We intend to use this page for links and other information specifically about the virus and the church's response to it. Please also see our News Page for a daily prayer and other changing items, and our Benefice Service page for a weekly service for us all to share.
Church of England
The Church of England's Coronavirus Guidance for Churches page can be found at this address:
You may also like to look at the Church On Line page here:
Helping others to understand the Coronavirus pandemic
The Coronavirus pandemic is a worrying and uncertain time for us all. It’s hard adjusting to a different lifestyle and constantly having to think about keeping safe. There are certain sections of our society who will find this current situation particularly difficult to cope with, I’m referring to children and those with learning difficulties or dementia who find it difficult to cope with changes in routine at the best of times.
If you know someone who falls into this category take a look at a series of short films created by Alex Kelly, Managing Director of Speaking Space Ltd in Romsey. Speaking Space specialises in total communication systems for people with learning disabilities, it is an Autism Society centre of excellence and runs a highly successful Day service for adults with learning disabilities.
Alex’s films are short, factual and easy to understand and suitable for a variety of audiences . You can find them on YouTube by searching for Alex Kelly Speaking Space.or via this link
If you want to be inspired and you have half an hour to spare, watch this video from a church in America with a progressive attitude.
A message from Jayne Tarry our Parish Support Adviser & Pastoral Secretary:
'Many of you may notice an increase in fraudulent emails, calls, etc during this time. Many fraudsters will rely on our distraction and worry to take advantage. Can I take this opportunity to remind you all to be vigilant.'
Scams are criminal tricks which are designed to deceive people in order to gain access to their money, possessions or personal details. Scammers are taking advantage of people’s fear and isolation as a result of Coronavirus – don’t be caught out!
A scammer may try to approach you on your doorstep, by post, over the phone or online. They’ll often pretend to be someone they’re not, or make misleading offers of services or investments.
Remember: Never give bank details or money up front; do not click on links or open attachments in suspicious emails; don’t be rushed into making a decision and if it’s an unbelievably good deal, it is likely to be a scam.
The single most important action we can all take, in fighting coronavirus, is to stay at home in order to protect the NHS and save lives.
You should only leave the house for one of four reasons, and one of these is to provide care or to help a vulnerable person. Even when you are doing this, you need to do so safely. You should be minimising time spent outside of the home and ensuring you are 2 metres (6 feet) apart from anyone outside of your household.
The guidance outlined in the following link from the gov.uk website tells you how you can help and importantly, how to do this safely.
Andover Mind, providing services across Hampshire.
Even though the doors are closed, Andover Mind are still open with friendly and supportive staff providing support, advice and information. If you have any concerns, please follow the links below for further informatin and how to contact them.
Winchester Basics Bank
You will be aware that some people are going to be in acute financial difficulties as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak. This will result in a huge need for food banks. At the same time, donations are at risk of reducing because people shopping online have no obvious way to donate as they do in store, and in some stores people have even been stealing from the Food Bank donation trolley.
Please take a look at the attached page and consider donating to our local Basics Bank to help those people who are in need of help and support during this uncertain time. Thank you.
Trinity are appealing for money as opposed to goods or voluntary support at this difficult time. The homeless are still in need of food, washing and laundry facilities and therefore Trinity requires donations of money instead at this time. If you would like to support them and would like to donate so they can keep the doors open for as long as possible to those who are homeless and most in need, please visit the Trinity Winchester website.
Read the latest Newsletter from Trinity Winchester here:
Otterbourne Village Summer Fete
It is with regret that the organising team of the Otterbourne Summer Fete have had to make the difficult decision to cancel this year's event. This means that the fete will not now take place on Sunday 28th June 2020.
This decision has been made taking account of the current lockdown situation and the difficulty in predicting when things might return to normal. We have also taken into account the fact that many of the volunteers who help us to run this event are in the vulnerable age group or are in the group who have to be shielded for 12 weeks so we cannot put them at any risk by asking for their help this year. Planning for an event such as this has to take place several months ahead of the actual event, hence the need to decide now before any more time has been spent on planning.
We appreciate that this may come as a disappointment to those who look forward to and enjoy supporting this event. We too are very disappointed that we have had to make this decision as the fete has always been a very popular event, drawing together the village community and raising much needed funds for our village church.
However, disappointed as we are, there are other events on the horizon to which we can look forward. We are hoping to hold a Flower Festival during 18th-20th September and we're are planning our Christmas Fair and Quiz Night for Saturday 28th November 2020. More news of these events will follow nearer the time.
In the meantime, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the members of the organising team for the hard work they have already put into this year's fete, to thank all the volunteers who help us to run our events and to thank all the people who come along to our events and who support us in such a generous way. Your support is much appreciated by us all.
Take care, stay well, and we will look forward to seeing the Otterbourne Community meeting up again very soon.
St. Matthew's Social and Fund-Raising Team.
P.S. An important Message from St. Matthew’s Churchwardens
Our village church is totally self-funded. It does not receive any grants from the Government or the Church of England. All the funds it receives come from the parishioners and the fund-raising events which we run. As a result of the current closure of the building and the cancellation of our major fund-raising event, our village church is desperately in need of some funds.
If, in lieu of spending at the fete, you would like to help by making a one-off donation, this would be much appreciated. This can be done by on-line banking by contacting our Treasurer using
Thank you all for your continued support for St. Matthew’s Church.
Your St. Matthew's Churchwardens
Local Suppliers who will deliver
There are local suppliers, restaurants, etc. who are happy to deliver fresh fruit, vegetables, meat and many other items to our area. For more information please visit http:/winchesterlocal.uk/