All Saints Church – Your Memories, Prayers and Hopes

Following the fire at All Saints Church we have set up this page for you to add your memories of the Church building, with hopes and prayers for the future.

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99 Responses to All Saints Church – Your Memories, Prayers and Hopes

  1. The Parish of Fleet has so many wonderful and faithful people. I am convinced that you will rally together as a community and that out of the ashes something new and beautiful will grow. After all – we are a people of the resurrection! The thoughts and prayers of all us here at St.Anne’s Bagshot are with you at this moment in time.

  2. Susie says:

    This lovely church welcomed us with open arms into the Friday playgroup a mere 6 days after moving from London to Fleet – I knew then that we had moved somewhere amazing. I am so sorry for what has happened. The strength of feeling from the community is testament to how much the church meant to people (churchgoers and non-churchgoers alike) and I’m sure we will come together to help rebuild it. Love and thoughts.

  3. Eric says:

    when visiting family there several times it was our church home, with family attending since the 1930s. I hope it can be rebuilt!

  4. Rachel says:

    My sister and cousin got christened and my auntie got married there. At junior school we used to go down to the church for a service every so often. So sad as has lots of memories for me and my family xx

  5. Elizabeth and Chris says:

    My husband and I came to fleet in 1965 and All saints has been our spiritual home ever since. We have both spent our lives as part of the wonderful church community and we know that we are a strong and united group of people who will rebuild this lovely church, we will be strengthened in our determination to leave something special for our future generations and we are so fortunate to have Mark our vicar to lead us at this difficult time. Our Monday to Friday 10am to 12.30 coffee bar will reopen on Monday 29 June and we would love you to come and share your special memories with us. Our monthly midweek lunch on Thursday 2nd July will go ahead but Roy Woodhams and Martha will now be performing in St Nicholas Cranleigh, next Sunday.

  6. J. James Worthington says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you but as others have said with the Lord’s help you will persevere, find some temporary place to worship or join some other Christians and see the right way ahead with regard to repairing/rebuilding but of course it will take time.

    At least no injuries or worse to people unlike our fellow Christians in Charleston USA who have been demonstrating the grace of Christ’s forgiveness after their Pastor and 6 church members were killed.. Church buildings are only buildings even if useful and with historical and architectural value particularly as they get older. We are celebrating the 800th anniversary of ours in Bucks this year.

    My parents moved to Fleet in 1946 and their ashes were interred after their deaths in 2000 and 2006 and I and my two older sisters have fond memories of our childhood in Fleet and at All Saints straddling several Vicars, Jocelyn Grundy being the last who died recently. One of my sisters (Carolyn) and her husband lived in Fleet where her children also grew up.

    It looks as though the words over the arch leading to the chancel have been burnt or obliterated but their truth remains, namely, “Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God Almighty”. May we all look to Him, holy yet forgiving, and to Jesus our living Saviour and Lord and Head of the church being the international Christian family.

  7. Lindsay Blackburn (Williamson) says:

    My family and I are totally devastated hearing the news of the terrible fire, and seeing the photos of the destruction. I was a member of the church family from when I moved to Fleet at the age of 5 until I moved away after I married. I attended the Sunday School, sang in the choir, was a Sunday School teacher, got married there, taught at All Saints Junior School, and had my first daughter baptized there. My brothers also sang in the choir, and my parents are still stalwart members of the Church heavily involved in Parish Life. It is so heartbreaking to see the Church building so damaged, and know that the interior painting, woodwork, furniture and artifacts are lost. However, I know that a church consists of more than just buildings and things, and that the congregation of All Saints and the community of Fleet will rebuild and repair, and that the good work of The Lord will prevail. I pray for strength for that, wisdom to make the right decisions, light for the dark, difficult days ahead and love and forgiveness for the individual(s) involved in the act of destruction. God Bless you all, our love and prayers are with you. xx

  8. Roy says:

    We at Hart Voices rehearse in the church hall and have used the church for many of our concerts. We are devastated to learn of the destruction of this beautiful and moving building. We feel we have lost an old friend. I’m sure some good will eventually come of this, but it’s hard to imagine at the moment.

  9. Yvonne says:

    So upset to hear of the destruction of the church. It held a special place in the hearts of my family, I was Christened there in 1960, married there in 1982, my first child Christened there in 1987 and my sister married, my nephew Christened and my father’s funeral service was also held there. So so sad.

  10. Morag Daws says:

    My husbands family have lived in Fleet for generations, many of whom were married and christened at All Saints church. His great Grandfather, a stone mason, made the font! Sadly his great Aunt passed away yesterday (the same day as the fire), she lived much of her life in a bungalow where Sunrise Nursing Home now stands and was a regular attendee at the church.

