St Nicholas Wives Group

The next group meeting will be on October 17th in Longparish Village Hall at 7.30pm. The speaker will be Jane Sterndale-Bennett, a knowledgeable gardener who lectures to groups all around the world on her specialist subjects - plants and garden structure. Jane’s talk is called “Travels with a camera and smiles.” Anyone who is not a member of the Wives Group but would like to see and hear the illustrated talk are more than welcome to join us. Please contact Gloria Goodliffe on 720425 beforehand so that enough chairs and teacups available. There will not be a raffle this month.

Friends of Longparish School 100+ Club

August winners were:
1st prize - Gloria Goodliffe
  2nd prize - Mr B. Faulds
  3rd prize - Mrs Wyatt
September winners were:
  1st prize - Iona Dryden
  2nd prize - Mary Jo Darrah
  3rd prize - B. D. Cox

100+ Club enquiries to
Debbie Skinner 01256 895013

Friends of Longparish School AGM

The Annual General Meeting for the Friends of Longparish School will take place at 8pm on 9th October in the school hall.
Everyone is welcome, and refreshments will be available.

Church Cleaning

First of all, thank you to all those who have regularly cleaned the church over the last year, particularly to Daphne Bevan, who has organised the rota for many years and gently encouraged the church dusters, and also to John Jackson who has kept the brass polished and shining. Both of them are now retiring from their roles for a well-earned rest.

I hope to recruit enough people to the rota so that each person, working in a team of three, only has to give approximately two hours (usually less), once or twice a year, at a time to suit them. The church has been well cared for over the years and visitors to the church often comment on this in the visitors’ book. With your help this can be continued. Please give me a ring if you would be prepared to help dust and polish the church or to take over brass rubbing.

Services for under-fives in St. Nicholas Church

The services take place monthly and usually fall on the 3rd Monday of the month. They start at 2.15pm and finish in good time to collect children from school. There are bible stories, singing, making music, craft and refreshment in a relaxed atmosphere

October 21st Water is Precious

Benefice Bible Study

We shall have an open meeting for anyone already attending Bible Study groups in the benefice, and anyone interested in joining or in knowing more about them on Wednesday, 9th October 8-9.30pm at the Rectory Longparish. Nona and Martin will both be there as we plan our autumn programme of groups.

Way Forward for Longparish Church and village.

Our Way Forward campaign was launched at our Harvest service in September and six folders are now circulating around the village outlining our plans for the church and village, and we are inviting responses. These should have been circulated by October 15th and the results analysed, so that we can include an insert in the November Hill & Valley for all Longparish households.

We shall have a Thanksgiving Service, linking in with All Saintstide on Sunday, November 3rd at 9.30am, when we shall be joined by the Ven. John Guille, Archdeacon of Winchester, and Mr Gordon Randall, Diocesan Resources Adviser. If you would like to see a folder and don’t appear to be included, please phone me and I will happily arrange it.
Nona Harrison 720215

A date for your diaries

Saturday 9th November
2002 Variety Show
in Longparish Village Hall
More details next month
Tickets from
Sarah Harris 720437
Jeremy Barber 720459
Acre Stores