On Easter Day we will be having an Easter breakfast once again, starting at 9am. All are welcome, so if you are interested please let Rose Doswell (023 80872648) know in advance. Our Easter service will be spilt into two, comprising a short service of Communion at 10.15am, to be followed by an all age (and slightly shorter) Easter Celebration service at 11am. This will be suitable for younger persons to participate in, so please make every effort to attend, and invite families and friends to come too!

Well here we are again, Christmas has come and gone and January is over. We would like to say a very BIG thank you to everyone who helped to make the Tree Festival go well again. Whether it was by helping to get all the trees/decorations, stable and figures up from under the stage and putting it all away again afterwards, decorating trees, playing the organ, supporting the two Saturday mornings and enjoying the bacon butties with a hot drink and chatting with family and friends. Thank you for the beautiful window arrangements. You all know who you are. Thank you. All the help was really appreciated.

The two open mornings raised a total of £115.60p with no expenses taken out. This was all for Church funds. The whole event created a Christmas atmosphere all over the Season.

Dave & Rose

You might think, given all that has happened across the turn of the year, that I might be weighed down by things, and yet that is not so. As a Church we had a fantastic Christmas! So often we have prayed for more people to come at Christmas, and this year they did come - in some numbers! 30 to 40 attended the lessons and carols, whilst the Christmas Eve afternoon service, which garnered 18 or so in the last couple of years, was attended by 40 to 50, with many visiting families and children! And we had fun together as we enacted “The Animals Christmas” complete with animal noises, and helpers came out to assist with assembling the Christmas tableau! Additionally we had some people come back to us after many years away.

The Hampshire & I.O.W Air Ambulance have finished collecting bras now. I would like to say a very big thank to everyone who has donated their bras over several years. As a G.B. District we have collected over 10,000 bras, nearly 4,000 from our own Company. Well done and thank you! If you have any more please pop them into a charity shop or charity bin.

Rose Doswell

A number of you will be wondering what has happened with the vacancy. In mid-November the Vacancy Committee (which comprises 2 members from each church, plus the Interim Moderator, but no ordained ministers currently) met to consider the profile contributions of each church. Jim Crisp, of Freemantle, and I then met to collate the materials, utilising the format of the 2012 profile as a basis.