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Sandy takes part in 10km Tilford Fundraising Marathon

Rev Sandy Clarke braved the elements and managed to walk the 10km route in pouring rain, along with Catherine Crawford and Liz Witham. 
Here is a drenched Sandy with Brigid Walters, Head of All Saints School, Tilford.

The event was held around Tilford village to raise money for a new Allp-Weather Sports Track for All Saints Tilford School. 

Watch this space to see how much was raised - total amount to be announced soon! 


Keeping up an old tradition

On Mayday evening about a hundred people filled the Centenary Rooms to hear skilled craftsman Nick Easthope of Easthope Galleries, talking about the restoration of the windows at the church which he is shortly to carry out.  Nick’s family tradition is strongly connected with stained glass.  His grandfather was apprenticed (called indentured then) to a firm which supplied windows for the buildings of Auguste Pugin, the great Victorian architect of ecclesiastical and public buildings, and Nick himself has worked on restoration at the Red House, William Morris’s Arts and Crafts masterpiece.  Nick’s wife, Sarah, assists him in his work and his son is currently employing a team of six on a massive project, so the tradition of skilled craftspeople producing that which is both useful and beautiful is secure for years to come. 

Nick looked back at the long tradition of church glass, illustrating it by handing round examples of the lead rods between which the glass is inserted.  These were safely wrapped in polythene for this occasion to avoid any risk of poisoning.  The lead is flexible, to some people’s surprise.  He explained how the glass is made and painted, always on the inside of the window for protection from the weather, and an example was handed round so we could feel the difference in the surfaces.  After a break for delicious nibbles and a glass of wine, provided by a team led by Michele England and Ticia Goode, Nick explained the work which will be done on the St Thomas windows, which look fine from within the church but from outside are clearly bowing.  This phase of the work will cost about £14,000, which will be financed by a series of fund-raising events put on by the parish and this evening raised about £1,500 after expenses.  Many thanks to Nick for an engrossing evening.

Farewell to Ticia

The Bourne Parish was sad to bid farewelI to Churchwarden Ticia, as she is leaving Farnham.  Sandy made a lovely speech and Ticia was presented with gifts.

Ticia said 'I was truly touched by your generosity today.  Your cards, the beautiful roses, the financial support and departing prayers made it all so very special.  Thank you so much.
The Bourne Parish will always be in my heart and it has been a real privilege to serve you all for the last two years.  Your friendship and support has been much appreciated. 
I intend to join you in the congregation from time to time as Denham is not that far away.  I will give Caz my new address should any of you wish to keep in touch or even better, to stay or call in if passing.  I would love to see you.  With grateful thanks and blessings, Ticia'

A Fabulous Tea

A superb Afternoon Tea was served to parish volunteers by the Ministry Team on Sunday 21 April.  Parishioners sat at tables and were offered a wonderful selection of homemade sandwiches, cakes and biscuits.  It proved to be a great time of fun and fellowship. 
Many thanks to our churchwardens, Hilary & Ticia, for organising such a lovely event, and thanks to the Ministry Team for serving up a fabulous afternoon!



Car Boot Sale Success 

We were blessed with a sunny day. Over 20 cars arrived, were expertly directed into parking positions, then opened their boots and set up their stalls. A happy community event with refreshments consisting of hot dogs and various drinks available, and with some serious trading going on, resulted in a fun day which raised over £1100 for the Stained Glass windows repair fund. Well done to everyone who helped and took part.



Bishop Adie

Many of you will remember Bishop Michael Adie who passed away recently. The Rt. Revd. Michael Adie, Bishop of Guildford from 1983-1994, died on 4th  March, 2024. His funeral will be at 11.30am on Monday, March 25th at Guildford Cathedral. All are welcome.



Mothering Sunday

It was a memorable service on Sunday March 10th at St Thomas. Look at the fun everyone had making over 90 beautiful posies to give out to the mothers on Sunday.




Tilford's Parish Magazine

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Brambleton Hall Newsletter

We're nearly there! 

A cleaning day was held last Saturday to prepare for the final stage of decorating inside the newly laid out area at Brambleton Hall. 

Keith Newman has prepared a super Newsletter to bring us all up to date with the work done so far and the work still to do. Click here.



The Bourne Parish Eco Group News

Plastic fantastic! by Alison Ousey

Last year I took on the challenge of plastic free July and tried to go single-use plastic free for a month…. and failed.  Miserably.  Amazing to think that just 70 years ago we wouldn’t have seen much of it at all. 