    • Webmaster says:

      Morag As you will see from the Fire Service’s picture of the inside of the Church, the Font has survived – with a few chips! Your husband’s great grandfather made it well. It was a big rock.

    • Morag Daws says:

      Yes we saw it! Hopefully it will continue to be used when the church is rebuilt. 🙂

  11. Heather says:

    When we first moved to Church Crookham 13 years ago we spent our first Christmas at All Saints – a very special service!. It was a beautiful church and we are really shocked and saddened to see it in such an awful state. I pray that it can be re-built.
    Love and prayers x

  12. Christopher Dew says:

    I have been fortunate enough in the past to have been invited to give organ recitals in All Saints and to have been allowed to practise on the lovely organ as and when. If musical events are arranged as fund raisers, I should be pleased to contribute. My thoughts and prayers are with you all as you weather this setback and prepare to plan the future of the church.

  13. Ange Fletcher says:

    I was married there Christmas 2006. My family loved the building and the service from Roy Woodhams. My 2 young sons were both christened there too. It’s devastating to see such a beautiful, historic building destroyed but we are strong. Fleet will, as always, come together and make the best of this. Love and prayers Ange xxx

  14. Jan Gould & Peter Sedgwick says:

    Dear friends

    We have been following the news of the terrible fire in All Saints Church. Thank you to Jennette Wickes for letting us know about it. We are both devastated, both at the loss of such a beautiful building, but also for all of you who are so closely involved with the church there. We are weeping tears of grief for you all and share the terrible pain you must all be feeling right now.

    We may not be great at keeping in touch regularly, but rest assured you are always very much in our hearts . Our 6 years in Fleet were probably the happiest years of our life, and the people in All Saints and P&J will always be very dear to us. To think of you all having to deal with this dreadful tragedy makes us want to get in the car and drive over to Fleet to be with you all. Sadly that is not possible right now, but be sure that you are very much in our prayers. Hoping to see you very soon though.

    Yours with heartfelt affection and prayers,

    Jan & Peter x

    • Jan Gould says:

      ps. a little thought which has sustained me through many difficult times:

      “Nothing is ever wasted within the economy of God”.

      Time and again I have found this to be true, and I’m sure you will too in the months and years to come. Jan

  15. Angela says:

    I remember being very impressed by the stained glass windows when I first went into the church in 1952 when I was 5! I remember Sunday School led by Mrs Waite and Sister Barham. I have lots of memories of services, some led by my father John Evans. Recently I have attended a few services and concerts in the church because my youngest brother now lives in Fleet.

    You are in my prayers as you plan for the future.

  16. Andrew Mullen says:

    So sad about this dreadful fire. My children Amy (23) & Ashleigh (17) were christened in All Saints. The pictures at the font adorn my house in Hook. It must be returned to its former glory.

  17. Liz Fallon says:

    I have so many happy memories of my time as a member of the church at All Saints – in particular singing in the choir; being involved with the Junior Church; my godson Harry’s baptism and my friend Malcolm’s wedding. It was with immense sadness and shock that I heard the news yesterday. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. You are an amazing community and I know that our awesome God is with you and is pouring out his love and comfort on you all at this time. With much love, Liz xx

  18. Diana Edwards nee Wells. says:

    For three generations this was our church and my grandmother was buried there in 1921 when my mother was 2. My mother and her 3 children were all baptised, confirmed by the Bishop and we were all married there. The church is its people and no doubt the church building will rise from the ashes and be stronger than ever. God please help those who are so distressed by this disaster.

  19. Pauline Watson says:

    I was very shocked to see the news tonight, and feel for you all. I know I would be devastated if our church was damaged, especially if it was done deliberately. Your loss is our loss too, and you are held in my prayers.
    P.W., Southampton

  20. Janet Howard nee Anderson says:

    My father was a chorister at All Saints and had a chair dedicated to his memory. I was married there in 1966 by Canon Colin Deedes, my two sons were christened there and my parents had their funerals there. So many memories, such a sad loss, a unique Victorian church.

  21. Bill Wood says:

    Bill, Linda Wood and Family

    As a family we worshipped in All Saints for 23years where my wife, son and daughter sang in the choir. We are all utterly devastated at the news. It was our second home but the shell is still there and we know that in time the church will be rebuilt with God’s help and guidance. All the clergy and congregation are in our thoughts and prayers at this time.

  22. Kathryn says:

    Hello – I came here after reading about the incident on the Telegraph website. Wanton destruction of a beautiful building and place of worship. God bless.

  23. Elizabeth Richards says:

    Elizabeth Richards (Taylor).

    Lived in Fleet for 21 years from 1964. I was surprised how upset I was when I read this terribly sad news. Like others on here I sang in the choir, got confirmed, got married, had my daughter christened and also my father’s burial service at this church. Also attended many friend’s weddings. I sincerely hope it can be rebuilt.

