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

All Saints Awbridge March 2013

 Lost for Words: This course is taking place to encourage Christians to have more confidence in expressing their faith, it is being held at Poppies, Choice Plants and includes coffee/tea & cake! Wednesdays 20 & 27 Feb and 6,13,20 & 27 March for more information contact Steve Pittis on 368335 or email


We had a great supper in Poppies in February when we enjoyed a talk by Fred and Mary on their recent trip to Bosnia, helping to distribute boxes for Operation Christimas Child and showing what an important role the small fragile protestant church has there, in distributing your gift filled boxes to remote rural communities and families in industrial areas still suffering after the Balkan wars of the 1990’s.


The annual service for Womens’ World Day of Prayer takes place on Friday 1 March at 7 30 pm at All Saints Ch,  Braishfield, speaker: Karen Smith, this year’s service has been put together by the women of France.


Mothering Sunday is on 10 March so we will be celebrating this special day in our service of Morning Worship including children’s activities at 9 30 am.


Our First service in February  looked at the impact of shoeboxes in Bosnia and how the church can affect great work through social projects looking after its local communities and how Jesus’ love has transformed many  lives, despite the traumas they have suffered. Our next First service is on 3 March do come and join this informal service of worship in Awbridge.


If you enjoy skittles why not come to our next social event which is Supper and Skittles is on Friday 22  March 7 pm at the Star, East Tytherley. Please book by Thurs 14 March, £7 50 including a hot meal, tickets from James Alexander 340386 or e-mail: or John Harris: 341877 email: or sign the list at the back of church.


Messy Church: our next Messy Church will be Sunday 14 April, 2 30 pm “Noah’s Ark, a new start” at the Jubilee Hall Timsbury, NB new venue as we are moving round our parishes so more families can come to Messy Church in the future. The last Messy Church was in February in Awbridge on the theme of I am the Good Shepherd (report in next A News)

Jubilee Kneelers I gather that the busy stitchers are doing really well with their kneelers, well done for all your hard work, we shall be holding a celebratory service on Pentecost Sunday 19 May, 9 30 am HC at All Saints, Awbridge to dedicate these lovely kneelers so please make a note in your diary to come along!


This Easter we invite you to spend some time considering  the events of the Easter Story, Jesus’ journey to Jersualem as a hero on Palm Sunday, to being a crucified as a criminal on Good Friday and then coming to life again on Easter Day. The story is amazing, almost incredible; but it has transformed the lives of millions, for generations. Read the story anew, in a modern translation of one of the gospels and attend some of our services to find out more.There are some booklets at the back of the church.


Members of All Saints, Awbridge wish you all a very Happy Easter


Worship and Events in Awbridge in March

Friday 1 March Women’s World Day of Prayer

7 30 pm All Saints, Braishfield

Sunday 3 March (3rd Sunday of Lent)

9 30 am Holy Communion

6 30 pm First service with Awbridge church members

Sunday 10 March (Mothering Sunday)

9 30 am Morning Worship & Young church

Sunday 17 March

9 30 am Holy Communion

Friday 22 March Skittles Evening

7pm The Star, East Tytherley

Contact James Alexander for tickets by

Sunday 24 March (Palm Sunday)

9 30 am Family Service

Maundy Thursday 28 March

7 30 pm Holy Communion at St John’s Farley Chamberlayne

Good Friday 29 March

9 30 am An hour at the Cross, All Saints, Awbridge

7 30 pm choral service at All Saints, Braishfield

Sunday 31 March Easter Day

9 30 am Holy Communion and Easter Egg Hunt

(note clocks change today)

Sunday 7 April

10 00 am United Benefice Holy Communion at Timsbury

6 30 pm First at Awbridge


Other Activities for March

Five Alive Fellowship

Wed 20 March

7 30 pm Ladies Day Plaza Theatre

Church Rooms, Braishfield

Prayer Group

Meets in Romsey twice a month,

requests to John Twigg 521966

or via prayer request box in church

Awbridge Lunch Club

Wed 13 March, at 12 noon, Awbridge Church Rooms

Wed 27 March Village Lunch at Village Hall 12 noon

contact Delia 340395


Tues 19 March

7 45 pm Rosemary Croft, Awbridge

contact John Twigg Tel 521966

Open Housegroup

Thurs 14 March

7 45 pm venue TBA

Contact: Sue Franklin 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: Steve Pittis 01794 368335 email:

Braishfield Benefice Office: 878020 email:

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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