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All Saints Church, Farringdon

Next Village Coffee Morning - Sat 5th November - 10:00 to 11:30 am
On the first Saturday of the month you are invited to meet up with friends old and new and enjoy a cup of coffee and a home made cookie
in the Church from 10 - 11.30am - Invitation includes children and the dog!



FARRINGDON REMEMBRANCE 2016 - Our annual service of remembrance will be held on Sunday 13th November 2016 starting at 10.50am at the War Memorial (the bus shelter adjacent to Bahnstomers on the A32) where we will read the names of the fallen and observe two minutes silence at 11.00am followed by the laying of wreaths.

This will be followed by our church service in All Saints starting at 11.25am. Do please join us to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, those who have suffered and those who continue to suffer as a result of conflict. All are welcome.

The annual Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal will run from the 29th October to 13th November and our local volunteers will be conducting house to house collections early during this period. Do please give generously and consider gift aiding your donation if you can - if you do the taxman adds 25% to your donation at no cost to you! Let us see if Farringdon can beat our record of £1500.00.

Should anyone need poppy wreaths, wooden memorial crosses or other specific Poppy Appeal items then do please contact me as soon as possible.
Thank you, Clive Elderton Coordinator Farringdon Poppy Appeal


The Annual Christingle and Crib Service was held on Sunday 20th, a few images
of the Church Decorations and the Christingle Service are shown below.



The Principals await their cue
The Crib Completed


The Village Church has served the needs of our local community for 800 years.
It is a place of prayer and peace, a constant reminder of God's presence in an ever-changing world.



Under RepairThe weather vane was replaced on the 20th April 2002. In common with all Parish Churches, All Saints in constant need of restoration.




In 1999 , a special All Saints Restoration Fund was set up to refurbish and enhance the interior of the ancient building. The wooden shingles on the spire roof also needed replacing a problem exascerbated by the attentions of a Green Woodpecker which bored holes in the woodwork to extract the insects thriving in the decaying wood.

The Church was closed throught the Summer of 2001 for a major restoration and the newly refurbished Church reopened in time for Harvest Festival in the Autumn.

The refurbished interior.

In 2005 after a pastoral reorganisation of Local Parishes, Farringdon became part of the newly created Northanger Benefice which brought together the Parishes of Chawton, Selborne, East Worldham, West Worldham Hartley Mauditt, Newton Valence, East Tisted, Oakhanger and Kingsley.

The Reorganisation brought The Reverend Tony Pears and his family to the Farringdon Vicarage and on April 30th 2005 Tony was installed as Priest in Charge of the Northanger benefice at a service in Selborne.


Tony P meets Tony C . . .Two Perrys + one Pears



The Farringdon congregation were in attendance for the Rev Pears morning service in All Saints on the 1st May 2005, his first opportunity to meet them in his official capacity.   Tony had a busy first Sunday around the parishes, after officiating at his first morning service in Farringdon he was back in the Church for the children's service and then off to Hartley for a Rogation service later in the day with an evening service to follow. As he grew up in Blackmoor, Farringdon is virtually home ground and his local knowledge will be a valuable asset with such a large area to cover.


The Altar



Gilbert White, the Selborne naturalist, was curate at All Saints for many years before he took up his post as curate at Selborne, in the neighbouring parish.

The graves of the Rev. Thomas Massey and his Wife





Although the present church building dates back to the 1300's, structural changes took place in the 19th century under the influence of Rev Thomas Massey, rector for 62 years.

Massey was something of an eccentric with a penchant for building.

He was responsible for the construction of
'Masseys Folly', just across the road from the Church, the building we now use as the Village Hall.

The Rev. Massey died in 1919, before the building was completed, he is buried alongside his wife, near the Church door, their graves marked with Celtic crosses

The war memorials and a book of remembrance record the sacrifice of local people killed in action in the two world wars. Other memorials record lives of local people who have served both the church and community in their lifetime.


Visitors to the church can see a stained glass window in the vestry designed by village resident Hugh Powell, who moved to Farringdon in 1958. His work repairing bomb damaged stained glass was much in demand. His also made a window in Southwark Cathedral in London.

Many a village lad mourned the passing of the old hand-pumped church organ in 1969 as it provided a ready source of pocket money.

Ancient wall paintings of an Apostle dating back to 1340 were discovered when layers of old lime wash began to flake off medieval plaster work. In 1988 experts were consulted to carry out an investigation, so that decisions could be made about conservation.

Two paintings were discovered - both 'Dooms' or 'Last Judgements', with Christ as the central figure displaying the wounds of his crucifixion. The paintings were faded in places and difficult to make out, but some details are still clear.

Unfortunately these paintings are in the loft space above the ceiling and are not accessible to visitors, although when the recent repairs were carried out it was discovered that the ends of the ceiling timber supports had crumbled away, with only the plaster work preventing an unscheduled descent, which would have given those of the congregation who were still conscious, a clear view of the old paintings.

The old yew in the churchyard, beside the path from the Lych gate, is certainly an ancient tree, the exact age is uncertain but possibly less than the 3,000 years claimed in some estimates. Whatever the true age, the author of the following verse was obviously convinced the Farringdon Yew was more than 2,000 years old.

The  Churchyard Yew


Gilbert White was curate here,
For nearly four and twenty years
He daily rode the rural track
From Selborne to All Saints and back.
But long before he came this way,
Old Farringdon had much to say —
For is it true the hollow yew,
When Christ was born, was far from new

Remembrance Sunday 2015 - Farringdon War Memorial

Remembrance Sunday



Family Services start at 10:00 a.m and last approximately half an hour
(No Family Service in August & September during the Summer Holidays)

7th - Eleventh Sunday after Trinity 8:00 p.m.- Holy Communion - Rev. Roger Job
14th - Twelfth Sunday after Trinity
10:00 a.m. - Matins - Rev. John Ellison

21st - Thirteenth Sunday after Trinity

8:00 a.m. - Holy Communion - Rev.Lesley Leon
28th - Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity 10:00 a.m. - Holy Communion - Bishop David, Bishop of Basingstoke

The Christingle Service 2015

Farringdon Christingle Service 2015

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