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ST. ANDREW’S COULSDON
Laying of Foundation Stone
The foundation stone of the church of St. Andrew, Coulsdon was laid by Mr. Harry Lloyd, of Caterham on Saturday, the Bishop of Woolwich officiating. The beautiful weather drew many people to the ceremony. The stone was laid in the east end wall under the east window that is to be. The building operations are well advanced, although the walls are as yet quite in embryo.
A long procession of over a hundred choir boys and choir men and clergy formed at the temporary building, and proceeded to the new church singing the hymns “All people that on earth do dwell,” “To the Name of our Salvation,” “The Church’s one Foundation,” and “Through the night of doubt and sorrow.”
Among the clergy at the ceremony were the Bishop of Woolwich, the Rt. Rev. J. C. Leeke D.D., the Curate-in-charge, the Rev. F. H. Roberts, the Rev. H. Granville Dickson (Rector of Coulsdon), the Rev. H. A. Hodgson (Rector of Beddington), the Rev. E. A. B. Lister (Rector of Woodmansterne), the Rev. J. C. Crawford (Chaplain of Cane Hill Asylum), the Rev. Harding Squire (Kenley), the Rev. Fergus Wood (Caterham), the Rev. – Martin (Woodcote), the Rev. Norman Campbell (Caterham), the Rev. G. B. Vaux (Rector of Carshalton), and the Rev. D. Everest (Carshalton).
The service opened with a hymn by the Rev. F. H. Roberts, “Jesu, who in glory reigneth.” A sealed bottle, containing copies of the Parish Magazine, the “Coulsdon Record,” a parchment setting out the early history of the church, and some gold, silver, and copper coins of the day was placed in the recess under the stone by the charming little daughters of the Vicar-Elect, upon which Mr. Harry Lloyd duly laid the stone.
Afterwards, the Bishop speaking briefly, said that after some years it became absolutely necessary that some special arrangement should be made for this rapidly and largely increasing neighbourhood. He would not have had the privilege of being there if the Bishop of the Diocese had been able to be present. He regretted he was unable to be present. Speaking of the new church the Bishop said he thought that the clergy who had given up parts of their parishes to make this new one were thankful. Probably of all those present the Vicar-Elect was most thankful. He had a difficult time before him, yet a time of opportunity. He (the Bishop) congratulated the Vicar-Elect, he congratulated the committee who had control of the operations, and he congratulated the architect on the excellence of his design.
A collection was taken, and a hymn (E. H. Plumptre), “Thy Hand, O God, has guided,” followed by the Blessing, concluded the ceremony.
Friday 24 April 1914, Surrey Mirror
GARDEN PARTY AT ST ANDREW’S.-A garden party was held on Saturday in order to raise funds for the tower of the new church of St. Andrew. The gardens of “Osgathorpe”, “Lyndale”, and “The Rowans” were placed at the service of the committee most kindly by their occupiers. The concert was held at “Osgathorpe,” and Mrs. Douthwaite acted as accompanist, and those who kindly assisted were Mr. Blandford, Miss G. Young, Miss Bannehr, Mr Frank Hudson, Miss Muriel Halcrow, Mr Dolleymore, Mr Maskell Hardy, Miss Lorna Avehj. The hostesses were: Mrs Waller Bates, Mrs Horsey, Mrs Jerram, Mrs Kelk, and Mrs Saltmarsh. The following young ladies kindly acted as waitresses: The Misses Eileen Bates, Peggy Bates, Madge Blake, Maisie Blandford, Kathleen Claydon, Eileen Cooper, Peggy de Ville, Enid Franks, Edith Hodges, Rita Jeffery, Doris Jerram, Winnie Jerram, Madeline Jerram, Alice Kelk, Kate Kelk, Chrissy Knight, Gwen Lark, Winnie Linton, Connie Reidpath, Violet Remington, Grace Stephenson, Gertie Stuart, – Spawforth, and Winnie Spencer.
