CEO Sleepout 2018

Borderline is looking for people from all sectors to join them for CEO Sleepout, a challenge event raising money for three homeless charities, of which Borderline is one.  Participants will give up their beds for just one night in favour of the stands of Lord’s Cricket Ground, to raise awareness of what many homeless people experience every night.

The event will take place on 29 October and participants will be expected to raise £2,000.  You will recall that the Minister and John Mowbray both took part in this event in 2017 and successfully reached the fundraising target.  Could you emulate their achievement this year?  For further information please contact Olivia Levins at or 0845 4562.

Data Protection

New regulations governing the way in which the church stores and processes personal information about members have recently come into force.

We keep details of members’ names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses for the purposes of keeping in touch with you and sending you this newsletter, the church magazine, papers for the Annual Business Meeting, and other relevant information.  Details are kept securely on the church computer and on paper files in the church office.  You have a right to know what information we hold about you, and to let us know if you do not want us to keep this information.

The Kirk Session is in the throes of developing the required policies, and further detailed information will be contained in the next issue of The Chronicle, which is due to be published on Sunday 26 August.  In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact our Data Protection Co-ordinator, Elspeth Gordon,

Minister’s holidays

The Minister will be on holiday from 16 August – 6 September.  Pastoral care during that period will be provided by the ministerial team at St Columba’s Church, Pont Street (020 7584 3210).  However, any issues should be referred in the first instance to your elder, or to the Session Clerk, Peter Esslemont, on  (except between 24 August and 1 September) or the Church Secretary, Sheila Haddon, on 020 7836 5643 (Wednesday and Thursday only) or

Church Lunches

There will be no lunches during August, in order to give the lunch teams a break.

The provision of lunches after the morning service on Sundays is a very important part of our fellowship, which is greatly appreciated by members and visitors alike, and we are most grateful to everyone who helps to keep this going.  However, sometimes the amount of money collected for the lunches is less than it should be if everyone who has lunch paid the £2 requested.  The money collected goes to reimburse those who provide lunches for the ingredients used, and any surplus helps to provide necessary equipment for the kitchen, so it would be greatly appreciated if in future everyone who is able to pays the small amount to cover lunch costs.

Additionally, we’re always looking to recruit more volunteers to help with the provision of lunches.  If this is something you think you could help with, please speak to the Lunch Convener, Marlene Tyler, who will fill you in on what is required.

Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 July

Roads across London and Surrey will be affected on the weekend of Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 July as part of a weekend of Prudential RideLondon cycling events.  Roads in central London will be closed to traffic on Saturday, and on Sunday 29 July some roads in east, west, central and south-west London and Surrey will be closed.  For further details, please see

British 10K 2018

This race will be run on Sunday 15 July, and Borderline are looking for four more runners to take part and raise funds for the charity.  If you are interested, please contact the Fundraising Officer, Olivia Levins, on 08454562190 or  Val Kemp has already signed up to run for Borderline, to sponsor Val and help to raise money for this worthwhile cause, go to


On Sunday 10 June Chris Close, a professional photographer and brother of Elaine, will be in church taking photographs of the church and the congregation to build up a portfolio of up-to-date photographs for use in the Tercentenary celebrations next year.  A good turn-out of members would be appreciated on this day.

Lady Frances: Frances Balfour, Aristocrat Suffragist – books for sale

Image of cover of bookFollowing the very successful launch of Joan B Huffman’s biography of Lady Frances in the church on 16 May, there are still a few copies of the book available to purchase at £19.99.  The author wished the church to benefit from the sale of the books, so has very generously donated them.

All proceeds from the sale will therefore go to the Organ Renovation Fund.  Please see Sarah Pipkin or the church secretary if you would like to purchase the book.

Open Church

During June, July and August, we try to open the church to visitors between 12 noon and 3 pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.  In order to keep the church open we need to have at least two volunteers on duty every day.  If you are able to spare some time to help with this venture, please speak to Margaret Ross.

Service of Thanksgiving Saturday 9 June – 11.30 am

This service is being held to remember and give thanks for those friends, family and loved ones who have been part of our lives but are now no longer with us.

During the service we will remember each by name and give thanks for all that made them special.  If you would like to include any family member, friend or loved one please give names to the church secretary.  There will also be an opportunity to view the Book of Remembrance kept at the back of the church, and to arrange for an entry to be made if desired.

After the service light refreshments will be served in the church hall, for which all are welcome to join us.