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▲  Hatley Big Weekend and Fête, 26th to 28th June 2015.

WW1 service – Hatley St George, 4 August 2014.

▲  WW1 service – Hatley St George, 4 August 2014.

Classic cars on display - Hatley St George Fete, 29 June 2014.

▲  Hatley Big Weekend and Fête, 28th and 29th June 2014.

St Denis East Hatley churchyard tidy up, 11 August 2013.

▲  St Denis churchyard tidy up,
11 August 2013
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Hatley village fete, 30 June 2013

▲  Hatley Village Fête, 30 June 2013.

Hatley St George concert - 12-5-13.

▲  Hatley St George concert, 12 May 2013.

Church Fete, Hatley St George, 14 July 2012.

▲  Hatley Church Féte, 14 July 2012.

Harvest Festival at Hatley St George Church, 9 October 2011.

▲  Harvest Festival at Hatley St George Church, 9 October 2011.

Taizé service at St Denis, East Hatley, 7 September 2011.

▲  Taizé service at St Denis, East Hatley, 7 September 2011.

▼  Hatley St George Fête, 15 July 2011.

The stalls, manned by Michael Pearson on books, Philippa Smalls on bric a brac and Joyce Denby on plants.  Hatley St George fête - 16 July 2011.

A 1969 Jaguar E-Type and a 1932 Lagonda at the Hatley St George fête – 16 July 2011.

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Hatley church events

Hatley Big Weekend – 26th to 28th June 2015.
WW1 service – Hatley St George, 4 August 2014.

Hatley Big Weekend – 28th and 29th June 2014.
St Denis - appeal and visit by Friends of Friendless Churches

Malcolm Guite's book launch, Hatley St George – 29 November 2013
St Denis churchyard tidy-up  August 2013

Village Fête – 30 June 2013.
New mower blessed at St Denis – 9 June 2013.

Concert in Hatley St George – 12 May 2013.
Photographs of the Summer Féte – 14 July 2012.

Hatley St George church clean up - 12 November 2011
Harvest Festival at Hatley St George – 9 October 2011.

Taizé service at St Denis, 7 September 2011 – report and photos.
St Denis churchyard tidy-up, 14 August 2011.

Summer Fęte and Songs of Praise, 16 July 2011.

Hatley St George
– Dr Malcolm Guite's poem.
Links to Malcolm Guite's website and church background.


Hatley St George
By Reverend Dr Malcolm Guite

Stand here a while and drink the silence in.
Where clear glass lets in living light to touch
And bless your eyes. A beech tree’s tender green
Shimmers beyond the window’s lucid arch.
You look across an absent sanctuary;
No walls or roof, just holy, open space,
Leading your gaze out to the fresh-leaved beech
God planted here before you first drew breath.

Stand here awhile and drink the silence in.
You cannot stand as long and still as these;
This ancient beech and still more ancient church.
So let them stand, as they have stood, for you.
Let them disclose their gifts of time and place,
A secret kept for you through all these years.
Open your eyes. This empty church is full,
Thronging with life and light your eyes have missed.

Stand here awhile and drink the silence in.
Shields of forgotten chivalry, and rolls
Of honour for the young men gunned at Ypres,
And other monuments of our brief lives
Stand for the presence here of saints and souls
Who stood where you stand, to be blessed like you;
Clouds of witness to unclouded light
Shining this moment, in this place for you.

Stand here awhile and drink their silence in.
Annealed in glass, the twelve Apostles stand
And each of them is keeping faith for you.
This roof is held aloft, to give you space,
By graceful angels praying night and day
That you might hear some rumour of their flight
That you might feel the flicker of a wing
And let your heart fly free at last in prayer.

Links

The Reverend Dr Malcolm Guite
     His website.
     His page on Hatley St George.

Notes on Hatley St George church – history and restoration work.

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