Photo Gallery 2018

Please click the links on the left to view lots of Parish photos from previous years.

Parish Barn Dance - Saturday 1st December 2018

Saturday’s Barn Dance was a fun event, with a great atmosphere, plenty to drink and 'rustic' live music provided by the Rampagers. Mac, the caller for the evening, put a willing group of barn dancers through their paces and the dancing was lively and energetic - perhaps even slightly chaotic!

Mid-way through the evening there was a welcome break for some tasty fish and chips and an entertaining raffle which raised funds for the SVP. And then back to the dance floor…

Many thanks go to Andrew Lodge for organising the evening which succeeded in getting parishioners from three Mass centres to socialise together. Thanks are also due to all the helpers - particularly those behind the scenes in the kitchen - and to all who contributed to the raffle, and to Francis Quinlan as Master of Ceremonies for the raffle.

This was Fr David’s first barn dance, and he will definitely be back for more!



On the beautifully warm and sunny afternoon of Sunday, 21st October 2018 many Parishioners attended Mass at Arundel Cathedral to celebrate Fr David’s installation as a Canon of the Chapter of Arundel Cathedral. After the procession of clergy to the altar Bishop Richard welcomed the congregation and invited Fr David to come forward to make a Profession of Faith, sign documents and be vested by him in a purple and fur-lined mozzette. In his homily, Bishop Richard praised Fr David for showing fidelity and perseverance and for being an example of prayer, and he thanked God for the love of God that he preaches, a love which shines through everything however impossible it is to understand. Following some enjoyable photo opportunities with Fr David, family, friends and Parishioners, this wonderful occasion was rounded off by refreshments in the Cathedral Centre and a chance to congratulate Fr David in person.

20th October 2018 - Annual Parish CAFOD quiz raises £820!


The 4th Parish Quiz took place on Saturday 20th October and was a hugely successful sell-out event with nine teams who competed closely and enjoyably throughout the evening. Testing questions were in themed rounds which included The Answer's a Colour, Around the UK, What's the Connection? and The Bible. Quizmaster Ian Honeysett kept everyone on their toes, ably assisted by Jan with the scores, and the winning team from St John's Farncombe took the trophy.


The Quiz evening raised a total of £820 for CAFOD and special thanks go to St Edmund's Justice and Peace group and Jo Lewry for organising the event and to Colette and Adrian Wyn-Griffiths, Mary Waight and Julian Lewry for catering and all their work behind the scenes.

The proceeds of the Quiz, combined with the generous donations of £1,196 to the CAFOD Harvest Family Fast Day collection on October 5th mean that our parish has now raised a fantastic £2,000 for CAFOD! This money will go to support our brothers and sisters living in poverty overseas and towards emergency aid for those who have lost everything in the Indonesian earthquake and tsunami.


There were just 3 intrepid cyclists from the Parish for this year’s Ride & Stride: Elizabeth & Peter Sims and Ian Honeysett. But it was a fine day with no rain forecast so our spirits were high as we met up at St. John’s, Farncombe at 10.00am on 8th September. We were all wearing our bright yellow, high-visibility jackets so Health & Safety would have been proud. Our next stop was Binscombe Church where we met the Minister who explained they will only have 2 more services there as they have outgrown the building and are planning to build a bigger church and, in the meantime, will worship in Broadwater School. We couldn’t persuade him to join us on the Ride though.

On to St. Nicholas Church at Compton. It was very busy as they were having a Flower Festival. They offered us coffee but we were conscious we had a long way yet to cycle so we reluctantly declined. Then we headed for St. John the Baptist, Puttenham via the Watts Memorial Chapel and the golf course. We were glad of our bike helmets as, one year, I was almost hit by a golf ball (not deliberately I hope). Then it was the long – mostly downhill – stretch to Elstead. Glorious! Thank goodness the brakes worked. We paid a visit to St. James’ Church and then – always a highlight – the United Reformed Church where they always give us coffee & cake. This year was no exception. They also showed us round their Flower Festival. And we met 2 members of their congregation who are also belly dancers (very popular in Elstead we learned). Eventually we left Elstead for the long haul to Milford where we visited St. Joseph’s (of course) and then St John’s. And then a smooth run (apart from the roadworks) to Godalming where we called in on St. Edmund’s, St. Peter & St. Paul, the Baptist Church and (our 13thand final church) the United Church on Bridge Street. We reckon we’d covered about 20 miles just under 5 hours. Probably not an Olympic time but very enjoyable. We’d met lots of very nice people, visited many beautiful churches (most of them open) and had a great deal of exercise. And then home for a cup of tea. So many thanks to all those who have so generously sponsored us. Most of you have already paid – so you clearly had great faith in us. If you haven’t then either pay me at Mass or put it in an envelope marked “Ride & Stride” and I’m sure it will get to me.

Ian Honeysett

For more information about the National Churches Trust and Ride & Stride please visit

Binscombe Church:

St. Nicholas, Compton:

St. John the Baptist, Puttenham:

Tackling the hills:

St. James, Elstead:

Elstead United Reformed Church:


St. Joseph's:

St. Edmund's:

St. Peter & St. Paul, Godalming:

Godalming United Church:


On Friday 7th September the Parish held a silent Day of Adoration at St. Joseph's, coinciding with the Eucharistic Congress held in Liverpool. The day commenced with Morning Prayer at 9.15am, followed by Mass and then Benediction.


After a challenging start to our day caused by traffic chaos on the A3 and gridlock through Godalming, we eventually made it to the wonderfully peaceful grounds of Aylesford Priory in Kent where Father David led our day reflecting on 'Praying with Mary'. We started with Morning Prayer, then looked at the background to, and then prayed, some of the more rarely used Marian prayers. These included the Salve Regina, the Memorare, the Regina Coeli and Our Lady of Sorrows. Mass was celebrated Mass in the Relic Chapel. After lunch, and a chance to explore the grounds, we assembled at the Rosary Walk and said the Joyful Mysteries taking the comments from Parishioner Gillie Nicholls' delightful book on the Rosary called 'The Rosary is Boring! Isn't it?'. Our thanks to Fr David for his guidance to what we all agreed was a very special day. We are already thinking where to go next year!

Jan Honeysett

Parish Pancake Party

The Parish held Pancake races & lunch (with pancakes of course) at St. Edmund's School on Sunday 11th February. Fortunately it was a fine, sunny day. Everyone had a great time. And all the pancakes were eaten!

Just a few of the pancake racers:

The winners!

And thank you to the wonderful team responsible for organising the event: