Newsletter 7th March 2021


7th March 2021. No.1920

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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 7th March

10.00am Via Zoom Holy Communion from the Rectory

No other services in Benefice

Wednesday 10th March Lent

12noon Via Zoom Lent Prayers

Please email the office for the link if you wish to join.

Sunday 14th March

10.00am Via Zoom Holy Communion from the Rectory

No other services in Benefice


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


Dates are available to book during most of March to illuminate the exterior of the Abbey Church to mark a special occasion eg wedding, anniversary, birthday, a family event, or in memory of a loved one. 6pm – 10pm. £25 donation in Aid of Church Funds.

Please email the office to check date availability. Fr John.

Illumination Event

Saturday 6th March – In memory of Mary and Gordon Mackie.

Sunday 7th March – In memory of Robert Edwards.


On Wednesdays during Lent, there will be a zoom 12noon prayers. I hope that you will be join me. Elizabeth will send out the appropriate links. FJ.


As with the last two, the next edition will be on-line. We shall produce a few copies in the Benefice Office. FJ



The Church wardens and PCC are pleased to confirm that the Abbey Church has 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.


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 contact the relevant person below from 21st March if you wish to attend a service on Sunday 4th April
All being well, there will be:
9.30am Holy Communion at the Abbey Church. Please contact Elizabeth via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you wish to attend, or leave a message on the Benefice Office Mobile 07375 773832.

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 consult the benefice bulletin for latest details. FJohn


Veronica & David House, Marigold Jordan, Jackie Hutchins, Ruth Willrich, Annette, Nigel, 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.

Recently departed: The Venerable Jeff Watson.

Anniversaries of death: Henry Phillips (9/03/2018)