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Notices in brief...

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

SAFEGUARDING

Contacts:

NSPCC - For adults concerned about a child: 0808 800 5000

ChildLine - For children and young people on: 0800 1111

Action on Elder Abuse helpline: 0808 808 8141

24-hour National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247

NAPAC – Offer support and advice to adult survivors of childhood abuse: 0808 801 0331

Stop It Now – preventing child sexual abuse: 0808 1000 900

Cruse – bereavement helpline: 0808 808 1677

Christmas Services

Please either see here or on the dedicated page for full details. Christmas_Services_-_2019

Citizens Advice - Winchester District

has now officially opened its doors at their new location on Colebrook Street in Winchester, next to Winchester City Council offices. 

If you need advice you can visit the office during the following times:

Monday: 10:00-16:00

Tuesday 10:00-13:00

Wednesday 10:00-16:00

Thursday 10:00-16:00

Friday 10:00-13:00

Or alternatively call the Adviceline on: 03444 111 306

or visit www.citizensadvice.org.uk 

Parish Magazine Deadline

Copy for February/March edition of the Benefice Parish Magazine should be submitted by 12.00 noon - Friday 10th January.

  Winchester Churches Nightshelter     This independent local charity helps homeless people by providing a safe, warm environment together with a meal, advice and vital assistance to prepare for independent living. Sparsholt community, including the school, also support this charity by donating Harvest Festival goods and several villagers cook hot meals for the Nightshelter.  See Benefice page for further details.                                                                       
  Karis Kids This WInchester charity supports children orphaned by AIDS in Uganda by helping local families to care for them and enabling the children to go to school. See Benefice page for further details.
  Missionary Training Service This charity is run by Rev. Ian Benson, the son-in-law of Rosamund Wells who has been involved with St. Stephen’s Church for many years. The charity provides practical assistance to encourage missionary leaders around the world convert non-believers to Christianity. See www.missionarytraining.org for further details.

 

 

Sparsholt Church has also made donations to the following during 2016:

 

Fete donations         

The PCC, on behalf of the Fete Committee, donated to each of the following local organisations: Sparsholt Primary School, Sparsholt Village Playground Association and Ham Green Conservation Volunteers. Huge thanks to everyone who helped to make the 2016 Fete such a huge success.

 

Sparsholt School      

The pupils’ donations and School Christingle collection was processed and paid to The Children’s Society by the PCC.

 

PCC members gave personal donations for the purchase of Advent Calendars for Sparsholt School pupils.

The PCC also organised the village envelope drop for Christian Aid week in May. The Remembrance Service collection in November was paid to the Royal British Legion – Poppy Fund.