Sunday 26 November 2017

Old Rectory update
Contractors have started work on site and are currently working on demolition and groundworks to form the new layout. Foundations will be poured towards the end of next week ready for the start of construction.  Mark Pateman

Busbridge Church
The walls will be going back in this coming week. The work will take place over a couple of days and we hope this will cause as little inconvenience as possible. If in doubt, please check with the Church Office.

Margaret, Angela and Stephen Swanton wish to thank everyone for the cards and kind messages of sympathy received at this very sad time. They have been a great blessing to us all.

New Year’s Eve
There will be a Churches Together service on Sunday 31st December 6.30pm -7.30pm in Busbridge Church. If people could sign up to be welcomers etc that would be great. Please speak to Michael Stubbs if you can help.

Advent Book Collection for Delight
3 in 10 children in the UK do not own a single book of their own. Delight believes every child should have their own books to enjoy at home. Last year they provided over 3,000 children from disadvantaged communities with beautiful books that they could choose, take home and very importantly keep. We are holding an advent book collection on behalf of Delight, so in the lead up to Christmas please consider donating your outgrown books to this wonderful charity so that other children, who otherwise would not have access to books at home, can continue to enjoy them. Throughout advent we will be collecting pre-loved (good condition) and new books for children aged between 3-11, look out for the box at the back of church / in the church entrance. If you would like to know more, please speak to Debbie Ollerenshaw.

Fair Trade, Tradecraft & Christian Aid
Many friends from Busbridge&Hambledon Church  supported recent fundraising events, which raised a lot for the charities. June Higgins Fairtrade stall raised £729, the Tradecraft stall £642 and Christian aid £223 (which is doubled in November by the UK Government). Thanks again for your support. Lizzie & David Burndred.

Christmas Quiz night
Nexus Charity Quiz Night on Saturday 2nd December in Busbridge Village Hall 7.45pm for 8.00pm start. Buy your tickets this weekend before it’s too late! Our Quizmaster is Alan Betts, with Dudley Hilton keeping track of the scores. There’ll be a charity raffle in support of ‘Topic of Cancer’ Guildford, which raises funds for ground-breaking research into cancer immunotherapy. Tickets are £12.00, including a quiche supper and some delicious homemade desserts. To buy your tickets, contact Janet Harvey or Kate Kaye. It’s always a great evening...all are very welcome.

Volunteer needed!
Our office volunteers do an absolutely invaluable job in the life of Busbridge&Hambledon Church, and we don’t know what we’d do without them! On your behalf, a HUGE thank you for all that they do. We have a vacancy for a volunteer on a Friday morning, starting in the New Year...could this be you? Just 2½ hours once a week or find a friend and ‘job share’ and help out every fortnight, term time only if you prefer it that way. To find out more, call Karen at the church office on 01483 421267.

School applications
If you are thinking of submitting a church application to Busbridge Junior School then you’ll need to:
1) visit the Busbridge Junior School website and familiarise yourself with their admission criteria (‘About Us’, ‘Policies’, ‘Admission Criteria for 2018-2019’). We have hard copies in the office if you don’t have access to a computer.
2) pick up an information sheet from the church office
3) bring the church reference form to the church office by 10th December at the latest (please ensure that you are eligible - the criteria are on the information form)
4) a member of the clergy will meet with you to discuss your application and if approved, you need to take your signed Benefice verification to the school by the application closing date (15th January 2018).

Movie matinee
If you were already planning on going to the fabulous Busbridge Junior School Christmas Fayre on 2nd December why not throw in a Christmassy movie at the end of it? This popular Christmas film is perfect for getting you in the Christmas spirit and will be shown in Busbridge Church at 2.30pm. Popcorn served and no cost to attend - bring as many of your friends as you like (and a good idea to bring a cushion too).

Advent evensong
Sunday 3rd December, 4.00pm at Hambledon Church, a special ‘reverence’ service in the style of choral evensong to mark Advent Sunday. To that end, a choir from across the Benefice has been put together and will be led by Jim Godwin. One not to miss!

please pray for…
· Brian & Diane Albery
· Jingle & Mingle on Wednesday night
· David Mace, who has broken his arm
· The recently bereaved
· Our political leaders
· Those organising various Christmas events
· The upcoming Busbridge Junior Christmas Fayre
· South Munstead Lane and their road steward, Niki Ford
· Appletree Close and The Hydons