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Parish Quiz Night on Saturday 10th October

It's time that we looked to do something social in the parish, even if we have to do it online. So, we have set a date for our annual Parish Quiz for Saturday 10th October, which this year will take place on Zoom.

Using the Zoom 'breakout room' feature, teams can work together separately, without others listening in on their ideas!

Please put the date in your diary and have a think about a getting a team together. Registration details will follow next month.

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A worthy winner!

Congratulations to Suzie Trounce, winner of this week's Art Competition.

Suzie’s picture is of Jesus turning the water into wine at the Marriage Feast of Cana.

Suzie Trounce is 8-years old, and according to her grandpa she prefers water to wine!

We look forward to seeing next week's entries - the last week of the children's art challenge.

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August Art Competition

A bit of holiday fun for our younger parishioners with a weekly painting and drawing competition based on the miracles of Jesus. Parents can read the story, then the children can interpret it as they like and use any medium. Each week one picture will be chosen as the outright winner and will get a virtual rosette (and maybe an actual treat from their parents!) There are two age categories: 2-6 years and 7-10 years, and one entry per child. The miracle for this first week is the feeding of the five thousand (Matt 14:15-21). Entries will be posted on our website; please email them to:

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Parish Virtual Pilgrimage raises £2,687 for CAFOD’s coronavirus appeal

Last weekend our virtual pilgrims reached their virtual destination, the shrine of our patronal St Edmund at Bury St Edmunds! They set out on this 109-mile route five weeks ago on 15th June, and each week have sent in photos of the interesting places they have visited as they walked all over the Surrey Hills, all of which have been put up on our new facebook page: And every Friday evening they met together virtually on zoom at a virtual pub en route.

The objective of all this walking was to raise £1000 for the CAFOD Coronavirus Appeal with donations via: Nearly 30 parishioners signed up and the £1000 target was quickly exceeded, and to date the pilgrimage has raised a massive £2,687!

Our pilgrims collectively walked 2,155 miles, which equates to 19.7 of them reaching Bury St Edmunds! Perhaps the rest will get there one day! On the final day everyone met up to share pilgrim tales and a real-life picnic by the river in Godalming - in socially-distanced groups of 6, of course. Everyone agreed how enjoyable virtual pilgrimages can be, and how much they had discovered about Godalming and beyond.

Thank you to everyone who supported the pilgrimage, and well done to all the walkers and all those who kindly donated to the appeal. St Edmund, pray for us.

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St Edmund’s School raises £200 for CAFOD Appeal

St Edmund’s Primary School was recently inspired by CAFOD’s Summer of Hope Assembly, at which the #SummerOfHope and #CoronaVirusAppeal for schools was launched. The Headteacher, Mrs Elizabeth Higgins, reported that the pupils ‘have held two mufti days, and a crazy hair day which was planned by Year 6. Our Year 6 children have been really inspired and have created letters spelling out ‘Hope is Contagious’ which you might be able to read in the picture! One of our Year 1 pupils has also held a sponsored karaoke at home with his family. The children have raised over £200 so far, and they have further activities planned!’

This is a fantastic effort by the children, staff and parents at the school. Hope certainly is contagious at St Edmund’s! Well done everyone.

If you haven’t seen the CAFOD online assembly yet, you can watch it on YouTube here.

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Our Pilgrimage Route

Click here for a route map from Godalming to Bury St Edmunds.


Click here to download a detailed PDF of the route with pics of places of interest to visit en route. You need to choose the Download option when you get to this screen to download the file.


Click here to sponsor the pilgrimage

Week 1 - 22 miles to walk

Start:  St Edmund’s Church, Croft Road Godalming

Via Guildford, East Clandon, Ockham, Martyrs Green, Cobham, Esher to Thames Ditton.

