Newsletter 28th March 2021


28th March 2021. No.1923

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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.

Sunday 28th March PALM SUNDAY

10.00am Via Zoom Holy Communion from the Rectory

No other services in Benefice.

Wednesday 31st March

12 noon Via Zoom Midday Prayers

Thursday 1st April MAUNDY THURSDAY

7.00pm Via Zoom Holy Communion

Friday 2nd April GOOD FRIDAY

12 noon Via Zoom ‘Stations of the Cross’ devotion


*Numbers will continue to be restricted, and thus it will be necessary to 'sign in' for one of these services*
9.30am Holy Communion at the Abbey Church. Numbers are full for this Service. A reserved list has been started.
11.15am Holy Communion at St Katharine's, Exbury. Please contact Brian Hernaman on 02380 897528 if you wish to attend.
11.15am Holy Communion at St Paul's, East Boldre.Please contact Dr Graham Sterling on 01590 612378 if you wish to attend.

Please note that numbers will continue to be restricted, and thus it will be necessary to 'sign in' for one of these services. Masks must be worn, sanitising gel will be available, and social distancing will continue to be observed.
Please consult the benefice bulletin for latest details.      FJohn


NB For those attending one of our benefice services on Easter Day it is essential that we operate according to the current government Covid regulations:

The names of all those attending must be supplied for our Register.

Please be aware that when considering attendance, it is only permissible to stay overnight within our support bubble, ie no more than 1 or 2 individuals.

Please adhere strictly to these government rules and help keep each other safe.

We shall be zooming the 9.30am Abbey service for those unable to attend.

If you have booked seats and are unable to use them please let Elizabeth know via the Office email address asap and your seats can be re-allocated to someone on the reserve list.


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

Illumination Event

Saturday 3rd April – To celebrate the re-opening of the Abbey Church.


The April edition will appear on-line with a few hard copies for those unable to access it. FJ



The Church wardens and PCC are pleased to confirm that the Abbey Church made a donation of £500 towards the Churches Together in Unity Covid response fund and £500 to the Women’s Refuge (Hythe). During the year ahead we shall be supporting CBM UK, the Overseas Disability Charity, which works towards building inclusive communities, saving sight, strengthening health systems and improving access to education and employment opportunities. If you would like a prayer diary from CBM UK please contact Jane.

Locally we shall be supporting Solent Mind, our local mental health charity which supports a variety of trusted mental health projects in our area and seeks to provide practical support that empowers people to move forward in life. Both charities have new services in place in response to the Covid pandemic.


Fareshare are operating two ‘Larders’ in the New Forest area:

The Mobile Larder - Every Thursday, 1.00 – 2.30pm, located in the car park of St Mark’s Community Hall SO41 8EJ (opposite The Musketeer). This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. More information on the Benefice Website.

The Ashley Larder - operating 9.30 - 11.30am 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.

Run by volunteers, these are a membership scheme helping people of the local community with reducing food shopping bills and providing fresh and ambient foods provided by Fareshare. Cost of membership varies between £2.50 - £5.00 a week depending on the size of your household. A membership form needs to be completed and proof of address/ID provided unless a recognised referral agency refers you to this scheme.


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 to include eggs 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.


Veronica & David House, Marigold Jordan, Jackie Hutchins, Ruth Willrich, Annette, Helen Matcham, Manfred, Barbara, Michael Cooper. 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.

Don’t forget....  The Clocks go forward 1 hour overnight Sat 27th/Sun 28th March.