Camberley St Paul

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St. Paul's Church
Crawley Ridge
GU15 2AD

We meet on the second Wednesday of the month at 10.00 the Church Centre.

Photo by Diana Dunford


As predicted in last year’s report,  Joan has done an excellent job in arranging this year’s programme of speakers and events which has been interesting and entertaining.

It began as usual with the AGM, followed by a talk entitled “Forth in Thy Name” given by Vicky Russell.  She is a familiar face at St Paul’s with her husband the Ven Norman Russell. She had not had a church up bringing so when she finally found God in her early twenties she immediately felt different and told us what it was like.  To celebrate Lent we had our usual Lenten Miscellany which began with a film about Frimhurst, followed by hymns and music and poems and a dramatic poem called “Women of the Cross” in which 7 members took part.  It was very moving and the realism made one think more profoundly about how it must have been to have witnessed the Crucifixion.  In April Gordon Parris told us what it was like to be “Grocer to the Queen Mum” and in May we fingered some beautiful quilts as Valerie Lillie from Project Linus told us about the scheme where people get together and make quilts and blankets and even incubator covers.  They provide comfort and a sense of security for sick and traumatised children and young adults nationwide.  Charlotte Morley, a Borough and County councillor gave a talk entitled “Life as a Twin Hatter” in which she described how she juggled her life between the 2 jobs.  “Sailing the Southern Ocean” took us sailing for 6 weeks around Cape Horn with Jane Orr and the Jubilee Sailing Trust, a charity which promotes the integration of people with physical disabilities and challenges them to adventures at sea sailing tall ships.

In September a new committee was formally commissioned.  The Ven Norman Russell took the commissioning service.  This was followed by a talk by Daan Olivier on his favourite subject, photography with a short history of the camera.  This was illustrated with some stunning photographs which were real works of art.  One of our own members, Christine Senior took the floor in October with an illustrated talk called “Needles and Pins” with ideas for the Festive season.  In November, Janette Merilion  talked on “Folklore with Plants Associated with Christmas.”  She brought an array of plants to sell which were snapped up by members.  December heralded our Christmas Miscellany with members’ contributions and Muriel Woodman playing the piano.  Unusually we began the festivities with a short enrolment service conducted by the Rev Claire when Phyllis Craft, Christine Street, Agnes Mackie, and Lynn Conley were enrolled.  Elizabeth Udell from the NatWest bank came and scared the wits out of us with her, none the less enlightening and helpful talk, about scams.  She illustrated it with slides and told us our motto must be “stay in control.”  In February we learnt about the Chilli Children’s Trust which is a Christian charity operating in South Western Uganda.  It supports orphans and disabled children with life limiting disabilities.  The talk was accompanied by some interesting pictures and we saw how the growing of chillis make people feel they have accomplished something useful.

And now we look forward to another year of interesting meetings.