Queen's Platinum Jubilee

Plans are taking shape for our Church's celebration of Her Majesty's Platinum Jubilee. 

Choral Evensong - Zadok the Pries

Sunday 5th June 6:30pm
There will be a special Choral Evensong on Sunday 5th June at 6.30 p.m. followed by refreshments. This will feature the choir singing the anthem Zadok the Priest by G.F. Hendel..

Zadok the Priest, in full Zadok the Priest: The Coronation Anthem, the most popular of George Frideric Handel’s Coronation Anthems for George II. Like the three other anthems in the set, “Zadok the Priest” premiered on October 11, 1727, the occasion of the coronation, in London’s Westminster Abbey.

Although less widely famed abroad than Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus, “Zadok the Priest,” using texts from the King James Bible, blends voices and instruments into a potent musical statement. The anthem’s majesty is such that it has been used for every English coronation since that of George II. (Wikipedia).

Flower Display - Volunteers Needed

Friday 3rd -Sunday 5th June

t would be lovely if we could keep St. Giles open over the Platinum Jubilee weekend (Friday 3rd June, 10.00am-3.00pm; Saturday 4th June, 10.00-3.00pm; Sunday 5th June, 1.00-3.00pm) so that members of the public can come in and see our floral tributes to Her Majesty the Queen.

To do so we need volunteers to 'man' the Church in order to keep it open. If you are able to spare an hour, or more, please sign the list (divided into one hour slots on all three days) on the noticeboard in the Church porch in the next 2 weeks - preferably two people per hour.

Flower Display - Preparation

Tuesday 31st May

The St. Giles Flower Arrangers will be working in the Church on Tuesday 31st May in preparation for the Platinum Jubilee Flower Festival.

We would be very grateful to receive donations of green foliage delivered to the Church between 9.00-10.45 a.m.

Many thanks.

St. Giles Flowers Teams

Arrangements for
Services at St. Giles

Attending Services

The wearing of face masks is no longer mandatory, but advisable in such a small church as St Giles.  Hand sanitizer will be available in the Church porch along with spare face masks. The Church building will be periodically ventilated during each service. Singing remains permissible.

Everyone who attends St. Giles should be fully vaccinated if possible and free of Covid symptoms. 

This Notice will be subject to any future changes issued by

Safe Zone

If the main body of the Church is busy then the gallery will be put aside for six people. 

 If you would like to use this Safe Zone area please contact the Parish Secretary n advance of any service or event.

Farnborough Parish
Annual General Meeting

Sunday 29th May 4pm.

Notice is given of the Annual General Meeting to be held at St. Nicholas on Sunday 29th May at 4.00 p.m. AGM papers and accounts statements are available at the back of both churches, and also on the Downloads Page.

There are TWO vacancies on the Parochial Church Council for St. Giles this year, and ONE for St. Nicholas. There are Nomination Forms on the porch table. The St. Giles PCC meets six times a year. For more information please contact the Rector.

There will be no evening service at St. Giles on Sunday 29th May.

St Giles Garden Party and Fete

Saturday 25th June 2022

Great food and drink, cakes and marmalade.  Stalls and games.  Punch & Judy performances.  Listen to the Sevenoaks & Tonbridge Band and the Rock Choir.  Watch the children from Dance Off Studio.

I am delighted to say that after an absence of two years this year's Rectory Garden Fete is going ahead at the later date of Saturday 25th June.  As well as being a wonderful community event for our Church and village it is also a useful fundraising occasion for the life and work of St. Giles. 

In order for this event to be a success it will need your support.   Bottles, tombolo stuff and books can be left at the Rectory a few weeks prior to the occasion and preferably the weekend beforehand, and on Friday 24th. 

If you are able please volunteer to help by contacting Carol Fryer on 07951 725069.  If you are going to be away and not able to attend then as in previous years we are going to have some 'Save the Fete' gift envelopes so people can still donate to the occasion.

Coach trip to Broadstairs

Saturday 9th July 2022

Our trips to the coast have always been well supported and enjoyed. Our annual trip to the seaside is a great day on the beach for you and your family and friends. 

Tickets: Adults £15, Children £5 or Family of 4 (2 adults + 2 children) £30.

Parish Magazine Distribution

Paul Barnes has kindly volunteered to oversee the distribution of the magazines. Paul’s contact details are telephone: 01689 822005 or email at

The magazine team are very grateful and thank Paul for taking on this demanding role. Volunteers for helping with deliveries are always welcome.

Bereavement Support

Have you recently lost your life partner, or know someone who has? St Giles runs two Bereavement Support Groups which puts people in touch with others who are going through the same experience, allowing people to access the help and support they need over the long term.

During the 15 years that the groups have been running over 150 people have benefited from this service. The groups are run in a friendly and professional way and there is no charge to attend. The groups are neutral spaces for people of all faith and none. For more information please contact Matthew Hughes on 01689856 931 or via email on 


Charity Film Night:

Charity Film nights will restart in March

Further Details

St Giles – Social Events 2022:

As the situation with covid seems to be improving, we have decided to go ahead with a few events for this year. Obviously, if the covid restrictions change we will have to reconsider. We will refund any payments we receive should an event be cancelled.

Events are now being advertised on this paged,  so, make a note in your diary now.
Carol Fryer
01689 0855468 / 07951 725069

Readers and Sidespeople

Would you like to read a lesson at either the 11.15 a.m. or 6.30 p.m. services? If so please sign the list on the noticeboard in the Church porch.

We currently need two sidespeople for two evening services - 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month. The job involves arriving before the service to welcome people, to hand out books and pewsheets, and to take up the offertory. Please sign the list on the noticeboard in the Church porch.

Thank you,