Recent Events

Our Patronal Festival and Exciting Building Announcements

Our patronal festival is always a great celebration as we call to mind the Blessed Virgin Mary, to whom our church is dedicated. Our guest preacher, Canon Paul Thompson, gave us a challenging and thought-provoking sermon, and it was good to build on our links with his own institution of Epsom College, where he is Senior Chaplain and our own Director of Music, Jonathan Holmes, is organist. At the Sung Eucharist, the choir sang Rachmaninov’s Ave Maria from books donated in memory of the late Reg Saunders, former reader of this parish. Festal refreshments were enjoyed afterwards!

Over the refreshments the Vicar updated the congregation on some of the building projects that are in the pipeline.

Firstly, parking. There have been some issues raised with plans to improve church parking which we are seeking to address as quickly as possible. Meanwhile we plan to improve the marking and signage at the churchyard 4 entrance, to ensure those spaces are used to the best advantage by cars parking “neatly”.

 

Secondly, church loos. We have discussed in various congregation and PCC meetings for a couple of years now the need to improve the church toilet facilities. At the January congregational meeting those who spoke were generally in favour of building in the north west corner of the church. The PCC has also received feedback from some people who preferred other solutions: these were taken very seriously, and all possible options were looked at in detail (which is why the planning has taken so long already!) We appreciate all feedback and admit that no solution is ideal, but we feel we have taken everything into consideration and come up with the best possible. In the end the PCC decided that given the various uses of the church, the north west corner was the best way forward and our architect has now drawn up plans to this effect. The PCC will consider the plans and potentially petition for faculty later this month, and plans will be available for inspection and on our website. Parishioners are very welcome, as always, to give feedback to the PCC before the meeting on 24 September when this decision will be made. The Vicar concluded his presentation by saying he was sure these much-needed improvements will be of benefit to all who use our church.

All of these, and the other projects in the pipeline, are part of the exciting plans we have for St Mary’s. It was very good, on our patronal festival, to be giving thanks to God both for all we have received and also for the plans by which we hope to carry on doing God’s work in Ewell.

 

Church Hall redecorated – August 2018

St Mary’s Church Hall has been redecorated. Photos below show the “sneak preview” enjoyed by the congregation at the end of August. Further work is still to be done, but the photos give an idea of what has been done so far.

The hall is available for hire!

Parish Choir at Chichester Cathedral

On Sunday 2 September, our parish choir sang all three services of Mattins, Sung Eucharist, and Evensong at Chichester Cathedral, covering for the cathedral choir who were on holiday. The arduous programme for the day meant that the choir drove down on Saturday afternoon, ready for an early start to rehearsals. The choir adapted masterfully to the cathedral’s wonderful acoustic, and I lost count of the number of Chichester ‘regulars’ who asked me to pass on their appreciation of the quality of the music. Special thanks must go to David Crick, choir administrator, for organizing the trip, to Jonathan Holmes, our Director of Music, for conducting, to Simon Gregory for playing the cathedral organ, and to all those who sang. We are also grateful to Chichester Cathedral for the opportunity and for the warm welcome. The choir did St Mary’s proud!

Ewell Village Fair 2018

The Ewell Village Fair 2018 was a great success. The Fair was held in the Glyn House grounds of Ewell Castle School, and very many thanks are due to all those who contributed in so many ways to its success, raising around £10,000 for St Mary’s.

HOPE 2018

HOPE is the annual free, family event put on by Churches Together in Ewell in the grounds of Bourne Hall. This year, St Mary’s again contributed a stall with garden games: giant Jenga, giant Connect 4, and Mölkky. Things started slowly as 24 June was the date of an England World Cup game. Once the football had finished however, lots and lots of people started to arrive. All of our games were in constant use, with queues… we’ll have to bring more next year!

Our Parish Choir at Portsmouth Cathedral

St Mary’s parish choir sang Evensong at Portsmouth Cathedral on Saturday 14 April. Eighteen members of the choir turned out to sing in the wonderful setting (and acoustic) at Portsmouth. The choir’s next away engagement is on Sunday 2 September, when they will be singing Choral Mattins, Sung Eucharist, and Choral Evensong at Chichester Cathedral. Supporters from Ewell are very much encouraged to come along and make a day of it in Chichester!

Nest Box Week at St Mary’s

Organ Recital at St Mary’s

A Day for All 2017

Garden Party 2017

Yet again, the Garden Party was rained off, but that didn’t stop the fun as we moved to the church hall. Many thanks to all involved, and especially to the Social Committee for providing a splendid afternoon tea.

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