  24. Rachel says:

    I am so sad about what has happened to All Saints Church . I have fond memories as a child attending the church with my school,St Nicks. I was also confirmed there over 20 years ago. More recently i got married there and i attend both All Saints and P and J on a sunday. Such a beautiful church with so many memories . I really hope it can be rebuilt in the future and with Gods guidance it will x x

  25. Fiona & Hugh Ballantine Dykes says:

    Fiona and Hugh
    We were shocked and devastated to hear about this terrible fire. We were deeply involved with All Saints church for many years before we moved to Salisbury. Our five children were born in Fleet christened in the church and we were part of church life. Most sadly our little daughter Lucy’s funeral was at this church and is buried in Fleet – the church has been our spiritual home.
    We know that you will find the strength and inspiration to rebuild but this does not take away what is lost and grief comes before renewal.
    Was the remembrance book lost in the fire? Is there any way of recreating it.
    We send you our love and prayers.

    • Webmaster says:

      Fiona and Hugh
      Thank you.
      We are very sorry that the Remembrance Book was not rescued from the Church and must be presumed lost in the fire. It is obviously a record of those who have worshipped in the church over 150 years and a vital link to the present in memory of them.
      However the parish has already received a very generous offer of a new Remembrance Book and to cover the cost of having it written up.

  26. David says:

    So sorry to hear the news about the Church. I worked in Fleet for many years and have friends there. May God use this sad event to build you all up strong and sure in the Faith, knowing that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. May you have the grace, too, to forgive those who did this. Be assured that many will be praying for you.

  27. Susan Proctor says:

    We currently live in New Hampshire USA but did live in Fleet before moving. We just wanted to say that we are really saddened by what has happened and are thinking of the community at this time.

  28. Ros Roberts says:

    All our love and prayers from Ros. Ken. Laura and Jenny and everyone in The Lenborough Benefice. we will be holding you in our prayers at all the churches this Sunday. Such a shock to see it on the news.
    So many memories of our life in fleet.So many wonderful people and friends, of taking services in the church, of laughter and and the touch of God in the lives of so many
    Easter Sunday follows Good Friday. Our Gracious and Almighty God will give you strength and comfort and everything you need to continue to build the Kingdom of God In Fleet.
    Poignant to see the font , but what a wonderful symbol of rebirth and renewal,
    I know it is going to be a long road. and sometimes hard but you will Arise!

    Circle you O God
    keep hope within
    despair without

    Circle you O God
    keep peace within
    and turmoil without.

    circle you O God
    keep calm within
    and storms without.

    Circle you O God
    keep strength with in
    and weakness without

    Arise today
    througha mighty strength,
    the invocation of the trinity.

    Ros , Ken, Laura and Jenny
    Former curate

  29. Charles Lewis says:

    God moves in a mysterious way His wonders to perform. Whatever the cause of this sad event there will be within it the seeds of resurrection to a new life. While mourning the loss of such beauty and cherishing the memories of the past, you have in Fr Mark a priest of vision who will surely lead his people to a new home in which the old will be a firm spiritual foundation for future life within the family of God’s people.
    Prayers and love will surely go out to you from the Trinity Benefice in Folkestone at this challenging time.

  30. Sue Sanders (Dundas) says:

    We have so many memories associated with the Church over the years. My Grandparents, Parents, Aunts, Sisters and myself were all married there, we were Christened and Confirmed there. We had both my parents’ funerals there and their ashes are in the Memorial Garden. My parents were both Church Wardens, my mother being the first ‘lady Church Warden’. She was also responsible for the Church flowers for very many years. The kneelers were another of her projects, She co-ordinated the making of them (making quite a few herself) and then storing in our house, gradually taking over most of the rooms! We wonder if any survived?
    Such a sad time.
    Sue Sanders (Dundas)

  31. Leela says:

    Terribly sad to hear such sad news. I was the photographer that shot the last wedding there (20th June 15). Thinking of all of you at All Saints. It was a stunning place and one of my favourite places.

  32. Jill Simpson (Anthony) says:

    Like so many others, I too have many memories associated with the Church – commencing when my grandparent’s retired from India to Fleet in the late 1940’s and were regular church goers. My grandparents funerals and my parent’s funerals were there. I sang in the choir there, was confirmed there and later married there. My children were baptised there and my daughter was married there. My granddaughter was baptised there and my second granddaughter was due to be baptised there in November……….
    Such a sad time. My thoughts go out to all those so immediately affected by this devastating fire.

