Newsletter 25th October 2020

25th October 2020, No. 1901
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Father John 01590 612183, The Office 01590 612242 (currently working from home)

Please note: Monday is Father John's rest day. Urgent enquiries on this day should be directed to the Benefice Office. Details above.

The Bulletin & Magazine are a good source of information for Services & activities in the Benefice, please take a copy of each. Any articles for the Magazine need to be sent to the Office by the 12th of the month.

Sunday 25th October
9.30am Abbey Church HOLY COMMUNION BCP
11.15am St Katharine’s, Exbury MORNING PRAYER

Wednesday 28th October
10.30am Via Zoom Coffee & Chat followed by shortened Morning Prayer. (see below)

Sunday 1st November   All Saints Day
9.30am Abbey Church HOLY COMMUNION
11.15am St Paul’s, East Boldre MORNING PRAYER

Wednesday 4th November
10.30am Via Zoom Coffee & Chat followed by Shortened Morning Prayer (see below)


Benefice Administrator: Elizabeth Field. Office hours are Monday and Tuesday 10am – 3.30pm working from home, and Friday available for 1 hour from 10.30am by appointment – please email the Office to arrange appointment.

Urgent reminder: Covid precautions for Abbey Church
The kitchen is CLOSED for everything, if you need a drink bring it with you. The single lavatory is open only for emergencies. The disabled toilet will only be opened by a steward. The Hall may NOT be used unless booked via the office. These rules are in place to keep EVERYONE safe.

Air flow during services
Following best practice and Government recommendations, it is essential that there is an effective flow of air through our churches during services. This is more acceptable when the weather is warm, but less so on colder Sundays! Please wear more or fewer layers as appropriate. FJ.

Wednesday 28th October, 10.30am, Coffee and Chat followed by a shortened Morning Prayer Service. This is via Zoom and open to anyone in the Benefice. Please email the Office to indicate your interest and a link, order of service etc will be sent to you.

Each week there is a Church of England service online and available to watch at any time. These are updated regularly. There is also the Daily Hope Line 0800 804 8044 which is a free telephone number for hymns, reflections and prayers that is regularly updated and can be accessed 24/7. .   Jane B-C

The Abbey Church is open to the visitors from the Museum 7 days a week in the afternoons. On some occasions over 100 visitors have been in to see our beautiful and historic church. We would like more stewards to join the team. Training will be given. Please contact Sally Brearley for more information.

WATERSIDE FOODBANK Items required – tinned carrots (very low stock), tinned rice pudding, sponge puddings, 500g bags of sugar, shampoo & conditioner, shower gel, soap, small packets of washing powder/detergent.
Eggs – The Foodbank have started up an egg fund. This is to enable them to purchase boxes of eggs to include in food boxes that are given to families in need. For more information or to donate contact the Foodbank first on 07768 713329.

An email received 19th October from Jan Hayter, Waterside Foodbank Co-ordinator: “On behalf of Waterside Foodbank, I am writing to express our very grateful thanks for the Harvest donation of food which weighed 57.60kg which is equivalent to providing 178 meals. Thank you also for the various financial donations received from individuals. Donations of money are being put into the Harvest Egg Fund which will enable the Foodbank to provide fresh eggs with every Emergency Food Box, something it’s been wanting to do for almost a year. So thank you. During COVID the foodbank has been doing doorstep deliveries to referred clients and providing extra food in these difficult times. Since March the foodbank has seen a 20% increase in demand and has distributed over 17 tonnes of food. Last week alone 559.60 kg was distributed by way of 25 EFB’s to 41 adults and 32 children.”

Items required - tins of meat/meat balls/chicken in white sauce/Irish Stew/chicken, tinned mince, Fairy Liquid, J clothes, Shampoo & conditioner, toothbrushes & toothpaste. For more information and to check someone can receive donations, please contact 01590 610008 Mon – Fri 10am – 2pm.

The Trustees will be meeting during October. The aim of the Trust is to promote the social and educational wellbeing of children residing in the parish of East Boldre. If you would like to make an application for funds, please contact me through the Benefice Office as soon as possible, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or contact Mrs Jan Saunders c/o The Rectory, Palace Lane, Beaulieu SO42 7YG. FJ

PLEASE REMEMBER IN YOUR PRAYERS: Veronica & David House, Marigold Jordan, Jackie Hutchins, Ruth Willrich, Annette Southward, Honor Johnston.
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.
*If you would like a name added to this list, please speak to Fr John.

We are attempting to reconcile the needs of Covid-19 regulations with our desire to remember the fallen of World Wars I and II. Our present thinking is set out on the Benefice website .   Please look often at this page as our plans evolve. PM and SB