Photograph taken after All Saints Patronal Festival Mass, celebrating 150 years
In the photo, from
L to R:-
Fr. Mike French, *Canon Stephen Gregory, *Fr. Bob Torrens, Fr. Jeffery Gunn (Hon. Asst. Priest),
Deacon Jennifer Wood, Bishop Christopher Hill, Fr. Robert Wright (Team Vicar),
*Fr. Stephen Eldridge, Fr. Humphries, Fr. Andrew Little.
(Also present but not robed or in the photograph – Fr. Ian Robb – Hon. Asst. Priest)
*Denotes former incumbents
On Sunday 4th November 2018 saw All
Saints’ saw a double celebration.
Not only was it our Patronal Festival, but also the 150th anniversary (Sesquicentenery)
of the consecration of All Saints’
The consecration actually took place on
All Souls Day 1868; All Saints’ Day was Thursday 1st November .
To mark this double celebration a special Festal Mass was arranged and held where we welcomed many friends
old and new, numbering some 110 in the end, to the 10.30am service.
We were honoured with the presence of
Bishop Christopher Hill. former Bishop of Guildford and Assistant Bishop
in this Diocese, who officiated and preached; and we were thrilled to welcome eight visiting clergy,
including three former incumbents, to join us in our celebrations:Fr. Mike French, Fr. Stephen Gregory (former incumbent),
Fr. Bob Torrens (former incumbent), Fr. Stephen Eldridge (former incumbent), Fr. Jeffery Gunn (Hon. Asst.Priest)
Fr. Ian Robb (Hon. Asst. Priest, Fr. Andrew Litttle, Fr. David Humphries.
We also welcomed back Ryan Cox, currently at Pusey House, Oxford, who served as thurifer for the day.
The Mass began with the Bishop dedicating
a new Gold Cope and set of Gold vestments presented to All Saints’
by Fr. Stephen Eldridge former Team Vicar.
Thanks to John McElroy and the excellent
All Saints’ choir, the music (Mass setting Missa Sancti Nicolai by Franz Josef
only be described as very special, superbly executed and perfect for the occasion. Congratulations and thanks must go to them all.
Following the Mass, all present were
invited to stay for a bring-and-share lunch with wine which was thoroughly
enjoyed by all who stayed
(virtually everyone!). Huge thanks to all who supplied a wide variety of delicious food and to Joy Tindle and her band of happy helpers
who ‘administered’ the wine and soft drinks throughout.
Special thanks must go to Karen and Tim
Winder for all their hard work behind the scenes, over many months, to make the
Thanks also to the band of willing volunteers, who undertook church cleaning on the Saturdays leading up to the pccasion and
made the church look so nice; and to The Flower Guild for decorating the church with such beautiful floral arrangements.
Finally, but by no means least, to all who
came to All Saints’, especially those who travelled many miles to be there, to
help us celebrate
our Patronal Festival and such a great milestone anniversary.
Here’s to the next 150 years!
ADDITIONAL EVENTS ACROSS THE TEAM THIS WEEK - see Calendar