Friday 3 July 1914, Surrey Mirror
4 August 1914 – Britain declares war on Germany
ST. ANDREW’S, COULSDON
The consecration of the new Church of St. Andrew took place on Saturday afternoon. The church is a handsome structure, and we are glad to say, thanks to the efforts of the Rev. F. H. Roberts, nearly all the cost has been raised. The executive responsible has had for chairman Mr H. Lloyd (Caterham); hon. Treasurers Ven. Archdeacon Daniell, Rev. F. H. Roberts and Mr C. Meierhoff; committee, Revs. H. G. Dickson, H. A. Hodson, E. A. B. Lister, G. B. Vaux, the wardens of St. Andrew Messrs. C. H. Babington, H. T. Blandford, A. Bryans, E. Byron, A. T. Chapman, H. E. Druce, R. S. Ebbutt, W. N. Esdaile, L. Goldberg, H. J. Haslett, W. A. Kelk, E. R. Kellett M.D., F. L. Mael, P. C. Mayhew, G. H. Rose, R. S. Rowe, V. K. Ryan M.D.
The church was crowded. The Lord Bishop of Kingston, who performed the ceremony, went as usual with his chaplains and registrar to the west door of the church and received the petition asking him to consecrate the building. The door having been opened, the procession marched up the aisle singing “O Holy Spirit, Lord of Grace.” After the Registrar had read the sentence of consecration the Bishop signed it. He then gave a short address, saying it was not necessary to make a text, as all their hearts and minds were full just now of one thing. This was the consecration of a new House of God. It represented the end of much labour and self-sacrifice. He was delighted to look round and see how many gifts there were from the congregation. (Note: These included the High Altar, bell, Bishop’s Chair, hanging Church Calvary Cross and Font.) This was an important work, for it not only saw the completion of this beautiful house, but in another part of the same parish St James’s was to be commenced. Just now, amid the din and carnage of war, it was good for a moment to think of peace and holiness. He laid stress on one remarkable result of the war – its influence on character. How men who had lived careless lives showed ever at the front something of the spirit of Christianity, and one felt where there were flower and fruit there must have been seed. He told an instance of a clergyman going to take care of a battleship, and although at first no one seemed to trouble about religion, in a few weeks the celebration of Holy Communion had become a want. Then at home we found people going to church in larger numbers, and somehow in war what was best and noblest in us was being brought out. He hoped that that church might be a centre of devout worshippers, and that beyond its walls they might be a great influence for good. They also prayed that England might become more Christian, and that the earth might soon be filled with the knowledge of God as the Ruler thereof……
Friday 6 November 1914, Surrey Mirror
26 November – St Andrew’s first war dead.
Less than a month after the Consecration of the Church, former choirboy, Able Seaman Frederick John Winslow Hill, was killed with hundreds of others by an explosion on board HMS Bulwark. He was one of the choristers mentioned on the front cover of the first Parish Magazine in January 1907 (together with his brother,) and died aged only 19. His body was never recovered.
Concert at St. Andrew’s – Organist – W. H. Smith(!)
Old St. Andrew’s Hall Rented Out
South London Harriers took over the old St Andrew’s Hall in 1919.
In October 1919, we (the South London Harriers) finally moved our CC HQ to our present site in Coulsdon, when it was just a high-ceilinged ‘St. Andrews’ Church Hall, which we rented until buying the freehold in 1933, after which we renamed it ‘Coulsdon Hall’, and added various extensions & made renovations over the years. From October 1919, our courses started & finished on ‘Farthing Downs’. The Clubhouse is at 194a Brighton Road Coulsdon CR5 2NF.