Did you know:

  • Every piece of plastic that has ever been created still exists.
  • 430 million metric tonnes of plastic are produced worldwide every year of which 2/3 is for short-lived usage.
  • 8 million tonnes of plastic end up in the ocean every year.
  • Only 9% of plastic produced is recycled.  79% ends up in landfill or the environment.

The UN report,  “Turning off the tap” considers “How the world can end plastic pollution and create a circular economy”. Change will be driven by governments and companies, but what can we, as individuals and consumers do ourselves? 
Take part in the big plastic count between 11-17 March!
Without a proper understanding of the problem they face, governments and companies cannot devise suitable manufacturing and waste management regulations and systems.  By recording all your household plastic waste between 11-17 March and uploading the data, it can be analysed as part of finding the solution.
Sign up HERE!
There are just over 28 million households in the UK.  If each household were to reduce the amount of single use plastic by just one item per week, that would make 1,456 million fewer single-use plastics thrown away per year in the UK alone.  Why not give it a go?
Why not try the Giki Zero app / web pages?  Giki is a step by step guide to help you understand, track and reduce your carbon footprint – Find out more HERE
Why not join the St Thomas Eco Committee and help our church community move towards a more environmentally friendly future? 
For more information contact Ticia:

Phyllis Tuckwell Fundraising Recruiting for Open Gardens

Needing funding more than ever with the project of rebuilding the Hospice well underway, this is a delightful way to raise money.
Would you like to Open your Garden?
Please help if you can. To find out more please call 01252 729446 or email



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A warm welcome to Rachel Sturt

Rachel was born into a Christian family in Aldershot as the daughter of a businessman and a teacher. Her father was a church warden at Holy Trinity and she later married Tim, the son of the organist. She trained as a nurse at St. Thomas’ Hospital. After qualification children intervened and she took a break from nursing; Tim and Rachel are parents to three grown-up sons. The family became members at St. John, Churt, where Tim was appointed organist. It was here that Rachel heard the call to train as a Pastoral Assistant, and subsequently to ordination. She trained at STETS and was ordained in 2011. By this time she had returned to nursing at Farnham Hospital and later as a Practice Nurse in the town. More recently she has assisted with Covid-19 vaccinations. She served her curacy at Wrecclesham and Hindhead and was a volunteer hospice chaplain. She was appointed Associate Priest at St. Lawrence, Alton. At the same time she took the role of Anna Chaplain for the Alton area. Recently she has been considering where God is now calling her. Rachel is helping at The Fridge and the Ridgeway School and will be assisting Sandy across the parish, including at Anchorstone Care Home and Highfield School.

A big thank you to Patrick O'Farrell on his retirement



On January 16th, Patrick presided over his final communion service at St Thomas' and there was a large gathering at Tuesday Coffee morning after the service to thank him for his wonderful ministry here in The Bourne Parish.
He will be greatly missed as our priest but we hope to share some of his retirement time with him and Wendy as they enjoy a little more time together.




January 2024 Update on Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice

Local charity Phyllis Tuckwell is continuing to provide the same expert, compassionate Hospice Care as it always has, from alternative locations, while building work on its new Hospice progresses.
Its In-Patient Unit (IPU), which offers symptom management and end-of-life care, has been temporarily relocated to Camberley. It is under Phyllis Tuckwell management and the care provided there is given by the same Phyllis Tuckwell staff as in the old Hospice.
Its community team continues to care for patients in their own homes or care homes, providing support for them and their families as they live everyday life with their illness, and offering compassionate end of life care for patients who are spending their last days at home.
Its Living Well services for individual outpatient appointments and groups are based at the Beacon Centre in Guildford, which has recently been refurbished and now includes new consulting and group session rooms, updated IT infrastructure, energy efficient LED lighting throughout, and flooring materials and colours appropriate for dementia care.
Phyllis Tuckwell provides Hospice Care for people who are living with an advanced or terminal illness, such as cancer, and its new state-of-the-art Hospice will enable its specialist teams to care for more local patients and families in the coming years.
“We are very much open for business throughout the duration of the build – whether patients come to us and are cared for on our IPU or at our Beacon Centre, or we visit them in their own homes or care homes,” said Sarah Church, chief executive at Phyllis Tuckwell. “There’s nothing more important to us than caring for people who are living with an advanced or terminal illness, supporting them through to the end of their lives. We are delighted to be able to continue providing all our services whilst we build our much-needed new Hospice for our local community.”
To find out more about Phyllis Tuckwell’s new Hospice project, visit


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