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December 2022 Newsletter Entry

The church year moves on apace as we approach the end of 2022. We are

grateful to the Reverend Nick Grew for once again taking our service of

Remembrance. It was good to see so many people from the village joining

in and we are especially grateful to Eric Hounslow for decorating the church

and once more organising the laying of the wreaths and crosses.

Of course, once Harvest and Remembrance are past it is time to start

thinking about our Christmas services. In St Leonard’s we begin the festive

season with our Christingle service on 27th November and continue with our

evening Carol Service at 6pm on the 11th December. A reminder that our

‘Midnight’ Communion service is at 8pm on Christmas Eve, and our service

at 11am on Christmas Day will be family friendly and (hopefully!) funpacked.

Saturday 3rd December sees a special Christmas coffee morning

with additional stalls and a harpist. Our fabulous team of flower arrangers

will be decorating the church on the morning of the 10th, and you can get a

sneak peek of the decorations (this year’s theme is Christmas Carols) at a

talk and book signing given by local author, Claire Gradidge at 5.30pm later

that day. Claire has family ties to Sherfield English and will be talking about

her murder mystery novels set in and around Romsey during the 1940s. On

the evening of Monday 12th the choir will be leading carol singing at the

Hatchet Inn from 7.30pm. We were delighted to have been invited back by

new landlord, Tom Moody, and hope you will join us for this rousing

tradition!

In the run-up to Christmas we are continuing to run our Parish Pantry

scheme, providing small food parcels to any resident of the village who

might be struggling with the recent rise in prices. Parcels can be collected

anonymously from the church porch at any time. Thank you to those who

have provided donations to keep the scheme going. Take-up has so far

been slow and should we find there is not a need for the scheme within the

village (something for which we will be extremely thankful) then donations

will be passed on to Romsey Foodbank or to the Parish Pantry scheme in

West Tytherley. 3rd December Christmas Coffee Morning Julia Noble

4th December Holy Communion Revd James Pitkin

10th December 5.30pm Talk and Book Signing by local author, Claire

Gradidge

11th December 6pm - Carol Service

12th December 7.30pm Carol Singing outside Hatchet Inn

18th December Morning Prayer Clare Durham

18th December 6pm Wellow Wood Methodist Carol Service

24th December 8pm – Holy Communion Revd James Pitkin

25th December Christmas Day – Family Service Julia Noble

St Leonard’s Dates for your diary 2023

1st January 2023 11am Holy Communion Revd James Pitkin

8th January Morning Prayer Clare Durham

15th January Family Service – Epiphany Revd James Pitkin

22nd January Morning Prayer Clare Durham

29th January 11am hosting Wellow Wood

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