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Notices in brief...

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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.

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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 - 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.

  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.