Emmanuel Fellowship

Fellowship at Emmanuel. Tuesday afternoons at 2:15 in the Richmond Hall.
Everyone, both ladies and gentlemen, is welcome to our meetings.
Subs are £3 per person, so that we can continue to provide a variety of interesting speakers. Tea or coffee and biscuits are, of course, included in the price.

Fellowship in May

  • 3rd The return of a long-time friend of the Fellowship, Ian Bevan, who comes with tales of Theatre Royal, Drury Lane: ‘From Nell Gwyn to Willie Wonka’.
  • 10th Continuing the acting theme, Jonathan Fryer will speak about ’The Humorous Side of Being an Actor’.
  • 17th Neil Sadler returns, to explain ‘Gongoozling for Beginners: Life on the Canals’.
  • 24th ‘National Inventors’ Month: A Celebration of Human Ingenuity’ led by Sue Thomas.

(At the start of this session, there will be a short Annual General Meeting to introduce the Committee members, and to bring everyone up-to-date with what goes on behind the scenes to keep the group functioning. Please don’t be put off by the AGM, as it’s your opportunity to have your voice heard, and most of the afternoon will be about inventions.)

If you would like a programme, please phone or speak to me

Sue Thomas

(on behalf of the Fellowship Committee)


Fellowship in April

Dear Friends, Spring has sprung again, and oh, what a delight it is to see flowers, blossom, and fresh green leaves abounding in gardens all around us. I’ve been looking out for butterflies on each sunny day and have been rewarded with several brimstones and a comma. Wonderful! Thanks to our minister David for bringing … Continue reading Fellowship in April

October 2021

Dear Friends, Goodness me, we’re well into Autumn now. Sunny days as I write, but cooler weather awaits us, I’m sure. Best to dress up warm when you come to the Fellowship, as some windows will be open. What joy to be meeting together again. David Pickering led our opening service on 14 September with … Continue reading October 2021

June 2021

It looks like the wait is nearly over. If progress continues with the roll out of the COVID vaccine and there are no more spikes in cases causing another lockdown, then we will be able to meet from September 14th. Yes, this year! There are still details to be considered by the committee, but we … Continue reading June 2021

May 2021

What, May already? I hope you had a blessed Easter. Hands up if you’ve been to the hairdresser for the first time this year. How about seeing someone for the first time in months? Has anyone celebrated their birthday since the COVID restrictions were eased a little, allowing you perhaps a visit from family or … Continue reading May 2021

February 2021

Dear All, How have those New Year thoughts been developing? Have any of you got new oomph?  I’ve found a task to keep me busy for a few weeks: cutting our enormous hedge to size! It keeps me motivated, knowing there’s always a bit more to do. I’m finding hope in this year too, although … Continue reading February 2021


Well, Christmas is nearly upon us and what a privilege that we have the opportunity to really dwell on its significance this year. We are truly blessed as Christians to recognise the gift of Christ that surpasses anything we could possibly hope to give or receive. Some kind folk have already put fairy lights up … Continue reading December


Happy November and Happy Christmas. Yes, I know I’m a month early but I’m feeling a bit uninspired today, so I need to lighten my mood. We are in level 2 of the new measures to slow down the spread of coronavirus, which means reducing contact with other people. That is the very reason we … Continue reading November


It’s October already. Can you believe it? I can hardly fathom where this year has gone. Luckily I have a diary that tells me more or less, everything I have done, otherwise it would feel like this year has been a big blank. Perhaps that is an insult to certain people. What memorable moments come … Continue reading October

Keep smiling

We do hope all members of our Fellowship are well and keeping their spirits up. It has been such a long time since March, when we were together. We miss our Tuesday afternoon meetings and the pleasure of each other’s company. Although the government has eased the lockdown, coronavirus is still with us and we … Continue reading Keep smiling

A Slower Pace?

Another month has passed by and I wonder how the time goes so fast. Surely in these restricted times it should drag. I’m not the only one who feels like that. My daughter suggests it’s because we are living life at a slower pace. I’m all for that. We can spend far too much of … Continue reading A Slower Pace?

Tender Care

In response to the Emmanuel Fellowship item in May Emmanuel Life when I suggested making a list of ways to occupy yourself through lockdown, Lilo Sutton sent the following photo of her orchid, saying “This little orchid was in a poor state, so I gave it lots of tender loving care”. Lilo was rewarded by … Continue reading Tender Care