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WE ARE SEEKING A NEW RECTOR

Posted by on Oct 7, 2018 in news and events | 0 comments

We are advertising for a new Rector via Church Times and Pathways. Closing date for applications is 25 October 2018 at 12 noon. Please click “Read More” below to access our Upper Itchen Benefice Profile

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Fundraising Event for the Village Hall

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There will be a talk by Techer Jones on Saturday 10th November 2018 at St Michael’s Church, Cheriton on: “The Fascinating History and Archaeology of St Cross Hospital, Winchester” Doors open at 18:30 for complementary wine and nibbles. Talk starts at 19:00. Tickets are £12 from Cheriton Village Shop, or The Flower Pots or by post from Mrs Penny Scott, Burnt Platt, Cheriton, SO24 0PY. Please enclose SAE and makes cheques payable to Cheriton Village Hall.

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Cheriton Talks

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The ‘Cheriton Talks’ was created to raise funds for St Michael’s Church Cheriton. Every year since 2012 the organisers have put on a series of five talks on consecutive Saturday evenings in February and March in the church on a whole range of topics – always with a superb cast of speakers. The Talks are preceded by glasses of wine, and canapés contributed by many people in the village. In 2017, helped by a generous legacy, the church was able to install a new audio-visual system, which greatly enhances the professionalism of illustrated Talks. Past programmes can be seen on http://www.cheritontalks.com. The 2019 series has been organised, and will be announced...

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Sale of Cheriton Village Hall

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In 2017, contracts were exchanged for the sale of the Cheriton village hall by the church to the village hall charity. Although the hall was built in 1911 on land owned by the Diocese, it has always been a village rather than a church amenity. The village hall charity, St Michael’s Cheriton, and the Winchester Diocesan Board of Finance, all agreed that it would be in the village’s interests that the village rather than the church should own the hall. The hall charity would then be free from ecclesiastical trusts, and enabled to raise money to improve the hall’s facilities for the benefit of the community generally. The latest negotiation began in 2010, and completion occurred in June 2018. Despite being a long haul, all parties were of similar mind but had to go through some tortuous legal processes including obtaining approval from the Charity Commission. The church obtained the independently valued price of £80,000 raised by many generous donations and fundraising activities. The village hall charity became a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) to allow it to own the hall in its own right, and take the project forward to the next stage – raising funds for the improvement and extension of the hall – and this is now well under way. Progress can be tracked on http://www.cheritonvillagehall.co.uk. The whole process has been one of friendly collaboration between church and village to the advantage of...

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Benefice Sea Sunday, 8th July 2018

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A short address by David Templeman, All Saints Church Hinton Ampner.  Forms part of this year’s Sea Sunday Benefice Tomorrow morning I will hoist sail and set off across the Channel, the busiest shipping lane in the world.  The tide is right, so is the forecast.  Listening to it, and reporting it, is an essential ritual of the sea and the safety of those upon it.  90 % of the world’s trade is conducted by sea and in Command of each of those ship’s is a Captain who knows the loneliness of that command.  His crew will be of every possible race, colour and creed and probably one of the thousands of seamen and women whose lives are touched by The Mission to Seafarers at their 121 Flying Angel Centres in some 200 ports across 50 countries. This year’s Sea Sunday theme is Abandonment.  It’s what sea farers do metaphorically, every day across the world, abandon their families as they set off on their lonely voyage.  In my case several times for several months.  Once to be met by my daughter on my return with, “You can’t sit there that’s mummy’s chair.”   The very first words I had heard her say! I even asked Graham, our recently departed Padre, to join me tomorrow.  His reply and I quote, “Abandonment is absolutely the right word.  Me swanning off sailing, leaving Tracy at home in a vicarage, in a strange town, unpacking boxes, does not work for her!” Ask too any Naval wife! Mathew 25 sums it up well.   “Whatever you did for the least of those you did for me”.  That’s how Abandonment and Loneliness is overcome at sea.  It’s also how “The Mission to Seafarers” and its Chaplains have brought hope and succour to some 1.6 million seafarers from Admiral and Captain, through those who serve them and equally importantly their families. Only last month I sailed to the Scilly Isles, 350 miles by sea from Gosport.  Departed the mainland at Newlyn, still a thriving fishing port with fish loaded into Lorries 24 hours a day, every day to feed us. We passed the Scillonian taking passengers and stores to St Mary’s.  Much like in the Falkland Islands and every oceanic Island, large or small.  The only way bulk goods can be transported. The following day she rescued a yacht and its crew.  The yacht had been dismasted.  Heard on Channel 16, but unreported along with so many incidents and accidents at sea.  Far over the horizon away from the eye of the world’s press.  A straightforward rescue.  The Scillonian turned back for that tiny craft, she was late arriving in St Mary’s but no complaints from passengers or crew.  That’s the code of the sea! Each churchyard in the Scilly Island’s contains poignant reminders of abandonment at sea.  We call it shipwreck.  Take Admiral Cloudesley Shovel he drove his fleet ashore there mistaking his longitude. The locals stopped fishing for months.  Why bother when every beach and cove contains precious flotsam and jetsam.  Today it is time to recognise this jetsam as an environmental danger.  No longer do we have the luxury of casks of rum and brandy floating on our seas.  Abandonment has taken on a new, and potentially much more destructive meaning, as we fill the oceans with bilge oil, plastic and the detritus of modern living. Or take St Martin’s where there is a grave to a shipwrecked sailor, the inscription now non PC.  That grave is still tended by today’s seafarers and epitomises all of us, who go down to the sea again, to...

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Minutes from Upper Itchen Benefice Council, Annual Meeting 2018

Posted by on Mar 23, 2018 in news and events | 2 comments

ABCM Minutes 2018

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