We have a number of thriving organisations within our parish community:
Sandmillers is an activity group for the parishioners of both Sandford and St Philip’s. There is normally an activity on the second Wednesday of each month (examples include a talk on Everest, a lecture on the founder of the Carnegie Libraries, a tour of the Print Museum and lunch at the Royal St George Yacht Club). Sandmillers is open to all parishioners (and friends), without commitment – feel free to come to any or all events.
New members are most welcome – comments and suggestions for future activities most welcome! Contact Irene Barber, Janet Walsh or Gloria Smythe for more details.
Sandmill Strollers meet on the first Tuesday of every month at 1.30 p.m. on Temple Road (near St Philip’s Church and parking is free there after 1.00 p.m.!). We usually walk for about 2 hours and plan to return to Temple Road by 4.30 p.m. or 5.00 p.m.
If you are free, please come and join us. No special level of fitness required – we are walking to enjoy the company and the scenery! Contact Margaret Wynne for more details.
Music and Singing
If you are interested in music and singing, there are several opportunities to get involved with music at Sandford and St Philip’s:
The Choral Scholars are younger singers ranging in age from 11 to 21, who receive tuition in music theory and vocal technique, and sing frequently at services in the grouped parishes.
The Choral Union includes singers of all ages, and sings at special services during the church year (Advent, Christmas, Holy Week, etc.), as well as performing a wide variety of repertoire in regular concerts.
Some members of Choral Union also lead the singing of hymns and psalms at our weekly Sunday services as the Parish Choir.
Rehearsals are relaxed and informal and take place on Wednesday evenings in Sandford Church. Choir terms run from September until May. If you are interested in being part of one of these choirs, please contact David O’Shea: email@example.com.
Parish Pub Night
On the first Friday of every month, excluding July and August, there is an informal get together in Birchall’s Pub in Ranelagh. Two members of the Parish are there from 7.30pm and it is very much a drop-in event for as long or as short as suits you.
Allotments at St Philip’s
There are some allotments in the grounds of St Philip’s Church. For further information contact Carol Plunkett.
Contact details are listed in the SandMill News which is published and distributed to parishioners, or alternatively contact the Parish Office: 086 038 6432.