South London Harriers Website
THE HONOURED DEAD
COULSDON WAR MEMORIAL
With simple but impressive ceremony a handsome mural plaster tablet placed in the beautiful church of St. Andrew’s, Woodcote Grove-road, Coulsdon, to perpetuate the memory of the forty-eight men of the parish who fell in the great war, was unveiled and dedicated on Thursday last week. The tablet, depicting a kneeling weeping woman with outstretched arms, bearing palms above the inscription panels, stands out in bold relief, and is a fine emblem of the pride of the parish in the patriotism of its men – a sign of gratitude of the living to those who sacrificed all that England might live.
The unveiling and dedication were performed in the presence of a large congregation, the dedicatory prayers being led by the Bishop of Woolwich, who was attired in full ceremonial vestments. The Vicar, the Rev. F. H. Roberts, and the Rev W. Stock (curate) took part in the service.
The surpliced choir led in the singing of the hymn, “For all the Saints who from their labours rest,” with which the brief ceremony opened, and while the congregation remained standing the Vicar read the forty-eight names of those men who had fallen. At the outbreak of the war, he said, the parish contained 4,070 people, and during the course of the terrible conflict over 500 men went forward from their midst to serve in the Navy, Army and Air Force. Out of that number they had to mourn the loss of forty-eight – about one in ten had laid down their lives for the freedom of the world. A careful record of the history of all the men who obeyed their country’s call had been kept, and he thought he was right in saying that about 200 of the 500, owing to their low medical category, never came under actual fire. That left 300 men who were under the fire of the enemy, which brought the losses in killed to one in six, which was extremely heavy, and made it additionally sad for the parish. To the relatives of the fallen he wisjed to say there was a shelf beneath the memorial which would be reserved for floral offerings. He wanted them to feel that there they had a shrine where they could place their offerings at all times. The door of the church was always open, and they were privileged to enter whenever they wished.
The Bishop, clergy and choir then walked in procession to the memorial, which was enveloped in the flags of the Allies, and the unveiling ceremony was performed by one of the most severely disabled of Coulsdon’s surviving heroes – Mr. Alfred Lionel Tollett, formerly lance-corpl., 10th Batt. King’s Royal Rifles, and now Hon. Secretary of the Coulsdon Branch Comrades of the Great War. Tollett just pulled a cord, and the flags folded gracefully on each side of the tablet, the principal features of which could be recognised from all parts of the church.
Two stalwart Guardsmen buglers – a sergeant and private – who stood at the main entrance to the church, immediately sounded the General Salute, which created much impressiveness, and many were moved to tears.
Having offered the dedicatory prayers, the Bishop took up a position on the chancel steps, and the hymn, “O God, our help in ages past,” having been sung, he gave an address, in which he lucidly described the events leading up to the world conflict, and its dramatic close, after five terrible years of slaughter. Coulsdon, he declared, had every right to be proud of such a record as had been spoken of by the Vicar. It had meant tremendous sacrifice on the part of the men who went forth – the giving up of homes and occupations to endure hardships and to face dangers – and the parish welcomed those who had come safely through the conflict. They thanked God for their valour and wonderful victory achieved, and mourned those gallant fellows who had passed from earthly service to higher service beyond. It had been a terrific price to pay for victory, but it had been worth it. There was, however, a great deal to be done. Were they satisfied with the conditions of life in England to-day? There was seething restlessness and discontent following on years of anxiety, and it was for them to assist in the creation of a better state of affairs. They had to learn more fully the purpose of life.
“Mine eyes have seen the glory of the Lord! Having been sung, the buglers sounded the “Last Post,” and the memorial service closed with the singing of the National Anthem. As the congregation dispersed the organist (Mr E. B. Bundell) played “O Rest in the Lord.”
Many present had brought floral offerings of remembrance, and these were placed beneath the tablet which bears the inscription, “In grateful remembrance of the officers and men from this parish who made the supreme sacrifice.”
Mr. Edwin G. Payne, silver medallist and R.A. exhibitor, who is a resident of St. Andrew’s parish, modelled the design for the memorial immediately on being demobilised from war service in France, where he was awarded the Military Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal.
