Originally the Parish of Surbiton, St Matthew’s was a large parish by suburban standards stretching from Surbiton to the outskirts of Chessington. However in 2015 and as part of the creation of the Tolworth Hook and Surbiton Team Ministry the old Parish was divided into two creating a new Parish of Tolworth, St George. The boundary for the new parish is Red Lion Road.
The new parish of St Matthew’s lies right on the boundary between the Anglican Dioceses of Southwark and Guildford and is within the Kingston Deanery of Southwark Diocese.
The Parish just edges onto the A3 and the main road from the A3 to Kingston and out to Epsom and Leatherhead runs through the Parish. The largest and fastest growing section of the community are those in the 25 to 40 age bracket. Housing is generally fairly expensive throughout the area, but the majority in the parish is owner-occupied.
The parish contains some small businesses and shops, although it is mostly residential. About half the working population commute to London via the A3 or by rail from Tolworth or Surbiton Railway stations, the latter having very fast services to London Waterloo.
Just on the edge of the parish, though technically in St George’s parish, is Tolworth Hospital (psycho-geriatric). There are a number of Nursing and Care Homes in the parish and we seek to minister to the residents by taking services of Holy Communion regularly in Rosclare, Milverton Nursing Home, Bourne House and the Royal Star and Garter Home. Along with other churches we also provide a Sunday afternoon service every week at the Royal Star and Garter with St Matthew’s leading the worship on the first Sunday of the month. We are delighted to have such close links to some of the Homes in the Parish, considering this an important part of our ministry.
There are five schools in the parish, including St Matthew’s Primary School. The others are Tolworth Infants and Junior Schools, Shrewsbury House and Dysart School. In 1995 we converted our church hall in Douglas Road into a community Arts Centre, run by a Charitable Trust, The Douglas Centre Trust. This Arts Centre is now known as the cornerHOUSE and it has developed into a thriving arts centre with frequent productions involving the local community and beyond.