St Giles Supper

Saturday 23rd Feb. 6.00 for 6.30 pm.

Come and enjoy a friendly supper including live music and barn dancing.  There will be a two course supper: Soup and roll, various sandwiches, Crepes - bring your own drink. 

The Supper will take place at St. Nicholas Hall, Leamington Avenue, Orpington, BR6 9QB. 

Tickets: Adults £8 / Children £1 - profit to the Organ Fund. 

Carol Fryer 01689 855468 07951 725069 .

French Evening: The Friends of St. Giles with St. Nicholas

Saturday 4th May 2019, 7 for 7.30 pm.

A glass of French sparkling wine or French soft drink on arrival.  Two course French meal and tea or coffee followed by entertainment with a French theme.  St. Nicholas Hall.

Tickets £14.  Reserve yours now with Valerie Bailey - 01689 856045. 

All profits will go jointly to The Friends of St. Giles and St. Nicholas Church.

This replaces the advertised Irish Evening.

Flowers at St. Giles

The 2019 calendar for the Book of Remembrance is now open. If you have not already reserved a week in memory of a loved one, please contact me on the number below.  

For a special anniversary or birthday, please consider booking the St. Peter & Paul or St. Augustine window or even a pedestal. The flower arrangers will create a lovely display to celebrate the occasion. 

Donations should be payable to ‘St. Giles PCC Flower Fund’ and placed in an envelope named for the attention of Alison Reynolds and handed into the Parish Office or placed in the Church porch pigeonhole.

Suggested donations:         
* Book of Remembrance from £12
* Large Windows from £20
* Pedestal from £50.

As always, we welcome and are very grateful for any donations to the St. Giles Flowers Fund to support the year-round floral arrangements. Thank you,

Elizabeth Harriss-Orr
01689 482560 / 07398 109621

Alison Reynolds
01689 858929

St Giles Summer Fete

This year’s Fete will be on
Saturday 8th June.

Although still early days, we need to build up the stall goods, so if you have any unwanted gifts or bottles or toys for the tombola stall there will be a box for donations in the Church, or if they need collecting

Carol Fryer
01689 855468 07951 725069 mobile

Farnborough War Memorial and Adjacent Area Appeal Update

I am delighted to say that there has been a very generous response towards our Farnborough War memorial Refurbishment Appeal.

The funds received at 31st October 2018 amounted to £7,041.58. This includes £2,745.09 from the Farnborough Village Society. In addition there will be £3,880 from the council.

The appeal is still open as we desperately need to repair the pathway in front of it, so please do consider giving to this worthwhile cause.

Cheques should be made payable to St Giles PCC and left at the Rectory or the Parish Office. Thank you in advance for your help.
Matthew Hughes Rector and Sue Ellis Chair of Farnborough Village Society


Electoral Roll Revision 2019

Every six years we are required to revise our Parish's Electoral Roll.  The Electoral Roll is a list of all those who are committed to their Parish Church and see it as their habitual place of worship ('habitual' covers a range of attendance patterns).  Members of a church's Electoral Roll (not to be confused with the London Borough of Bromley's Electoral Roll) are entitled to vote at the AGM and synodical elections.  At the AGM members of the Parochial Church Council are elected to represent the Electoral Roll members.  

Through the Electoral Roll we will be able to keep in touch and inform you of services and events that are taking place within the life of our Church.  In order for us to do this under the terms of the new Data Protection Act it is vital that you complete, sign and return this form either to the Parish Office or via the box in the Church porch.  Please be assured that your personal details will be held securely by the Admin Team and only used in connection with the life of our Parish.  The Electoral Roll is a reflection of our commitment and involvement with our Church and our discipleship of Christ.  Thank you for giving this your attention.  

Emails, or letters, have been sent out with the new Electoral Roll form to everyone who is at present on the Electoral Roll.  

The closing date for receipt of applications is Tuesday 26th March.  Applications received after that date can only be added after the AGM on Sunday 28th April.  Only those who have submitted their forms prior to Tuesday 26th March will be eligible to vote at the AGM.  Even if you have only recently gone onto the Parish Electoral Roll you will need to re-apply.   

There is a box for completed forms on the table in the Church porch together with spare Electoral Roll forms, or completed forms can be put through the Parish Office letterbox.


Post Lent Retreat

Saturday 27th April

To take place once more at Burrswood Retreat House, Groombridge, Kent.

The theme is: ‘God’s little springtime’ 1 Corinthians 15.

We leave St. Giles Centre at 9.00 a.m., return by 4.30 p.m. Please sign list in porch of Church - Max. 24 people.

Let's Sing Together Group

This has got off to a really good start with around 24 people coming to it, which is considerably more than we were expecting. For those who would like to join in, the dates are easy to remember: 1st Monday in every month at 19.30, in church, for approximately an hour followed by coffee.

We are concentrating on the music that is seen at all the services at St. Giles. We want people to understand more about what we do, a little about how to read music and perhaps to consider how they could be a part of our music making. All are welcome, experienced singers just as much as those with none: it makes it so much easier for the novice to sing alongside those who know what they are doing.

Clive Brearley

Parish Magazine Distribution

Can you spare 30 mins. once a month to help deliver our Parish Magazine? Currently we have two rounds where we need people to deliver - Southfleet Road, 18 magazines, and Broadwater Gardens, 20 magazines.  We could also do with some reserve deliverers to cover holidays and sickness.  If you can help please contact John Richardson on 01689 811605 

please copy also to me at .

Best wishes,



Charity in Focus:

Film Evenings

See Charity in Focus for details

Also there read about nominating charities to be supported in 2019.

Events Calendar for 2019

Sat 23rd Feb Bring and share Barn Dance
Sun 31st Mar Mothering Sunday Refreshments and cake after 10.00am service
Sun 7th Apr Cream Tea
Sat 13th Apr Friends Jumber Sale
9-12:30 in Village Hall
Donations and helpers welcome
Fri. 19th Apr - Good Friday Music at St Giles:
St Giles Choir will be singing ‘The Crucifixion’ by John Stainer between 2pm and 3.15pm.
Sat 27th Apr Burrswood Retreat
Sat 4th May Friends of St Giles with St Nicholas French Evening at St Nicholas.
A French themed meal and entertainment along similar lines to the Italian Evening held in 2016. This replaces the advertised Irish Evening.
Sat 11th May Coach trip to Eastbourne
Sun 19th May Organ Dedication Event
Sat 8th Jun Summer Fete
Sun 16th Jun Fathers Day Refreshments after the 10.00am service
Sat 6th Jul Coach trip to Broadstairs
Sun 14th Jul Annual Picnic
Sat 5th Oct Harvest Supper
Sun 6th Oct Harvest Brunch after 10.00am service
Sat 7th Dec Christmas Party event
Sun 15th Dec Refreshments after 9 Lessons and Carols service

Carol Fryer
01689 855468 07951 725069 mobile