Newsletter 10th January 2021


10th January 2021. No.1912


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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.


In the light of the recent decision to lockdown, I have decided it is in our best interest to suspend worship in our churches on Sundays. We shall be zooming the Benefice Holy Communion Services at 10.00am until further notice. Fr John.

Sunday 10th January BAPTISM OF CHRIST

10.00am Via zoom Holy Communion from the Rectory

No other services in Benefice

Tuesday 12th January

** Deadline for the February magazine articles **

Sunday 17th January EPIPHANY 2

10.00am Via Zoom Holy Communion from the Rectory

No other services in Benefice


This will be suspended until further notice.


Benefice Administrator: Elizabeth Field. Office hours are Monday and Tuesday 10am – 3.30pm and Friday 9.30am – 12.30pm working from home.


Dates are being booked to illuminate the exterior of the Abbey Church to mark an anniversary, a family event, or in memory of a loved one. January – March 2021, 6pm – 10pm. £25 donation in Aid of Church Funds. Please email the office to check date availability. Fr John.

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 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.


There have been reports of a new scam where a person receives a text saying they need to book a vaccination appointment and it takes them to a fake NHS form which then asks for their bank details to prove their identity. The NHS will never ask for a person’s banking information so please do not provide as it will be a scam.



Congratulations to Stephanie and Charlie on the birth of young Raffi who arrived on 15th November. FJohn


The Ashley Larder is a mobile larder service providing fresh and ambient foods provided by Fareshare, which can be accessed by those on low incomes by paying a small subscription which will not exceed £5.00 for a family of 4. The service is operating 9.30 - 11.30 at the Ashley Baptist Church, 3 Lower Ashley Road, New Milton, BH25 5AA. Please contact Sara Steele on 01590 612216 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.


Items required – tinned vegetables, rice pudding, sponge puddings, 500g bags of sugar, shampoo & conditioner, shower gel, soap, small packets of washing powder/detergent.

Eggs – The Foodbank are continuing with their 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.


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.


Unfortunately due to a technical hitch with the timer, we were unable to illuminate the church on the last weekend in December in thanksgiving for Peter & Annie Melhuish.  Enlightenment will take place on 30th & 31st January. Fr John.

On 7th January the Abbey Church was illuminated on the birthday and in memory of the late Margaret Jackson.


During this service we shall take the opportunity to mark 'The Conversion of St Paul', which falls on 25th January, a significant festival for us at St Paul's, East Boldre. FJ.

PLEASE REMEMBER IN YOUR PRAYERS: Veronica & David House, Marigold Jordan, Jackie Hutchins, Ruth Willrich, Annette Southward, David Kelso, Helen Matcham, Manfred, Denise, and those recovering from surgery.

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.

Thank you

Annie and I would like to send our most heartfelt thanks to Father John White, and to all the congregation of the Abbey Church, for the gifts which we received. For both of us, it has been both a pleasure and a privilege to be a member of this special group of people. We wish each and every one of you good health and happiness in the future.                                   Peter J Melhuish