The Friends of St. Giles

The Charity of the month for September is the Friends of St. Giles - September 1st being our Patronal Festival Day.

Our main fund raising event will be on 1st September which for us is the perfect date! It seemed to be a good idea to support and encourage the re-introduction of the Farnborough Fayre in aid of the Delmeza Hospice Care for Children and the Farnborough Village Society who organise the Christmas lights.

We have therefore taken a stall and will be selling bric-a-brac. Any contributions may be left on the porch of 308 Tubbenden Lane South. I am sorry that you will have to be rather quick as the event is on the first of the month!

As many people are aware, our main focus during the last year has been to fund a feasibility study of the church to see if a lavatory could be installed. This was fully supported by the P.C.C. and the architect has now addressed them with his plans.

There is obviously a long way to go and much thinking to be done. However it is encouraging that a very eminent church architect has come up with some ideas as we know that many people want to see this problem solved.

Julia Hoadley

About the 'Friends of St. Giles'

You can help us keep in touch with you from time to time by becoming a "FRIEND OF ST. GILES THE ABBOT".   The Friends exist to help raise the funds necessary to maintain the beauty of St. Giles the Abbot Church and its Churchyard for future generations to enjoy. For a small annual subscription you will be included on our mailing list and be advised of, and invited to, any function held, as well as special services that may interest you.  We are a registered charity, which enables you, if you so wish, to Gift Aid your subscription, thus enabling us to claim back tax that has been paid by you. 

If you are a keen or budding fundraiser or just willing to lend a hand at events, then you are exactly what we are looking for. This is a great way to meet new friends, socialize, do something great for a fantastic cause, or even look impressive on your CV.

The Friends of St. Giles, is administered by a small Executive Committee comprising the Rector and Churchwarden (both ex officio), the Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer and not less than two or more than five elected members. The Committee meets quarterly with these meetings also attended by the Financial Adviser with one further meeting to approve the accounts prior to the A.G.M

For more information or an informal chat, please contact

Julia Hoadley 01689 853632. 

You may download a Membership Application Form from our downloads page, or contact our Membership Secretary

Sue Ellis  01689 607256.

St. Giles Farnborough is a church with a long and happy history, a warm and welcoming building which makes a return visit a must for many who have entered its doors. Many people of note have had connections with St. Giles, such as Dr Thomas Young who, amongst other things, interpreted the Hieroglyphics on the Rosetta Stone in Egypt.

The Aveburys, Lubbocks, Pitts and Foxes are the names of a few of the many families who regularly worshipped in St Giles.  Perhaps you have fond memories of time spent here, at a Baptism or Wedding, or joining in one of our many regular services. If so, you may well wish to return and recall the happy event.  St Giles is proud of its many visitors, and wishes to extend a hand of friendship to al

About Charity in Focus

In matters of faith and religion talk can be easy.  The bible teaches us that if we cannot love the brother or sister who we can see how can we love God who we cannot. At St. Giles we seek to put love into action by supporting a range of charities and good causes.  


There is obviously a tremendous amount of need in our own country and across the world with many charities seeking our support. During the course of the year a number of designated charity is supported by our community.  Funds are raised in various ways including Coffee Mornings, Cake Sales, donations and sponsored events. 

There are specific charities which are supported each year on a regular basis,  the remaining months are available for parishioners to choose a charity whose aims and objectives are close to their heart. If you would like to sponsor a charity, or any further information,  then please contact our co-ordinator:

Helen Roberts 01689 851267

Charities for 2018:

Month Charity
Jan / Feb Certitude
March MIND
April / May Christian Aid
(May / June The Parish Fete)
July / August London City Mission /
Church Mission Society
September Friends of St. Giles
October Poverty and Hope
November CRISIS
December Welcare in Bromley
IIf you would like any information about the Charity in Focus scheme, do please get in touch with our co-ordinator:

Helen Roberts 01689 851267


Money Raised 2017:

Month Charity
Jan/Feb The Maypole Project £354
March Water Aid £1,436
April/May Christian Aid* £900
(May/June The Parish Fete £3,500)
Jul/Aug Medicins Sans Frontiere £521
September The Stroke Association £349
October Poverty and Hope £610
November Crisis £1,004
December ABCD - Action around Bethlehem Children with Disability ** £1,646
Total (excl. Parish Fete) £6,820
  (Total in 2016 £6,149)

* excludes street collections £373

** Toys and Gifts from the Toy Service went to Welcare in Bromley


Charity Film Night:
Finding Your Feet

Monday 24th September
8:15 St. Giles Centre

Finding Your Feet is a 2017 romantic comedy film directed by Richard Loncraine and written by Nick Moorcroft and Meg Leonard.

The film stars Imelda Staunton, Timothy Spall, Celia Imrie, Joanna Lumley, and David Hayman.

Please note that here will be no Charity Film night during August.