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

All Saints Awbridge September 2013

All Saints Awbridge September 2013

As we move into September we begin to enjoy the harvest of fruits, farming and horticulture all around us, and are thankful for all the produce, gifts, resources, skills and talents we are given. Some of your home-grown produce may even be award winning at ADVA’s produce show but even this produce is still part of God’s generous gifts to us, even if you have to put in the actual spade work!

On Sunday 22 September we have our Harvest Festival Family service at
9 30 am followed by lunch in the village hall, do come and join us from
12 30 pm. We are once again supporting the Basics Bank run by Southampton City Mission, and the need is growing with more people needing food and clothing than previously. The food & clothing is only given to those with referral vouchers from authorised agencies and is given out by volunteers through church communities in Southampton:
See list below for items requested, please bring what you can offer, to our harvest service and/or lunch.

We had a great BBQ jointly with Awbridge First Responders, in July with 70+ people enjoying scrummy burgers, homemade ice cream and the joys of firing water rockets, on a sunny warm evening for a change, thank you all for coming!

Thank you to all of you who collected a bottle for coins in aid of Turn on the Tap from our wildlife walk & BBQ. Please continue collecting and a reminder will be sent out to bring your bottle to our Harvest Celebrations (22 Sept) or give to Mary Savage, Pepe Alexander or Fred Tucker, don’t forget to complete the gift-aid label on the side of the bottle. Thank you.

There is now a website for the Romsey Deanery so if you want to look up what is happening in other parishes see

Craft and Chat Session: Currently we are proposing to start a craft session for anyone who would like to bring some craft work along, have a chat, and cup of tea etc in the Autumn. Sue Franklin has kindly offered to organise this and times, dates, venue will depend on who would like to take part, please contact Sue on 01794 322185 if you are interested.

Events for your diary:
Sunday 22 September: Harvest Festival 9 30 am followed by Harvest lunch at the village hall from 12 30pm (see separate advert for details)
Sunday 13 October: Messy Church 2 30 – 5 00 pm Awbridge Village Hall with the theme of “Moses: trusting in God”.

Worship and Events in Awbridge in September
Sunday 1 September
9 30 am Holy Communion
6 30 pm First service
Sunday 8 September
9 30 am Morning Worship & Young church
Sunday 15 September
9 30 am Holy Communion
Sunday 22 September
9 30 am Harvest Festival followed by harvest
lunch at village hall from 12 30pm.
Sunday 29 September
10 00 am United Benefice Holy Communion at All Saints, Awbridge
Sunday 6 October
9 30 am Holy Communion
6 30 pm First

Other Activities for September
Five Alive Fellowship
Mon 2 September
Visit to Quiet Garden, Lopcombe Corner
Near Stockbridge
Prayer Group
Meets twice monthly in Romsey
Prayer requests to John Twigg 521966 or
via prayer request box in church
Tues 17 September
7 45 pm Rosemary Croft
contact J Twigg 521966
Open Housegroup
Thurs 12 & 26 Sept 7 45 pm
Contact Sue Franklin 322185
Awbridge Lunch Club
Wed 11 Sept 12 noon
at church rooms & Wed 25 Sept at village hall
contact Delia 340395
The Ark Toddler Group
meets in the village hall on Fridays in term-time
9 30 am – 11 00 am, first session next term 6 Sept. All toddlers and their parents/carers welcome. Refreshments, craft, singing and other activities provided, contact Lynda Tucker 340709 for more information.

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:
or Benefice Office 01794 878020 email:
Churchwardens: Fred Tucker (01794 340709) or Mary Savage (01794 367908)
Young Church: contact one of the wardens
The Ark Toddler Group: Lynda Tucker (01794 340709)
Awbridge Neighbourcare: 0845 094 6155
Other relevant information can be found on the village website

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