Sunday 22 October 2017

Old Rectory - half way point update

Thank you to the people who have given so far in this final push. Remember - we can’t do this without your help.

We have 2 weeks left until we hope to sign the contract with the builder. Please do prayerfully consider your gift and be reassured that no gift is too small. More information and a giving form is available in all services, or contact Martin Lambert.

We send our love and prayers to Claire Clench, whose mother died on 30th September.  And also to the family and friends of Rae Taylor, who passed away very peacefully on 19th October.

The funeral service for Dick Higgins will be on Friday 27th October at 4.00pm, to which all friends are welcome. This will be preceded by a committal at the crematorium. After the church service, there will be refreshments at Glennie. Everyone is warmly invited and anyone is welcome to turn up at the last minute, but if people know they are likely to be there, it would be really helpful to know in advance, for catering purposes. Please send replies to Anne at

Catherine McBride writes…
Thank you so much for all your prayers and good wishes as I leave Busbridge&Hambledon Church to move to be Vicar at St Mary’s, Market Drayton. Thank you, too, for your amazingly generous gift, which was truly humbling. This has been a great benefice to work in: a fantastic team, an exciting vision and a loving family. God has done some exciting things here and I’m sure he has plenty in store yet. The church office has my new address and details; if you are ever passing through Shropshire do look me up. Every blessing, Catherine.

Tickets for this fab and festive Christmas craft event for the ladies on Wednesday 29th November are now on sale! They are selling fast so book yours asap - who could you bring? Tickets start at just £5. More information on or call Karen Kinder at the church office. We need some bits and bobs for crafts if you have them (1) any late Hydrangea blooms (2) can any handy folk cut us some slices of wood?; 9cm in diameter, just under a centimetre thick with bark around the outside (we need about 200!) and lastly (3) some small white buttons. Please drop any donations of these items to the church office asap.

Light Party
Are you 4-11 years old? Do you want to be happy instead of scared on the 31st October? Yes? Then we have the perfect place for you. Come along to celebrate our Let it Glow - Light Party and join us for fun, games and a silent disco! It’s £2 on the door per child. Book your ticket online as spaces will go. Parents go free (you’ll need to stay for the party). Children, get your parents to sign up now!  31st October 4-6pm at Busbridge Church. Go to We hope to see you there. For more information email

Hambledon Ladies Breakfast
The next event is happening onSaturday 4th November, 8.30am at West Surrey Golf Club. Our Speakers are Chris and Denise Arthey. Tickets are £9 and available from Hambledon Village Shop.

As we wish our verger at Busbridge, Simon Marriage, farewell (he is also leaving the infant school where he is caretaker) we are delighted to announce that Ben Rogers has accepted the role of verger for Busbridge Church. Congratulations, Ben.

Thanks to everyone for their generosity in donations for the foodbank for Harvest.

Catherine McBride Licensing
Catherine’s licensing service at St Mary’s, Market Drayton will be at 7pm on 22nd November. If you would like to attend to support Catherine, please let Alan Harvey know as soon as possible, as he is coordinating arrangements. The kind people there are offering some accommodation; equally if you would prefer to make your own plans for B&B that is fine. There is no coach on offer. Instead, people are largely making their own way: if you do need a lift, let Alan know, and he will sort something out. Please note, this is not an event where you can just turn up! The churchwardens there have asked for details well in advance and Alan is liaising with them, so as to allow for a seating plan, etc. The absolute deadline for letting Alan know of your plans is close on Monday 30th October. or 01483 423264.

Gill and Rog Matthews thank everyone for all the good wishes they received from Catherine and the whole congregation at their last service at Hambledon in September. “Thanks to everyone also for the gifts of cards, flowers, local gin and the generous John Lewis voucher. It has been a pleasure and a privilege to serve with everyone at St Peter's and we hope it remains forever the very special place it has been for us for the past eighteen years. We are making St Jude’s, Southsea our new church home and have already joined a local house group but the children’s craft materials and guitar remain in their respective boxes and case – for now.”

Note: If anyone needs to use the hoover from the Church centre in either the Church or old rectory, can you please make sure you return it to the centre when you’ve finished?

please pray for…
· The final fundraising push for Old Rectory
· The families of Dick Higgins, Ann Sheldrake and Rae Taylor
· Claire Clench and family
· Catherine McBride as she prepares to move to Market Drayton
· Local Schools and the work of Trinity Trust
· Pullman Lane and their road stewards, Kate Brockman and Kate Kaye
· Thorncombe Street and Markwick Lane