St Martin's Camberley

St Martin's
    St Martin's is a friendly church community on the Old Dean in Camberley, Surrey. . We believe that God is calling us to be a growing church at the heart of the community of the Old Dean.   This means that we strive to grow closer to God in worship and relationship, closer to each other as friends and as a caring people, and closer to the community that we serve, seeking to tell and demonstrate the love of God to all. Our vision is to be a church that shows grace and acceptance to all. There are no perfect people here, so do come just as you are, and you'll fit in - we have an informal feel.

Whether you visit us in person or just online, we extend a warm welcome to all, and want to help you feel at home with us, to help you feel the presence of God at St Martin's and enable you to make a difference in the world.


Our ministry team is led by the Revd. Bob Peck.
Our Sunday services start at 10:30am. There is also a said Communion after the main service, whenever Communion is not included in this first service - this will be on the first and third sundays in a month, plus the fifth sunday, when appropriate. We look forward to welcoming you to our services at St Martin's Church. More details of our services are shown under 'What's On'.

Tea, coffee and doughnuts are served in the church hall after the regular morning service; it's a chance to meet people for a chat.  

The prayer life of the church is very important to us, and we hold a number of prayer meetings at various times, for church members to attend, as listed in this website, under Forthcoming Event.


Our church building is used throughout the week, both for church events, and for other community users. Some of these are shown within the links to the left. We look forward to meeting you very soon.


The Hall may be available for outside hire on Saturday and Sunday afternoons and various evenings too.   There is a large hall with a small kitchen, this is available for weekend afternoon and evening bookings. We charge 20/hour. A deposit may also be required.   We also have a small room with access to a kettle, mugs and a sink for daytime and evening hire at 12/hour.   A reduction applies for regular hirers.

Please contact the church office to enquire about hiring the facilities.


FORTHCOMING EVENTS



ST MARTIN FUN DAY - SAT 4 JUNE - 11:30am til 1:30pm. Various stalls, and live displays, including from dance group Hotsteppers, hot food and various soft drinks (including tea & coffee from the cafe) available.

WEDNESDAY CAFE - A chance to meet for a cuppa and quiet chat among friends, on Wednesday mornings, from 10:20am till noon. We also hold a SATURDAY CAFE - from 10am, til 11:30am, serving drinks and toast, and is for all ages.


WEEKDAY PRAYER MEET : Pray for the St Martin's vision, for the future, and also for those living in our parish, for their day to day lives, every weekday; meet in prayer room, at 9am (about 35 minutes).

PRAYER MEETINGS are usually held in the Prayer Room at 12 noon on the first Tuesday and also 7:45pm each 4th Tuesday of the month (except Dec). There will be music led by Colin, on the 4th Tuesday prayer meeting (except Dec).

PRAYER WALK OF PARISH ROADS Tuesdays, at 2pm starting at vicarage.


Current and forthcoming events are listed under "What's On - Special Events"

St Martin's map

                    Parish Map, courtesy of A Church Near You : Copyright © 2008
                    Camberley: St Martin, Old Dean. This is in the Diocese of Guildford.
                    Latest data available for parish boundaries: March 2010. Boundary data from the Church Commissioners for England.
                    17/118 Digital Mapping Solutions from Dotted Eyes. © Crown Copyright 2005. All rights reserved. Licence number 100019918

For a wider area map, click here.

St. Martin's Church, located at
231 Upper College Road
(Junction of Upper College Ride & Kingston Rd)
Old Dean, Camberley, Surrey,
England GU15 4HE

Tel: 01276 23958

You can reach the church office by telephoning 01276 23958 (leave a message with your details, if no reply).


Alternatively, you can send us an e-mail message, please use the most appropriate address below.
Office email:       click here   (office @ stmartinolddean.com)
Vicar's email:       click here   (vicar @ stmartinolddean.com)
Churchwarden's email: click here   (churchwardens @ stmartinolddean.com)
Website Email:         click here   (webadmin @ stmartinolddean.com)


Postal address
St Martin's Church Office,
Upper College Ride,
Old Dean, Camberley
GU15 4HE

The church office is manned weekday mornings, Monday to Friday, usually between 10am and noon, but times may vary slightly each day.

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Here we show photos from the church.

 

The History of Olddean Common. before 1950 and housing development since.

The area now occupied by the Old Dean Estate was heathland for many centuries, and part of Bagshot Heath. It was an area known as a haunt of Highwaymen such as William Davies - known as the Golden Farmer - and Claude Duval. The land remained largely undeveloped due to a sandy topsoil making it unsuitable for farming. In the book "A tour thro' the Whole Island of Great Britain", written between 1724 and 1726, Daniel Defoe described the area as 'barren and sterile!'

Most of the old dean estate we see today, was built in the 1950s and early 1960s for residents of heavily bombed outer London and Surrey-areas, made homeless after World War II, and later expanded by the authorities to be used as an overspill estate. Many of the roads on the estate reflect this, being named after the London boroughs which paid for the expansion (some of the others are named after places on the common).   Examples include Kingston Road, Mitcham Road and Wimbledon Road. See how the Old Dean area looked prior to this housing development, and view some more pictures from places around Camberley, by clicking here. Re-development of some of the housing stock has resulted in more modern development for the estate at the start of the 21st century.

Times Before St Martin's.

The Parish of St Michael's, Camberley once extended from Blackwater to the top of Jenkin's Hill and from the railway line to Barossa Common. St George, the daughter church, was situated on the junction of Knoll Road and St George's Road.

A Church on Old Dean.

St Martin's Hall and the Curate's house were built as part of the Old Dean Estate and dedicated in 1961. The hall was used for services as well as many other activities from early 1962 until the church was built.
St George was closed in 1967 and proceeds from the sale of its land together with local contributions enabled St Martin's Church to be built during the late 1970's. The church building was completed in 1979. The church remained a daughter church of St Michael's for several years after it was built, despite considerable church growth.

The move to an independent parish church.

During Neil Cornell's tenure, in 1993 St Martin's, Old Dean became a separate parish and the church was consecrated in September. The Garden of Remembrance was consecrated in 2001

50 years of St Martin's on Old Dean.

In 2012, we celebrated our 50th anniversary. There have been a number of special events over 21st and 22nd April to celebrate this, including a concert by "Heaven's Jukebox" and a commemorative service with the Bishop of Guildford attending. On 30th September, we were joined for the service that day by John Cook - who was one of our earliest minister's - who presided at St Martin's as Curate, for several years from 1962.

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