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“Now and Then.” A little Saxon Church its neighbours and its visitors…

Posted by on Feb 5, 2017 in news and events | 0 comments

Over 14,600 people visited the big house during December and also enjoyed our display of Christian Christmas Traditions, here at All Saints, Hinton Ampner. Many came to the Services, sang carols, listened to readings and saw our advent candles lit. So much so, we all but exhausted the quiz with its questions about the true meaning of Christmas! It was a joy to look on as parents explained the story behind the Nativity Scene and learnt about it; the meaning of the wreath, and the origins of Crackers and Christmas Cards, or simply enjoyed the tranquility of All Saints and its Christmas Tree, hung with angels and twinkling lights. Every day the first arrivals opened one of our advent calendars, read out the Christmas story, and hung a message on the tree for others to read. Thank you to everyone who bought Christmas Cards and also to Cheriton Village Stores, Hinton Ampner House and Bramdean Garage for selling so many more than we dreamt possible. To think that in houses all round the world, families and friends enjoyed 1200 of our cards showing the beautiful Nativity Scene! The money from sales is apparently going towards regular maintenance and an audio and lighting improvement project; we can’t wait! All very different from the young Saxon days when King William ordered the Domesday Book. Back then the village was known simply as “Hinton” and the Benefice looked very different too. We looked up to our neighbours in Beauworth with their three churches; Bramdean and Kilmeston had two Lords. Aldred’s wife ruled in Kilmeston, while Bramdean even had two freemen. “Miles the Porter” was one of its Lords. As to Cheriton and Tichborne: marshy places in the Itchen valley, Miles the Porter always took the visitors via the high...

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Rectors Report February 2017

Posted by on Feb 5, 2017 in news and events | 0 comments

Since the last Forum meeting on Oct 31st 2016, there have been three funerals, one at Cheriton, Tichborne and Bramdean respectively. There have been no weddings and two baptisms. Christmas was a particularly wonderful and busy time so thank you to everybody who gave so much time organising and delivering services and supporting the mission here. The period was complicated for me this year because I developed a flu in the early part of December. I then, as the month progressed lost my voice, which meant by Christmas day I had to invite the congregation at Bramdean to ‘Join with me as we whisper our Christmas day service’. It has taken some time to feel that I am back in my stride, and back to normal. We did see many wonderful services across the Benefice during the Advent/Christmas period. Again, the Crib which was great fun to be involved with – but a lot of preparation. The Midnight services also seem to have been very well received again this year. Christmas Day itself, services were very well supported and brought many from our communities into the church. To everybody that made our churches so welcoming and vibrant – again thank you. I continue to write for the Christian Comment in the Hampshire Chronicle – the coordinator of which is leaving the Diocese a little before Easter. It has been intimated to me that a new coordinator needs to be found, I am pretty reluctant to take on that role. I am on the board of Governors at Cheriton School. I take assembly there once a fortnight. I am a member also of the Diocesan Board of Education and the Executive Resource Group of the DBE. I continue to be on Diocesan Synod, and have just completed my first year as Area Dean, which is a very interesting piece of work, but at times rather challenging. One particular joy, on the 25th Jan we licensed the Revd. Clare Welham as the new Priest in Charge of the Bishop Sutton, West Tisted and Ropley benefice. Clare is lovely, and previously was the Chaplain to Harrogate Ladies’ College. I invite you all to pray for her, and her ministry as she takes on a set of parishes that require a lot of love and attention. Caroline and I now offer some hours a month to the Cathedral as Chaplain, and Jan does the same for HMP Wincher’s chaplaincy dept. I have been variously involved in supporting Alresford and the Arle Valley as they no longer have an incumbent. I have taken a number of Funerals and Holy Communion services for them, as required. They do have a very good and dedicated Ministry team so this has not been a particularly difficult thing to do. On December 11th we welcomed the Right Reverend Tim Dakin, Bishop of Winchester, at Cheriton Church. He was warmly received – which was a bit of a relief. Also, while we had him, he was asked to licence the Revd. Jan Brookshaw as our associate Priest, which he duly did. We have an ongoing structural project at Bramdean, a lighting project at Hinton Ampner, as well as an archaeological project at Kilmeston church. We also have the sale of the Parish Hall in Cheriton. At the time of...

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Christmas at All Saints, Hinton Ampner

Posted by on Nov 29, 2016 in news and events | 0 comments

“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 in our delightful little Saxon Church, at this important time in the Christian year, to see our Nativity Scene and much else besides.   All Saints, Hinton Ampner’s display of Christian Christmas Traditions including our beautiful Nativity Scene begins on 3rd December. You are very welcome to join us for the Services too; National Trust Carol Service on 9th December, All Saints Carol Service Sunday 18th and Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve. Last year we welcomed hundreds of visitors all keen to share in the true meaning of Christmas and this year we also welcome the Cheriton Singers. Take home a memento of your visit and share it with family and friends. Christmas Cards of this beautiful nativity scene with “Happy Christmas and Peaceful New Year” are now on sale at Cheriton Post Office and Stores, Bramdean Garage and Hinton Ampner House, in aid of All Saints. They work out at just 60p each in bundles of 10. Profits will be used for the regular maintenance of All Saints Church, the installation of a sound and audio loop system, and improvements to our church lighting. Details of all our Christmas Services and the many activities in the Upper Itchen Benefice are here, and there’s definitely room at the Inn for...

