Churchyard North of Church

TThe oldest part of the churchyard lies on the right as you walk up the ironstonepath from the medieval lychgate, the height of the ground showing how past generations used and reused burial space. Here lie members of the Outtrim, Firmager, Brasier and Jarett families. Thomas Outtrim was churchwarden at the time of Waterloo. The new path, laid in 1992, was paid for from a generous bequest from Mr Raymond Porter, one of the more recent benefactors of St Peter’s.

Under the west window is the double grave of the Hon. Mounstuart Elphinstone (1779-1859) and Sir John Elphinstone (1807-1860), outstanding administrators in western India and distant relatives of our present Queen.

Further along, overlooking the road and side by side, are Dr Eileen Joyce the Australian born pianist and Sir Thomas Beecham the eminent British conductor, who was buried here in 1991. Buried nearby is another celebrated conductor, Norman Del Mar.

Behind them is the grave of Frederick Delius and his wife Jelka. Delius is among the greatest of British composers and was a friend of Beatrice Harrison, who charmed the nightingales and is also buried in the churchyard. Jack Brymer the celebrated clarinettist whose career began when selected by Sir Thomas Beecham for the Royal Phiharmonic Orchestra is the most recent musician to be buried here.

It is said that an unbeliever lies beneath the monkey puzzle tree. Buried with an acorn in his mouth, he said that if an oak tree grew up it would be proof of his resurection. The acorn was planted but grew up as a monkey puzzle tree!

The lychgate over the path on the lower north side of the churchyard was built by the Brasier family, in memory of John Brasier, a local undertaker.

The granite boulder was brought from the Matalpo Hills in Zimbabwe. The inscription is taken from the Imperial Light Horse Memorial on Wagon Hill near Ladysmith.

Harriet Kenward lies near here. She was a local heroine who nursed the french “Navigators” building the Oxted railway tunnel during an outbreak of cholera, dying of the disease herself. Near here lies the daughter of a rector of Limpsfield, the prolific Victorian novelist Florence Barclay, author of “The Rosary”.

A guide for visitors to the churchyard can be found inside the south door.  Fuller details of the lives of some of those buried in the churchyard have been provided by an ex-resident and may be viewed via the adjacent link.

The large churchyard is kept tidy and mown regularly by parishioners.  For information about who can be buried in this churchyard, please follow this link :Churchyard Regulations Aug 2015

Grave of Frederick Delius
Grave of Frederick Delius

Archive of Past Issues

Spring 1987
As part of our 30th anniversary celebrations in 2017 we've reproduced the first three editions of the Parish News in a searchable format here.
Spring 2015
  • Kabuki Theatre
  • The Manor House
  • No Job, No Home, No Hope
  • Still our birds keep vanishing
  • The Revival Centre
  • Limpsfield Wassail 2015
Summer 2015
  • Bluebells
  • impossible Pie
  • Maggie Smith
  • Titsey Place
  • Pilates
  • Victory Bells (V.E. Day)
Autumn 2015
  • Beatrice Harrison
  • Tree felling on Limpsfield Chart
  • Blackberry Gin
  • Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulence
  • Churchyard Regulations
  • Limpsfield Fete 2015
Winter 2015
  • Eric Morgan & Robert Fellowes Obituaries
  • Make a Christmas Fairy
  • One World Group
  • Zimbabwe & the Croydon Link
  • In Memory of Christmas Past - Antoinette Hiles
  • A Glebe Wedding
Spring 2016
  • A touch of folklore (Ravens)
  • Lights in Limpsfield (Thomas Edison)
  • The Church and Facebook
  • Find the Rat Bishop
  • Limpsfield Wassail
  • Obituaries of George Elliott, Cedric Outtrim and Keith Louis
Summer 2016
  • A touch of herb lore
  • Food banks or "hope banks"?
  • The Glebe Meadow - from way back
  • Captain Nevill
  • Limpsfield Golf Club
  • Pheasants
  • Churchyard Quiz
Autumn 2016
  • Squirrels or Martens?
  • Limpsfield Workhouse
  • Via Sacra Walk
  • The Queen: 90th Birthday Thanksgiving Celebration
  • Limpsfield Common Past & Present
  • My Memories of the Orchard
  • Elizabeth Morgan: A life lived to the full
Winter 2016
  • James, our team rector, in the Holy Land
  • A Walk to the End of the World
  • An Ethiopian Pilgrimage
  • Furzedown - a lost hospital
  • Moor House School & College
  • Red Squirrels
  • Limpsfield in Bloom
  • Retirement of Canon Neil Thompson
Spring 2017
  • James, our team rector, on same sex relationships
  • What's happened on the Chart?
  • Two Brilliant Women
  • Bob Parslow - an appreciation
  • Christian Aid Week
  • Our Neighbourhood Plan
  • The Glebe Field
  • Waes Hael - Wassail review and pictures

