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Speer Road Church

(United Reformed Church)

Thames Ditton


Church Family News

Dorothy Pryor

It was with great sadness that we heard of the death of Dorothy Pryor. She was coming up to her 103rd birthday. I first met Dorothy and her husband Alan when I joined the Church more than 40 years ago. They were a kindly pair who were staunch members of the Church. Dorothy continued coming to church after Alan died but the time came when her family felt she should no longer be living on her own and she moved to Whitely village. Dorothy continued to take an interest in the Church, meeting with members of the congregation, sending Christmas cards and helping when we were raising money for improvements n the Church. She was a lovely lady and all who knew her, will miss her

Rev Peter Flint

Our minister, the Rev. Peter Flint, has just recently celebrated the 40th anniversary of his ordination. A party was held for him at his first church in Witham, Essex. This anniversary was also recognised at a recent Southern Synod meeting. Peter did his training at Mansfield College, Oxford along with the Rev. David Skitt whom we all know. They were the only URC students at Mansfield at the time so they bonded as did their then girlfriends - now wives - Judith and Alison. The four of them recently had a celebratory lunch. We wish them All Blessings as they continue their work in Jesus' name.

Susan Poole

As we alll know, Susan's condition had worsened of late and she took the decision to go into a residential care home near Banstead. Dorothy and Geoff Moyle have been to see her and they report that she seems happy and settled there. If you would like to contact her, her new address is

Ms Susan Poole
Banstead Manor Residential Care Home
8 Brighton Road
Banstead SM7 1BS

Other News

St Nicholas Christmas Bazaar on 30 November

Once again Ruth McMaster will be manning our stall at the St Nicholas Christmas Bazaar. Ruth could use soe help on the day and she would very much welcome items to have on the stall. Please have a word with Ruth if you can help in any way. Do also come to the Bazaar itself. It is a great place to pick up some early Christmas presents

The Inner Wheel of Kingston - Early Christmas Lunch

The Inner Wheel of Kingston is holding an Early Christmas Lunch, the proceeds will go to various Kingston charities. All are welcome. Please have a word with Ella Wickham if you are interested in attending

Bereavement Café

1st Tuesday 10.30 am every month at All Saints Church
2nd Wednesday 19 30 – 21 00 every month at St Mary’s Community Hall
See Ruth McMaster for further details

Books, Books, Books!

Our book trolley seems to be a success and the sales have added to our collection for “extras” in the foyer and in the kitchen. Thank you all for contributing by bringing in such a wide variety of subject matter and for buying ones to read. One request: please put new contributions into the large cupboard at the far end of the foyer, not straight onto the shelves. This is so that I can price them first. Some will be held for a while so that there is as wide a selection as possible all that he time.
Thank you. Margaret

Kingston Street Pastors

Kingston Street Pastors are looking for more people who would be interested in joining their group. Although the group is made up of Christians, they are not allowed to preach to the people they are helping. Instead they attest to Christian values by just being there to help people in need over the weekends – an act of witnessing that has proven to calm things down in Kingston and to keep young people particularly safer than they might be.

Before Church

Many people like to sit inside the church in quiet before the service begins. If you are in the foyer would you please try to speak more quietly so as not to disturb those already inside the church. Thank you.

Visits to the church at other times

Members of the church have been asked to confine visits to the church during term times until after 2pm on Mondays and Fridays, after 4pm on other weekdays, as the last Ofsted report expressed concern about non playgroup people coming into contact with the Teddies children who are here.
If for some reason you have to be at the church before those times, please go to the main door and catch the attention of one of the Teddies staff.

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