About Us

About Us

Welcome to St Martin’s in East Horsley. We offer a wide range of services from traditional prayer book communion services to informal family services and everything in between!

Our church is set in a beautiful part of surrey and we have two church halls available for hire.

We are part of the Horsley, Ockham and Downside Group Ministry. Between our three parishes we are able to offer a wide range of services and activities.

Everyone is welcome to St Martin’s and we hope that you will visit us soon.

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History

entrance to St Martins Church
St Martins Churchyard

 

St Martin’s Church dates back to Norman times. The church consists of a Chancel, a Nave and Tower on the western side. A Transept was added to the north side of the Chancel in the 1980’s together with a Vestry on the east side of the building. The Church has a number of interesting internal features including the tomb of Thomas Cornwallis and his wife which dates back to Elizabethan times. Thomas Cornwallis was a member of the court of Queen Elizabeth I.

Over the years much of the Church has been extensively modernised. Major rebuilding work was undertaken in the 1860’s under the guidance of Lord Lovelace. The Chancel and part of the Nave were rebuilt at this time. Extensive repairs were undertaken to the Tower in the 1920’s.

Lord Lovelace also oversaw the building of the wall around the Churchyard. The wall incorporates a number of distinguishing features of the Lovelace style including the widespread use of flint and locally produced terracotta bricks. The Gazebo on the southwest corner of the wall was restored in 1986.

Before Lord Lovelace died in 1893 he built a Mausoleum in the northeast corner of the churchyard. The Mausoleum is the final resting place of Lord Lovelace and his second wife. The Mausoleum was restored in the 2000’s.

The St Martin’s Church rooms were constructed in the 1980’s and stand between the Church and the Rectory.

Arrangements can be made for small groups to visit the church.  Coffee/tea and biscuits can be provided. If you are interested in visiting us please send an e mail and we will get in touch with you

If you want to read more about the history of St Martin’s this link provides further details.

The Lovelace Mausoleum

flint circular mausoleum

The Gazebo

The Gazebo on the edge of the church yard

Charitable Work

Blythswood

Blythswood logo

Blythswood Care combines the Christian message with practical help for those in need at home and abroad, regardless of their political or religious beliefs or ethnic origins.

The Beehive support Blythswood through the annual shoebox appeal.  Click HERE for more details.

The Childrens Society

A children’s charity who help children of all faiths and none, including children at risk on the streets, disabled children, young refugees, young carers or those within the youth justice system.

The collections from the Christingle service are donated.

Christian Aid

Christian Aid seeks to alleviate poverty and injustice. It works mainly in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Central and South America.

As part of Christian Aid Week each May we organise street collections and donate the Sunday collection.

Christian Army

Church Army

Sharing faith through words and action to transform lives by making Jesus famous.

Part of our annual income is donated.

Church Urban Fund

Brings the Church together to support Christians called to work with the poorest and most marginalised in England, transforming lives.

A collection is donated each year.

Guildford Action

Guildford Action

Guildford Action provides services and support for all those who are disadvantaged. Guildford Action runs a Drop-in Centre which acts as a safe place (access to Doctor/Nurse, Laundry, Showers, subsidised food) for those who are or have been homeless and those who are disadvantaged or in need. Guildford Action for Families runs community drop-in sessions within the families own areas, which gives parents/ carers practical advice and support with a multitude of problems that they might face in the bringing up of children.

Guildford is perceived as an affluent area, but many areas within the borough are some of the poorest in the country. This makes the divide between rich and poor even wider in our community.

Our 2011 Christmas Collections were donated to Guildford Action.

Guildford Cathedral

Guildford Cathedral

Guildford Cathedral is the mother church of the Diocese of Guildford.

Part of our annual income is donated.

Horsley Care

Horsley Care

Provides transport for people  who would otherwise be unable to attend doctors, dentist, hospital or other medical related appointments.

Members of St Martin’s run the scheme and act as drivers.

Leatherhead Night Shelter

Leatherhead Hostel

A short term, emergency access hostel for single people with support needs.

Part of our annual income is donated.

The Royal British Legion

Provides welfare to the whole Armed Forces family – serving, ex-Service and their dependants. It also campaigns on issues affecting Service people, is the custodian of Remembrance, runs the Poppy Appeal and is one of the UK’s largest membership organisations.

The collection from the annual remembrance service is donated.

Operation Mobilisation

Operation Mobilisation

Working in every region of the world and on every ocean, via an ocean-going ship, Operation Mobilisation seeks to demonstrate and proclaim the love of God.

Part of our annual income is donated.

USPG

uspg logo

An Anglican mission agency focussed on sustaining relationships between churches and supporting partners in growing the church’s capacity for mission, particularly through leadership development and health work.

Part of our annual income is donated.

Water Aid

Wateraid

An international non-governmental organisation whose’s mission is to transform lives by improving access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation in the world’s poorest communities.

St Martin’s has supported Water Aid for many years through specific collections

From November 2018 we will be supporting Home for Good.  The charity raises awareness of the need for foster and adoptive parents, encourages families to provide loving homes for the children in care, and equips the Church to offer welcoming communities for them.