Friday 26 December 1919, Surrey Mirror
CANTATA IN ST. ANDREW’S HALL. – On Saturday evening a performance of the Cantata, “Lampblack,” by Myles B. Foster was given in St. Andrew’s Hall (the old hall in Brighton Road) by the Choir of Coulsdon Parish Church. Mr. M. Wheeler was the conductor, and the cantata was accompanied by a string orchestra. The proceeds were for the National Institute for the Blind which is doing good work for the blinded soldiers and sailors.
NEW VICAR TO BE INDUCTED. – The institution and induction of the Rev. J. G. Marshall (the new Vicar of St. Andrew’s Church, Coulsdon), is to take place to-night (Friday). The ceremony is to be performed by the Bishop of Woolwich. The late Vicar (the Rev. F. H. Roberts) gave his farewell to the congregation on Sunday evening last.
SOCIALS AND DANCES. – Messrs. Bellwood and Paine’s socials and dances held in St. Andrew’s Hall, on Saturday evenings, are proving very successful. The well-known male voice quartette, “Les Harmoniques” has been specially engaged for the functions, and give duets, glees, etc., from their repertoire of concerted items.
Friday 6 February 1920 – Surrey Mirror
1920-1923 – Vicar: Rev. John Gerald Marshall
Rev John Gerald Marshall, BA, was curate at St Johns Stratford from 1884-1889. Nothing else discovered yet!
PAROCHIAL CHURCH MEETING. – Steady progress was reported by the Vicar (the Rev. G. Marshall), who presided at the St. Andrew’s Parochial Church Meeting, on Firday evening. At the Vestry Meeting which preceded this gathering, Mr. William Esdaile and Mr R. W. Strange-King were re-elected Rector’s and People’s Wardens respectively for the ensuing year. The Vicar, in a few remarks, said in spite of the many adverse circumstances that all parishes had more or less experienced during the past eighteen months, it was a matter of great thankfulness that St. Andrew’s had in many ways shown a distinct progress in the religious and social life of their community. He recalled the formation early in October of the St. Andrew’s Fellowship, which had resulted in a better knowledge, and, he hoped, a better understanding of one another, and the commencement in November of the free-will offering scheme to unify the finances of the church and place them on a sound footing. The Council had lately issued a statement in the nature of a “budget,” he said, and it was earnestly desired that every communicant should join in supporting this simple way of providing all that was required in the parish to confirm the church’s influence in their midst. A credit balance of £26 15s. 10d. Was reported on the St. Andrew’s Hall Account as compared with a balance last year of £46 19s. 8d., and on Mr. Strange-King’s proposition a small amount was allocated to the St. Andrew’s Cottage, thus reducing the mortgage thereon to £1,000. The church accounts showed a balance carried forward to January 1st, 1922, of £50 19s. 3d. Messrs W. Esdaile, H. Haslett, C. Hellar, Strange-King, Duckworth, and Mrs. Barker were appointed representatives to the Ruri-Decanal Conference, and the following were elected members of the Church Council : Messrs. C. Barker, Darling, Gracie, O’Connell, W. Wood, Duckworth, A. Chipchase, and Perry, Mrs. Bearman, Mrs. Saunders, Miss Wallis, and Miss Meagre.
Friday 28 April 1922, Surrey Mirror
Towards the end of the 1914-18 War the Rev. S.W.G. Frost became Scoutmaster of the 8th Wimbledon Scout troup till 1919. In 1931 he was appointed Rector of the St Paul’s Cathedral Parish, Rockhampton, Australia.
A mysterious fire occurred at St Andrew’s Church, Coulsdon on Tuesday evening. The outbreak was discovered by the verger, who happened to go into the church about seven 0’clock after the evening service, and found the draperies over the altar in the Lady Chapel in flames. A number of candles had been lighted on the altar in the Lady Chapel and in the main church and the bulbs of the gas mantles down each isle had been broken. The verger called assistance, and put out the flames before the arrival of the fire brigade. There was no material damage, but the police, suspecting incendiarism, are making inquiries.
