Church Reopening

We still do not have a definite date for the resumption of public worship at St. Giles.  We do know that it will not be before 4th July. 

I understand that faith leaders are currently in discussion with the government as to what is going to be a viable way forward and a timetable for re-opening.  In the meantime we have been asked to start thinking about what re-opening would look like in our situation and how the current stipulations on social distancing etc. would work in our Church.  Thought is now being given to this and more information will follow when it is available. 

I appreciate that the longer this goes on the more stressful and upsetting it is, particularly in terms of the loss of our Church and all it means to us.  I hope that with patience and fortitude and God’s strength we will continue to keep loyal to our faith and our commitment to St Giles.

AGM, PCC and Churchwardens

Due to the current lockdown the Church of England has legally extended the timeframe for the holding of Annual General Meetings until the end of October of this year. The current PCC will therefore remain in place until that time as will our Churchwardens. The Vestry Meeting when Churchwardens are elected will therefore take place prior to the AGM as per normal. The Parish Accounts were signed off at the last United PCC and are currently available on the Document Downloads page of this website. They will also be available for discussion and inspection when we hold the AGM,

To date the PCC has not met as we have been waiting for the latest government advice. If the lockdown continues then we intend to meet via Zoom. If you have any questions, or comments about anything to do with church governance, or issues pertaining to the life of our Church, please do get in touch.

St. Giles Parish Fete

Some time ago the decision was reluctantly taken to cancel this year's Rectory Garden Fete.  As we are now in May it certainly feels sad and indeed strange that we will not be holding this important and popular occasion.  Not only does the fete help to raise a significant sum of money for the life of St. Giles, (usually in the region of £4,000), but equally importantly it brings the village together in a shared occasion which is enjoyed by everyone who attends.   

This year’s fete would have been held on Saturday 13th June.  On this day we still plan to put up the bunting at the Rectory. 

If you are in a position to do so you are also welcome to contribute the money you would have spent at the fete to our SAVE THE FETE FUND. This can be given on the Saturday of the Fete and throughout June, (cheques may payable to St. Giles PCC via the Rectory) or an online payment can be made to:

Parochial Church Council of St. Giles - General Account
Account number 50686212
Sort Code 20-14-33.

If you choose to make an online payment please can you let Carol Fryer know that this payment is for the Fete fund. 

Her contact details are:

Carol Fryer 
telephone 01689 855468.

Online Services

I am pleased to say that things are progressing well towards our first online service, which we hope will be available for you to participate in on Trinity Sunday which is June 7th.  The service will be a Morning Prayer available via our own YouTube site,with a link also from this Parish website. 

I think it would be good to have a number of different voices in the service.  To facilitate this you are welcome to volunteer as an online reader.  We will let you have the set readings for each Sunday and you can then record them at home using your phone or PC and send them to our online service editor who is David Brooks Wilkins

David will then insert them into the service.  These can be either video clips or just audio.   I appreciate that this is a new learning curve for us and may well be part of the new normal as we move forward.  

Bell Augmentation Announced

I am pleased to announce that the PCC has agreed to the addition of two extra bells to our existing ring of six.  We are now awaiting formal permission from the Diocesan Advisory Council through the Faculty Process.  

The installation of bells at St. Giles has greatly enriched the life of our Church, and has done much to enhance the traditional and rural character of our Church, whilst at the same time raising the presence of St. Giles and its worship within our community.

A window of opportunity has arisen for us to further enhance this part of our common life with the further addition of two extra bells bringing our total to eight ringable bells.  A full engineer's report conducted by Adrian Dempster of Ward Cole has established that the tower will easily be able to accommodate the additional weight (5cwt) and there is space in the ringer chamber for the additional ropes.  Our current bells are light and these extra bells will add to the range and depth of the overall ring.  In addition such is the popularity of bell ringing at St. Giles the extra bells will allow our ringing team to offer more people a chance to learn and enjoy this pastime.  

For those amongst us who are concerned that St. Giles faces other more important priorities, I am pleased to say that the majority of the funding of this project has been secured with funds from the wider bell ringing community.  The PCC have agreed a contribution of £5,000 from a legacy that was specifically ring-fenced for Church building based projects.  

I am indebted to Nick Wilkins who has done so much to bring this project to fruition and through whose enthusiasm we have one of the best supported ringing teams in the Diocese.  I hope that we can all look forward to the Dedication of these new bells when the lockdown is finally lifted.   

Parish Magazine

As you may be aware, our printers are temporarily closed due to Covid-19, and we are not able to receive printed versions of the Farnborough Parish Magazine.  In addition, the Church of England has advised against hand-deliveries of items such as parish magazines.  However, I'm pleased to let you know that an electronic copy of the May edition is available and a copy can be obtained by emailing:

If you have any articles or items of interest for the future editions, please email them to Eddie & Helen Roberts:


Charity in Focus:

Film Evenings

See Charity in Focus for details

Events Calendar:.

Important Note:

All previously advertised events up to the Fete in the middle of June are cancelled

Further events in this list are subject to change or cancellation, depending how the coronavirus situation develops..

Sun 4th Oct Harvest Brunch after 10am Service
Sat 10th Oct Harvest Supper and Barn Dance
Sat 21st Nov Quiz Night, Farnborough Social Club
Fri 4th Dec Coach trip to Winchester Christmas Market
Sun 13th Dec Confirmation Service
Sun 20th Dec Nine Lessons & Carols

Carol Fryer
01689 855468 / 07951 725069