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The Friends of Leatherhead Parish Church - What's New?
SATURDAY 7 MARCH 2020, PARISH CHURCH HALL
IT'S QUIZ TIME with Quizmaster Frank Haslam
7 pm for a prompt start at 7.30 pm
Teams of 6-8: form your own, or join with others
Chicken alla Cacciatore
Salad and Crusty Bread
(Vegetarian available to pre-order)
BRING YOUR OWN DRINKS AND GLASSES
If you would like further details, please telephone Chris Evans (01372 372169)
click here for the booking form
For other news see below
FRIDAY 25 OCTOBER 2019 at 7.30pm IN THE PARISH CHURCH HALL, LEATHERHEAD
The Friends of Leatherhead Parish Church in conjunction with Mole Valley Arts Alive invite you to The Golden Age of Song featuring the words and music of Richard Rodgers and Hoagy Carmichael, presented by Pip Burley. Pip has presented two other such evenings and they have been sell-outs. Please click here for the booking form.
Friends of Leatherhead Parish Church Chairman’s Report 2019
I am delighted to report on another successful year of fundraising. After the intensive activity of the previous twelve months this has been a more “normal” year, notwithstanding which our two flagship events, the Bridge Tea in November and Annual Quiz in March were amongst the best supported for many years, raising respectively £1,131 - a record - and £949.50.
Our fundraising is increasingly constrained by a lack of volunteer resources. To be successful we try hard to be innovative and creative. We do need however to able to draw on an enthusiastic pool of helpers to support the Committee. We also have to recognise that we are competing for money with many other charities. We are therefore keen to target new sections of our community and to programme our events so as to avoid conflict or charity “fatigue”. This issue is something we address at every meeting of the Committee and on which we would welcome additional member feedback at this year’s AGM or indeed at any time.
The continuing delay in commissioning repair and refurbishment work within the Parish Church has also been an increasing concern this year. The need to carry out investigative and archaeological research prior to completing contract negotiations and in order to reduce the risk of unexpected problems and potential cost overruns, is well appreciated. We have therefore maintained our pledge to contribute £90,000 of our reserves towards the replacement of the woodblock floor in the Aisles and Nave. There is however now some urgency to complete contract negotiations before inflation in building and construction costs widens still further the current funding gap.
Pending the results of the latest Quinquennial Review carried out in February we have also agreed not to press for any remedial or refurbishment work with the exception of tackling the recurrent problem of squirrel ingress to the Church from the trees in the graveyard. To this end we were pleased to continue our tradition of making an annual grant of £2,000 to the PCC towards graveyard maintenance. This is in addition to the efforts of the monthly working parties led by Frank Haslam.
Our Membership at 100 households is down 6 on 2018. There has also been a corresponding - and worrying -14% drop in annual subscriptions.
Overall therefore we have finished the year with net available resources of £109,563.62, an increase of £3,124.04 over last year-end.
To finish on a more optimistic note, 2019 has started on a “high” with two events - the Multi-Coloured Swap Shop and Race Night - both of which were not only successful fundraisers but immensely enjoyed by all participants.
As usual I would like to thank all our members for their support of our fundraising and, needless to say, the Committee, together with a small but dedicated band of helpers, who organise these events.
Chris Evans. Chairman FLPC
Friday 26th April 2019 at 7pm Parish Hall, Church Road, Leatherhead
The Leatherhead Residents Association and the Friends of Leatherhead Parish Church hosted a RACE NIGHT in aid of thr LRA Project Fund and to assist with the upkeep and maintenance of our Grade II* Listed Parish Church. Tickets were £10 per person including Lasagne Supper and there was a Cash bar for drinks and snacks.
The event was well attended and a very worthwhile fund raiser.
Saturday 6th April 7.15 pm in the Parish Hall MULTICOLOURED SWAP SHOP
This was a relaxed evening amongst friends, with stimulating conversation, complementary music and an opportunity for a cathartic swap shop. It was BYO drinks and glasses with a convivial supper provided by our marvellous team of volunteers (Chicken Pasta Bake (or Veg alternative) & green salad & French bread. Delicious desserts selection. Coffee & Chocolate Mints). There was a special guest performance by Hedley Kay
Swapshop? People brought 2-4 now unwanted good-as-new items which were swapped at intervals for £2 each.
The evening was very successful both socially and as a fun-raiser.
