Second Thoughts Series 2018


Helen Williams and Sophia Sladden

Opus Anglicanum”- when England ruled the world!


This talk will look at a fascinating period of English Needlework history (1250-1350)- when a small number of  embroiderers in a small area around St. Paul’s Cathedral  quite literally dominated the textile world! Fortunately, those lucky enough to own such material works of art, prized them and protected them, many took them to their graves, where they have survived until the present day.


This will be an interactive talk, involving information sharing, technical stitching demonstration and possibly the chance to actually try a few stitches!


Helen (Williams) and Sophia (Sladden), have been friends and fellow stitches for a number of years. They have been lucky enough to stitch together on various projects for different establishments including St. Paul’s Cathedral, Royal School of Needlework and St. Martin’s, Epsom.



Ollie and Rose Madgwick

From Worshiping the Sun to Worshiping the Son: A Brief History of Peruvian Religion


The diverse environments of Peru; coastal deserts, high Andes and Amazonian rainforest; have hosted equally diverse cultures. This talk will explore some of these native Peruvian religions, including those of Amazonian tribes, inhabitants of floating islands, and, of course, the Incas. The arrival and imposition of Catholicism in Peru drove many of these native beliefs to extinction, yet the enduring influence of these beliefs has given Peruvian Catholicism a unique flavour.


Ollie and Rose Madgwick spent their Honeymoon exploring deepest darkest Peru, and both sing in St Martin's Choir.



Pippa Cramer

The Story of ‘Connections’ at Holy Trinity Church, Claygate

In this session Pippa will explain how Connections started, how prayer was SO key in setting it up (and still is!) and what actually happens at ‘Connections’ on a Tuesday morning. She will also touch on how to build an effective and loving team – absolutely essential, the importance of a warm welcome, and the highly relational model of evangelism that is used, and the bridge that ‘Connections’ has become into church on a Sunday.

Pippa is an Occupational Therapist by training, having worked for many years in the NHS, specialising in neuro-rehabilitation and with the elderly. She loves older people and now works as Pastoral Care and Seniors’ Co-ordinator at Holy Trinity Church.  She is married to Steve and they have two teenage children – life is busy! She has set up and runs a weekly group for older people called ‘Connections’ and regularly has over 120 seniors attending.   Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury visited Connections in September 2015 and wrote, “It was an utter joy for me to attend Connections at Holy Trinity Church, Claygate. The ministry Pippa Cramer has pioneered here is extraordinary. It’s extraordinary for its pastoral reach into the community, extraordinary for its evangelistic impact amongst Seniors and extraordinary in its simplicity. This is a local church doing what only a local church can do – incarnating the life of Christ in the neighbourhood and seeing his love, life and hope transform lives. I commend this work to you: it is a model which I hope and pray will be replicated in many parishes across the country.”

Contact Details

Adrian Esdaile

Priest in Retirement


01372 723 770



"Finally, whatever is true... whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things"

Philippians 4.8.

Hands Touching



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8th April

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May 13th  6.30 pm

Complete 2017 Programme