Index of issues

TitleAuthorBrief DescriptionIssuePage Number
30 Year's YoungIan TolleyA tribute to the St Peter's Parish News on the occasion of its 30th anniversarySpring 201710
A Beautiful AlienPeter OliverPeter writes an appreciation of the pheasantSummer 201617
A Day out with Boris & CharlieCaitlin, Kirsty & JacobA family day out in Staffhurst WoodSummer 201522
A Glebe WeddingPeter CheshirePeter outlines the use of the Glebe field for weddings and how well it worked for his daughter's wedding in SeptemberWinter 201536
A journey through the Holy LandFr Matt DrummondMatt reflects on a remarkable journey through the Holy Land in June 2015Autumn 20154
A Journey through TimeStephen MillsRichard Spiller's nature walk in June 2015 is reviewed.Autumn 201529
A little herb loreKathryn HowarthKathryn shares some tips on using herbs in cookingSummer 201615
Are you interested in becoming a school governor?Sue VodickaAn appeal for a new school governor for Limpsfield C.E. Infant SchoolSpring 201727
A Silent CryChris BrewerBook reviewSpring 201520
A Touch of FolklorePeter OliverPeter asks whether ravens are really as bad as the stories would have us believeSpring 201610
An experience of Kabuki TheatreSarah DarbySarah describes visiting Kabuki Theatre when she was travelling in Japan.Spring 201516
Are your trees protected?Tandridge CouncilA reminder that residents need to check with the council before carrying out tree works even on their own land. Many in this area are protected.Summer 201528
Beatrice & the NightingalesDavid CandlinThe life of the famous cellist Beatrice Harrison is remembered on the 50th anniversary of her death.Autumn 201516
Bletchingley Bowls ClubMike StoneOpen mornings at the Bowls club are described.Spring 201729
Blossom MorningNicola WaltersThe blossom morning at Limpsfield Community Orchard in Spring 2015 is reviewed.Autumn 201531
Blue BeautyNicola WaltersAn appreciation of BluebellsSummer 201516
Bluehouse Festival 2016Bluehouse Festival TeamA preview of this year's Bluehouse Festival which this year features Toyah Wilcox and Rev.Richard ColesAutumn 201638
Bob Parslow - an appreciationDavid BellAn appreciation of the life of Bob Parslow - 19th June 1929 to 16th December 2016Spring 201720
Captain NevillPeter MonkA first world war famous football match is remembered in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the battle of the SommeSummer 201614
Catastrophe by Max HastingsStephen MillsBook reviewSummer 201530
Christian Aid Week - Diamond Jubilee 2017Marianne BellAn appeal for help with this year's Christian Aid collectionSpring 201725
Christian Aid Week 2015Marianne BellMarianne shares the results of this year's Christian Aid collectionAutumn 201526
Christian Aid WeekMarianne BellMarianne reports on this year's collection for Christian Aid which raised £2,946.41Autumn 201637
Christmas FayreDebbie InnesDetails of a Christmas shopping event at the Grasshopper Inn on 4th November 2015.Autumn 201527
Christmas Tree Trail 2015Thelma CooperDetails of this year's Christmas Tree trailWinter 201525
Cedric Outtrim - an obituaryJan HutchingsAn appreciation of the life of Cedric who was born and bred in Limpsfield and died in October 2015Spring 201624
Churches Together Covenant Re-signatureJohn TolleyAn invitation to witness the signature of the Churches Together covenant which happens every 10 yearsSummer 201627
Churches Together - Events in 2017John TolleyA list of events taking place in 2017Spring 201732
Conquer the Surrey Three PeaksOrpheus Trust A fundraising initiative by the Orpheus Trust encourages people to climb the Surrey three peaksSpring 201542
Devastation on the High ChartPeter OliverPeter Oliver examines the
effects of last year’s tree
felling at Limpsfield Chart on wildlife.
Autumn 201512
Double Celebration for Chart Wednesday GroupKathy JohnsonThe 50th anniversary celebrations of the Chart Wednesday group are reviewed.Autumn 201648
Eager BeaversElise ClaringbullElise recounts an amusing visit by 1st Oxted Beavers to St Peter's Church in March 2016Summer 201640
Elizabeth Morgan - A life lived to the fullShirley ParslowAn obituary for Elizabeth Morgan including parts of a tribute by her son Andrew.Autumn 201628
Eric Morgan obituaryGareth MorganAn obituary for Eric Morgan by his son GarethWinter 201522
Ethiopian PilgrimageEleanor StonehamEleanor describes a pilgrimage she made to Addis Ababa, Lalibela and Gondar.Winter 201620