2018 Bridge Tea - from the December 2018 magazine
Thank you to everyone who supported this year's Bridge Tea, organised by Fran Fleming and a group of dedicated volunteers. As a result of your generosity, we have added over £1,000 to the Friends' funds for maintenance of the Church and grounds.
We send you ail Seasons Greetings and look forward to welcoming you to more events in 2019.
Friends of Leatherhead Parish Church Chairman’s Report 2018
It gives me immense pleasure to report that the amount of money raised by the Friends in the last twelve months at £8,236 was the highest for more than a decade. This was thanks in no small part to the success of The Golden Age of Song a “double bill” of musical evenings in November 2017 and January 2018. We are indebted to Pip Burley not only for his brilliant presentation and copious illustration in words and music of the lives of four of the greatest songwriters of the 20th Century but also his generosity in providing his services entirely free of charge and gifting us the proceeds of sale of his book and CDs.
Our partnership with the Residents’ Association in organising Leatherhead Open Gardens on a wonderfully sunny Sunday in July also proved fruitful. This was followed by our annual Bridge Tea in November which continues to attract a “full house” of ardent - and generous - players from around the county. For the third year in a row the Arts Society of Leatherhead (formerly NADFAS) was kind enough to nominate the Friends as their chosen charity at their Christmas by Candlelight concert in the Parish Church and our financial year ended as usual in March with our ever popular Quiz Night. Our thanks to all those who helped organise these events as well as to the many loyal and enthusiastic participants.
At last year’s AGM, the membership approved the Committee’s recommendation that the FLPC should support those elements of the PCC's Making History Project which were consistent with our charitable aims and would ensure continuing care as well as greater community use of the building. Together with the PCC we have therefore adopted a conservative approach to initiating or providing funds for all but essential repairs in the Church pending Mole Valley Planning Approval and receipt of Faculties from the Diocesan Advisory Committee. We await to see the final plans and results of competitive tendering for the proposed works.
Meanwhile we have been pleased to pay for the whole £1,700 cost of replacing the bell ropes in the Tower. We also took the opportunity of the annual Quiz to present a cheque for £2,000 to the Rector to assist the PCC with the costs of maintaining the Churchyard.
Net of these costs we now have cleared funds of £106,439 at our disposal on which we unfortunately continue to earn only a very modest rate of interest.
Our Membership at 106 households is slightly down on 2017, but subscriptions have held up which is very gratifying in view of the current economic climate and increasing competition for funds between deserving charities.
If I have a concern it is that we continue to rely for our fundraising on the dedication and hard work of a diminishing band of committee members and supporters. The addition of just one or two members to the Committee or as helpers in the organisation of fundraising events would not merely relieve some of the strain but release us to develop and implement new initiatives. At the same time as thanking you all for your support I would once again call on members to contact a member of the Committee about volunteering some of your time. We are always open to suggestions and offers of help!
Friends of Leatherhead Parish Church
The Annual General Meeting of the FLPC will take place in the Reeves Room at Leatherhead Parish Church Hall at 7.30 pm on Friday 25th May 2018.
Non-Members would be particularly welcome to attend this meeting in order to learn more about our charitable aims and activities. Wine, soft drinks and nibbles will be available from 7pm
1) Apologies for Absence
2) Minutes of the AGM held on Friday 12th May 2017
3) Matters Arising
4) Chairman's Report
5) Treasurer's Report
6) Election of Officers and the Committee
7) Prolongation of appointment of Examiner of Accounts (Roger Lynch FCA)
8) Any other business
from the May 2018 magazine
On Saturday 10th March 2018 the PCH was again full for the Friends Annual Quiz Night. We welcomed back our regular Quizmaster, Frank Haslam, ably supported this time by last year's host Julian Steed. As usual competition was fierce with one team or another fighting it out for leadership on rounds varying from "Name the Musical" to Film Titles, the first line of text from popular Hymn Tunes, and cleverly pixellated photos of local landmarks. Sad to say the congregation seemed to know more about the former than the latter two! In the end only eight points separated the top five teams and two worthy winners emerged: the top scorers overall and the team with the smallest number of players but the highest average score. Congratulations to both and well done!
This year the Friends wished to highlight the support they give to the Parish Church beyond maintenance and repair of the Church Building and in particular the work undertaken by a regular working party on each first Saturday of the month to clear pathways, brambles and dangerous or overhanging branches in the graveyard. We were pleased therefore at the end of the evening to hand over a cheque to the Rector Graham Osborne, made payable to the PCC, for £2,000 including monies raised from the Quiz and other fund raising events during the year generously supported by members, family and friends. A big "thank you" to you all.
