This Saturday 7th September, all the benefice churchwardens are walking from St. Matthew’s, Otterbourne via All Saints’, Hursley and All Saints’, Compton, and back to St. Matthew’s, Otterbourne. A total of 14 kilometres. The walkers will leave St. Matthew’s at 9 am and envisage being back at St, Matthew’s by 2 pm. There will be light refreshments and comfort breaks at each church. Anyone who would like to join and support the churchwardens for all or part of the walk will be most welcome. Dogs and children can come along too!
As this walk aims to raise money for each church, please consider sponsoring your parish churchwardens or donate any money raised by joining the walk to your parish church. All proceeds will benefit your own parish.
This will be a time of fellowship and fun so put the date in your diary and come along for all or any part of the morning.
We return following the summer break on Wednesday 4th September at 8 p.m. in Compton All Saints’ Primary School. We will continue to look at Mark’s gospel.
The Rector invites everyone to a presentation of his study leave experiences over coffee and croissants/bacon roll. The service will be held in All Saints’ Church, Hursley on Sunday 29th September at 10 a.m. If you require transport from Compton Church, lifts will be given at 9.30 a.m. A list will be lfet in All Saints’, Compton for those in need of a lift.
A date for your diary. Saturday 30th November 2019, 12 pm – 3 pm.
This year, the Christmas Fair will be held in Otterbourne Village Hall and we will be raising funds for St.Matthew’s Church. There will be a variety of stalls, refreshments, light lunches and much more.
Further details will follow soon. However, we are hoping to attract a wide variety of stallholders including ‘Nearly New’ stalls and so, if you would be interested in having a stall at this event and would definitely like to book a space, a booking form will need to be completed by the end of October. The booking form will appear here soon. Stalls cost £10 each although stalls can be booked for free if you are willing to donate the proceeds to St. Matthew’s Church.
BCP Choral Evensong will be celebrated on Sunday 4th August at 6 pm at St. Matthew’s, Otterbourne.
A service of Said Evensong will be held on Sunday 11th August at 6 pm at St. Matthew’s, Otterbourne.
Everyone from the benefice is most welcome to attend.
Many thanks to everyone who attended the July coffee morning. We raised £130 for Parkinson’s Disease in memory of Percy Cole.
Our next coffee morning will be held on Monday 2nd September at 10 am in St. Matthew’s church room. Do come along and join us.
The Good Book Group
There will be no Good Book Group meeting in August. We will return in September.
Otterbourne Village Fete
Many thanks to everyone who helped with the fete. It was a very successful day and brought members of our village community together. A sum of just over £4000 was raised for St. Matthew’s Church. Thank you to everyone who supported the event.
We look forward to seeing everyone again next year on Sunday 28th June 2020!
This year’s lunch will be held on Sunday 7th July from 12.30 pm onwards in the Rectory Garden. Signing up sheets to indicate your attendance and which food item you will be bringing will be available in each church very soon.
On Thursday 4th July from 7-9 pm at All Saints’ Church, Compton, Myra and John Wilkinson will be giving an illustrated talk on their successful work with the charity Education Uganda over the past ten years.
Everyone is welcome to attend this interesting and informative evening. There will be a retiring collection for All Saints’ Church Development Fund.