Posts by uitchen

Songs of Praise, Church in the Woods

Posted by on May 10, 2019 in Featured, news and events | 0 comments

If you go down to the woods in May, you are sure of a big surprise!       Do you remember this?   No, not the tree, but all the people, who came to enjoy singing at the Church in the Wood on the second Sunday in May for the last few years. At 4pm on May 12th 2019 ‘Rev Tim Daykin of Radio Solent fame will be taking the service supported by a 7 piece brass band Do come if you can. It will be a lovely afternoon, so bring a picnic and enjoy it before or after the service in this idyllic...

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Comfort and Joy, Hinton Ampner

Posted by on Jan 7, 2019 in news and events | 0 comments

“Comfort & Joy” Sad to relate, I forget just how many times I’ve been built on and added to over the centuries, but ever since Ralph Dutton left the Big House to the National Trust, I meet and greet a steady stream of visitors every day.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining about my neighbour on the other side of my wall!  So, let me introduce myself, I’m All Saints, some people call me Hinton Ampner Church and I read your “Church and Village” magazine every month.  There’s always a copy at the bottom of my bell tower for visitors, so I like to write the occasional article to keep everyone abreast of events up here on my hill. You put an Angel Tree in my font again this Christmas, but I’ve quite lost count of the number of thoughts and prayers my visitors have hung on its branches.  I expect you think an old church like me shouldn’t comment, but one branch was so weighed down, that the angel at the tip of the branch was only inches from the floor.  Wonderful idea and I know you will choose some prayers to read out at our Monthly Service of Prayer and Praise.  Some prayers bring a tear to my eye, while others make me want to shout out with joy.  All of them make both me and my angels thankful and proud to have brought such “Comfort and Joy”!  It even makes us want to sing out the Good King Winceslas carol.  The one about Charitable Giving. You shut my door last autumn and put a big notice outside saying, “NO ENTRY”.  Then you stuck big metal poles and planks in my nave and choir.  All most disconcerting.  So I had a reassuring chat with St Simon and St Jude down the road.  As you know he’s got metal scaffolding too.  Anyway Bramdean told me not to worry.  He’s been swatting up on the Faculty Rules and the 30 forms in ChurchCare.  He says I won’t have to appeal to my Canterbury friends down at the Court of Arches for my new lighting and Bramdean will even get his church organ moved as well as a new wall! I’m done now, it’s wonderful!  Some lights even come on by themselves.  I can see at last and my congregation can see me too, all the way up to the rafters!  My windows look so much prettier under spotlights and my path’s even got automatic night lights.  No need to tell you that my old pews have been onto the Church Wardens about the Health and Safety out there for several centuries! Which reminds me can someone please let me know me when pew renting ended at All Saints?  Even better when did it cease across all my Benefice?  I know the practice continued all the way up to WW2, but my congregation was unwilling to pay well before that!  At least my current congregation have come up with much more innovative ways of paying my way, so I’ve added a picture of my new Tea Towel for you.  It’s designed by Retta and they plan to sell them all the year round to help pay for my upkeep and my fantastic new lighting of course.  So thank you to everyone who has bought my beautiful cotton Tea Towels and to all who bought my latest Christmas Cards too.  I must tell you that I’ve already sold 63 Tea Towels as well as nearly 2000 Christmas Cards these past three years.  You all helped, but my special thanks goes...

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St Andrew’s Kilmeston Carol Service with Christingles, 9th December

Posted by on Dec 5, 2018 in news and events | 0 comments

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The Hinton Ampner Church Tea Towels and Cards

Posted by on Nov 18, 2018 in news and events | 0 comments

That surprise Christmas Present from All Saints The Hinton Ampner Church Tea Towels and Cards                             Not so very long ago a still life with flowers fetched £2.1m at auction, it was painted on a Tea Towel by Van Gogh. Unlike Banksy’s “A Girl with a Balloon”, the All Saints Tea Towel is not a work of art on canvas. It’s a bespoke work of art, screen printed, on the finest cotton cloth. And, unlike the Banksy stencil sold at over £1million, your Tea Towel will not shred itself! It’s washable up to 40 degrees and our hammer price is only £6 each, or 2 for £10. All Saints Church has thousands of visitors every year and also unlike that destructive Banksy, All Saints is kept under continuous maintenance, renovation, improvement and repair. The most recent state of the art project? A new lighting system. How to pay for these works? Our hand crafted Tea Towels and our Christmas Cards; of All Saints Church Chancel, its Altar & Patrick Reyntiens Windows decorated for Christmas, are not only affordable, they will help All Saints raise much needed funds. Like Banksy and Van Gogh you could put your Tea Towel to some new and innovative use, or even keep it as a work of art. It’s available, in sage green on a white background, so why not buy two, keep one and send the other one together with our Christmas card as “That surprise Christmas Present”? A final word of caution. Your Hinton Ampner Tea Towel, comes without instructions, so use it with care when drying up! Use by untrained operatives is definitely not encouraged and to quote Picasso: “The urge to destroy is also a creative urge”! “No room at the Inn,” and not much in the stable, with Shepherds, Magi, Mary, Joseph, the heavenly host and a baby using the manager as a cot! But, there is always room for you at this important time in the Christian year, to see our Nativity Scene and much else besides. You are very welcome to visit us at Hinton Ampner every day of the year www.explorechurches.org and to join our Services too. Details of the Services and the many activities in the Upper Itchen Benefice are in www.upperitchen.org and there’s “Definitely room for you on Christmas Eve at The All Saints Midnight Mass”! With your support, at this important time in the Christian year, all who receive our Christmas card and Tea Towel, will share in the true meaning of Christmas. Both are on Sale at All Saints. And Christmas Cards are also available at The Cheriton Village Shop £6 for a packet of 10, or 80p for a single card. We guarantee profits from all sales will be used to maintain and improve All Saints.   All Saints Tea Towels £6 each, or 2 for £10. All Saints Christmas Cards £6 for a packet of 10, or 80p for a single...

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Bramdean Bridge Tea

Posted by on Nov 18, 2018 in news and events | 0 comments

The Bramdean Bridge Tea was held on Thursday 11th October 2018 at Woodcote Manor, by kind permission of Richard and Maria Peers. You will see in the photos attached, the calm before the storm, and that the Tea Table was groaning with delicious goodies. all our sixty bridge players were amazed and enjoyed a lovely afternoon playing bridge and eating a delicious tea, what more could they want! Such a successful afternoon and our best profit yet, just over £1500 !! to go towards the Church Fabric...

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