  33. Jan Clarke says:

    I was shocked & saddened to hear about the devastating fire at All Saints, my aunt’s church for many years. She was Helen Knapman, whose funeral was held in your beautiful church some years ago. I remember the warmth of the congregation on that occasion & I’m so sorry you have all suffered this tragedy. However, I’m sure you will restore All Saints to its former glory in due course, & I wish you all well in the coming months as you begin the challenging task.
    May God bless you & help you, every step of the way.

    Jan Clarke ( Worthing )

  34. Sue Riley says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone in the All Saints family. We are sure everyone will rally round to help; and if there is anything we can do, please let us know. We know you will find the strength to rebuild.

    Dogmersfield C E (A) Primary School

  35. Caroline says:

    Utterly devestated by the destruction. Although I’m not a regular attendee of the services I used to enjoy the peace and tranquility and the open door policy that the church offered. As a keen photographer I have a wonderful bank of quiet solitude images of the interior. These now contrast with the stark shell that is left and make a very poignant statement.

  36. Revd Daphne Kitching says:

    I was shocked and saddened to hear of the fire at All Saints and to see the photographs. I was struck by the photograph of the interior, where the font still stands in the midst of the devastation, with the cross clearly visible. This seems poignantly symbolic. Jesus said he would build his church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it. Nothing can destroy the power of the cross of Jesus to bring healing in any situation. I pray for strength and healing for the church family as you rebuild.

    I was greatly privileged to take the funeral of my dear sister Anne Parker-Ashley at All Saints in October 2011. Whilst the roof may have been burned, my lasting memory will be of the Hallelujah Chorus played at full volume, raising the roof in tribute to Anne’s life and to the glory of God, as the service ended.

  37. Cherie Foster says:

    I was utterly devestated on Monday when hearing and seeing what happened. I have lived in Fleet all my life I went to All Saints School so visited the church a lot I was christened in All Saints church, got married there on 23 June 2001 and both my children were Christened there too! My second child was born in 2007 with Down Syndrome and the church congregation at the time played a massive part in our lives by praying for him as he was a very poorly boy and had to undergo open heart surgery! This ignited my Faith and there is no doubt in my mind that they were life saving prayers! I want to thank you for being an amazing church family. Sending love and prayers.
    Cherie Foster

  38. Malcolm Hall says:

    From F.H. Browne & Son’s (Organ Builders) Ltd, Canterbury.
    We were all shocked & deeply saddened by the news of the devastating fire at All Saint’s in Fleet.
    During both routine tuning & maintenance, and also the longer organ restoration contracts, we get to know both a building and the folk who cherish the sacred space, and worship within its doors.
    We are all caretakers & guardians of the wonderful heritage that constitute both religious, social and political history within our Parish
    All Saints in Fleet deserves to ‘rise from the ashes’; to inspire generations to come and to be a witness to the past.
    Let us pray to God that this will happen.

  39. Ruth, Julia, Ann says:

    We are all so saddened about the Church. I’ve lived in Fleet all my life and although not regular churchgoers now (except Mum) we used to go to Sunday School at All Saints, both myself and my sister got married and confirmed there and it feels as if an old friend has gone. My daughter goes to All Saints Junior School and we have attended some lovely concerts and services there – the sound was wonderful. There’s no question about it getting re-built its part of Fleet!

  40. Ann Goddard says:

    My beloved husband Cliff Goddard died in 1972 when our daughters Susan and Julie were five and two years old respectively. We were married in All Saints on 26th June 1965 by the Rev Ronald Wynne who was the curate in my Sunday school days at the old ‘tin’ P&J and who came back from Botswana to marry us. With the love and care given to me by the Rev Colin Deedes I decided to have my husband’s ashes interred in the Garden of Remembrance and his name put into the book inside the Church. This provided a much needed lasting memorial for my girls and myself over the years and its destruction has brought much heartache.
    I would like to thank the vicar Mark Hayton for his kindness to me on the Wednesday after the fire, the firemen for the fact that the Garden is undamaged and to the wonderful person who has offered to replace the Book with the names inscribed.
    God Bless you all.
    Ann Goddard (nee Blundell)
    Susan Halten (nee Goddard)
    Julie Mynott (nee Goddard)

    • Michael Lunn says:

      Hello Ann,
      I lived next door to 90 Clarence Road. He was 10 years younger than me. He was my hero whilst growing up.His love of sport was passed on to me, and we played cricket night after night in the summer time when he finished work at the RAE,
      Cliff built his first television from ex RAF war surplus parts in 1950,
      and we trooped around to watch the cup final on it in his bedroom..what fantastic memories.I used to go down to Fleet station regularly to wait for his train on a Saturday,when he went to London to watch Arsenal play.He always bought me the matchday programme.
      Hope you don’t mind me sharing these memories with you of a true role model.
      Happy Christmas to you and your family.
      Michael Lunn

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