The Parish Church of St Peter, Bishop's Waltham in the Anglican Diocese of Portsmouth (England, UK)
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Interest Groups

Members of St Peter's Church organise many social activities to suit old and young. Many activities are purely social such as Men's Breakfast or Ladies Group and most of the activities organised by the Social Committee. Some are enjoyable ways to contribute to worship at St Peter's such as Music groups, Bellringing or Flower arranging. Others have a primary purpose to support people or the church building. There are many other ways to meet people in St Peter's, particularly through the weekly services, education or support groups. Many of these are featured elsewhere on this website.

If you would like to know more please keep an eye on the Parish News, speak to someone in church (especially if they are wearing a name badge!) or check out the diary pages on this website. Full contact details are in the Parish News.

Mens Breakfast

We meet on the second Saturday of every month at 8.00 am at the The Crown Inn Bishopís Waltham, normally finishing by 9.30 am. The emphasis is on fellowship whilst enjoying an excellent breakfast.

We have speakers on an ad hoc basis drawn from our own members and externally. Topics covered recently were Oil Exploration and Extraction, Portsmouth Dockyard, the new Aircraft Carriers, a history of Royal Worcester, Tudor History, Radio Broadcasting and Bees. Without exception, the talks were both informative and enjoyable so we are very grateful to our speakers.

Please contact David Williamson (details in the Parish News) or email

Ladies Group

This meets on the second Monday of the month at the Church Hall (at the bottom of Free Street) at 7.30pm for a varied programme of activities, presentations and social events.

Please contact Janice Romer (details in the Parish News) or email

Mothers Union


The Mothers' Union is a Christian organisation with 3.6 million members in 78 countries united by a shared belief in the value of families. In the UK, the MU is consulted by the government whenever issues concerning families and children are involved. In developing countries, MU members work with governments in securing justice, fair trade, education and healthcare. Literacy and development projects are run in three African countries. At the UN, MU representatives campaign against gender stereotyping and the commercialisation of childhood and seek to promote parenting programmes, gender equality and healthy relationships between couples and within families.


Despite its name, The Mothers' Union, which is retained for historical and international reasons, membership is open to anyone, male or female, single or married, providing you have been baptised as a Christian and support the society's aims and objectives. Those who have been through divorce are also welcome.

The branch at St Peterís has grown in recent years, bringing the total membership to about 60, and making it one of the largest and most active branches in the Diocese. The branch, with its deanery, diocesan, national and international links, is run by a small committee elected from the membership.

New members are most welcome. The fee is £18 per year which can be paid monthly, quarterly or annually. Members receive, free of charge, a regular diocesan publication "Contact" and quarterly copies of "Families Worldwide" about MU involvement at home and abroad. You may attend a few meetings before deciding whether to join or not. Once you have decided to become a member, you are formally admitted and receive a membership card and an attractive badge.


There are monthly afternoon meetings on the third Wednesday of each month at 2pm in the Church Hall, Free Street. For those who are working or have young families, there are alternate monthly evening meetings starting at 7.30 pm in the Stables, Free Street. Both groups have a programme of interesting talks and social activities.

Members, if they wish, can be involved in a wide range of practical projects to support children and the family from running children's groups to raising funds to send local, disadvantaged families on holiday. Funds raised at our Christmas Fayre go to overseas projects usually development and literacy work. There are also opportunities to take up administrative and practical positions in the Deanery and Diocese.


Members are committed to praying for the work of the MU and for each other.
Each year our branch shares in the Wave of Prayer supporting families world wide through our intercessions.

MU Quiet Days for prayer and spiritual growth are organised each year in the Deanery or in the Diocese.

There is a monthly MU corporate communion at St Peter's at 10am on the third Thursday of the month.


We warmly welcome new members to share our fellowship and activities. If you are interested or would just like to find out more, please contact Mary Blow.

Bishops Bells

An enthusiastic team using St Peterís own hand bells which are over 120 years old. The team which has been established for 22 years meets in the Church on Tuesdays at 7.30 where we practise music old and new.

Throughout the year we have a variety of engagements: from playing for groups such as the WI, charity concerts and a regular appearance at the Manor Farm Special Christmas opening.

We welcome anyone to join us who can read music. Please contact Sandy Foster

Flower Arrangers

We organise ourselves on a rota to decorate the church for services and special events. Our work is especially appreciated at major church festivals. The Easter Garden attracts many visitors each year. At Christmas we have trees one of which displays the greetings baubles, which raised £153 to buy goats for our African families. We are most grateful to the people who kindly give donations to our flower fund.

We also arrange wedding and memorial flowers by request.

If you would like to join the team you will be most welcome. Pease contact Heather Pollard.

Music Groups

Music forms an important part of our worship at St Peter's. It is also great fun. For more information on what's going on and opportunities to enjoy working together please check the St Peter's weekly diary regularly. Meanwhile here is some information about the different groups and what we do.

The Friends of St Peter's Church

The Friends of St Peterís is a registered charity set up in April 1987 with the principal object of preserving and maintaining the land, buildings and interior of the Church.

Five or six fundraising events are organised each year. These include concerts, informal social evenings with supper and dancing, art exhibitions, race nights and dinner tours. An outing is organised each year to somewhere not normally open to the public. The Annual Lecture is a popular event featuring a quality speaker.

Funds are used to keep the church in good repair and improve the interior. The beautiful stone dais for the nave altar is a gift from the Friends as are new notice boards. In the church yard the paths have been resurfaced and there is a new Garden of Remembrance.

Membership is open to all. You do not have to be a church member. Indeed many of our members are not church goers. They become members because they value having a well maintained parish church in the town for baptisms, weddings, funerals and special occasions as well as an attractive church yard in which to remember their loved ones.

Subscriptions are treated as donations to charity. The amount you choose to give is left to your discretion. As a guide, we suggest a minimum of £5 per person, per annum.

If you would like to become a member or would like more information, please contact the Secretary to the Friends, Paul Emmerson.

Social events throughout the year

We have an enthusistic team that organises a range of events during the year. Whether picnics, parish lunches, catering for musical concerts, harvest suppers, mulled wine and mince pies after the annual Carol Service, coach trips to beautiful places there is much to enjoy for everyone.

Advance details of events appear in the community calendar. If you are interested in participating or simply have a good idea for an event please contact Vanessa Emmerson.

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