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To be a Pilgrim course

Notices in brief...

For all the notices and more information, please see our Notices page

Celebration of Recovery

Winchester Cathedral – Saturday, 25th August 25 - 10am–4pm

There will be a ‘Celebration of Recovery’ at Winchester Cathedral in the Outer Close. Visitors of all ages will be able to enjoy activities as part of an event to raise awareness of services such as AA, Al-Anon, the Night Shelter and Samaritans, helping those who are recovering from alcohol and drug addiction and those who are  struggling with mental illness.

This year  – the centenary of end of the Great War – is also the centenary of the formation of the RAF, as well as the visit by a soldier to Winchester Cathedral which inspired the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous. This will definitely be a celebration event, it is well worth a visit and I hope you can recommend it to your congregation.

For full details, please see Notices

Faith and the Arts IV

8th, 15th, 22nd, & 29th October - For full details and how to buy tickets, please see Notices

Autumn Meditations at Wherwell Church 

2 Sept, 7 Oct, 4 Nov - For full details, please see Notices

Brightly coloured wood, fabric scraps and string needed!

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Littleton and Harestock Show, Messy Church Stand - helpers needed

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Ride & Stride 2018, 8 September

Hampshire & The Islands Historic Churches Trust.

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Drivers needed please!

The Care Group in Littleton is becoming short of drivers to take Lunch Club members to the Church Room by 12.15pm. If you can help please contact Shirley Lupton -

Save the dates 

1st September, from noon, Littleton & Harestock Show

2nd September - Littleton and Harestock Show Service in Marquee

17th November - Charity Gift Fair, Crawley Village Hall. More info to follow.

Parish Magazine Deadline

Copy for October/November edition of the Benefice Parish Magazine should be submitted by 12.00 noon - 10th September.

If you could ask God just one question, what would it be?

Why am I here? What's the point of life? Who is Jesus?


To be a Pilgrim – a course for the Christian journey explores the basics of Christian faith and gives people from all walks of life an opportunity to question the meaning of life and faith in an informal, warm and friendly environment.  All are welcome – whether you are a regular worshipper, if you have never been to church before … or if you simply want to explore faith questions you have never really understood or felt able to ask!


We begin each of the 6 weekly meetings by sharing a meal together at 7.00pm, followed by a talk and lively discussion in small groups.


Book the Date:

Our first meeting begins on Thursday, 28th September 2017 at 7.00pm and then on 5th, 19th, 26th October, 9th & 17th November. The venues are listed below.

To book a place or to ask for more info contact Revd Jax Machin by email at or call the Benefice Office on (01962) 880845 ... It might just change your life!



Thursday 28th September

Crawley Church Room

Thursday 5th October

St Peter & Holy Cross Church, Wherwell

Thursday 19th October

St Mary the Less Church, Chilbolton

Thursday 26th October

Crawley Church Room

Thursday 9th November

Littleton Church Room

Friday 17th November

Sparsholt Memorial Hall


Childcare/babysitting MIGHT be possible if this would assist anyone to attend the course. Please contact the Benefice Office on (01962) 880845 in the first instance.