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To be a Pilgrim course

Notices in brief...

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Final Spring Meditation at Wherwell Church

3rd June 2018 at 6pm

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The return of Cantores Episcopi - songs for a Summer Afternoon

Saturday 9th June, 3pm, St Catherine's Church Room, Littleton

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Save the dates 

9th June - 12 noon to 3pm - Wherwell Church Fete

24th June - afternoon - Wherwell Open Gardens

24th June - afternoon - Littleton Open Gardens, cream teas

30th June - 12.30-3.30pm - Chilbolton Church Fete and Village BBQ

30th June - 1.00-4.00pm - Sparsholt Village Fete

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

Benjamin Britten


Saturday 23rd June 2018


Winchester Cathedral

In support of the Royal British Legion

Please see War_Req_Poster_rev1 for full details

Parish Magazine Deadline

Copy for August/September edition of the Benefice Parish Magazine should be submitted by 12.00 noon - 9 July.

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.