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Notices in brief...

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

Faith and the Arts IV

Faith and the Arts IV will be held in Littleton Church Room in October.


  • Monday 22 October: Being Dean of Winchester: The Very Reverend Catherine Ogle
  • Monday 29 October: Round the Voice in 60 Minutes: Hilary Llystyn Jones

For further details see church noticeboard or contact David Targett.

Refreshments at 7pm. The talk will start at 7.30pm.

Tickets; £8 per event, £28 if all four booked together. Available from David Targett -, Margaret Harris 01962 807361 and Carol Ward 01962 883185.

Save the dates 

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

Benefice Baptism Team

Would you be interested in becoming part of the Baptism Team?

For more details please see  Notices

Parish Magazine Deadline

Copy for December/January edition of the Benefice Parish Magazine should be submitted by 12.00 noon - 12th November

Sparsholt Book of Remembrance


We are fortunate to have a beautiful "Book of Remembrance" for St. Stephen's Church, Sparsholt, given in memory of James Hancock by the Hancock family. It is housed in an oak case with glass lid and is open to show the current week so that names entered will always be on view for their 'year's mind'.

Anyone who has lived in this village is eligible for entry in the book, as are family members of residents. A person does not need to have been Church of England, or to have had a funeral service conducted by us, in order for their name to be entered in the book.

A professional calligrapher will enter the names, so it is necessary to make a charge of £25.

If you would like one of more namees to be entered, would you please supply the following details:

  • Name to be commemorated:
  • Date(s) of death
  • Age of deceased if under 25
  • Your name:
  • Your address:

Please make cheques (for £25) payable to Sparsholt PCC and give details and money to:

Mrs Jenny Andrews
2 Church Farm Cottages
SO21 2NP

Tel: 01962 776703