the Valley.  We are going to be the first of the ‘Winter Entertainments’ for the ‘Talk and Teas’.  Please come, listen and learn about our art.  Everyone is welcome.  

You may even recognise some of us.  I am the Tower Captain of the bells at St. Mary’s and together with nine other ringers, who include the Ringing Master of St. Mary’s and the Tower Captain of St. John’s, Caterham, we ring tunes on hand-bells.  We ring many different musical genres – classical, jazz, music from the shows, etc.  At our ‘Talk and Teas’ event we hope you will find it interesting, entertaining and absorbing.  There will also be audience participation!!

We look forward to seeing you there.           

Frances Clementi

Guild of Friends of St. Lawrence’s

The Guild has had a successful fundraising summer raising over £2000 for the upkeep of St. Lawrence’s ancient church.

July saw the return of Dave Hewitt’s Trad Jazz Band.  This was the third visit to St. Lawrence’s by this very popular band and I am happy to say that once again the church was packed.  We enjoyed a programme of varied traditional jazz pieces, some sung and others instrumental.  They certainly got our feet tapping.

Our thanks go to everyone who supported the September Coffee Morning.  With your generous support we raised £403 which is the most raised at our annual Coffee Mornings in recent years.  The church was buzzing with people buying from the Cake, Produce, Bring and Buy and Raffle stalls before sitting down for a cuppa and a chat.

The Guided Tours of the Ancient Church continued to be popular this summer.  It is not too late if you want to go on a tour this year as the last two tours of the season are on Sundays 7th and 14th October.  

Thanks to those of you who are continuing to shop at the Co-op on the Hill.  You have raised £711.77 (as at 11th September) for the St. Lawrence’s Community Project.  That is marvellous.

Elaine Williams

Hon. Sec.

Praying Together

Making time to pray together the

first Wednesday of the month

Wednesday 3rd October

Wednesday 7th November

at 7pm

A time of Silent Prayer followed by the short service of Compline

in the Sacrament Chapel, St. Mary’s Church

Led by Rev. Frany Long

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A Burning Candle

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Cantate Handbell Ringers

Guild of Friends

Harvest Festival

Prating Together

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Prayer Breakfast

Munch with Music

Messy Church

COAT Social Evening

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From the Registers

St. Lawrence Guided Tours

Welsh Male Voice Choir


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Talk and Teas

Messy Church

Live at St. Lawrence’s

Harvest Festival

Sunday 7th October

9.30am Family Eucharist

with Harvest Gift Collection

for Welcare

Supermarket gift vouchers, tinned fish and meat, cereals, tinned fruit/desserts, tea and coffee are preferred gifts.

Money in an envelope is also acceptable!

12.30pm Bring-and-Share Lunch

Do come and be entertained in St. Lawrence’s Ancient Church on

Sunday October 21st at 3pm!   

It is a new initiative!

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