THE 120TH anniversary of All Saints Church in Grayswood was celebrated on Sunday.

The new parish of All Saints had been created in 1902 out of parcels of land from the parishes of Haslemere, Witley, Thursley and Chiddingfold, following a campaign by the Rev Chandler to establish a more permanent place of worship in Grayswood.

Prior to that villagers had worshipped in the old school, which is now Grayswood Club.

The generosity of Alfred Harman, the founder of Ilford Films, funded the building works on land donated by Lord Derby KG.

A distinguished Swedish architect, Axel Haig, designed the church and produced some of the carvings which can be found in the church.

On Sunday, past clergy, former parishioners and villagers joined the congregation in a celebratory service, which was followed by cake, coffee and Prosecco in the village hall.

The church is still very much at the heart of Grayswood and parishioners hope it will be for many years to come.

A detailed history of All Saints Church can be found in a book written by James Mackie, a former mayor of Haslemere. Copies can be purchased from the back of the church for £10.

Anyone who would like more information should visit the church’s website at: