1st Sunday of Advent Guest Speaker
Read about Hope

Owen Crees, an Angel Flight pilot, speaks on the topic of Hope as guest speaker for the first Sunday of Advent.

William Morris Windows Tour

On Thursday 28th November, approximately 80 people came to All Souls’ Church to listen to Michele Hill’s presentation about William Morris and to learn about the wonderful stained glass windows of All Souls. Morning Tea was enjoyed in Coles Hall and thanks to the generous contributions of parishioners, and the REAL coffee, many expressed their thanks for the impressive spread.

Michele Hill brought some of her William Morris-inspired quilts to be displayed in the church. The effect was stunning and complimented the morning’s presentations. Following Michele’s talk, Sue Crees explained the history of the Parish, the church and our famous windows.

The morning earned the Parish more than $1000 which will be added to fund raising efforts to restore the church building and preserve the windows.

Similar events will be held in 2020.

Morning tea in Coles Hall was enjoyed by all.

Goodbye Grant, and Thank You

For More than a month we have enjoyed the visit of the Rev’d Grant Brockhouse from Peterborough in the UK while he stayed with his brother Brenton (our church organist) and his wife Nola. Grant generously shared his musical gifts with the 9.30 a.m. congregation by playing the organ for several services, including the Patronal Festival. Grant returns to the UK in time for Advent Sunday.

Goodbye Grant – and Thank You! Julia

East Adelaide Primary School Remembrance Day Visit

Brenton Brockhouse talks with students from East Adelaide Primary School

Students, teachers and accompanying parents visited All Souls’ Church on Monday 11th November as part of that school’s Remembrance Day activities. After a special assembly, the Year 5 group walked to the memorial on St Peters Street to lay a wreath before enjoying a picnic lunch in Otto Reserve Memorial Park. They then split into groups to visit All Souls’ Church and Spicer Uniting Church. Brenton Brockhouse, our Church Historian, told students about the World War 1 memorials in All Souls’ Memorial Chapel. He talked about “the human face” of war, personalising WW1 with the story of his distant cousin who was lost, and told the students about the three Morris widows in the church that memorialise young men lost in WW1.

The students were given a special treat of home-made Anzac Biscuits. Thank you Helen Hancock and Estelle Tayler for making the biscuits . The students were delighted.

Brenton Brockhouse tells students about the memorials in the All Souls’ Memorial Chapel

All Souls’ Day Celebration
Sunday 3rd November was celebrated as All Souls’ Parish Patronal Festival. Former parishioners joined with the present congregation to remember loved ones and to recognise All Souls’ Church as a place of remembrance. Members of the Cambelltown Brass Band supported guest organist Grant Brockhouse and Anglicare singers joined voice with the congregation to give thanks and praise.

Morning tea that followed the service in Coles Hall provided an opportunity to meet with old friends while enjoying delicious sweets and savouries provide by Parishioners. The Revd Dean Rowney, spoke of his time as Rector of All Souls’ Parish with amusing anecdotes of personalities and events.

The church roses looking their best
The Anglicare Singers
Cambelltown Brass
Morning Tea in Coles Hall
Dean Rowney remembers

Television film crew visits All Souls’ church
On Friday 18th October Claudia Chan Shaw, the well known media design expert, used All Souls’ church as the venue for interviews about William Morris. Michele Hill talked about her wonderful Morris-inspired quilts and our own historian, Brenton Brockhouse, spoke about our famous windows. A program showcasing Australia’s antiques will be presented in the near future so Watch This Space to find out when and where it can be seen.

Claudia Chan Shaw with Michele Hill and her quilts
The television crew set up for filming at All Souls
Brenton Brockhouse explains about All Souls’ famous windows to Claudia

Sanctuary Guild Gathering.
Some members of the Sanctuary Guild who take care of aspects of the interior of the church enjoyed a recent gathering to catch up with old friends and meet the new priest. Fifteen members met at Zoi Cafe in St Basil’s Nursing Home on Third Avenue in St Peters. After tea, they enjoyed a tour of the beautiful new facility. The cafe is open in the mornings during the week and members agreed that it was a great find and “another hidden gem of St Peters”. Shameni N and Cynthia W were absent when the photos were taken. – Julia 

October’s First Sunday of the Month: “Anything goes Sunday”
The 9.30am service on the first Sunday of the month has traditionally been an opportunity for “Something different”. On the first Sunday in October we enjoyed the accompaniment of an augmented music group with Brenton Brockhouse on the tuba while his brother, Grant, visiting from England, played the organ. In response to the New Testament reading about “the gift of God that is in you” we took part in “Messy Church for Adults” by cutting out shapes of our hands and inscribing them with things for which we are grateful. These became the leaves of a “Gratitude Tree”.  – Julia 

Creating “Hands of Gratitude”
A Gratitude Tree
The augmented music group

Congratulations to Brenton Brockhouse and the Cambelltown City Band.

From left to right: John and Mary Rhodes with Brenton Brockhouse.

Our organist has many talents. Brenton is a long-time tuba player in the Cambelltown City Band that has just celebrated its centenary (not that Brenton has been in it THAT long!) The band was founded in 1919 immediately after WW1, originally as a military band. Since then it has changed its tune to include contemporary music including that of Michael Jackson and Katy Perry. The involvement of younger players has increased membership to around 30 who enjoy a degree of success at competitions.

The Cambelltown Band Centenary Concert will be held at The Norwood Salvation Army HQ, George Street, Norwood on Sunday 29th September from 2.00 pm to 4.30 pm.

