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21st September 2020

Harvest donations for the Winchester Basics Bank

We have recently received the following letter from a Trustee of the Basics Bank:

Dear all,
As autumn approaches, we traditionally turn our thoughts to Harvest, and in the past you have been kind enough to arrange a Harvest collection in aid of the Winchester Basics Bank.
Due to the fantastic ongoing generosity of the local community, we currently find ourselves in the fortunate position to have sufficient stock of most food items.  So if you are unable to arrange a collection due to current circumstances, please don’t worry.
If however, you do wish to arrange a Harvest collection, we ask that you only donate the items that we are in specific need of.  I have attached a flier with the details.  We would kindly ask you not to donate dried pasta, soup, baked beans, tinned tomatoes or UHT milk as we already have plenty of these items. Also we cannot accept homemade food or items past their best before date.  

Please note, if you do donate to us this year we may share your donations with other local charities such as Trinity or the Nightshelter and other local food banks.

With many thanks for your ongoing support.

Donation points in the local supermarkets are emptied regularly by
volunteers (see the Winchester Basics Bank website or Facebook page for donation points and more information.).
If you wish to make a donation directly, in order to minimise social
interaction, please take it to the temporary sorting site in the Vineyard Church, Bar End on a Tuesday or Friday between 10 am – 3pm.

21st September 2020

Prayer for today

God of great gifts,
grant that I may not so much seek to have kindred spirits
as to be a kindred spirit.
Give me ears to hear the needs of those around me,
arms to hold them when they need holding,
eyes to see their pain or their joy,
and a heart to feel it.
God grant that I may not so much seek
to be comforted as to comfort,
to be loved as to love,
to be enjoyed as to enjoy,
to be thought of, as to think of others.
And most of all help me know
that You are the Kindred Spirit
whose love we can count on,
time in and time out, time after time.

Lord of all life and power,
who through the mighty resurrection of your Son
overcame the old order of sin and death
to make all things new in him:
grant that we, being dead to sin
and alive to you in Jesus Christ,
may reign with him in glory;
to whom with you and the Holy Spirit
be praise and honour, glory and might,
now and in all eternity.

14th September 2020

Wednesday Service

There will be a Holy Communion Service at 10 am on Wednesday 16th September at All Saints’ Church, Compton.

This service will continue to be held on the third Wednesday of each month adhering to the guidelines and advice from the government and the Church of England relating to COVID 19.

11th September 2020

Sponsored Walks

Six people from Hursley will be walking around the Romsey churches tomorrow in aid of Ride&Stride.  Half the money goes to the Hursley church and half to Hampshire and Isle of Wight Historic Churches.  Please sponsor their walk to give them some encouragement! Contact

Sadly, we have had to postpone the Churchwardens’ Challenge sponsored walk, scheduled for 26th September. It is likely that this event may have brought out a crowd greater than six. It will be postponed until next year when, hopefully, it can go ahead as planned.

29th August 2020

Sunday Services Update

The new guidance from the C of E’s House of Bishop’s Recovery Group now allows a small choir to sing in Church although, congregations are still at this time not permitted to sing as part of worship. So vocal music can now return to our churches. It isn’t perfect, but it is progress.

Benefice services continue to follow the ‘new normal’ pattern of service with a live 5 pm service continuing using Please email William requesting the link if you like to join this service.

8th August 2020

Sunday Services Update

In accordance with current guidelines, we must now wear masks in church for all services. Apart from that, this Sunday will follow the normal (the new normal!) pattern of Morning Services at the usual times.  

If you are unable to join us in Church, the live 5pm services continue to be popular. For details on how to be part of these services, please refer to the Benefice Services page.

3rd August 2020

Something new

On Wednesday morning, 5th August, at 9.30am there will be a BCP communion service in Compton. Our thanks are due to Rev Brian Pickett for agreeing to take this service in my absence.

25th July 2020

Sunday Services

Services have resumed in all three churches in the benefice even though the style of service is not quite as it used to be. One of the services is being recorded each Sunday and will be made available to watch online on Youtube by late Sunday afternoon. To access this service, go to the link on Benefice Services page.

If you are not able or don’t wish to view the service on your computer, arrangements can be made for you to have a paper copy delivered on Saturdays. If you would like to have the Text Service delivered, please contact the Rector.

18th July 2020

Sunday Services

Following the publication of the Church of England guidelines for conducting communion services the wardens and I have decided to return to the pattern of principle service times we used previously which means that communion services will recommence.

For the foreseeable future, communion will need to be offered only in one part, ie, the bread, with the chalice covered until the distribution and procedures will be put in place to distribute communion without queuing.

We will continue to follow the guidelines for social distancing and hand hygiene although we cannot guarantee anyone’s complete safety.

It must be said that it is still the advice from the government and the Church of England that anyone in a vulnerable group, e.g., over 70 years of age, or having a pre-existing condition, should not attend gatherings of people, including church services.

2nd July 2020

Sunday Services

I am delighted to say that we are able to resume Sunday services in all three churches in the benefice. Things will look a bit different, and the style of service will not be quite as it used to be, not initially anyway. But we will be able to sit in the same building and worship together for the first time since March 15th.

We shall return to the pattern of service times we used previously, with this Sunday (5th July) being the first Sunday of the month we will have services in Otterbourne at 9.30am, Hursley also at 9.30am, and Compton at 11am.  At the present time the services will not include communion.

Once we have received and digested the Church of England guidance, we will apply this to our local situation and will resume communion services as soon as it is practical and safe to do so.

For more detailed information, please click on the Benefice Service heading above.