Friday 21 March 1924, Surrey Mirror
ATTEMPT TO FIRE CHURCH
BELIEVED TO BE WORK OF RELIGIOUS MANIAC
An attempt to set fire during the night to the Anglican Church of St. Andrew’s, Woodcote Road, Coulsdon, was discovered by Mr. Goddard, the verger.
Several pieces of furniture had been destroyed, including the communion table.
It is believed that the fire was the work of someone suffering from some form of religious mania.
After breaking into the church, the visitor apparently smashed 40 or 50 gas mantles, and then lit all the candles on the main altar and on the small altar in the side chapel. It was here that the fire occurred.
The altar hangings were found to be ablaze, but whether the hangings were deliberately set alight, or were accidentally ignited when the candles were being lit, is not known.
Presumably robbery was not the motive, for nothing is missing.
The visitor left no clue either to his identity or to his motive. He must have climbed on to the large altar to reach its candles.
Thursday 20 March 1924, Yorkshire Evening Post (Must have been short of news in Yorkshire!)
An Ill Wind
During the progress of spring cleaning of St. Andrew’s Church, resulting from the fire in “Our Lady Chapel,” no less than four cwt. of dust and dirt was extricated.
Friday 11 July 1924, Surrey Mirror
ST. ANDREW’S. – At the Vestry meeting in Smitham Council Schools on Friday evening last, the Vicar (the Rev. S. W. G. Frost) presiding, Mr. Esdaile was appointed Vicar’s warden, and Mr. O’Connell people’s warden in succession to Mr. T. Duckworth, resigned. The Vicar welcomed a large attendance to the Parochial Church meeting, which followed, and said he hoped to see the Electoral Roll more representive of that parish. There were at present only 340 names on the roll, a decrease of over forty for the year, and their representation on the Ruri-Decanal Conference had in consequence been reduced by three to four members. Those appointed on this body were Messrs. C. Barker, T. Duckworth, C. Heller and Terrel. The Church Council was elected as follows: Mrs. Abbey, Mrs. Bearman, Miss Chipchase, Mrs. Barker, Miss Meagre, and Messrs. Chilton, De Loffre, Perry, Sibley, Simpson, Earle and Hughes. Messrs. Simpson and Tanner replace Messrs.Darling and Hughes as sidesmen. Mr. T Duckworth, presenting the Church accounts, said the total expenditure for the year was £679 3s. 5d. Included in this total was a sum of £92 5s. 6d. For altar repairs necessitated by the fire, but this was practically covered by insurance. Donations towards various missions were £170 5s. 7d., and after giving credit to the amount received through the Freewill Offering scheme and other sources there remained an adverse balance of £104 18s. Particulars of the St. Andrew’s Hall account were given by Mr. Esdaile. The debt on the hall, he said, was £253 5s., but he had received from the sale of the front building £398 which, together with the income for the year to January last, after allowing for all expenses, left a balance in hand of £10 15s. 10d. With regard to St. Andrew’s cottage, the Vicar said if it was possible to raise £400 towards the loan on the cottage he could, through a fund for that purpose, obtain a like sum. They could then sell the cottage and build a vicarage. Towards that object they were holding a fair in June. In conclusion, the Vicar thanked all who had assisted in the work of the Church, especially the working party, for its effort in providing £49 towards the St. Andrew’s Cottage Loan account.
Friday 24 April 1925 – Surrey Mirror
Coulsdon and Purley Notes.
Coulsdon is trying to get money for a new Vicarage. The Vicar describes the present cottage as a “fresh-air home,” evidently competing with St. Andrew’s Hall. They had Lady Edridge and all sorts of attractions, and a capital tea, and as the people are noted for their enthusiasm, no doubt the money will be raised.