The family of the late Canon Herbert Coles gathered on Sunday 8th September to remember his wife and daughter, both named Margaret, and to witness the blessing of their newly-mounted memorial plaques in the Memorial Chapel.  Front and centre of the gathering was Mary Lawson, daughter of Canon and Mrs Coles, and sister to the younger Margaret. Members of her extended family who joined Mary shared laughter and some tears as they reminisced about the two Margarets and the former Rector of All Souls. Brenton Brockhouse, the parish organist, took the opportunity to return to the family a memento of Canon Coles given to him by the younger Margaret: The brass door knocker that used to be on the door of Canon Coles’ study, which is pictured here. 

Mary Lawson (second from right) and the descendants and extended family of Margaret and Canon Herbert Coles in front of the high altar in All Souls.
Mary Lawson in the Memorial Chapel seated in front of the memorial plaques to her mother and sister, Margaret Coles, the Elder and Younger.
The knocker from Canon Coles’ study that Brenton Brockhouse returned to the family.

Finding Hugo

A descendant of one of the early musical heroes of All Souls’ stopped by the church recently to look for his great grandfather’s memorial stone.

David Medlyn, pictured here, is the great grandson of Hugo Hansen, the immediate post-World War I organist and choirmaster who served the church 1919-1950. 

David was pleased to find not only Hugo Hansen’s memorial stone, but also early black and white photographs of him. David’s mother, Elizabeth Williams, wife of Richard Medlyn, was  Hansen’s granddaughter and her mother, Lorna Hansen, was baptised in All Souls’ church. Welcome to the extended All Souls’ family, David!

Lunch at the Kensington Hotel
Fifteen people enjoyed a Sunday lunch at the Kensington Hotel recently. It was a chance to enjoy being together, getting to know people and eating good food. Apologies to Ruth D who was away from the table when the photos were taken. Many thanks to Ann Peisley for organising the event and we look forward to the next gathering. Rev’d Julia 


The new South Australian State Petanque Singles Champion is an esteemed and faithful (in every way) member of  All Souls’ Parish.  Judith won 8 out of 8 games to not only take the championship, but to be recognised as the oldest player to win any State Petanque Championship.  Well done Judith – we are all very proud of you.  

Election Day Fundraiser

We had a wonderful turn-out of helpers and saleable items for our stalls at Coles Hall.  With a guaranteed passing trade, the sausage sizzle was a huge success (Go Democracy Sausages!) and the baked goodies, hand crafts, plants and produce sold like the proverbial hot cakes.  Apart from a few jars of preserves and a couple of plants (now available at the front of the church) it was a sellout success.  

Add to this success the number of people who took advantage of the open doors of All Souls’ Church.  Many locals were unaware of our hidden treasures and came to admire and enjoy a tea or coffee.  The enthusiasm was encouraging.  It is hoped that the word will be spread and more interest will be forthcoming.  

Thank you everyone who provided and participated.  It was heartening to see so many parishioners chatting and enjoying a busy day.  The financial benefits are still being evaluated, but they certainly made the effort worth while.  

Another great Windows Tour event

On Wednesday 15th May, Michele Hill brought her group of 25 William Morris enthusiasts to marvel at our wonderful windows.  The morning tea was appreciated, as always, and there were many questions about, not only the Morris windows, but the embroidery on the altar cloths, the church history and all of the other windows.  Our church has so many points of interest for visitors.  Thanks to those who provided food, set up, welcomed, served, chatted and tidied up.  A few hours of enjoyable company earned the parish nearly $700.  


The Rev’d Julia Denny-Dimitriou will join All Souls’ Parish as Priest-in-Charge at the end of June.  Julia is currently chaplain at St Peter’s Woodlands, her husband Nic  is Priest-in-Charge at Coromandel Valley, and they have two children in Year 12.  

We look forward to welcoming Julia and her family into our Parish and community.  Julia’s commissioning will be held at a date yet to be announced.  WATCH THIS SPACE.  

Saturday 4th May 6.00 pm at Coles Hall

Come along with your favourite casserole, lasagna, curry or ‘whatever’ to share with friends and family.  Bring your favourite beverage too.  

We have a guest speaker to make the evening even more interesting.  Michele Hill will give a talk about her extensive knowledge of William Morris (YES the designer of our beautiful windows), with an interesting extra topic.  You will have to come  along to find out!  

Please put your name down on the sheet at the entrance to the church and come prepared to have a very enjoyable evening. 


Now that we know the date of the election – 18TH MAY – we can begin to plan for a Fundraising stall at Coles Hall, which will be a Polling Booth.  

PLEASE place your name on the sheet, at the entrance to the church,  to help set up and/or serve on the stall.  Apart from earning much needed funds to assist in the running of the Parish, it is a good opportunity to meet other people from the local community.

Annual Vestry Meeting

The Annual Vestry Meeting was held on Sunday 31st March with a pleasing attendance of Parishioners.  Following receipt of  reports, the following people offered their services to the Parish in various capacities:  
Rector’s Warden               Sarah Blunt
People’s Warden               Colin McLeay
Parish  Council                    Alison Brookman
                                                      Suzette Crees
                                                      Ann Peisley
Synod Representative   David Robinson

Please support these Parishioners with your prayers and assistance as they endeavour to guide the Parish during this period of transition.  

Parish Council Meeting

The Parish Council met on Tuesday 22nd January.  The need for Council to oversee the daily operations of the Parish is very important until the Parish has secured the services of a new Priest-in-Charge.  Notes from the meeting will be available at the entrance to the church within the coming weeks.