Newsletter 30th December 2018

30th December 2018   No. 1823


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Telephone the office on 01590 612242

Please note: Monday is Father John's rest day. Urgent enquiries on this day should be directed to the Benefice Office 01590 612242, where messages may be left.

Sunday 30th December

8.00am            Buckler’s Hard  HOLY COMMUNION

10.00am      Abbey Church  COMBINED BENEFICE SERVICE

Monday 31st December

10.00 – 12noon     Benefice Office

Tuesday 1st January                                         

Benefice Office closed

Wednesday 2nd January

10.30am       Abbey Church  Holy Communion

Thursday 3rd January

10.00-12noon    Benefice Office

Sunday 6th January  EPIPHANY

8.00am         Buckler’s Hard  Holy Communion

9.30am         Abbey Church    SUNG Communion

11.15am       St Paul’s, East Boldre     MORNING PRAYER

** NB: Incense will be used at the 9.30am service in the Abbey Church on 2nd Sundays of the month.   FJ


Thank you for making the Christmas Festivities so memorable. I am grateful to our benefice church wardens, administrative team, musicians, flower arrangers, readers, sidespeople and all who took on additional tasks over the festivities.
Thank you also for your cards and gifts to me – and “Wesley”. May 2019 be happy and fulfilling for you and yours.
With my love and prayers, Fr John.


I am exploring the possibilities of getting together a group of volunteers to help decorate a classroom. If you would be interested in this project please speak to me.   FJ


Have you saved the stamps over Christmas? There is a box in the corridor between the Hall and the Church where used stamps can be deposited. These will be collected by Ruth Crouch and sent to The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance. Please can all stamps being donated be trimmed clear of the perforations.


On Wednesday 30th January 2019, the Holy Communion Service usually in the Abbey Church will be relocated to St Katharine’s, Exbury for 10.30am. This is due to the Abbey Church being closed all day for urgent tree work to be safely carried out.   SB/FJ


Many thanks to Jo, Laura, Ginna, Davina and Sally who decorated the Abbey Church so colourfully.  FJ 


The next Men’s Breakfast will be on Saturday 5th January 2019, 8.30am at The Turfcutter’s Arms, East Boldre. The speaker will be John Pockett giving a talk on the Honeypot Children’s Charity.


We now have some passes available for members of our congregations who wish to visit Winchester Cathedral with their friends free of charge. They are available from the office and we will record the names of the people who use them as they must be returned promptly for further use.

**ORGAN RECTIALS 2019  STARTING 7th February**

There will be a number of lunchtime organ recitals at the Abbey Church in February and March. 1.00 – 1.45pm,

Thurs 7th February - Ian Harrison, Thurs 14th February - Andrew Elliott  Thurs  21st February – Duncan Bradley – a former organist at the Abbey Church. Soup and roll will be served at the start. The retiring collection at these recitals will be going to the Abbey Church funds. Further details for the March recitals to follow.

Please visit and make use of the church website

( Recently added are photos of the Beaulieu School’s Memorial Garden (with poppies) and some spectacular aerial photos of the Abbey Church. Well worth a visit!      PM


We have introduced the facility of donating to the Abbey Church by Text Message. Instruction slips are available by the welcome desk. There is now a "Donate" option on the home page of the web-site, enabling on-line donations to be made to our churches.   FJ

Jonathan Percy and Joanna Grant – Abbey Church on 12th January at 12.30pm

Congratulations to Russell and Katie, over from Australia to renew their marriage vows, 25 years after they were married here in the Abbey Church.

Please remember in your prayers:
Veronica & David House, Ruth Willrich, Ann & Bruce Wallace, Paul Humphries, Philip Cooper, Dorothy Alston, Charlotte Hammond, Valerie Wright, Leonard Taylor, Joyce Creamer, Beverly Hose, Tom M, Sydney & Margaret Jackson, Marigold Jordan, Anna, Pat, Denise Abell-Parker, Gillian Loveland, Andrew & Isabel Tyrrell.
Please help us to keep this up to date.
We respect the circumstances of the above named and leave it to them to disclose any personal details.   FJ