The Local Community
Merstham is a small town on the edge of the North Downs about 20 miles south of London and 11 miles north of Gatwick Airport. It has a population of approximately 7,000 and is in the Borough of Reigate & Banstead and the County of Surrey.
As it is part of the London commuter belt there is easy access to London by train (32 - 46 minutes) and the M25 & M23 motorway intersections are nearby.
There is an initiative underway to form a Community
Interest Company to provide a Community Cafe in the new
Hub in Merstham. This will use local volunteers, provide
healthy food to local residents, use surplus food from
local outlets and also provide a training facility.
The project is being set up by a collaboration of Merstham Community Trust and Loveworks (Reigate) who currently run the local Foodbank. It is a kind of extension of the Easter project, but will try to be financially sustainable.
We recognise the need to acquire Trustees and have advertised in some media, but would like to extend the invitation to our local parishioners. Click here to view the poster.
If interested, do phone for a chat with Maggie May on 01737 643236 or TraceyBurrows on 01737 645217.
19th April - Travelling Icon of Our Lady of Consolation
This Icon will be in our Deanery from 18th April – 2nd May. On Thursday 19th April it will be at St Teresa’s Merstham where at 9:30am there will be a special Votive Mass of our Lady followed by Confession, Morning Prayer and time for private prayer.
Good Friday 2016 - ECUMENICAL WALK WITH THE CROSS
Members from several of the churches in Merstham gathered on Good Friday for an Ecumenical Walk of Witness, starting at St Teresa's in Weldon Way and ending at All Saints in Battlebridge Road, pausing also in the shopping areas on Portland Drive and Nutfield Road for readings and hymns.
Following this, many of those participating in the Walk, also joined the congregation of St Teresa's for meditation and Stations of the Cross, accompanied by Taizé music.
Merstham Easter Project - 30th March 2014
This project has been running for 18 months thanks to the generosity and support of volunteers, local church members and others. Lunch is served to approx 30 guests every Monday (including holidays) between 12 and 1.30pm. Could you help once a month as a member of one of the teams as server, welcomer, cook or baker? To find out more contact Jane Manfield (762446) or Tracey.Burrows@reigatebanstead. gov.uk
Merstham Easter Project Update
is growing at St Teresa’s community room every Monday between 12.30 and 2 pm . We offer a free hot meal to those in need followed by tea and homemade cakes. Last Monday we catered for 21 people. It is an ecumenical endeavour with 5 teams (one team per week) catering for up to 30 people. We really appreciate the number of volunteers who have stepped up to the mark to cater for our guests from across the parish and from other churches locally with some really fantastic food.
However organising a project of this scale does involve a cost so we would be grateful of any regular financial contributions, however small to keep the project running. If you’d like to help financially you can sponsor a meal on a regular basis (£3 a head) or you could just make a one off donation. Also if you are aware on anyone who may appreciate the offer of a free meal please do let us know or invite them along on a Monday. Please do get in touch with Jane Manfield firstname.lastname@example.org, Tracey Burrows on 01737 645217 or tracey.burrows@reigatebanstead. gov.uk if you’d be happy to donate or sponsor a meal on a regular basis. Please do feel free to come and visit us on a Monday and stop for a chat any time over a cup of tea.
See Past Events February 2013 for Bishop Kieran's visit