St. Giles Summer Fete

Saturday 15th June 2024

This year's annual fete is almost upon us. Fingers crossed for a warm and dry day. Don't forget to put the date in your diary.

Join us for some great entertainment. The fete will take place in the Rectory Garden, Farnborough Hill and will be opened by the Farnborough May Queen at 11.00am and followed by a maypole dance by her and her entourage.

There will be lots of great entertainment, including a Punch and Judy. Come and have a relaxing day; enjoy some good food and drink. We need: Bottles, jars, and gifts for our tombola stall; Good quality small toys; Plants and arrangements for our Plant stall Books; Chocolates for the Chocolate Tombola stall,  These can all be left outside the Rectory garage or in the church

If you are able, we need cakes. These can be delivered on Friday 14th from 4.00pm or on the morning before the fete opens. They are always popular and are a best seller.

If you need anything to be collected please contact  Carol on 07951725069

Raffle Tickets

These are now available - 50p each or a book of 5 for £2.50 We have a variety of prizes, including cash prizes of £100 and £50 Take as many tickets as you need; please try to sell to your family and friends. Return the completed stubs with your money in an envelope. Pop the envelope in the church collection bowls or through the letterbox of the Centre in Church Road. The draw will take place at about 3.15pm on the day of the Fete; if you are not there and win a prize we will ring you.

Teddy Bear's Picnic

Don’t forget to come and look and buy the teddy bears. They will all have new outfits for the event. There will be lots to see including a bridal party with bride, groom and bridesmaids. There is also a rumour of a titled Bear joining us, Lord Robert, who is in fact a Harrod’s Bear, who will be wearing a velvet cloak. These and many more will be enjoying the sun and possibly a picnic, like their new owners.

Every bear will be for sale on the day of the Fete, to take home and be loved. Prices range from £3.50 to £12 so please bring your pennies.

Elizabeth Harris-Orr

Recycle your used postage stamps for Charity

Against Breast Cancer UK. collects used stamps to raise money by recycling used stamps.  Whether they’re British or overseas, new or used, Against Breast Cancer UK will turn your old postage stamps into funds to support breast cancer research. 

Stamps are sold by weight and as a general guideline one kilogram of stamps raises around £20 so please encourage your friends and family, at home and abroad, to save them for us. 

How to donate used stamps?: Please cut the stamp off the envelope. When cutting, leave approximately 1cm of envelope bordering each stamp and put them in the box in the Church porch.

Confirmation Service at St. Giles

Sunday 16th June 4:00pm

I am pleased to say that we shall be welcoming Bishop Jonathan Gibbs to Farnborough Benefice to conduct this year's Confirmation service in June.  

Confirmation is a time when we confirm for ourselves the baptism promises that our parents made on our behalf when we were infants.  Confirmation is open to all adults, Juniors from the age of 12 upwards. The Confirmation service will be preceded by a number of Confirmation classes, details to follow.  

If you are interested in being Confirmed then please contact me either by my email or via the Parish Office on 01689 853471.


St Giles Coach Trip: Broadstairs

Saturday 13th July 2024

Bring your bucket and spade, and hopefully your sun cream. Enjoy a leisurely day with your family and friends.

Don't miss out. Tickets: adults £16, Children £6, Family of 4 (2 adults, 2 children) £40.

The coach will leave Farnborough at 9:00am and leave Broadstairs at 5:30pm

Contact: Carol on 07951725069

Raffle Prizes - St. Giles Centre

We are planning several Raffles in 2024, to raise funds for the St. Giles Centre Refurbishment and would welcome your support. 

Did you receive a bottle of spirts or wine for Christmas that was not to your taste? Or maybe a beauty Gift set, box of biscuits or Chocolates/liqueurs that are just not for you?  Please donate your new unwanted gifts to St. Giles to help us create several beautiful Hamper baskets of delights, to raffle.

The above list is not exhaustive, we would be grateful to receive a new book, apron, vase or anything else which you think someone else will love.  Please place donations behind the font, in the large shopping bags marked accordingly. Items will be collected after the Sunday and Thursday morning services.

Thank you for your generosity and continued support.

St. Giles Fundraising Team

Community Larder
& Warm Space

Tuesdays from 10:30am

Just a reminder that our Community Larder runs every Tuesday morning at St. Nicholas church.

We are now also opening up our building as a 'Warm Space' from 10.30am - 12.30pm every Tuesday. Anyone can come along and enjoy the Warm Space from 10.30am, and will also be able to access free fresh food and grocery items from the Community Larder from 11.30am onwards, along with a free cup of tea or coffee.

Please do advertise the Community Larder and the Warm Space initiative to anyone you know who may be interested.

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Charity in Focus 2024

St Giles Centre Refurbishment

At our PCC meeting held on Monday 13th October 2023 the PCC decided to suspend our charitable giving for the whole of 2024, with the exception of the Parish Fete.  The reason for this is that we hope that work on the St. Giles Centre will begin in earnest in the summer of that year. 

To date we do not have a clear picture of how much this work is going to cost but it will certainly be a substantial amount.  Consequently every month we are going to ask our Church and community to contribute to a particular area of the refurbishment work.  

For example in January the focus will be on raising money to replace the roof in the main hall, a new floor and lighting.   

In February the emphasis will be on the redecoration of the main hall.   

Then in March we will move to the refurbishment of the kitchen and so forth until we have covered every aspect of the work.  

More information on this will be available as the work builds momentum.