Newsletter 14th April 2019


14th April 2019   No. 1838


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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 14th April  Palm Sunday

8.00am  Buckler’s Hard  HOLY COMMUNION  

9.30am   Village School   Donkey-led procession  through the village to the Abbey Church

10.30am  Abbey Church   BENEFICE SUNG COMMUNION

6.30pm   Abbey Church EVENSONG

Monday 15th April

10am  - 12noon    Benefice Office

Tuesday 16th April

10am  - 12noon    Benefice Office

1.30pm    Abbey Church    Brass Cleaning (See below)

7pm         Abbey Church    Stations of the Cross

Wednesday 17th April

10.30am  Abbey Church  HOLY COMMUNION

Thursday 18th April   Maundy Thursday

10.00 – 12noon     Benefice Office

7pm   Abbey Church   Holy Communion followed by stripping of the altar & Prayer Vigil till 9pm

Friday 19th April GOOD FRIDAY

10am    Walk of Witness from St Katharine’s Church, Exbury

2.00pm     St Paul’s, East Boldre   Tenebrae Service

7.00pm    Abbey Church     Music at Beaulieu, Sing Stainer’s Crucifixion

Sunday 21st April EASTER SUNDAY

8.00am  Buckler’s Hard  HOLY COMMUNION

9.30am  Abbey Church  SUNG COMMUNION

11.15am  St Paul’s, East Boldre  HOLY COMMUNION


The Foodbank would be most grateful for carrier bags in the ‘bag for life’ style. Please place the bags and any food items in the Foodbank basket near to the organ in the Abbey Church. 


In line with current best practice of brass conservation, the brass in the Abbey Church will be cleaned no more than twice a year. If you are able to help, please come along to the Abbey Church on Tuesday 16th April, 1.30pm armed with polishing cloths - brass cleaner will be provided!  SB


The Churchwardens and I have agreed that the church will be open during the day to visitors on Tuesdays and Thursdays until further notice   FJ                                                                                 


Tuesday 25th June will be an afternoon visit to St Cross Hospital in Winchester with The Master of St Cross,Revd Reg Sweet, known to many in our Benefice. The afternoon will include a guided tour of the hospital by one of the Brothers, afternoon tea and Evensong in the beautiful chapel. If you are interested please give your name to John or Kathy Hughes 02380 207433. Full details of cost and pick up times nearer the time. For the 2nd Benefice Trip we are hoping to return to Chichester on 17th September... details to follow.

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, Sydney Jackson, Marigold Jordan, Anna, Pat,Denise Abell-Parker, Andrew & Isabel Tyrrell, Glo Howat, Dan Smith, Kathy Hughes and Tricia Spells. 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  

Anniversaries of death:  John Thacker 15/04/2018, Douglas Betteridge 16/04/2018                               

Tuesday 16th April

7.00pm     Abbey Church        Stations of the Cross Devotion

Thursday 18th April   MAUNDY THURSDAY

7.00pm    Abbey Church   HOLY COMMUNION

Stripping of the Altar followed by prayer vigil until 9pm

Friday 19th April, Good Friday

10.00am  St Katharine’s, Exbury Walk of Witness to Hilltop and refreshments at Homeclose

2.00pm   St Paul’s, East Boldre    Tenebrae Service. 

7.00pm  Abbey Church  Music at Beaulieu

Sing Stainer’s Crucifixion. Tickets £5, Scores for hire £1


“So peaceful and the chants helped to ease a troubled mind.”

“Lovely church, beautiful stained glass, very helpful guide explaining the history. Hope to visit again” 

“Thank you to the guide for a most interesting tour.”

“Peaceful, calming feeling.”

Sunday 21st April EASTER SUNDAY

8.00am               Buckler’s Hard           HOLY COMMUNION

9.30am               Abbey Church            SUNG COMMUNION

11.15am        St Paul’s, East Boldre     HOLY COMMUNION

Doors open at 5.45pm for a brief audience rehearsal at 6.15pm