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We are in Interrugnum  but are pleased to announce the Revd. Christopher Durrant has accepted the post of Rector to the Upper Itchen Benefice and his Induction is on the 29th May. We look forward to welcoming him and Jenny to the area.

Songs of Praise, Church in the Woods

Posted by on May 10, 2019 in Blog, Featured, news and events, Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you go down to the woods in May, you are sure of a big surprise! Do you remember this? No, not the tree, but all the people, who came to enjoy singing at the Church in the Wood on the second Sunday in May for the last few years. At 4pm on May 12th 2019 ‘Rev Tim Daykin of Radio Solent fame will be taking the service supported by a 7 piece brass band Do come if you can. It will be a lovely afternoon, so bring a picnic and enjoy it before or after the service in this idyllic...

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Comfort and Joy, Hinton Ampner

Posted by on Jan 7, 2019 in news and events | 0 comments

“Comfort & Joy” Sad to relate, I forget just how many times I’ve been built on and added to over the centuries, but ever since Ralph Dutton left the Big House to the National Trust, I meet and greet a steady stream of visitors every day.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining about my neighbour on the other side of my wall!  So, let me introduce myself, I’m All Saints, some people call me Hinton Ampner Church and I read your “Church and Village” magazine every month.  There’s always a copy at the bottom of my bell tower for visitors, so I like to write the occasional article to keep everyone abreast of events up here on my hill. You put an Angel Tree in my font again this Christmas, but I’ve quite lost count of the number of thoughts and prayers my visitors have hung on its branches.  I expect you think an old church like me shouldn’t comment, but one branch was so weighed down, that the angel at the tip of the branch was only inches from the floor.  Wonderful idea and I know you will choose some prayers to read out at our Monthly Service of Prayer and Praise.  Some prayers bring a tear to my eye, while others make me want to shout out with joy.  All of them make both me and my angels thankful and proud to have brought such “Comfort and Joy”!  It even makes us want to sing out the Good King Winceslas carol.  The one about Charitable Giving. You shut my door last autumn and put a big notice outside saying, “NO ENTRY”.  Then you stuck big metal poles and planks in my nave and choir.  All most disconcerting.  So I had a reassuring chat with St Simon and St Jude down the road.  As you know he’s got metal scaffolding too.  Anyway Bramdean told me not to worry.  He’s been swatting up on the Faculty Rules and the 30 forms in ChurchCare.  He says I won’t have to appeal to my Canterbury friends down at the Court of Arches for my new lighting and Bramdean will even get his church organ moved as well as a new wall! I’m done now, it’s wonderful!  Some lights even come on by themselves.  I can see at last and my congregation can see me too, all the way up to the rafters!  My windows look so much prettier under spotlights and my path’s even got automatic night lights.  No need to tell you that my old pews have been onto the Church Wardens about the Health and Safety out there for several centuries! Which reminds me can someone please let me know me when pew renting ended at All Saints?  Even better when did it cease across all my Benefice?  I know the practice continued all the way up to WW2, but my congregation was unwilling to pay well before that!  At least my current congregation have come up with much more innovative ways of paying my way, so I’ve added a picture of my new Tea Towel for you.  It’s designed by Retta and they plan to sell them all the year round to help pay for my upkeep and my fantastic new lighting of course.  So thank you...

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The Hinton Ampner Church Tea Towels and Cards

Posted by on Nov 18, 2018 in Blog, news and events | 0 comments

That surprise Christmas Present from All Saints The Hinton Ampner Church Tea Towels and Cards                             Not so very long ago a still life with flowers fetched £2.1m at auction, it was painted on a Tea Towel by Van Gogh. Unlike Banksy’s “A Girl with a Balloon”, the All Saints Tea Towel is not a work of art on canvas. It’s a bespoke work of art, screen printed, on the finest cotton cloth. And, unlike the Banksy stencil sold at over £1million, your Tea Towel will not shred itself! It’s washable up to 40 degrees and our hammer price is only £6 each, or 2 for £10. All Saints Church has thousands of visitors every year and also unlike that destructive Banksy, All Saints is kept under continuous maintenance, renovation, improvement and repair. The most recent state of the art project? A new lighting system. How to pay for these works? Our hand crafted Tea Towels and our Christmas Cards; of All Saints Church Chancel, its Altar & Patrick Reyntiens Windows decorated for Christmas, are not only affordable, they will help All Saints raise much needed funds. Like Banksy and Van Gogh you could put your Tea Towel to some new and innovative use, or even keep it as a work of art. It’s available, in sage green on a white background, so why not buy two, keep one and send the other one together with our Christmas card as “That surprise Christmas Present”? A final word of caution. Your Hinton Ampner Tea Towel, comes without instructions, so use it with care when drying up! Use by untrained operatives is definitely not encouraged and to quote Picasso: “The urge to destroy is also a creative urge”! “No room at the Inn,” and not much in the stable, with Shepherds, Magi, Mary, Joseph, the heavenly host and a baby using the manager as a cot! But, there is always room for you at this important time in the Christian year, to see our Nativity Scene and much else besides. You are very welcome to visit us at Hinton Ampner every day of the year www.explorechurches.org and to join our Services too. Details of the Services and the many activities in the Upper Itchen Benefice are in www.upperitchen.org and there’s “Definitely room for you on Christmas Eve at The All Saints Midnight Mass”! With your support, at this important time in the Christian year, all who receive our Christmas card and Tea Towel, will share in the true meaning of Christmas. Both are on Sale at All Saints. And Christmas Cards are also available at The Cheriton Village Shop £6 for a packet of 10, or 80p for a single card. We guarantee profits from all sales will be used to maintain and improve All Saints.   All Saints Tea Towels £6 each, or 2 for £10. All Saints Christmas Cards £6 for a packet of 10, or 80p for a single...

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Bramdean Bridge Tea

Posted by on Nov 18, 2018 in Blog, news and events | 0 comments

The Bramdean Bridge Tea was held on Thursday 11th October 2018 at Woodcote Manor, by kind permission of Richard and Maria Peers. You will see in the photos attached, the calm before the storm, and that the Tea Table was groaning with delicious goodies. all our sixty bridge players were amazed and enjoyed a lovely afternoon playing bridge and eating a delicious tea, what more could they want! Such a successful afternoon and our best profit yet, just over £1500 !! to go towards the Church Fabric...

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

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