Sunday 24 September 2017

We have been deeply saddened this week to learn of the deaths of three people connected with our church family: Brian Phillips (Dave’s father), Flossie Lewer (former 8 o’clocker and lifelong member of Busbridge Church), and Barbara Lockhart (a faithful Prime Time member).  We send our love and prayers to Dave, Kate, Daisy, Mimi and Lily, as well to Dave’s mother, Ruth and to Mary Phillips; to Brian, Flossie’s nephew; and to Barbara’s daughter, Angela and family; and Nick, Barbara’s brother. Also, a reminder of funeral details for Michael Barrett: 11.00am on Tuesday 26th September at Busbridge Church followed by a committal at the crematorium. All friends warmly invited. We pray for God’s comfort and peace to surround all who mourn.

Memorial Service
Saturday 14th October 2017 at 3.00pm
We shall be holding our annual Memorial Service in October and this is an open invitation to all who may wish to come.
If you have been bereaved within the last two years, you will receive a personal letter of invitation. However, we want to spread the net of welcome as widely as possible and extra letters are available at the back of both churches nearer the time. We hope that anyone who has been bereaved, however long ago, will feel able to join us for this special occasion.  We shall also be delighted to welcome any family members or friends who might like to come with you. Margot Spencer

Thank you to the couple who have expressed interest in running the baptism course (two evenings, 3-4 times a year). We’d love to have a couple of others to support this welcome and introduction to faith ministry. Speak to Simon or Dave Preece. Simon mentioned at Busbridge last Sunday that we’re still looking for a few people for the important fortnightly Strictly Pathfinders ministry; if this could be you please speak to James or Simon.

Busbridge Church 150th Anniversary in 150 objects
Saturday 21st October 10:30am – 4pm
Sunday 22nd October 12:30pm – 4pm
A once in a lifetime occasion bringing together objects which tell the story of 150 years of Busbridge Church: the place, the heritage, the people. Bring along your own items: photos, letters or objects and see how they fit into the story alongside rarely seen church artefacts and photos. Find out more about the people of Busbridge over 150 years! A trail activity for children and refreshments available. How can you get involved? Look through your attics, garages and photo albums – do you have anything we could use in the display? Come along for an hour to help welcome visitors or serve refreshments...bring family and friends as part of the us identify individuals in photographs...document your own memories and anecdotes...make a cake/biscuits for refreshments. For further information, to offer help and to let us know what you have found please contact Janine Bailey 

Simon Marriage, Verger, retires 20th October.  We give thanks for his 30 years of faithful service. The search for his successor continues. If you are interested to learn more please contact the Wardens, Keith or Frances.

Classic Service needs more welcomers, on a casual or fixed Sunday basis. It's a great way to meet people and is very enjoyable. If you are able to welcome, even if it's not very often please see Debbie Scott or contact on 07769752216 or email

Catherine leaving
Catherine McBride’s last services before leaving for Shropshire will be at Busbridge at 6.30pm on 8th October, and at the 9.00 and 10.30 on 15th October at Hambledon.

· There will be an opportunity to say farewell over a cake/nibbles and drink in Busbridge church after the 6.30 on 8th (with a follow on at Inn on the Lake for those interested!)

· There will be a tea party at Feathercombe, Feathercombe Lane (GU8 4DP), at 3.30pm on 15th. With numbers limited, tickets are required for this - available from the churchwardens.

· Catherine will also be at the Merry Harriers on the evening of 12th October if you happen to be passing by, from 7.45pm.

Please note the restriction on numbers at Feathercombe – you may wish to join the alternative gatherings, if you are able to do so. Catherine’s installation at St Mary’s Market Drayton will be at 7.00pm on 22nd November. If you are interested in coming along, we have been approached by the kind people there about possible provision of accommodation, either by church members or using local B&B options. Alternatively, there could be the option of a coach back that night, depending on numbers. Please let Alan know soonish a) if you plan to attend and b) whether you’d prefer the accommodation or coach option  email Finally, a reminder that we are arranging a leaving gift for Catherine. Please pass any cash donations or cheques to Alison Martin, Alan Harvey or Liz Cooke  (cheques payable to St Peter’s church, Hambledon), or send by bank transfer to the Hambledon church account sort code: 40-52-40 acc no: 00019678  quoting ref CATHERINE.