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Wesley's Debut

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The new resident in The Rectory poses for his debut photographs!  Doubtless there will be many more to come!

Heritage at Risk - St Katharine's Church, Exbury

Exbury’s beautiful Grade II Listed St Katharine’s Church has been a place of worship for over the past 200 years, and continues to reach out to the local community providing a church for marriage, baptism, funeral and memorial services in addition to regular Sunday worship.  

The church building now has fundamental structural problems. The stonework has been badly eroded and unless action is taken urgently, the building will continue to crumble and become unusable. Indeed it is now on the English Heritage ‘At Risk’ Register, which is an indication of how serious the problems are. In response to this situation, an Appeal Fund was launched in May 2016, with an ongoing programme of events and activities planned.

If you can help with the appeal, help with fundraising events or if you have any practical skills you would be happy to offer towards the actual restoration, then contact 023 80 4608.

Action is needed now in order to preserve what is part of local heritage so that future generations, regardless of their beliefs, can still enjoy this place in whose building and grounds an oasis of peace and tranquillity can be found.

In Need of Repair

Exbury’s Parish Church St Katharine’s, like many other churches across this land, is in need of repair.

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Our new man in the Benefice

It was a very full church on the evening of Thursday 17th September to welcome the licensing of the new priest in charge John Cooper White. A large number had come from Southbourne, Father John's previous parish. The service started with a huge procession entering the Church through the glass cloister door and included the choir, visiting readers and clergy, the area Dean, the Churchwardens and the Bishop of Southampton. The service started with the hymn "Angel-voices ever singing" followed by a call to worship by the Bishop.
Canon Michael Joint and Brian Hernaman did the readings followed by a sermon with song by the Bishop. A commendation was read out by Mr Robert Hammond a representative of Father John's former parish.Following the licensing the congregation sang "O Thou who camest from above"
Gifts were present by various members of the congregation to Father John to be symbols of his ministry and included a jug of water, a Bible, a Prayer book, Olive Oil, Bread and Wine. The congregation then sang "I, the Lord of sea and sky "  during which all the Benefice Wardens joined together in the chancel with Father John to pray for their ministry together. The Lay Chair of Deanery, Bill Andrews, greeted Father John and introduced him to some of the community leaders.
A sign of peace was exchanged followed by singing the hymn "Through all the changing scenes of life " Intercessionary prayers followed and then the final hymn Christ triumphant, ever reigning " A final blessing from the Bishop who then lead Father John through the church and the service was concluded. To be followed by some excellent canapés and a little wine.
This was a lovely moving and friendly evening.

Father John

On September the 17th John Cooper White, who wishes to be known as Father John, was installed and licenced as the new vicar of the Beaulieu Exbury and East Boldre Benefice.

Father John 1024x768Father John on the left and on the right is the Bishop of Southampton


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