Christopher Evans, Chairman
from the May 2018 magazine
A Grave Matter
The Friends of the Parish Church were recently asked by the Making History project team if they could clear one of the few remaining railed graves of unwanted weeds and brambles, as a precaution against disturbance to birds nesting in a spot which might be affected by the progress of the project. Steve Gibson, Dave Jones and Frank Haslam took on the task during a recent Churchyard Working Party session. We were joined by Chris Evans, Chairman of the Friends.
The Rector has given verbal consent to adding a layer of small gravel appropriate to the period of the graves, in order to minimise further growth and damage to the graves.
Readers are assured that care was taken that no-one was left behind the railings ....
Incidentally, according to the January 1941 Parish Magazine "The Vicar has been informed by the Urban District Council that the weight of metal realised through the removal of the Churchyard railings was 4-tons 7-cwt 2-qrs." [9,940 lb, 4,509 kg]
Frank Haslam, on behalf of the Churchyard Working Party, which welcomes new helpers bearing at least secateurs, at 9am on the first Saturday morning of the month: info L379341
from the March 2018 magazine
"Night and Day...You are the One..."
Once again on 31st January doors closed on a "Full House" at the Parish Church Hall for the second of Pip Burley's explorations of the "Golden Age of Song".
This time Cole Porter and George Gershwin were "in the spotlight". What a contrast with their contemporaries, Irving Berlin and Jerome Kern, although all four had things in common: two of the four had Russo-Jewish ancestry and the lives of two were marred by tragedy or circumstance. Two died relatively young.
Their influence on popular music and in particular on the Musical during the interwar and immediate post-war era was, however, incalculable, each in turn being required by changes in society and public taste to continuously adapt their compositions and style.
As during "Part One" in November Pip Burley captivated his audience with a combination of video and audio clips and masterful demonstration on the Grand Piano of the technical innovations in each of the four composers' musical output.
The Friends of Leatherhead Parish Church would like to express their gratitude to Pip for his generosity with his time and his donation of all the proceeds from the sale of his books and CDs. Thanks too to all who attended one or both of the evening performances for your support of FLPC Fundraising. As a result a magnificent total of £4,500 was raised to assist with the Friends' commitment to the maintenance of our beautiful Church.
John and Jackie Hampton
from the October 2017 magazine
In conjunction with the Friends of Leatherhead Parish Church
Pip Burley presents "The Golden Age of Song"
Celebrating the lives and work of the four greatest songwriters who ever lived
WEDNESDAY 22nd NOVEMBER & WEDNESDAY 31st JANUARY 2018 Parish Church Hall Leatherhead at 7.30pm
Pip Burley pays tribute to the lives, words and music of Jerome Kern, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter and George Gershwin - four men who defined popular music during the first half of the last century.
Come and enjoy their beautiful songs - as fresh and inspiring today as when they were first written - and hear about the triumphs and tragedies of these musical geniuses who cast their spell on us all.
Lavishly accompanied with slides and videos of their lives and music, with occasional illustrations on the piano.
Wednesday 22nd November 2017 - Jerome Kern & Irving Berlin Wednesday 31st January 2018 - Cole Porter & George Gershwin Tickets: £15pp for each Concert. All proceeds to the Parish Church
Wine and Nibbles included in the ticket price and served during the interval
Instead of spending life as an engineer, Pip chose the world of music and the media. His colourful career has included performing with The Beatles, working in cabaret in the West End and on cruise ships with Joe Loss, as well as composing for commercials on radio and TV. He was also artistic director for the National Trust at Polesden Lacey.
In the 1980s he devised and produced hit TV shows such as A Touch of Frost and The Darling Buds of May, for which he also composed much of the music, winning an Ivor Novello Award.
Pip has been a featured lecturer onboard The Queen Elizabeth and The Queen Victoria presenting his series of lectures entitled "The Golden Age of Song". He enjoys putting his audience at ease with talks that are informative and informal -and, above all, highly entertaining!
Pip was honoured to be appointed Chief Barker of Variety Club of Great Britain in its 50th Anniversary year. He lives in Headley and is married with three daughters and five grandchildren (soon to be six!).
