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September 22 Newsletter

4th September – Holy Communion (Revd James Pitkin)

11th September – Morning Prayer (Clare Durham)

18th September – Family Harvest Festival (Julia Noble)

25th September – Morning Prayer (Julia Noble)

Were it not for the current water shortage, I would be writing this with my

feet firmly in a cold bucket of water, trying to counteract the heat of the

sun. I hope by the time you read this the temperatures will have cooled a

bit and hopefully we will have seen some rain. The church is a lovely place

to be in summer as the thick walls give it a welcome coolness, while the

churchyard positively sings with a chorus of crickets and grasshoppers.

Following the recent laying of a path around the church there is now a long

bench at the front, which will hopefully provide a place for rest and

contemplation. We are extremely grateful for the support of Councillor Nick

Adams-King that has enabled the bench to be sited. As ever, the older

parts of the churchyard have been left unmown to encourage the wildlife so

please do feel free to visit and stop to watch the world go by.

On the last Sunday of July we were pleased to welcome our friends from

Wellow Wood Chapel for a joint morning service. Traditionally we meet

together whenever there is a fifth Sunday in the month (we hope to join

their service on 30th October), and it is always a pleasure to share our


Sadly, we had to say goodbye to our former lay reader, Colin Bell, whose

funeral was on 10th August. Colin and his wife, Monica, left the village for

North Baddesley in 2005 but came back to visit several times in the

intervening years. Those who knew him will recall his keen sense of humour

and his love of music, both of which were much missed when he moved

away. Our next coffee morning is on Saturday 3rd September in the church

from 10.30 a.m. Please do come along for coffee, cake and a chat. At that

time I will hopefully be four hours into a 26-mile trek in aid of the

Alzheimer’s Society, so please save me a cake and I’ll see you at the next


Clare Durham, St Leonard’s Churchwarden

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