Food Bank or Hope Bank?Chris Brewer/Tony Stoughton-HarrisChris and Tony examine the phenomenon of food banks and appeal for donations Summer 201610
Furzedown - a lost hospitalDavid ClaridgeA lost hospital is unearthed at Furzedown off Grub StreetWinter 201628
George Elliott - an obituaryGeorge's familyAn obituary for George Elliott who died in August 2015 from a brain hemorrhage.Spring 201622
Glebe Meadow - from way backPeter MonkAn appreciation of Limpsfield Blues football clubSummer 201612
The Glebe FieldLimpsfield Parish CouncilGood practice on the Glebe field is shared by the Council.Spring 201736
Glorious Titsey PlaceGuy InnesGuy discusses Titsey past and present from his unique perspective as Governor of the TItsey Foundation.Summer 201510
Gold (Limpsfield in Bloom 2015)Ann OsbornAnn celebrates a gold medal for Limpsfield in Bloom on its tenth anniversaryWinter 201526
Great British Fish and Chip SupperSIAA fundraising initiative by the Spinal Cord Injury Charity encourages people to donate while eating.Spring 201544
H is for Hawk reviewPeter OliverHelen Macdonald's award winning book is reviewed.Autumn 201528
Harvest Lunch 2015Stephen MillsPhotos of the 2015 Harvest lunch including performers at the talent show.Spring 201540
Hazelwood School - 125 years of inspirationNick TappinDetails of celebrations for Hazelwood's 125th anniversary and of their new Community Fund.Summer 201536
Health Help NowNHS SurreyA new app giving information on health services in Surrey - www.healthhelpnow-nhs.netSpring 201518
Heather on the ChartHeather DoustThe efforts of Rob Purll, greenkeeper at Limpsfield Gold Club, in regenerating heather on the gold course.Spring 201724
If you go down in the woodsMark RichardsA report from the head Ranger for Limpsfield Common (National Trust)Spring 201519
If you go down in the woodsMark RichardsA report from the head Ranger for Limpsfield Common (National Trust)Spring 201629
Inheritance Foods - Blackberry GinNicola WaltersNicola shares a recipe for Blackberry GinAutumn 201521
Inheritance Foods - Kathryn's Impossible PieKathryn HowarthKathryn describes her recipe for Impossible pie and its origins.Summer 201523
In Memory of Christmas PastAntoinette HilesAntoinette compares Christmas in 1947 in Limpsfield with those of her childhood in Durban, South AfricaWinter 201514
In Praise of...Carol SingingIan TolleyA slightly irreverent explanation of the joys of carol singing.Winter 201631
Judging DayAnn OsbornThe visit of the Britain in Bloom judges is reviewed along with details of the new Forest School and Nature Trail which opened in July 2015Autumn 201534
Keith Louis - an obituaryAngela WilliamsA tribute to Keith Louis - co-founder of the Limpsfield Festival and director of many local plays who died in November 2015Spring 201627
Life SaversChris BrewerThe work of the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance and it's charityAutumn 201510
Limpsfield ChurchyardAnn Osborn / Fr James PercivalChanges to the Churchyard regulations are shared.Autumn 201522
Limpsfield in Bloom - review of 2016Ann OsbornThe year in Bloom is reviewed by AnnWinter 201632
Limpsfield Community Orchard - update Winter 2015Helen EllsonHelen describes September's open tasting day and gives details of the 2016 wassail.Winter 201535
Limpsfield Community Orchard - Update Summer 2016Helen EllsonHelen describes the latest news from the orchard and gives details of this September's harvest and tasting daysAutumn 201640
Limpsfield Community Orchard - Poetry Competition 2015Helen EllsonA description of the poetry competition co-run with Limpsfield C of E Infant's school.Spring 201635
Limpsfield Community Orchard - Winter 2016 updateHelen EllsonA review of 2016 and plans for 2017.Winter 201640
Lights in LimpsfieldJohn TolleyA remarkable coincidence links Limpsfield with Thomas Edison - the inventor of the light bulbSpring 201614
Limpsfield Decorative & Fine Arts Society 40th AnniversaryBrian McEvoyA special dinner is held for Limpsfield DFAS 40th anniversary at the Reform Club - addressed by June Robinson (NADFAS National Chairman).Autumn 201544
Limpsfield Fete 2015Nicola WaltersThis year's Fete on Saturday 20th June 2015 is reviewed.Autumn 201538
Limpsfield Fete 2016Stephen MillsStephen reviews this year's fete on 18th June 2016Autumn 201642
CrabwoodDavid BellDavid describes this accommodation for older residents of limited meansSummer 201637
