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.
We were all delighted to hear of Fr Charles'
appointment to Storrington from September, following his
sabbatical (largely spent supporting his mother and
helping her with her move). I am also pleased to say
that the Diocese has agreed to continue paying rent on
the former presbytery so that a retired priest can move
in from September. He is Father Anthony Hale C.P. who
has worked for thirteen years in the diocese and prior
to that for the Passionist Order. Fr Anthony
lived in Merstham in his childhood (so will be known by
some of the older parishioners). The house is in need of
some renovation and decoration and this will be taking
place over the coming months, we are grateful to Richard
Franklin for overseeing the works for us.
Like Fr Charles, Fr Anthony's privacy is to be respected too. He will not be a priest of the parish, and the administration will continue to be coordinated from Ladbroke Road, Redhill. He hopes to be available for weekend supplies in local parishes (and in ours too)! Fr Aaron, Deacon Tim and I (together with the Deanery clergy) look forward to welcoming him as he retires from "Our Lady Help of Christians" West Byfleet, and arrives late September. I feel sure that you will welcome him when you meet him in due course.
Please keep in your prayers Fr Anthony, Fr Charles and all the Priests who are moving or retiring this September!
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