Friendly village in the Test Valley, Hampshire, on the edge of the New Forest

All Saints Awbridge April 2013

We trust you enjoyed a happy Easter and were able to enjoy Easter services and lovely flower deorations, now we can enjoy spring time and the wonders of our rural countryside coming to life once again. The cherry tree in the churchyard, pictured above, flowers around Easter time and lasts only a week or so but is wonderful all the same! We are Easter people and so can enjoy celebrating the new life that Easter Sunday brings every Sunday.


Messy Church in February on the Good Shepherd was very well attended with 26 children and the same number of adults, who all enjoyed taking part in messy sheep themed activities emphasising that everyone is unique and is known by Jesus, the Good Shepherd, also making Psalm 23 and all its contents fit into a matchbox! We took part in worship and a feast of shepherds pie!  We also created a collage of named sheep/children from all our churches and this is now touring the churches(see above). The next Messy Church is on Sunday 14 April, 2 30-5pm and moves venue to the Jubilee Hall, Timsbury, as we start to take Messy Church around our group of five churches.  The theme is Noah’s Ark, appropriately enough being a story about a New Start. Activities will involve water, painting, Godly Play, woodwork, baking, rainbow fruits and that’s not all! All families welcome.Contact Pepe Alexander 340386 or Mary Savage 367908 for more info or see


Element: our next Youth Event  (11+) with the theme of “Transformations” will be taking place at All Saints, North Baddesley on Saturday 13 April 7-9pm, with Pete Maidment (Diocesan Youth Officer) and a deanery youth music group and prayer zones from churches in the deanery, ours will include butterflies and maybe plants too! For info contact: Mary Savage 01794 367908.


Our annual parochial church meeting (APCM) takes place on Sunday 21 April, after the service at 9 30 am, we are currently seeking a new secretary for our PCC (parochial church council). This is  the annual meeting when we elect our churchwardens and members of the PCC for the following year and celebrate what has been achieved during the last year.


Thank you to all those who attended our Skittles evening in March, good fun and food enjoyed by all. Our next social event is afternoon tea, at Sarah Keith’s home on Sunday 9 June.


Diamond Jubilee Celebrations: You may remember last year, with the help of ADVA, we purchased 15 kneelers to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, now all the busy sewers are completing their handiwork and we will be dedicating the finished kneelers in a special church service on Pentecost Sunday 19 May at 9 30 am at All Saints, Awbridge.   Do come and join us.


Date for your diary: Next Messy Church Sunday 30 June at Braishfield Church Rooms.


Worship and Events in Awbridge in April

Sunday 7 April (only 2 services taking place this Sunday)

10 00 am UB Holy Communion at St Andrews, Timsbury

6 30 pm First: Emmaus/Journeys

Sunday 14 April

9 30 am Morning Worship

2 30 – 5pm Messy Church: new venue Jubilee Hall, Timsbury –

Noah’s Ark: a new start – All families welcome

Sunday 21 April

9 30 am Holy Communion followed by APCM

Sunday 28 April 

9 30 am Family Worship

Sunday 5 May

9 30 am Holy Communion

6 30 pm First


Other Activities for April

Five Alive Wives Group

Mon 8 April 7 30 pm

The CAB with Anne Vie

Braishfield Church Rooms

Prayer Group

Meets twice monthly in Romsey

Prayer requests to John Twigg 521966

or via prayer request box in church

Awbridge Lunch Club

Wed 10 & 24 April, at 12 noon,

Awbridge Church Rooms,

Contact Delia 01794 340395


Tues 16 April

7 45 pm Rosemary Croft

contact John Twigg Tel 01794 521966

Open Housegroup

Thurs 11 & 25 April

7 45 pm venue TBA

Contact Sue Franklin 01794 322185

“The Ark”

The All Saints Church Toddler group meets

in Awbridge Village Hall, on Fridays in term-time,

9 30 am – 11 00 am.

All toddlers and their parents and carers welcome.

Refreshments, craft, singing and other activities provided.

Contact:Lynda Tucker 340709.


Welcome Pack 

If you have recently moved into the Awbridge area and would like a copy of our village Welcome Pack please contact one of the churchwardens, see details below.

Useful church contacts:

Rector: Revd Canon Steve Pittis 01794 368335  email:

Braishfield Benefice Office: 01794 878020


Churchwardens: Fred Tucker (01794 340709) or Mary Savage (01794 367908)

Young Church: Pepe Alexander (01794 340386)

The Ark Toddler Group: Lynda Tucker (340709)

Awbridge Neighbourcare: 0845 094 6155

Other relevant information can be found on the village website

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