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An opportunity to hear the very talented College Music Scholars as they perform a varied programme of choral and solo singing with music 

from the 17thCentury to the present day.

Admission is free, all are welcome.  

Refreshments available in the interval


MU Harvest Lunch

Date: October 11, 2018

Balcombe Mothers’ Union are hosting a Harvest Lunch on Thursday 11th October, 1.45pm, in the Parish Room.  Proceeds will go to the MU Harvest Appeal which aids survivors of war and natural disasters.  All are very warmly welcome to join us for a delicious lunch of homemade soup, bread, and apple crumble.  

Tickets cost £7 email:


Saturday 29th September 2018 travelling by coach from Balcombe to the interesting town of Windsor and its Castle. The Castle andSt George’s Chapel have been in the news recently for the Wedding of PrinceHarry and Meghan Markle – see where it all happened! Have your own opportunity to experience the wonder of the largest and oldest continuallyinhabited castle which has witnessed so much of this country’s history andpageantry having been home to 39 monarchs since William the Conqueror. Many of our former monarchs have been laid to rest in the chapel including King Henry VIII, King Charles I and the Queen Mother & Princess Margaret. The castle experienced a serious fire in 1992 and was lovingly and beautifully restored by traditional craftsmen – see the results for yourself. The town of Windsor is on the banks of the River Thames and has some lovely shops and places to find refreshment – there will be time to explore. 


On Sunday September 16th, Balcombe had a chance to unite to remember and celebrate its role in World War One. Using the beautiful murals in the Victory Hall as our inspiration, we reflected on the events and joined in the old war time favourite songs and heard afresh the part Balcombe played in the Great War. With contributions from Balcombe School, The Victory Players and St Mary’s Choir.  We thoroughly enjoyed a wonderful afternoon.  Thank you to all those who arranged the event.



Date: August 19, 2018

Annual Parish BBQ.  Parish Room, Balcombe from 12noon.

All welcome.

Tickets via


Birchanger Open Gardens 2018

Date: May 5, 2018

Saturday 05th May from 2.00pm to 5.00pm.
Dogs on leads welcome
Free parking
Wheelchair access
Birchanger is on the B2110, two miles EAST of Handcross, and two miles WEST of B2036, near Cowdray Arms pub.

St George's Songs of Praise at 6pm

Date: April 22, 2018

Songs of Praise Service on Sunday 22nd April at 6pm for St George’s Day. 


Mothers' Union Coffee Morning

Date: April 14, 2018

14th April 2018 - Parish Room




A candlelit performance by

Coro Nuovo

and Music Director Andrew Rees

Saturday 17th March 2018 – 7.15pm

St Mary’s Church, Balcombe


Tickets :  £12.50 (Concessions £10.00)

available from :

Shop :  Threads, Balcombe

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Date: February 9, 2018

Parish Quiet Day  - February 9th 2018



We had a wondeful concert with Christmas music and readings, plus an opportunity to join in singing some of our favourite carols.  We are very grateful to the English Arts Chorale for, once again, coming to St Mary's Balcombe.




Parish Outing


Balcombe Arts Weekend

Date: March 5, 2017

VILLAGE ARTS WEEKEND - Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th March at St Mary’s Church

Friday 3rd at 7pm:  'Balcombe Feast of Music', this Concert celebrated the huge amount of talent in our village.

Saturday 4th: Choral Workshop day on J S Bach's majestic  St Matthew Passion, followed by a performance to which everyone was invited.  Led by Les Olive, director of English Arts Chorale.   Tenor: Jeffrey  Lloyd-Roberts

Sunday 5th at 3 pm (refreshments from 2.30pm) sees 'In Conversation', an open forum of chat and music, where Janet Canetty-Clarke talked with St Mary's Director of Music, Jeff Lloyd-Roberts, about her fascinating life.

Throughout the weekend:  Exhibition of Art by Local Artists, including Tessa Land-Smith, Michael Noble, Ross Thomson,  Julie Rezac, as well as pupils from Balcombe School.



Balcombe Feast of Music

Date: March 5, 2017

FRIDAY 3rd MARCH 2017 at 7.30 pm

St Mary’s Church



The whole village will join forces for this

Musicals-themed concert 


Bach’s St Matthew Passion

Date: March 5, 2017

St Mary’s Church, Balcombe

Saturday 4th March 2017

10.00am until 4.00pm

Join us for a Workshop on


St Matthew Passion  



‘In Conversation’

SUNDAY, 5thMARCH at 3pm

Balcombe’s own Janet Canetty-Clarke is part of European Musical History. This remarkable lady will be talking with Jeffrey Lloyd-Roberts (Director of Music at St Mary's) about her life, work and travels.  You will be fascinated by her ground breaking life and there will be an opportunity for you also to ask Janet questions at this very special event.   

There will be refreshments served beforehand from 2.30pm and an opportunity afterwards to take a last look at the exhibition of art work which will be on display.    Entrance is free. 


Art Exhibition

Date: March 5, 2017


St Mary’s Church, Balcombe

This is a special opportunity to view the enormous and varied range of work by Artists in our community.

Artists involved will include Tessa Land-Smith; Michael Noble; Julie Rezac and her workshop students; Ross Thomson; and pupils of Balcombe School

Friday 3rd March 10 am to 6pm

Saturday 4th March  4pm to 8pm

Sunday 5th March  11am – 3pm

A special family sevice of thanksgiving and celebration for the completion of the following major fundraising projects:
 Restoration of our Clock, our Stained Glass Windows and our Bells
 Total Refurbishment of the West End
 Planting of perimeter hedge
Thanking the people of Balcombe for their enormous generosity and support
at was held at ST MARY’S CHURCH
on SUNDAY 2nd OCTOBER at 10 am

Silent Auction

Date: July 2, 2016  by: Rosy Telford


St Mary's Church, Balcombe




and BIDS between 5.00 pm and 7.00 pm

with Light Refreshments


Hampstead Choristers

Date: June 20, 2016


Sunday 19th June at 4pm

at St Mary’s, Balcombe



with David Moore, Piano/Organ

Programme to include choral pieces and vocal/instrumental solos. 

Enjoy some beautiful music followed by afternoon tea!

Donations towards our Church refurbishment will be gratefully received on the day


H M Queen's 90th Birthday

Date: June 10, 2016  by: RT

As part of the national celebrations to mark HM The Queen’s 90th birthday there will be a celebration in words and music to mark this milestone in the Queen’s life at St Mary’s Church 
on Friday 10th June at 7pm

Needlework Workshop

Date: May 12, 2016

Several very enjoyable workshops have taken place recently, including bread making, music, flower arranging, bell ringing, needlework and quilting, cards and crafts and a chinese cookery demonstration.


Ardingly Prep School Concert

Date: May 6, 2016  by: RT

Ardingly Prep School gave us yet another wonderful concert on 6 May, raising some £400 for our major projects fund.


Trip to Highclere

Date: May 2, 2016

Over 50 people enjoyed a trip to Highclere (better known as Downton Abbey) on 2 May.


The windows are back!

Date: May 1, 2016

The restoration of the East End windows has now been completed and they are now back in their full glory.


Rogation Sunday

Date: May 1, 2016

The sun came out for Rogation Suday on the 1st of May. Maybe some of the seeds that were scattered will make the most of the good weather and grow.


Follow the link below for details.


Dedication of new altar cloth

Date: July 1, 2015

July 2015- The dedication of the new altar cloth (designed and made by Paul Milton) by Fiona Windsor, the Archdeacon of Horsham.


Parish visit to Blenheim Palace

Date: July 1, 2015

July 2015


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