Telephone bookings - phone L376640
VINTAGE BUS RALLY AND
LEATHERHEAD OPEN GARDENS SUNDAY 9th JULY 2017 - from the August 2017 Parish magazine
Is it surprising that the weather is such a constant topic of conversation in this country? Last year on Leatherhead Open Gardens Day we endured rain and record low temperatures, this year it was quite the reverse, sunshine from dawn to dusk and temperatures which made Leatherhead hotter than Southern Spain. That of course came after every gardener's nightmare: no rain apart from the odd shower for almost two months. But that is why we love our country, our gardens...and our constantly unpredictable weather.
Superlatives were the order of the day on Sunday 9th July. Spectacular garden design and some unique locations; a colossal range of perfect roses, dahlias, hollyhocks, pelargoniums, petunias, phlox, verbena and grasses; sculpture and formality combined with flower meadows and cottage garden bedding which would have challenged even Gertrude Jekyll to improve upon; expert use of space and productive vegetable and fruit plots squeezed into the tiniest of plots....visitors to Leatherhead Gardens were spoilt for choice. This and the fact that, in combination with a Vintage Bus Running Day, nearly all the gardens were linked via a regular bus service...and just when during the afternoon it began to get altogether too hot the combined FLPC and Church Catering Team were able to offer hot and cold drinks and a delicious selection of homemade cakes, flapjacks and biscuits in the comparative cool of the Parish Church.
The Friends and our co-sponsors the Leatherhead Residents Association thank all our local garden owners for their amazing hard work in trying circumstances, their helpers on the day, and all the members of the Church family who contributed their time, and sales and marketing skills to make this year's Open Gardens not just a financial success but such an enjoyable experience for the hundred plus visitors.
We are already making plans for 2018. Will you join in next year?
Chris Evans, Chairman FLPC.
The Annual General Meeting of the Friends of Leatherhead Parish Church took place in the Parish Church Hall on the evening of Friday 12th May - from the July 2017 parish magazine
An enthusiastic audience of members heard the Committee report on a highly successful twelve months of fundraising for the Church (see below for Chairman's Report to Members). Support was expressed for a number of specific elements within the Church Project "Making History for the next 1000 years" which will address current problems within the Church building of unstable and rotting flooring, poor and inefficient heating and unreliable and potentially dangerous electrical circuitry. The committee will therefore consider favourably any requests from the PCC for assistance in these areas.
The focus then shifted towards marketing the FLPC more effectively as a fundraising charity and increasing the current membership. Whereas the issue in 2016 of the new explanatory leaflet and application form for membership was a step in the right direction, members felt that more could be done. Summing up the discussion the Chairman stressed how much of current fundraising success was dependent on the dedication and efforts of a tiny number of committee and helpers. More volunteers were therefore needed from the membership to supplement their efforts. Our thanks to Sonia Grove for the refreshments which then ensured a lively ongoing debate on the issues raised during the meeting!
Friends of Leatherhead Parish Church - Chairman’s Report 2017
I am delighted to report on another highly successful year of fundraising. Annual events such as the Quiz and Bridge Tea continue to be well attended and enthusiastic support of the raffles more than made up for a slight drop in ticket sales and an increase in costs. We were very unfortunate that Open Gardens in June coincided with an unseasonably cold and wet spell of weather. This was however more than compensated later in the year by the exceptional generosity of the Leatherhead DFAS. A massive £1,800 was gifted by LeDFAS from the sale of tickets to their Christmas by Candlelight concert in the Parish Church and a retiring collection.
By the end of our financial year we had raised a total of £6,099 excluding interest and legacies compared with £5,679 in the comparable period last year.
There is never any lack of projects in and around the Church which call for financial assistance. This is in addition to the sterling work carried out in the Graveyard on the first Saturday of every month by Frank Haslam and his team. As reported in my Januaiy letter, water leaking into the void between the boiler room and the lower vestry floor resulted in rotting of the supporting timbers and flooring over a wide area and ultimately to its collapse. The PCC commissioned repairs and submitted a claim on their insurance, the outcome of which is still unknown. We were pleased to be in a position this year to respond to another request from the PCC to assist with the costs of renewing the boundary fencing between the Graveyard and Worple Road. Apart from any danger to the public, the overgrown and unstable fencing was a permanent source of complaint by local residents and impeded our efforts to maintain the area surrounding the Church to a high standard. The Committee therefore approved a grant of £4,676 to cover the total cost of the work inclusive of the removal of a number of yew trees which for years have hidden from view the North Porch and Transept of the Church.
