Goings On

There’s always stuff going on at St Andrew’s.  Here are some highlights. 

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Another smashing Panto from St. Andrew’s Players – Sleeping Beauty in Coulsdon Dec 2022

Grateful thanks to our amazing cast, backstage crew, other volunteers and writer and director Ann Heavens for another showstopper! Here’s to next year’s production.

OH YES IT WAS! Sleeping Beauty, this year’s pantomime by the St Andrew’s Players, is a festive delight. 

A dash of the roaring Twenties, a cackling evil fairy, a King crossed with Winston Churchill and a host of energetic dance routines gave this year’s Sleeping Beauty proper panto flair.

A fast-paced script pitched humour perfectly for both adults and youngsters. Playing to a packed house, Nurse Nellie, was a vision in her bright red wig, while the evil Fairy Carabosse got all the boos a pantomime villain could hope for.

The pantomime gave the traditional tale of Sleeping Beauty a time-travelling twist, with a couple of up-to-date references including the fortunes of Crystal Palace football club, the Pembroke pub and a storyline involving the dating app Tinder.

The set was simple but effective, helping to transport the audience into all sorts of magical delights, including an enchanted forest and impenetrable wall. The cast was full of fun and energy, and special mention must be made of Alex and Edward Inns who were outstanding in their roles.

My four-year-old son was captivated by the show, loved booing and hissing the wicked fairy, thought Princess Aurora was beautiful, and thoroughly enjoyed the Time Warp finale. He has already asked if we can go again next year! A captivating princess, a villain we loved to hate, jokes, songs, dancing, silliness, fun, laughter and smiles: the perfect panto recipe. This fairy tale ended happily ever after, with plenty of Christmas sparkle.

Thanks to Lizzie and Thomas Mills for their timely review.

Our African-Caribbean Fun Day went off with a bank on Sunday September 4th.  Delicious eats, inc. boerwors sausages and jerk, wonderful company, great music, lots of dancing, fresh squeezed Jamaican lemonade, and Bajan run punch courtesy of Captain Haynes.  Big thank you to all our generous volunteer.  A very good time had by all and money raised for the continued work of the church !!



Another masterpiece from St. Andrew’s Players December 2021


Windows into Christmas – our exciting art project had it’s grand opening on Sunday 28th November at 4 pm with carols, mince pies and hot Ribena! Our thanks go to Kate Buckley, our artistic friend from Christ Church Purley, who shared this idea with us and gave us many tips.

Our windows will featured ‘I saw three Ships’, ‘In the Bleak Midwinter’, The Nutcracker, Snowmen, Bethlehem’s town and hillsides, A starry night, ‘This little light of mine’, the Three Kings, a Rainbow of praise and Jessie’s particular favourite, a ‘Canine Christmas’ featuring dogs of the parish. Thank you to our church members, Tots and toys, Messy Church, Contact Group friends and Guides and Brownies for sharing their artistic creations with us 🙂

The windows displayed throughout Advent and Christmas, illuminated from 3.30 to 6.30 pm each evening.  

BELOW – one of our gorgeous creations featured our biggest windows.  Big thank you to all our creative volunteers. 

Sunday 23rd May 2021 – on Pentecost, remembering the day when the Holy Spirit burst onto the scene in a dramatic fashion as tongues of fire, empowering Jesus’ friends to fulfil their mission to share the good news of God’s love with the whole world – celebrations at St Andrew’s went off with a bang! Members of our church family shared their artistic gifts to create an incredible indoor firework display ? – yes, you heard, me rockets, sparklers, even a bonfire, and with no need to worry about health and safety !! 

Virtual Pilgrimage from St Andrew’s Coulsdon to St. Andrew’s Cathedral Amalfi.

In November 2020 62 faithful pilgrims set out to walk the 1,231.7 miles from St. Andrew’s Coulsdon to St. Andrew’s Cathedral Amalfi.  We made it – and back – safe and sound – blisters, bunions and all!  With a huge well done and grateful thanks to all who cheered, encouraged and refreshed us along the way, we contributed a whopping £1,000 towards our church funds. 

We made it – and back – safe and sound – blisters, bunions and all! 

At times, the road was long … “da che parte per St Andrews Amalfi? Non sembra l’Italia?” … but our will was strong.

With a huge well done and grateful thanks to all who cheered, encouraged and refreshed us along the way, we contributed a whopping £1,000 towards our church funds. 

Pantomime with the St. Andrew’s Players

November is usually Pantomime time with our talented cast and crew with two sell-out performances, delighting the entire community – some memories here of our pantomime fun.

Christmas at St. Andrew’s 
At Christmas time, our love of music comes to the fore, with carolling and musical cheer, not just in church, but around the Community. 

Here are some memories from our Carol singing at Cane Hill.

Haggis & Tatties

After Christmas eats and drinks,  There’s no way you can/should sit still at our Barn Dance – not with Tony and Annie at full throttle!

We can still make time and space for haggis and tatties on Burns Night

Quiet time 

After the hurley-burley of Christmas and New Year, February if our quiet time  to listen to God and reflect on what he is asking us to do – some memories from our time spent at Hilfield Friary in Dorset & Wychcroft House.

Summer Fun at St. Andrew’s 

Summers are usually a fun time outdoor with our young disciples – some memories of our time among the lavender and at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre.


We try to hold on to the summer for as long as possible with the sounds, smells and tastes of Africa and the Caribbean at our African-Caribbean Evening

St. Andrew’s African-Caribbean Evenin
Celebrating Harvest at St. Andrew’s 

As the summer fades into Autumn, we celebrate the Harvest with our Autumn Fair – also with memories from our Angel Festival in 2019.