Limpsfield Common Past & PresentMark RichardsMark introduces the new strategy for Limpsfield CommonAutumn 201623
Limpsfield in Bloom - update May 2015Ann OsbornDetails of judging and 10th anniversary celebration.Summer 201529
Limpsfield in Bloom -update Spring 2015Anne OsbornNews about 10th year of Limpsfield in BloomSpring 201522
Limpsfield in Bloom - update Summer 2016Ann OsbornNews about the 2016 judging daySummer 201624
Limpsfield Blooms for the JudgesStephen MillsStephen reviews the visit of the Britain in Bloom judges on 13th July 2016Autumn 201641
Limpsfield Grange School Governor appealMrs TannerAn appeal for governors for the Limpsfield Grange SchoolSummer 201626
Limpsfield Parish Council - update March 2015Ros MundayDetails of the annual meeting, neighbourhood plan and vacancies on the council.Spring 201538
Limpsfield's Workhouse and Workhouse RowDavid ClaridgeDavid explores the history of Wolfs RowAutumn 201613
Marianne's Churchyard QuizMarianne BellA fun Churchyard quizSummer 201631
Make a Christmas FairyKathryn HowarthKathryn outlines the steps needed to make an impressive Christmas fairy to hang on the tree.Winter 201518
Make tracks for town's model railway showDakota DibbenDakota previews a new model railway exhibition due to open in Oxted on 18/06/2016.Summer 201636
Manor House (The)Maureen BunnLife in the Manor House todaySpring 201514
Margaret Jane Smith - our Maggie by her friendsFriends and Family of Maggie SmithAn obituary for MaggieSummer 201524
Memorial Stores - Christmas 2015Kari PriddenThe latest from the Memorial Stores on Limpsfield High StreetWinter 201531
Memorial Stores - 2016Kari PriddenKari explains why the Memorial Stores is a great place to go for Christmas shopping.Winter 201638
Moor HouseAndrew DickAndrew Dick introduces this remarkable local school & collegeWinter 201614
My Memories of the OrchardConstance & TheoConstance and Theo (10 and 11 years old respectively) recount their earliest memories of the Limpsfield Community OrchardAutumn 201627
Neighbourhood PlanBernie De HaldevangAn invitation to help develop the neighbourhood plan which will regulate development in Limpsfield over the next 20 years.Summer 201634
Neighbourhood Plan - UpdateGeoff DessentAn update from the neighbourhood plan team.Autumn 201632
Neighbourhood Plan - Update Spring 2017Bernie de HaldevangThe latest from the Neighbourhood Plan steering group which is developing a local plan for community assets, buildings, the environment, housing and the local economy.Spring 201730
Nepal - a country in needStephen MillsStephen on Nepal, its people and the ongoing appeal by the Disaster Emergencies CommitteeSummer 201527
New Gates for Local FootpathsTony PearsonTony explains how East Surrey Walkers support Surrey County Council in its work to maintain local footpaths.Winter 201639
News from the Bell TowerMarianne BellPlans for a Battle of Britain quarter peal are shared together with memories of former bell captain Frank Reed.Autumn 201524
No Job, No Home, No HopeChris PearmanOne of the founders of the Foyer Federation describes its work.Spring 201523
Notice of AGM for the Friends of Limpsfield CommonJohn TolleyOfficial notification of an important AGMSummer 201529
One World GroupStephen MillsStephen describes the activities of this local charity which fights world povertyWinter 201528
Our New Coffee ShopNicola WaltersNicola introduces "The Perfect Blend" - the new Coffee Shop on Limpsfield High StreetWinter 201642
Oxted Bereavement GroupCelia ButlerDetails are given of the group which is a joint venture between St Catherine's Hospice and St Mary's, All Saints and Oxted URC churchesWinter 201524
Pack up and walk off your troublesTony PearsonTony compares the East Surrey Walkers of today with the East Surrey Ramblers of 1987.Spring 201719
Parish NewsChris Brewer, Stephen MillsChris and Stephen describe the genesis of the Parish News magazineSpring 201616
Prom in the ParkLaura ShackletonThis year's prom in the park on 21st May 2017 is previewed.Spring 201722
Quiz & CurryDavid BellA review of a special event in St Peters Hall on 24th January 2015.Spring 201545
Re-building JerusalemRev James PercivalFather James shares thoughts from his recent study trip to the Holy LandWinter 20162
Red Squirrels - a postscriptPeter OliverPeter Oliver expands on his views on red and grey squirrels from his previous article in the Autumn 2016 editionWinter 201630