Meanwhile, progress continues to be made on plans by the PCC to re-order the interior of the Church building. FLPC members were invited to join the Congregation at presentations in the Church at the beginning of March. They were shown how it is intended to restore many of the architectural features of the mediaeval Church by freeing up space for a wider series of community activities; also how, using modem technology, the story of its heritage can be better told. An important objective will be to attract more visitors to the Church and to Leatherhead.
Following these presentations the Committee met to discuss and to agree principles and guidelines governing both future grants to the Church and fundraising which could then be submitted for discussion and approval by members at the Annual General Meeting.
The FLPC is bound by its constitution and charitable status to assist with the maintenance of the Church and its surroundings, ensuring it is passed on to future generations to use and enjoy as much as we do today. The Committee sees no reason to diverge from these aims. Indeed they are not incompatible with being willing to contribute towards any work inside the Church which guarantees or extends the life of the existing structure and addresses long standing issues of maintenance, repair, replacement or restoration. Thus any approach by the PCC for assistance for help with, for example, replacement of the current dangerous or unstable flooring, inefficient heating system or outdated electrical circuitry could be viewed favourably.
I cannot end my report without once again thanking you, our loyal membership base, for your continued support.
We have worked hard this year to increase our profile as a Charity and I would therefore be grateful of any assistance you could give us in increasing our membership. Additional copies of the new membership leaflet are available from any member of the Committee for distribution to interested parties including friends and neighbours and other family members.
We are also much in need of practical support in organising fund raising as well as ideas for increasing and diversifying the number of events we organise each year. Please do not hold back! Any contribution in time or support will be gratefully received and respected.
Chris Evans Chairman FLPC
"The Winning Team" - from the April 2017 magazine
After six rounds of intensive competition the Winning Team at the FLPC's Annual Quiz Night in the Parish Church Hall showed off their Easter Egg prizes.
A new format this year attracted a near record entry of 15 tables and over 100 enthusiastic contestants. This was not a competition which advantaged any section of the community or age group, with questions ranging from the date of the Great Train Robbery to the signature tune of the BBC's "Match of the Day" or the national flag of Greenland. As the pace quickened and tension grew towards the end of the evening a team with almost no incorrect answers in the first five rounds risked forfeiting its lead in a last round worth twice as many points.
In his closing remarks Chairman Chris Evans expressed his gratitude to Quizmaster Julian Steed and the Committee for organising such a successful - and challenging - Quiz night. He was particularly grateful to members, their families and friends for their continuing loyalty and generosity in supporting FLPC fund raising events. Presenting a cheque to the Rector for £1,000, mostly raised by the Quiz, he hoped that more people in Leatherhead and the surrounding area with an interest in maintaining and preserving the Church for future generations could be encouraged to join the FLPC and lend their support to future fund raising.
"Winning Tricks" - from the December 2016 magazine
No...not a Birthday Party for two year olds but a serious business as 60 Bridge Players from North Surrey gathered at this year's annual Friends Bridge Tea in the Parish Church Hall on Wednesday 9th November.
One of several objectives meriting the coveted "2" Balloon was to win their trick with the smallest numbered card in the pack.
So it was "eyes down" until at the half way stage a delicious tea was served of handmade sandwiches and home-baked cakes.
Thanks are due to Fran Fleming and Jackie Hampton and all members of the Friends Committee whose collective hard work made for a most enjoyable afternoon of Bridge as well as raising additional funds for repairs currently being undertaken in the Church.
from the November 2016 magazine
The Friends of Leatherhead Parish Church treasure Leatherhead's most beautiful mediaeval building and are determined to follow the example of previous generations, across the centuries, who handed it over to our care.
We are eternally grateful for the generosity of our members who support our efforts to maintain the Church and its surroundings.
However, sometimes nature conspires against us and the corrosive agencies of time and weather wreak havoc with our intentions.
We are currently facing the challenges of the recent collapse of the vestry floor and storm damage to the trees and fences in the Churchyard.
We need your help, both in gaining new members and assisting us in organising fund-raising events.
If you are already a member we will be writing to you shortly inviting you to renew your membership from 1st January 2017.
If you are not a member and would like to know more before joining us, please contact our Membership Secretary, Fran Fleming, on L375957.
Similarly, if you have friends or relations living in the area who might be interested in joining or giving of their time to assist us - in whatever way suits them - we would be delighted to hear from them.
