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 United Reformed Church in Ewell


CONTACT is the name of the Ewell magazine which is published for the Church at the beginning of each month (with the exception of August and January).
From time to time items that might be of interest to a wider audience, rather than the more in-house things like flower rotas etc, will be published here too.  The Church Diary and the preachers are already published elsewhere on this web-site and they appear in CONTACT





Thank God for the changes in nature,

The seasons, the circling years.

Flowers droop, we’re sad, the seeds sprout and we’re glad,

Let’s welcome them, banish our fears.


Thank God for the changes in children,

The growth of their bodies and minds,

One moment they’re small, turn around and they’re tall,

Let’s welcome the changes and signs.


Thank God for the changes in churches,

New knowledge, new insights God gives.

God’s love flowing free, for you and for me -

Let’s welcome the truth – the church lives!


Thank God for the changes in people,

The change in ourselves that we see.

We can welcome new ways, when we pray and we praise -

Let’s welcome new you and new me!


Thank God who is faithful, unchanging,

We trust where we never can see.

God has shown us the way, though we stumble we stay

Upheld by the love given free.


Barbara Pearson


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HOPE - thank you



Dear Roger, Mike and Jean;


Thank you, thank you so much Roger for your musical input, lovely - please pass on my thanks to all



And thank you to you all and the Ewell URC folk for your stall.

The little “footprint” is a lovely thing – so good to give out, and the games were great too!

I am grateful.

God bless you all

Paula J



And our thanks to all of our folk who turned up on the day, especially our friends from

The Korean Church who were

organising most of the games.



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Well as we prepare to take a short break from writing this article until August, it really has been a month of just getting things straight in the suburban garden. As you are all aware the weather has not been at its best, so things in the garden have tended to slow down a bit – the sun really does make a difference and that has been in very short supply!!

Anyway, despite this some things have been happening. My courgettes have started to grow, and my potatoes are nearly ready to be dug up, so Jane and I will have lovely home-grown spuds to see us over summer. My beans have begun to climb up their sticks and my chillies are flowering. My first tomatoes have formed – I now just need the sun to ripen them and the celery I grew from the base of one bought in the supermarket has shot up and flowered (think we may have left it a bit late to enjoy that!!). The pac-choi is ready for eating and my mangetout has also started to flower. I have also planted a couple of pumpkins on the edge of the wild garden habitat. So, as you can see – quite a lot going on, but all very, very, slowly!!

Our frog has taken up residence in our strawberry bed and I meet him most mornings now as I go and pick fresh strawberries for breakfast. We have also been joined this month by a very athletic squirrel. I caught him this morning with his back legs in the water trough, on the bird feeder, while he stretched and hung on for ‘dear life’ so that he could get some peanuts from one of the feeders – it really was an athletic feet!! 

Janes petunia and marigold seeds have come to nothing, so she has given up and has filled her two remaining planters with some Dutch bulbs that she got from a show she went to at Olympia – we now wait with baited breath to see if the much ‘promised’ blooms will come out in July. Last year she bought herself a three-tier strawberry/herb container but did nothing with it. She has at last now filled it with small alpine plants and she has also finished filling most of her pots – all we need now is some sun so that things will flower.

So, that is about it for now – everything appears to be on a bit of a ‘go slow’ but I am sure that more will happen while we are away and there will be loads to report when we are back in August. Enjoy the summer!!                                       Kyle.


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Escape to the sun

On a dreary afternoon in March I cheered myself up by looking at holiday brochures, and ended up booking a week’s holiday in a little village called Afitos in Greece.   We’d been there five years previously, and the memory of the sunshine, the swimming pool and the lovely people was enough to make me want to do it all over again.

Fast forward three months, and on the 4th June we were on board a plane for Thessaloniki, George with the remains of a nasty chest infection and me with my normal in-flight nerves.

Suffice to say Afitos did not disappoint. The hotel was quite small, only thirty-five rooms, but it had extensive gardens, home to peacocks, ducks, frogs and many-coloured koi carp – oh, and a brown and white pony.   Most afternoons we strolled down to the village square and sat and watched the world go by.  Life was peaceful and low-key – the most exciting thing that happened was when the peacock flew up onto our balcony – dashing from the balcony into our room was the fastest I moved all week!

Our seven days passed all too quickly, and it was time to say goodbye to the sunshine (and the peacocks and the rest of the garden menagerie), and find ourselves back at a very damp and dismal Stansted Airport at three o’clock in the morning – God bless the air traffic controllers in Croatia!

Barbara and

George  Pearson.


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While clearing out the old Secretary’s cupboard in the original Ship Rooms last year, I stumbled across a

chalice residing at the back of one of the shelves. It was in a very dirty condition and I have no idea how long it may have been in the cupboard.


Pat Redvers-Smith, however, did a very nice job of

cleaning it thereby revealing the following inscription on the base:


Westmoreland Church

Presented by

W H Welford



And in smaller print beneath that:


Newcastle on Tyne


David Mugridge did some research and came up with the following:


This church was formerly known as Clavering Place Presbyterian Chapel. It was formed from a secession from the Close Presbyterian Chapel in 1801. Its first place of worship was the Carpenter’s Tower near

Sallyport then it moved to the Postern. This building proved to be unsuitable and so a house was bought in Clavering Place for £1,100. This opened for worship on 21st. March 1813. The building was reconstructed and enlarged in 1822. In 1869 the congregation decided to build a new church in another district. The site acquired was at the corner of Maple Street and Westmoreland Road. The new church was opened on 10th. May 1872. The church closed in 1966 when some of the congregation joined Arthur’s Hill

Presbyterian Church and others the Robert Stewart

Memorial Church.


Can anyone throw any more light on this? Clearly we are talking about a church in Newcastle on Tyne, but how did the chalice come to be at our church? When did it arrive with us? Who was W H Welford/ etc.etc.


The chalice is rather beautiful and we shall think of a suitable way of displaying it in church in due course. Any further information will be most