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Personalised Christmas Cards, in aid of All Saints Church, Hinton Ampner

Posted by on Oct 19, 2016 in news and events | 0 comments

Personalised Christmas Cards, featuring the Nativity Scene at All Saints, printed with “Happy Christmas and Peaceful New Year” and “Your address and telephone number”. Priced at 60p per card, minimum order 100 cards (A6 size 150 x 105), cheques payable to “Hinton Ampner PCC”. Please order early to guarantee Christmas Posting Abroad. Enquiries to David Templeman, 01962 793009. This personalised offer closes early November, but don’t despair, cards of the beautiful nativity scene will also be on sale at Cheriton Village Shop, Bramdean Garage and Hinton Ampner House, cash only, for bundles of 10. All profits will be used to maintain All Saints. The stable was designed and built by our local carpenter, figures and crib were all made possible through your generous donations and this card is produced by our local printer. All Saints welcomed hundreds of visitors last Christmas and with your support, at this important time in the Christian year, our visitors and all who receive our Christmas card, will share in the true meaning of Christmas. Help make this possible by buying the 2016 All Saints Nativity Scene Christmas Cards, with personalisation (minimum 100), or without, in bundles of 10 at an outlet near...

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Ringing to celebrate the Queen’s 90th!

Posted by on Jun 17, 2016 in news and events | 0 comments

All across the Upper Itchen Benefice church bells tolled out in celebration of The Queen’s 90th Birthday. At the All Saints Service the bell ringing was led by Bruce Newson and David Elton. Visitors were invited to join the congregation in peeling “Happy Birthday to The Servant Queen and to the King she serves”. It proved very hard work, and became so popular that queues formed in the grounds of Hinton Ampner House. As they waited many took in The All Saints Exhibition and and the challenge of the Quiz on “The Queen’s Role as Head of the Church”! Every visitor was given the order of service marking this special event, which included prayers especially chosen by the Queen. One visitor, a teacher remarked, “Thank you, I have so enjoyed the day and will share the order of service with my pupils in class tomorrow and tell them all all about it!” Many had seen the event advertised on the Church of England web site Celebration Map (www.churchofengland.org/) and travelled down specially, to take part in the fun of a very special and happy...

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Reports of the APCM 2016

Posted by on Apr 6, 2016 in news and events | 0 comments

The PCC APCM annual accounts and report are now ready to view. Click on the links below to download: Final Accounts Annual Report

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Easter at All Saints, Hinton Ampner

Posted by on Mar 25, 2016 in news and events | 0 comments

Designed, created and built, one cold, Wednesday evening during Lent, by my congregation. Below the Chancel, to the North of the Nave, you will find my Calvary Garden, surmounted by its three plain crosses. Across the aisle and symbolizing “New Life” is my Easter Egg Tree, with its colourful, hand painted eggs, all hanging from the branches. There’s even a drawing of my little Saxon church on one of them, but which one? And all are lit up by my famous, Reyntiens East Window, of smoke and flame, depicting the Hebrew’s escape from slavery to new lands and the beginning of their “New Life” too. Luke 23:27-47 Crucifixion and Death upon the Cross Luke 23:50-53 Christ laid to Rest Luke 24:1-12 Jesus has...

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Diary Dates and events in Bramdean

Posted by on Feb 23, 2016 in news and events | 0 comments

Saturday 5th March 2016, Safari Supper (contact Ruth Coxon, ruthcoxon@waitrose.com) Saturday 14th May 2016, Bramdean Fete (contact Zoe, zoethursbypelham@aol.com)

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Powerhouse is here…

Posted by on Feb 23, 2016 in news and events | 0 comments

Powerhouse is here…

A brand new service designed and presented by children and teenagers, taking place at St John’s church in our neighbouring benefice in Alresford. Services take place on the first Sunday of each month at 6pm. Full details...

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Lent Course 2016

Posted by on Feb 23, 2016 in news and events | 0 comments

The Mystery of Everything is a new Lent course by Hilary Brand. She uses the film the ‘Theory of Everything’ as a point of reference in an attempt to explore the mysteries of the Universe as well as those of everyday life. Hilary also points out we have far more Questions than we do Answers which is how we hope during the Lent course to reinvigorate and encourage growth in our spiritual journeys. The course is Five weeks long and is looking to explore different topics each week: The experience of wonder, the strangeness of weakness, the complexity of relationships, the encounter with frailty, and finally the hope beyond...

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