Refugee TalesGatwick Detainees Welfare GroupAn innovative fundraising idea by the Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group involves tales told along a walk from Dover to Crawley via Canterbury.Summer 201526
Remembering Lucy LoeMargaret SpillerAn obituary for Lucy LoeSpring 201543
Retirement not for BaxterTony PearsonBaxter is the unofficial mascot of East Surrey WalkersSpring 201631
Retirement of Canon Neil ThompsonMarianne BellRev Neil Thompson's time at St Peter's Limpsfield is remembered by Marianne Bell.Winter 201636
Robert William Fellowes obituaryAnonAn obituary for Robert FellowesWinter 201520
Seasonal FoodsMarianne BellMarianne offers a tasty light lunch or supper during the English asparagus seasonSpring 201715
Seasonal RecipesMarianne BellMarianne shares her yummy recipe for Boxing Day Soup.Winter 201618
Secret Church - Rat BishopRev Matt DrummondMatt reveals the existence of the Rat Bishop in St Peter's and describes a similar piece of medieval graffitiSpring 201636
Squirrels or Martens - which would you rather have?Peter OliverPeter explores the decline and rise of pine martensAutumn 201610
Still our birds keep vanishingPeter OliverPeter investigates why birds are vanishing from our areaSpring 201526
Strange EncountersTony PearsonTony describes a strange encounter by members of East Surrey Walkers with a ferretWinter 201517
Tandridge Lions Talking NewspaperMike and Barbara
Chappell
Tandridges talking newspaper is described. It is a free service for the visually impaired.Autumn 201525
Thank you to the Past, Present and FutureAnthony HorsfordAn editorial recognising the contribution of Stephen Mills - parish news editor from 1999-2016Winter 201612
The Church and Social Media - are they compatible?Helen CookHelen shares her experiences of running the Church Facebook siteSpring 201620
The Glorious Greens of LimpsfieldRichard TaylorRichard tells the history of Limpsfield Golf CourseSummer 201620
The Pilates MethodTania TurnerTania explains the background of Pilates and describes its benefitsSummer 201520
The Queen: 90th Birthday Thanksgiving CelebrationChristian TurnerChristian attended the thanksgiving service at St Paul's Cathedral on 10th June 2016 and shares his experiences.Autumn 201620
The Revival CentreChris BrewerChris travels to the Ukraine to report on the Revival Centre at Chernigiv - not far from Chernobyl Spring 201546
Titsey Rotary's Youth SportsTitsey Rotary ClubA report on a new initiative to give youngsters in the Tandridge area access to sports facilities outside of school.Spring 201631
Two Brilliant WomenAnthony HorsfordThe tale of Maud Elizabeth Charlesworth and Florence Louisa Charlesworth who were born at Limpsfield rectory and went on to achieve great things.Spring 201716
Via Sacra WalkJean ScottA description of a walk Jean took in June 2016 with Sir Anthony Seldon commemorating soldiers in the first world war.Autumn 201617
Victory BellsMarianne BellA look back to the bells that rang out for V.E. Day in 1945 in Limpsfield and Sopley in Hampshire.Summer 201518
What does W.I. mean to you?Derek CooperAn appreciation of the Women's Institute and the wonderful work it does locally and nationally.Winter 201643
Walking with Sight LossAmanda WhiteleyAmanda and her twin sister Helen are registered blind and have had their lives improved since joining the East Surrey Walkers.Autumn 201515
A Walk to the End of the WorldKeith ChessonA description of a 560 mile walk taken by Alice Byrne of the East Surrey Walkers along the Camino de Santiago.Winter 201624
Waes HaelClaire TurnerA review of the 2017 wassail in the Orchard.Spring 201742
Wassail 2015Nicola WaltersA review of the 2015 wassail at the Community OrchardSpring 201540
Wassail 2016Nicola WaltersA review of the 2016 wassailSpring 201637
What's happened on the ChartPeter OlvierPeter updates us on the recovery of the Chart following extensive tree felling in 2014Spring 201712
Where do we go from here?John TolleyAn appeal from the incoming Chair of Churches Together in Oxted and District (CTOD) for help in defining the future activity of the group.Autumn 201639
Wishing TreesTony PearsonA discovery is made by East Surrey WalkersSpring 201539
Word SearchAnthony HorsfordA seasonal wordsearch with words from the Christmas StoryWinter 201623
Zimbabwe and the Croydon LinkRev Bill WarrenBill explains the link between Croydon diocese and the diocese of
Ventral Zimbabwe.
Winter 201510

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