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Parish Records

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!

For full details, please see Notices

Littleton and Harestock Show, Messy Church Stand - helpers needed

For full details, please see Notices

Ride & Stride 2018, 8 September

Hampshire & The Islands Historic Churches Trust.

For full details, please see Notices

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 - mands@lupton.plus.com

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.

Historic records transcribed from the originals

Church Baptisms Marriages Burials
St Catherine's
Littleton
 1736-1930  1839-1930  1738-1930
St Mary's
Crawley

1649-1812

1813-1930

1675-1836

1837-1930 

1675-1812

1813-1930 

St Mary the Less
Chilbilton
     
St Peter and Holy Cross
Wherwell
     
St Stephen's
Sparsholt with Lainston
 1609-1930  1630-1930  1628-1919

 

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For records after 1930 and for any other information please contact: fred@montague.me.uk