Week 2 - 21.3 miles to walk

Start:  Surbiton Road, A240

Via River Thames, Kingston upon Thames, Richmond park, Putney, Cross Thames at Putney Bridge, Parsons Green, Chelsea, Sloane Square, Detour to Westminster Cathedral, Holborn, Islington, Dalston to Hackney Downs.

Week 3: 22.7 miles to walk

Start:  Waltham Forest

Via Whipps Cross, Leyton, Woodford Green, Grange Hill, Chigwell, Lambourne End, Stapleford Abbotts, Stapleford Tawney, Little End, Morden Ash, Chipping Ongar, Shelley, Fyfield, Beauchamp Roding to Nether St.

Week 4: 23 miles to walk

Start: Leadon Roding

Via Roundbush Green, High Roding, Dunmow, Bran End, Duck End, Oxen End, Great Bradfield, Bridge End, Finchingfield, Howe Street, Robinhood End, Craigs End, Stambourne to Ridgewell.

Week 5: 20 miles to walk

Start:  Ashen, Clare, Postingford, Lower Street, Stansfield, Hawkedon, Stonecross, Garden,

Finish: Bury St Edmunds Abbey

Total mileage and hours: approx. 109 miles, approx. 35 hours

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Our Virtual Parish Pilgrimage starts on Sunday!

On the Feast of Corpus Christi on 14th June, our very first Parish Virtual Pilgrimage will set off for Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk, the historic home of our Patronal Saint Edmund. This is particularly appropriate because St Edmund was not only England’s original Patron Saint but is also Patron Saint of Pandemics and for Protection against the Plague!

Our Parish Pilgrims from the liveSimply group will not actually be walking the route but will be covering the 109 miles by walking locally. Our aim is to complete the pilgrimage in five weeks, which will give us plenty of time to visit holy places en route and have an occasional virtual pint.

Why are we doing it? Well, this year due to lockdown we can't arrange an actual pilgrimage so this is ‘virtually’ the only alternative. It’s also an opportunity to raise money for the CAFOD Coronavirus Appeal: during this global emergency CAFOD is helping our sisters and brothers in the world’s poorest countries by providing emergency food packages, hygiene kits and training local volunteers to carry out awareness campaigns. 

So how can you get involved? First by sponsoring our Virtual Pilgrimage via our justgiving page. Our target is £1000 over five weeks, and we will set a target of raising £200 for each of the five weeks. We will keep you updated on our progress and we will share with you our reflections and photos of the virtual places we visit.

And we invite you to join us in walking (virtually of course; apparently, the limit of six people does not apply to virtual pilgrimages) – and you don’t have to walk the full 109 miles. Just tell us where you walked and how many miles by emailing: or post on our Facebook page. We will keep a record and at the end of the pilgrimage we will add up all the miles and let you know the result. Who knows, we may find we’ve made it to Rome – or Jerusalem!

What if we don’t raise the £1000 by the end of week five? Knowing how generous you all are, that hardly bears thinking about. But, if it should happen, we will pray even harder and keep going till we do. If we’re still not there by Christmas, we may have to have a re-think!

St Edmund, pray for us.

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‘Plant Giveaway’ in honour of Pete Kelly

Pete was the inspiration behind the livesimply ‘Plant Swap’ weekends and in his honour the parish organised a ‘Plant Giveaway’ as a special way to remember him and mark the day of his parish Requiem Mass and Crematorium service of committal. The plants were set out in St Joseph’s car park and parishioners were invited to choose a souvenir plant to take home and plant in their gardens in memory of Pete. The wonderful range of plants also included many grown by Pete and donated by Pete’s family: leeks, red cherry tomatoes, yellow cherry tomatoes, plum tomatoes, lettuce, spinach, cabbage, brussels sprouts, green beans, pumpkins, peas, rosemary, sage, sweetcorn, cucumber, chilli peppers, sweet peppers and many more.

The ‘Plant Giveaway’ continued through the weekend, and the event was strongly supported by the parish. Many thanks to Janet Quinlan and the livesimply group for organising the event.

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