‘CRISIS’ Autumn Fayre

Saturday 3rd November

Advance notice that this event takes place on Saturday 3rd November from 10.00am until 12.00 noon in the function room of The Change of Horses. Please make a note of the date in your diaries and come along and give your support to this very worthwhile charity.

I would be most grateful for any unwanted new or good as new items, please contact Sue Ellis on 01689 607256

Homemade cakes would also be most welcome on the day. Please support us as we raise money for ‘CRISIS’ the charity fighting for the Homeless.

Toy Library

For a number of years we have run a Toy Library that coincides with our All Age Worship services.  Many children have enjoyed visiting the library discovering new toys, books, CDs and games.  We are now planning to adjust the contents of the library to accommodate the changing tastes of our young people.  So, going forward the emphasis will now be on CDs, books, games and craft equipment.  If you have any of these in A1 condition that you could donate to the library then please let me know.  We would also appreciate any feedback from parents and children re suitable content of the library.  To accommodate this more diverse content the Toy Library will now be called the Children's Library. 

Thank you, Matthew and the Children's Library Team - Debbie, Lisa, Justine

The Toy Library is normally open on the first Sunday of the month to coincide with the All Age Worship service at 10.00

Organ Appeal Update

Firstly, thank you all very much for your generous support of our Organ Appeal.  Through gifts great and small we have managed to raise £41,000 which, when added to our savings and a kind gift from the Friends of St. Giles, means we have raised the magnificent total of £56,000.  I can now confirm that the total figure for the restoration is £79,000, so we are well on our way. 

I am hoping that we will be able to commence the work in January 2019. I would like to suggest that we continue to run the appeal until then, with the aim of raising as much of  the grand total as is possible.  I hope that we will continue to give this appeal our best effort as this work will ensure the life and health of our Church organ for many, many years to come.  

Organ donation envelopes will be available at the back of the Church and they can be placed in the collection box on the porch table.  Please remember to gift aid your gift if you are a UK tax payer, as this helps us to increase our total as well. 

Thank you in advance for your help and we will keep you updated as we go along. With best wishes,

Matthew, the PCC, and Finance Team
August 2018

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Farnborough War Memorial and Church Yard Refurbishment

Over the past few years we have been busy refurbishing our precious war memorial and it all looks very clean and new as a result. 

With building of a new parapet wall in front and the subsequent planting out of the surrounding beds we have been able to complete this work in time for this years Remembrance Sunday.  £4400  has already been pledged and a further £3700 is required to complete the funding of the work. 

If you are able to support this appeal cheques can be left at the parish office, at the Rectory or at church in an envelope marked Farnborough war memorial appeal.  Cheques should be made payable to St Giles PCC. Thank you very much for your support of this important part of our villages life.
Matthew Hughes Rector and Sue Ellis Chair of Farnborough Village Society


Pop in for Tea and a Chat

Tuesdays 23rd October
1.30-3pm in the St Giles Centre.

Come and join us for your regular pop in tea/coffee afternoon: lots of friendly chat. All are welcomse, just turn up and bring your friends.

Sue Rennie 01689 857094

Centenery of end of World War 1

A number of events are taking place to mark this important centenery.

Memorial Afternoon Tea & Concert

Saturday 10th November from 3-5pm in

There will be a WW1 Centenary Memorial Afternoon Tea and Concert in aid of the ‘War Memorial’. Tickets £10 (£5 for children under 12). This includes a donation towards the Farnborough War Memorial Fund.

Tickets are available from Matthew Hughes and Sue Ellis. Please make cheques payable to the Farnborough Village Society

Contact Sue Ellis 01689 607256.

Flower Festival

Sat. 10th and Sun. 11th November

To commemorate this important occasion St. Giles will be holding a Flower Festival.To help support this event you are invited to make a donation in memory of any relative who served, or was killed, in the First World War.  Cheques should be made payable to St. Giles PCC with 'Flower Festival Donation' written on the back and put in an envelope addressed to Mrs. Doreen Wilson or Mrs. Valerie Bailey and put in the pigeonhole in the Church porch.  Donations will help us provide the flowers. 

Please mention the name/names of relative(s) and their dates so an appropriate notice can be placed in the pewsheet.

Old Photographs

As part of our Flower Festival to commemorate this important occasion we would like to have a display centered on individuals who participated in this conflict.  If you have photos, names, dates of a relative that could be used please put original photo in an envelope addressed to Mrs. Fiona Milton and place in the pigeonhole in the Church porch.  Fiona will then make a quality copy and return original photo also via the pigeonhole system. 

Please clearly state your name and relationship to the serviceman, or woman, in the photo - i.e. my father, John Smith - remembered in love by..

Coach Trip to Winchester Cathedral and Christmas Market

Friday 30th November 2018

Come and join us for an enjoyable day, and get some Christmas presents as well. All welcome. 

Tickets:£18, includes tea/coffee and cake on arrival in the Cathedral Refectory.  Highlights tour of the Cathedral will cost £4.  We will join Evensong at 5.30 p.m.  Departs: 9.00 a.m. Farnborough.  Departs: 7.00 p.m. Winchester Cathedral. 

Carol Fryer 01689 855468 /07951 725069

Christmas Event at
St. Nicholas Church

Saturday 8th December

We are arranging a new event: an early Christmas event to bring together family and friends. Make a note in your diary. Plans are already underway. Any ideas and contributions gratefully received. We will have live music and singing, maybe a few seasonal games; join in with your favourite carols. We will serve hot and cold finger food, family style. Bring your own drink.

To book your place, contact
Carol Fryer 01689 855468 / 07951 725069


Charity in Focus:

Film Evenings

See Charity in Focus for details

All Souls Service

Sunday 28th October

The invitations to the All Souls services are in the process of being distributed to all those who responded in writing last year.  The Parish Secretary has put in the Church porch invitations addressed to those people she recognises as regular congregation members.  If there is not an invitation letter for you, and you are expecting one, it may be that it is being hand-delivered or is in the post. 

Any letters not picked up by Friday 12th October will be posted.  Spare invitation letters are also in the Church porch.

Senior Sunday School

With the retirement of Jessie Tinham we now have a vacancy for one, or two, people to help teach our older children (9-11 years) the Christian faith. 

We are planning to review our course material and to set up an exciting programme which will help our young people grow in their faith. Commitment will be one Sunday of your choice per month plus one hour preparation.  This will be for one year initially.

If you are interested please contact me.