Chairman of the FLPC (L372169
Leatherhead Open Gardens - June 2016 Sponsored by the Friends of Leatherhead Parish Church and the Leatherhead Residents' Association - from the July 2016 magazine
Sunday 12th June dawned under cloudy skies and by 10.00am it was raining hard, dampening the hopes of the fourteen garden owners participating in this year's Leatherhead Open Gardens - all of whom had worked so hard to bring their gardens to peak perfection in the weeks before.
The event had also been timed to coincide with a Vintage Bus Rally with two former London Transport Green Line buses "commandeered" to take visitors on a loop between Randalls Road,
Ashtead, and Givons Grove Estate with stops along the way at gardens on display and ending at the Parish Church where a delicious selection of sandwiches cakes and cream teas was served throughout the afternoon. Finally the clouds began to clear and the sun tempted more people out. Riding in buses last seen on routes in Surrey thirty to forty years ago also proved a great draw and just as big a surprise to those out for a Sunday stroll! Happily most of the gardens reported a steady stream of visitors, helped no doubt by the novel means of transport. We would like to express our thanks to our visitors, to all the garden owners, our team of helpers in the Parish Church and last but not least the vintage bus owners and drivers who came from all over South East England to make it such a unique day.
Our 2016 Annual General Meeting took place in the Parish Church Hall on 22 May 2016. Afterwards Paul Pickering gave a talk on The Benedictines.
Friends of Leatherhead Parish Church Chairman’s Report May 2016 - from the July 2016 magazine
Many of our members reading this report will be familiar with its more regular content. Once again we have raised a significant amount of money during the last twelve months to assist in maintaining the fabric and grounds of the Parish Church. This has been the result of hard work by your Committee and continuing support of fund raising events from our members. All of this money has been used judiciously: to tackle work which we have suggested to the Parochial Church Council (PCC) as being necessary or for which they have approached us for help. Any excess has been added to our reserves in anticipation of longer term needs identified in the last Quinquennial Review. Full details are contained in the Financial Accounts.
What has changed is that we are a big step closer to knowing what the PCC would like to do to fulfil their aim of "putting the Parish Church at the centre of the Community." This includes not only their priorities but also the timescale and potential costs. As anticipated, the re-ordering will involve welcome improvements in flooring, heating and lighting. More of the pews will give way to flexible seating, enabling the Church to be used for events which it currently cannot accommodate and on more days of the week. Such investment will, in our view, enhance our chances of guaranteeing a future for this historic building and passing it on to the next generation in a state which they might consider more "fit for purpose." The active involvement of the FLPC is being sought and we will be allowed to comment in detail on changes to the fabric of this cherished building.
What is clear is that a prodigious amount of money will need to be raised and immense effort expended to deliver such a project within the planned two year timescale. Although a proportion of what will be required has been identified, the investment required would dwarf anything attempted by the FLPC in the past and would be beyond our current limited people resources. Whereas we might aim to double or even triple our annual targets the role of the FLPC will be predominantly supportive and complementary to those of the main PCC Funding Team. We believe our strength in attracting support lies in the non-denominational nature of our charity stressing our objective of assisting with the maintenance and enhancement of the building itself.
One other major development this year will greatly assist us as work proceeds on the Church. The FLPC has been the beneficiary of two very significant legacies. We are amazingly privileged. It is also a tremendous tribute to the FLPC to have been chosen by people associated with the Church in the past as a vehicle for ensuring the building and its surroundings are adequately protected and maintained. Their legacies will give us great flexibility both in the choice of what we can support and how immediately.
We will do our best to meet their expectations.
Last but by no means least a word about our loyal membership base. This continues to decline for reasons over which we have no control. We need help from you in significantly re-building and extending our membership base. This means publicising the FLPC to friends, neighbours and acquaintances not currently involved and into new areas of Leatherhead and surroundings where we have no representation. We are currently putting effort into revising our publicity material. Even more pressing is the need to be able to call on resources to assist with a larger annual fundraising programme.
If you have any thoughts or ready contacts please share them with any member of the Committee.
Thank you again for your support. We look forward to seeing you at any, or all, of our future fundraising events.
