Photo Gallery 2014

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


The joint service of Vespers and Benediction, held to celebrate 40 years since the first Catholic Mass was held at St. John's in Farncombe, was very well attended by both the St John’s and St Edmund’s communities. The celebration was lead by the Reverend James Rattue and Fr Michael Perry. Monsignor Edwin Barnes who was Rector at St John’s when the first Mass was held gave a very thoughtful homily. A joint choir led the singing. Many thanks are due to all those who took part to make this such a successful event. It was a wonderful evening and will long be remembered by those present.


Some photos from the very successful SVP Quiz Night on 11th October at St John’s, Farncombe.


Another warm, pleasant day for the 2014 Ride & Stride on 13th September. Very well sponsored by the Parish (£430 already received) but how many would actually make the Ride starting at 10.00am at St John’s, Farncombe. When organizer, Ian Honeysett, arrived on his (relatively) new bike, Sue Petty was already there from the Anglican congregation. Then Peter & Elizabeth Sims appeared. We waited a short while but concluded it would be a small team this year. Undaunted, we set off for St Nicholas, Compton where our first glass of squash awaited us. Then to the Watts Chapel where we met a cycling Rector from Seale who told us the Tour de Britain Cycle Race had already passed through and that we probably wouldn’t catch them up. Then, taking our lives in our hands (dodging low-flying golf balls) we crossed Puttenham Golf course (passing quite a few other cyclists) to St John the Baptist church. Then came the slow climb uphill and the amazing, fast descent to Elstead. By now it was warm and sunny and we would have had the wind blowing through our hair had we not been wearing helmets (of course). When we reached St James church Elstead, we were joined by regular cyclist, Helen McSherry and together we headed for the URC church, Elstead where we always receive a very warm welcome. They offered us a cup of tea and we decided to stay for lunch. Revitalised, we began the slow cycle to Milford. Somehow it always gets very hot during this stretch. After visiting St Joseph’s church, we visited St John’s and admired their beautifully mown lawns. We were now on our final leg (as it were) and made for Godalming where, in quick order, we visited St Edmund’s, Queen Baptist church, St Peter & Paul (more squash and a very friendly welcome from Joy who was on her mobility scooter but declined our offer to join our Ride) and then to our final stop at the United church in Bridge Street. It was easily the busiest stop of all as all the groups that use their hall put on a show for Heritage Open Day visitors (not just for us). We even tried to join in with the singing. And then back to Farncombe by about 2.30. It had been a really enjoyable Ride, visiting 12 churches. And no punctures or broken chains. Roll on next year!

Please enjoy this wonderful slideshow of photos from the Ride:


Ladywell Convent in Ashtead Lane held an Open (half) Day on Tuesday 5th August 2014. It was a great opportunity to find out more about the Franciscan Missionaries of the Divine Motherhood (FMDM) who are based there. They bought what was Tuesley Court in 1956 and renamed it Ladywell. It’s set in 80 acres and the Sisters themselves have helped construct many of the extensive buildings  that are home to some 70 Sisters. A lot of people came to the Day and were treated to a guided tour and a cream tea! You can follow the tour via the photos below :    

Ladywell Convent:

The small Chapel:

Franciscan Crucifix, painted by one of the Sisters:

The main Chapel, with mosaic:

The Sisters' Graveyard:

Stations of the Cross:

Very modern Retreat Centre:


Congratulations to our ten young candidates this year, confirmed by Bishop Kieran over the weekend of 21st June. Pictured below are some of the group confirmed at St. Joseph's Guildford together with the Bishop, Fr. Michael, course leader Andy Poulsom and course coordinator Bernadette Thatcher.


On Saturday 8th March our Parish group of Candidates & Sponsors travelled to Arundel cathedral to join well over 100 other Candidates from across the Diocese for the Rite of Election. As always, it was a tremendously uplifting occasion. Bishop Kieran welcomed everybody to what he described as one of the most joyful occasions of the year. The catechumens (i.e. those not yet baptised) were called by name to join him in front of the altar with their Godparents (i.e. their sponsors)  and each was presented to the Bishop. They then signed the Book of the Elect. Then it was the turn of the Candidates to be welcomed along with their Sponsors. There was plenty of inspiring singing and readings from scripture and, at the end of the service, all were invited to meet the Bishop and have their photos taken with him. We took advantage of this and pictures of our Parish group are shown below. This year, our Candidates are: Ken Fry, Marilee & Steven Richards & Melissa Wells and Sarah Churchill is our Catechumen. During Lent there are the 3 RCIA Scrutinies during the following Masses: 10.15 am on 23rd March at St Joseph’s, 6pm on Saturday 29th March at St Edmund’s, 8.45am on 6th April at St John’s.



Sunday 2nd March saw the biennial Parish Pancake Party at The Clockhouse Day Centre in Milford. About 100 parishioners attended and had a great time competing in the races (while occasionally tossing pancakes). The First Communion Team eventually won (just beating the St Edmund's Girls Team (plus one boy)). Fr Michael presented the trophies. Then we had a splendid shared lunch including - of course - lots of pancakes. It was a great occasion in bringing the Parish together and was very well organised by the superb team of Andrew Lodge, Francis Quinlan (& hat), Sandra Paiano & Natasha Brown and their respective spouses) amongst many others. We may even have shed all that "pancake" weight by the time of the next one in 2016!