Organ Dedication

Sunday 13th October 6:30pm

We have now been informed by the organ builders, FH Browne and Sons, that the organ work will be completed by mid-September.  This means that the Dedication Service will now be held on Sunday 13th October at 6.30 p.m. 

The Rt. Revd. Bishop Edward Holland has kindly agreed to conduct the Dedication and to preach.  The service will also include a dedication of a new Verger's Wand in memory of Gordon Johnson.  The service will be followed by refreshments. 

I do hope you will make a note of this in your diary and join us in what will be a very special occasion in the life of St. Giles

Organ Pipe Decoration Appeal

I am pleased to say that the organ refurbishment work is proceeding well. As this has been a once in a generation opportunity to refurbish our Church organ the PCC decided to get the front display pipes gilded.  In doing this work the gilders discovered that originally the pipes had been decorated with fleur-de-lis and decorative rings.  Unfortunately this work was painted over in past times. 

In discussions with the gilders it has been suggested that some of these decorations could be restored. 

With the pipes now being located in the roof apex of the Church, detailed decoration would not be fully appreciable from such a distance.  However, one flower and some decorative bands would break up the uniform look of the gold leaf and would restore something of the former appearance of this historic instrument.  The price of this redecoration is £1,500. 

I understand that the Friends of St. Giles have kindly agree to donate £500 towards this which means we now have £1,000 to find.  I am sorry to once again ask you to support yet another project at St. Giles, but I think we would all agree that it would be a great pity to miss this important opportunity to greatly enhance the overall appearance of our Church organ whilst restoring an important part of St. Giles historic heritage.

Thank you very much if you are able to help with this.  Please make cheques payable to St. Giles PCC and leave them either at the Rectory or the Parish Office in an envelope marked 'Church Pipes Decoration Fund'.  If donations exceed the required amount then the residue will be put towards our Junior Choir Fund.  Please remember to Gift Aid your donation if you a UK tax payer (Gift Aid envelopes are available at the back of the Church in the magazine display stand).


The Friends of St. Giles
at Farnborough Fayre

Saturday 7th September

Are you turning things out? Are you having a clear out? The Friends are having a bric-a-brac stall at the Farnborough Fayre

The Friends of St. Giles would welcome any donations of bric-a-brac.  These may be left in the porch of 308 Tubbenden Lane South.

Thank you. 

Julia Hoadley

St Giles the Abbot
Sunday School

Both Sunday school groups will restart on Sunday 8th September.

Junior Sunday School (3+) meets on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Sundays of the month in the St Giles Centre at 9.50am. We offer Christian and moral teaching through story, song and craft.   During the Autumn term, our theme will be Wonderful Earth and we shall be thanking God for His creation. The children will think about how we can look after our environment.  

Senior Sunday School (8+) meets on the 2nd, 3rd and 5th Sundays of the month in the St Giles Centre also at 9.50am and we shall be continuing to look at the teachings found in Luke’s Gospel. We have lively discussions and represent what is learned through craft.  

Irene Dancer

The Revd. Wendy Cranidge.

It is with sadness that we announce that  Revd. Wendy Cranidge died peacefully in hospital on 27th May 2019, aged 88 years. 

Wendy served part of her ministry in Farnborough parish, 

Her funeral service was held in St. Mary’s Church, Todmorden, on Friday 21st June.

St Giles Summer Fete

A sincere thank you to all those who contributed to making this year's fete work; particularly those who gave stall items and donations.

The net income for the fete this year was £3,300. just £29 down on last year, a great return on such a blustery day.

We lost the bouncy castle for safety reasons but they very kindly refunded our payment.

Dance Off Studio had some cancellations from parents and in the end decided wet grass would be too dangerous.


Charity in Focus:

Film Evenings

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Events Calendar for 2019

Sun 1st Sept Patronal Festival - refreshments after 6:30 service
Sat 7th Sept Farnborough Fayre
Sat 5th Oct Harvest Supper
Sun 6th Oct
Harvest Festival - Brunch after 10:00 service, refreshments after 6:30 evensong
Sun 13th Oct Organ Dedication 6:30 , then refreshments in Village Hall
Sun 10th Nov Festival of Remembrance -  refreshments after the 6:30 service
Sat 7th Dec Christmas Party Event
Sun 8th Dec Refreshments St. Giles Centre after 10:00 Confirmation
Sun 15th Dec Refreshments Village Hall after 6:30 9 Lessons and Carols service

Carol Fryer
01689 855468 / 07951 725069