Chris Evans Chairman FLPC
IT WAS QUIZ TIME AGAIN, with Quizmaster Frank Haslam, on Saturday 5th March 2016. Once again good fun appeared to be had and we raised over £600 towards the work of the Friends
Brandenburg Choral Festival, Saturday 9th April 2016
2.30pm Guided Walk: Somerset Ho., Inns of Court, Temple, Fleet St, Drury La, Covent Gdn
4pm Fauré Requiem, St Paul’s Covent Garden (own travel)
Part of the proceeds will be donated to the Friends of Leatherhead Parish Church. Tickets £20. This proved to be another excellent outing. Our guide knew her stuff, the weather was kind to us and the concert was just the thing to end our afternoon. The choir singing all around us was magical.
Our 2015 Annual General Meeting took place in the Reeves Room of the Parish Church Hall at 7.30pm on Friday 22nd May 2015 The Rector of Leatherhead was our speaker.
The Friends are grateful to the Brandenburg Choral Festival for enabling us to share in the proceeds from their concert at St Paul's Covent Garden on 22nd March 2015, which a large number of us attended. It was a wonderful occasion in a most interesting setting. Some of us went up earlier in the day in order to visit 2 Temple Place, not far from the concert venue to see the new exhibition Cotton to Gold: Extraordinary Collections of the Industrial North West. The magnificent mansion has been transformed into a casket for the exquisite treasures of an extraordinary group of Lancashire magnates. As the cotton mills boomed, bringing development and deprivation hand in hand, this group of prominent industrialists privately, and sometimes secretively, poured their wealth into some of the finest and most astonishing collections in the country.
We had a special bonus that day as we were able to view Bruce Denny's statue "Conversion of Saint Paul", which had been unveiled by Dame Judi Dench in the Church grounds the previous Friday.
Renewal of FLPC memberships Notices went out in November 2014 inviting renewal of FLPC memberships. We should like to encourage more people interested in maintaining our beautiful Parish Church both for this and future generations to join us and, if possible, play a role, however modest, in organising our fund raising activities.
Even if you don’t feel able to commit to a very modest annual contribution – there is no minimum although £10 is suggested – you may wish to help us with your time. We would welcome hearing from you at any time; contact numbers at the back of each month’s Parish Magazine.
Our popular Bridge Tea in the Parish Hall in November raised over £950. Many thanks to Fran Fleming and the wonderful team who put on this jewel of an event.
Our Open Gardens Day on Sunday 8 June proved a resounding success thanks to the combination of perfect weather, months of hard work by the garden owners to produce such wonderful displays of their art, and the cream teas served to garden visitors in the cool and calm of the Parish Church.
Our thanks to Nicky Osborne and the combined FLPC and Church catering team as well as those who manned the Plant Stall outside. The grand sum of over £1,700 raised from ticket sales, raffle, and refreshments will be split equally between The Friends and our co-sponsors the Leatherhead Residents Association. Plans are already in hand to open a brand new selection of Leatherhead Gardens at the beginning of June 2015.
Chris Evans - from the August 2014 Parish Magazine
Joe Parry Remembered the Friends
Joe Parry died on 13th March this year. His father was a Master Tailor who had premises where the Edmund Tylney pub now stands. When the pub opened Joe told the manager that he had lived on the site and was presented with a complimentary pint.
Joe was a member of 1st Leatherhead Scouts. His first job was as an office boy with the Electricity Generating Company in Bridge Street. At the age of 19, finding life too quiet in Leatherhead, he moved to Battersea. Two years later, on a visit to Canada to see the Toronto Exhibition, he contracted polio and was completely paralysed for over 10 months. Recovering, albeit with the loss of the use of one hand, he retrained as a draughtsman, drawing with his good hand and positioning draughting tools with the other.
He worked for the Hydro Electric Power Commission of Ontario and in 1942 met and married Gladys. They came to England in 1946, living firstly in Copthorne Road and then Kingscroft Road. In later life, widowed, he lived at Skeet House and latterly in a nursing home in Dorking. He worked at H R Nash doing repairs and then at Ronsons. He had a keen interest in motor cycles and, with Gladys in a sidecar, travelled to the Isle of Man and all over Europe to attend events.
He was a keen member of the Local History Society and an avid film club member, when not making beer and wine. His attachment to Leatherhead extended to supporting the Friends of the Parish Church and some may recall him and Brian Hennegan giving most interesting and entertaining talks after an AGM.
Joe asked for his ashes to be placed in the Parry family grave in our churchyard, which the Friends helped to locate. The Friends are grateful for the just over £4,600 left to us by Joe. It is not every funeral ceremony that concludes with the Red Flag!
Frank Haslam - from the August 2014 Parish Magazine
Previous reports of our activities