FoStJ treasurer Mark Butcher, was able to pass a cheque for £2,500 to St John’s PCC Church Warden Carole Burtonwood, as a result of the various fund raising events, held by FoStJ for Church repairs, in the past few months.
We are pleased to report that our Chairman completed the sponsored walk of 12km on the 12th May in fine form. Over £130 was raised.
Our quiz night held at the St John’s Centre on the 17th March proved a great sussess with over 60 in attendance and 9 competing teams..
Over £900 was raised for the Charity. We look forward to next year’s event.
A big vote of thanks to our Pub Quizmaster Pete O’Donoghue
Come and join us for a fun Quiz Night with teams up to 6-8 people.
Only £15/head which includes a Pizza & Salad supper at 7:00pm and Quiz starting at 7:30pm
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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.
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.
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.
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
A very entertaining night by all that attended. The event managed to raise over £535 toward our Save our Stones Appeal
It is with sadness that we notify you of the funeral of Percy Lewis, a Merrow WWII veteran, to be held at St.John’s on Tuesday May 3rd at 2pm. Please do come and Pay your respects.
Please see and hear his remarkable experiences by clicking this LINK