Re-dedication of the Merrow War Memorial 13 Nov 2022

Today, Memorial Sunday, we were able to witness the re-dedication of Merrow’s War Memorial after its reconstruction. The event was well attended on an appropriate Sunny day. It also was an opportunity to thank all those in the community that helped ‘The Friends of StJohns’ raise sufficient funds during the year for its repair.

Memorial Update

Re-erection of the War Memorial has taken place over the last few days this week.

Now cleaned and dry it looks magnificent once again in time for its re-dedication on Remembrance Day this year.

We would extend our grateful thanks to the stonemasons, Anstey & Stone of Farnham, for their co-operation and skill in achieving the Memorial’s restoration.

War Memorial Appeal – Great News

The Friends of StJohn’s (FoStJ)are delighted to report that the target of the Appeal for monies to repair the storm damaged War Memorial was reached this week !

The support from the Merrow Community and Church members has been amazing with well over 60 donations amounting to over £2,400. However, this week Guildford Borough Council, seeing how much effort had been made by the community, stepped into the breach and made a ‘Matched Fund’ donation of £1700 to take us to our target of £4,078 with a small surplus to allow for the total clean of the Memorial, not just its repair.

FosStJ would like to thank everyone for their generosity and commitment to the valuable community asset that is the War Memorial standing within the StJohn’s Churchyard.

Percy Lewis

We are pleased to record that Percy´s funeral on the 3rd May was very well attended.

At his service, our Rector Rona Stuart-Bourne, said that “Percy’s life was an extraordinary one…..it gave his family, friends and the whole community the opportunity to thank God for his service both during the war and more recently to veteran organisations…..Percy was also such an amazing part of our parish, rolling his sleeves up and doing work in the churchyard. He was tireless.”

He married wife May in 1952, with whom he is now buried in St John’s churchyard.

See also the Surrey Advertiser´s record of his passing. Click here

Results of Wine Tasting on 4th December for SOS

We are pleased to report that the wine tasting fund raising event to help Save Our Stones (SOS), held on the 4th December, was well attended and a great success despite pandemic restrictions.
Over £400 pounds was raised and our thanks go to Majestic Wine for suggesting the wines used and the supply of glasses.

Our wine expert for the evening, Shaun Parry-Jones, gave a fascinating talk on the process and nuances of wine tasting and then helped everyone to assess each wine and gave an informed critique on each wine.

Please see www.fostj.org/sos for details of the repairs and where you can make a donation towards the cost of the stone repairs.

War Memorial Clearance

Many thanks to our Sat 6th November volunteers who have cleared the approaches to, and around the Memorial in advance of Remembrance Sunday on 14th November.

Illustrated History and AGM

18th November 2021 7:30 pm in the Church (Note changed date )

Join us for an Illustrated Church History on the evening of Thursday 18th November 2021, preceded by a brief AGM for The Friends of St. John’s Charity

Please take your seats by 7:30 pm

Open to everyone.

A fascinating history from the 12th Century origins of the Church in the reign of King John through the Victorian expansion of the 1880s to the 2012 reordering and ongoing work today.

We will take you on a journey through the history illustrated by images, the Church fabric itself and important artifacts.

This will also be an opportunity to raise questions in relation to the artifacts and architecture visible in the Church.