The Magazine will be available once again in printed form from the January 2021 issue, and this will be sent to subscribers before the end of December. Those who have elected to take the electronic version will also received this before the end of the year. 

It is not too late to subscribe! see below.

National Parish Magazine Awards

Good News!!! Once again we entered for the National Parish Magazine Awards. Every year we submit two magazines into the competition. For the 2020 competition we submitted the January and the April magazines. The April issue was the last magazine we were able to print with T&C printers in Bromley in 2020.

We are delighted to announce that we achieved 7th place in the A4 category out of an entry of 262 parishes. This was yet another year in which we have been in the top 10 which is a remarkable feat considering the huge funds other parishes have at their disposal to produce their magazines. We would like to thank all the people who contributed to the magazine to help us with this achievement.

We have often been congratulated on the quality of the many photos we have included. While deliberating on the future of the magazine we calculated that in the 12 month period September 2019 to August 2020 over 70 people had their contributions published.

We have a vast number of organisations listed on the back pages of the magazine which are of interest in the community and regularly receive interesting reports for publication. Dates for your diaries proved to be a valuable source of information in the community and in 2021 we will reintroduce this page. We appreciate the enormous amount of support and interest in the FPM.

With government guidance changing frequently as the pandemic develops, it is very difficult for our clergy to plan services in advance and changes may have to be made at very short notice. Please keep up to date by checking the website or by calling or emailing the appropriate organisations in our tots to teens and regular fixtures listed on page 26.

Our deadline for submissions of articles, notices and photos will remain as 6th of the month prior to publication so please send anything for the February magazine by Wednesday 6th January 2021.

Eddie and Helen Roberts

Parish Magazine 2020-21

When the Coronavirus pandemic struck we had to face the fact that at least for a while the magazine could not be printed or delivered. We are very grateful to Adèle Cooke for producing the e-magazine, to all the people who have continued to contribute and to all our readers for their ongoing support.

The magazine committee and PCC have worked hard to find a way to return to the pre-Covid version, and to have it delivered without asking for volunteers who may feel vulnerable in these difficult times. We are very pleased to be able to announce that the first of our resumed printed glossy magazines will be the January 2021 issue, to be sent out by the end of December 2020.

However, the magazine has not been priced to cover production costs for many years. In order to ensure it can be produced and delivered the decision has been made to increase the cover price.

The total cost for the 2021 magazines including delivery to your door by a delivery van (or by Royal Mail for those outside the BR6 postcode area) is £30 per year.

If you would prefer to continue to receive the magazine as an email with pdf attachment the annual cost is £10.

To subscribe to this, payment must be made in advance as follows:

1    You can arrange a direct payment (preferred method) with your Bank or Building Society using the following details:

Bank name:   Santander
Account name:  Parochial Church Council of St. Giles
Sort Code:   09-01-51
Account No:   47938309

Please reference it with your name, postcode and house number and inform the Parish office using the slip available on the Downloads Page

2    Alternatively for those who do not use online banking please pay your subs by cheque accompanied by the tear off slip as above and return to the Parish Office marked Subscriptions, FPM, Parish Office, St Giles Centre, Church Road, Farnborough, Kent, BR6 7DB or by writing your name and address on the back of the cheque.
If subscribers have already paid until April 2021 and wish to receive a refund, please can they contact the Rector directly.

Cash payments will no longer be accepted, apart from copies purchased in the churches. If you buy the magazine in the church it will cost £2 per copy.

Adèle Cooke has kindly agreed to update our subscriber’s database. It is vitally important that she has the addresses and payment details to make this possible and to ensure delivery to the correct address.

We look forward to receiving notices, articles and photographs by 6th  of the month prior to publication  eg. items to be included in the January magazine must be received by the 6th December.

Eddie and Helen Roberts, updated December 2020



About the Magazine

Farnborough Parish Magazine is published monthly, and is thought to have been in continuous production since 1899, see Magazine History

More recently, falling church attendance, the rise of the internet, and competition from free local advertising papers, have made maintaining a sufficient number of subscribers to cover the production costs more challenging. 

This came to a head in 2020 when door to door deliveries by volunteers had to stop as a consequence of the world-wide pandemic.
Distribution has therefore become a significant difficulty, inevitably involving extra costs.

See the main panel for new arrangements and pricing.

October 2020

Magazine Contacts

Editor: Eddie Roberts,
Deputy Editor: Helen Roberts
tel: 01689 851267  farnboroughparishmag@gmail.com

Advertising:and subscriptions
Adele Cooke 07789 467093

The Editor and PCC accept no responsibility for the services offered by advertisers.

The deadline for submission of articles is the 6th of the previous month (eg. articles for the March edition to be received by the editor by the 6th of February).