Friday 12 June 1925 – Surrey Mirror
A site was obtained in Rickman Hill for a daughter Church – to be called Church-Hall.
St. Andrew’s Vicarage built.
St Francis Church
In 1925 a mission building was erected in Rickman Hill, and was followed a year later by the purchase of a new site, which was ‘adequate for purposes of a church hall and also for the building of a church in the future’. The money came from the Twenty-five Churches Fund. Work at the site began on 1 June 1928, and The Rev. Roberts “cut the first sod” on 11 June, the feast of St. Barnabas. for the construction of a new hall which, as a ‘daughter’ to St Andrew’s, was to serve as a dual-purpose building. The Bishop of Woolwich officiated when Lady Goodenough laid the Foundation Stone on 14th July, and The Lord Bishop of Southwark opened St. Franis of Assisi on 15th October. The Twenty-five Churches Fund contributed £1,500 towards the cost.
GIRL GUIDES. – A company of Girl Guides has been formed in connection with St. Andrew’s Church, Coulsdon. Miss M. Lamb is the Captain.
Friday 5 July 1929 – Surrey Mirror
Domestic Servants Wanted.
A CAPABLE COOK-GENERAL, about 25 to 30 years of age; good wages; live in. – Apply, letter first. St. Andrew’s Vicarage, Coulsdon, Surrey.
Friday 13 & 20 September 1929 – Surrey Mirror
QUEEN’S PRESENTS. – Her Majesty the Queen (Queen Mary) has sent two handsome presents for the two days’ bazaar in aid of the building fund of the new St. Francis Church Hall, to be held in the Coulsdon Council Schools on October 25th and 26th.
NEW CURATE. – The Rev. G. W. G. Frost, Vicar of St. Andrew’s, Coulsdon, is to have a new assistant curate. He is Mr. Eric Hardman, son of Canon Hardman, D.D., and will be ordained a Deacon at Southwark Cathedral on September 22nd.
Friday 20 September 1929, Surrey Mirror
QUEEN’S GIFTS. – Arrangements are progressing for the fete, on October 26th and 27th, by which it os hoped to reduce very substantially the debt of £2,000 on St. Francis’s Building Fund. Her Majesty the Queen (Queen Mary) has sent two handsome gifts to the sale, through Mr. H. W. Kirk, of The White Cottage, Chipstead.
BIRTHDAY FESTIVITIES. – As the date of the Dedication and Patronal Festival of St. Francis, Rickman Hill, are so near together, it has been decided to hold both together on St. Francis Day, this Friday. There will be a sung celebration of Holy Communion at 6.30 a.m., and a birthday party in the evening. On Sunday the special preacher in the evening will be the Rev. Leslie H. Lang, M.A., Vicar of Kingston-upon-Thames.
HARVEST THANKSGIVING. – Harvest Thanksgiving services were held at St. Andrew’s Church on Sunday. The Vicar, the Rev. S. W. G. Frost, preached in the morning and at the afternoon children’s service, which was a feature of the festival. The preacher in the evening was the Rev. C. E. Fisher (later on to become our vicar), Vicar of St. Mary’s, Sanderstead. The collections will be divided between the Purley Memorial Hospital and the Croydon General Hospital, and the children’s gifts of flowers, fruit and vegetables have been given to the Purley Hospital.
THE NEW CURATE. – The Rev. Eric Hardman, who was recently ordained Deacon at Southwark Cathedral, has commenced work as assistant curate to the Rev. S. W. G. Frost, at St. Andrew’s, Coulsdon. He has been at King’s College, London, for the past two years, and has recently taken his A.K.C. His father, Canon Hardman, D.D., is well-known in the Southwark diocese. He is Chaplain of Dulwich College, and also Chaplain-General of the Mothers’ Union. With Mr. H. Roberts, at St. Francis, Rickman Hill, the Vicar now has two assistants in a parish with a population of nearly eleven thousand.
Friday 4 October 1929 – Surrey Mirror