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19th January 2017

Coffee Morning

The next coffee morning will be held in St Matthew’s Church Room on Monday 6th February, from 10.00am– 11.30am. This month we are supporting Breast Cancer Haven for their ‘Big Tea Cosy’, and hoping to raise money to support the wonderful work that they do. Please do come along and support this worthy cause, and enjoy coffee and cakes, and good company!

19th January 2017

Good Book Group

 

The next meeting will take place on Wednesday 1st February at 8 p.m. in Compton School.

We will be looking at the career of the Prophet Elijah which can be found in 1 Kings, Chapter 17, v 1 to 2 Kings, Chapter 2, v 12.

30th December 2016

Good Book Group

The next Good Book Group meets on Wednesday 4th January at 8.00pm in Compton School. This month we will be looking at John 1.1-18. The key to the whole of St John’s Gospel.

19th December 2016

Hursley Christmas Tree Festival

The festival was again a great success – here are a few pictures of just a few of the trees.

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19th December 2016

Compton 2nd Saturday Lunch – Christmas!

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Every second saturday of the month, at 12.30pm in The Reeves Scout Hall in Martin’s Field, Compton, a lunch is offered to whomsoever would like to come. In December things are a little bit special!

24th November 2016

Benefice Christingle Services

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A Christingle Service will be held in each of our three Churches on Sunday 11th December.  This popular Service is enjoyed by all ages. During the Service, we will be making and lighting our own Christingles and so it is the perfect time to bring children along.  Do come and join us.

Services times are as follows:

Hursley 3.30pm

Compton 4.00pm

Otterbourne 4.30pm

23rd November 2016

Better than Basics – support for Winchester Basics Bank

This year we are keen to once again support Winchester Basics Bank at Christmas time. It must be very difficult to be surrounded by shops full of Christmas treats and to be in a situation that makes it almost impossible to provide the basics for your family, let alone some luxury items.

 

Winchester Basics Bank helps many families in our area and further afield to provide for their families when they are experiencing such challenging times. Last year,  we were able to make a difference to these families by providing a few luxury items too. If you would like to help, you may want to keep a look out for opportunities to buy one and get one free, with the ‘free’ item perhaps being donated to the Basics Bank.

 

Suggested donations include:
Chocolates, tubs of sweets, selection boxes, chocolate tree decorations, boxes of mince pies, Christmas puddings, Christmas cakes, chocolate logs, tubs of savoury snacks (Twiglets, Cheese Footballs, Cheeselets etc), boxes of Christmas biscuits, UHT milk and juice, tinned fruit, jams, jelly, custard, Angel Delight and gift packs of toiletries for both Ladies and Gentlemen.

 

There will be donations boxes both in Otterbourne School and in St Matthew’s Church to receive any donations you would like to make. All donations will be taken to the Basic Bank on Monday 19th December so that they can be distributed to families before Christmas.

 

Thank you for your support.

19th November 2016

Hursley Christmas Tree Festival

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The Christmas Tree Festival will be on Saturday 10th December this year in All Saints’ Church. Open from 11am to 4pm, you can admire the trees decorated by various local groups, vote for your favourite tree, listen to musical entertainment, eat cake and drink coffee. There will also be stalls selling festive gifts, jewellery and plants and art and craft activities for your children.

The theme for this year is Christmas Around the World. If you belong to a group that has not decorated a tree before and would like to take part this year, please call Kristin Tridimas on 775554 or Sonya Hildebrandt on 775736 for more information and to register your interest.

As usual, the winning tree(s) will be announced at the Christingle service on Sunday 11th December at 3.30pm.

19th November 2016

Saturday 26th November 2016 – at the Otterbourne Village Hall

Table Top Sale – In aid of St Matthew’s on Saturday 26th November 2016 from 12-3pm in Otterbourne Village Hall. Tables available for £5 each. Light lunches on sale and a chance to visit Santa’s Grotto! Donations of cakes to be sold on the day, very much appreciated.

Quiz Night – In aid of St Matthew’s on Saturday 26th November 2016 from 7pm for 7.30pm start in Otterbourne Village Hall. Tickets £10 to include fish/sausage and chip supper. Raffle and charity round. Bring your own drinks. Tickets available from Vera on 01962 712241.

19th November 2016

A Christmas story – see Rector’s letter!