This is the ‘electronic’ version of the magazine of the Priory Church of St Andrew the Apostle, Hamble. This version is for those living outside the parish who do not receive a free copy, or for those that have lost their original copy. My thanks to Liz (Scoop) Jarvis, New Waves editor, for her kind co-operation in making this ‘e’ version possible.
Funded by St Andrew’s and delivered free to all homes in Hamble
In this issue:
- Church Services
- Voice from the Vestry
- Christmas Day Lunch 2010
- We’ll come to you this time! – Woodhill Schools Concert Choir
- Spring is coming!
- Words of Inspiration
- January Ends with Smiles All Round
- What’s on?
- Who do I contact?
Church Services on Sundays
8.00 am Holy Eucharist
9.50 am Beacons (Junior Church) – meet in the Priory Centre
10.00 am The Parish Eucharist; coffee is served afterwards
1st Sunday in the month only – in addition to the above services:
11.15 am “The 11.15”- modern worship; coffee is served afterwards
12 noon Holy Baptism
Every Sunday in the Lent – in addition to the above services:
6.00 pm Choral Evensong
Church Services on Weekdays
Tuesday 7.00 pm Holy Eucharist
(Healing Service once a month – usually second Tuesday of the month)
Thursday 9.45 am Eucharist – informal service with hymns;
coffee is served afterwards
|Parish Priest :
Fr. John Travers
Hamble, SO31 4JF
Tel/Fax 023 8045 2148
e mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
|Parish Readers :
Mrs Joan Glue Tel 01489 788675
Mr David Winser Tel 023 8045 5872
Mr Colin Glue Tel 01489 788675
Mrs Pat Stephens Tel 023 8045 4181
A Voice from the Vestry
Who do you think you are?!
– can sound somewhat rude and challenging. But have you ever given any serious thought to this question? I think we should – because I believe we all, through various pressures and temptations, present ourselves in many different ways, according to our surroundings, company or other influences.
Perhaps this is a two-directional process. We may receive certain signals from another person that makes it clear (or should do) that they need some help, or support, or advice, and we are tempted to try to respond to this by giving of ourselves to them to supply those needs, by a positive response or behaviour on our part to help them.
Or do we perceive these signals as a sign of weakness that then subconsciously or specifically leads us to try to direct or dominate that person according to our own motives?
Alternatively, we may feel a need to project ourselves in a frontal manner in say, social circumstances, to attempt to create an impression upon others of our strength, or personal talents, or superiority in some way.
This, I suggest, is another negative side of interactive social behaviour, and may verge on bullying, or intimidation.
Does any of this matter? I think it does.
I believe as Christians we need to be conscious of ourselves and our relationships with others in at least three ways.
Firstly, about the people we are. This truly needs some basis and honest examination of our attitudes, both positive and negative, and from this our corresponding behaviour towards others should evolve.
Secondly, flowing from the first, is about the person we present to others. Are we purely concerned to impress upon them our will, and to force them to accept our preconceived concept of ourselves?
Serious contemplation about these aspects leads us to the “third person”.
The teachings of the Bible, and indeed our prayers, encourage and exhort us to go out and do the Lord’s work in the secular world and in our everyday relationships within society, and our own family. Is there, I wonder, some complacency within our Church family that a Sunday attendance is in itself enough? I hope not – I hope that those Bible teachings will inspire those of us that need it – all of us? – to reconsider our attitudes and behaviour towards all others, to be really sure that we are doing what we are taught, and pray for, in being enabled to go out every day and do the Lord’s work in the way that He wishes, directs and expects.
Christmas Fayre 2010
Crowds of people came along to our Christmas Fayre held in the Memorial Hall to buy the many Christmas gift bargains we had on sale. The stalls were well stocked; the tombolas, games and competitions were popular as was the Children’s Make and Take stall; the three raffles sold many tickets; the refreshments were delicious and the mulled wine went down well!
The children enjoyed meeting Father Christmas in his delightful grotto and they were able to have their photos taken with him.
The prizes in the Grand Draw were mostly of a seasonal nature, but also included £50 cash kindly donated by The Art of Living, two vouchers for Beaulieu Motor Museum and the outside cleaning of a house/conservatory etc. kindly donated by Osmowash of Hamble. All the donors of the prizes are thanked most sincerely, also those who bought and sold tickets.
Everyone is thanked for whatever part they played in helping to raise £1645 towards the everyday expenses of St. Andrew’s Church. This was a little down on last year’s takings but, in view of the economic situation, we were all pleased with the result.
Finally our sincere thanks go to the Memorial Hall Committee for decorating the hall for the Christmas season.
TWO DATES FOR YOUR DIARIES –
Summer Fete 11th June and Christmas Fayre 26th November
Paul Lancaster (8045 3958) and
Judy Waghorn (01489 782795)
Judy has announced that she will be standing down at the end of this year having organised, with Paul’s help, sixteen fetes and fayres and two other grand draws. Thank you, Judy, for all your hard work. You will be hard to replace.
On December 8th 2010 Ray and Heather Brown organised the start of the Church’s Christmas Celebrations with a superb Dinner at the RAF Yacht Club. Some 72 of us sat down to a traditional Christmas meal after Father Bill had given the Grace to start proceedings – if you did not attend, you missed an excellent evening and should put this year’s date in your diary as a must. Heather and Ray gave each of us a gift and individual photos of everyone in their finery were taken by Lou Brown.
Thanks also go to the Staff of the RAFYC for being so attentive and looking after us so well.
Over £200 was raised on the raffle of which £150 will be used to replenish books and equipment for Beacons; £60 has gone to Church Funds and the remainder was spent on Selection Boxes for the members of Beacons.
The Christingle and Crib Services’ Collections and donations from the Christmas Day Lunch raised £310 for the Children’s Society.
Members of the RAF Yacht Club and the Royal Southern Yacht Club had collections during their Carol Singing Evenings which raised £66 and £120.90 respectively, which will be used towards St Andrew’s running expenses.
Unfortunately, due to freezing weather conditions, the Christmas Celebration Carol Service had to be cancelled, but Carols in the Square on Christmas Eve was attended by approximately 600 adults and children, who were all in fine voice.
£700 was raised, which enabled £350 to be sent to the Samaritans and £350 to be sent to Oxfam.
Many grateful thanks go to Grace Midgley for accompanying the carol singing on the keyboard; to Picador for supplying the truck and to Veal’s Warehouse for donating sweets.
Big Band Sound at St. Andrew’s
On Saturday 13th November 2010 the Church resounded with Big Band Swing Music from the 1940’s to modern day. Heads bobbed and feet were tapping as the music of Glen Miller, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Michael Bublé was played by the 18 piece Hi-Life Big Band. Andy Stubbs and Mandy Dickenson provided the vocals, whilst Musical Director Andrew Worsfold ensured a wide-ranging programme.
Wine and nibbles, waiter/waitress served, during the interval provided another social occasion organised by the Friends of St. Andrews.
Certainly in this case it was not the “devil who had all the best music” for this very talented band of musicians come from different churches in and around Southampton and have been fully engaged for the last 10 years.
We have two more musical evenings in March:
Songs from the Shows on Friday 4th March
Woodhill Schools Concert Choir on Friday 11th March.
Grant E. Hearn
Burns Night Supper
The people who came along to the annual Burns Night celebrations held by the Friends of St. Andrew’s this year enjoyed another wonderful evening.
The St. Andrew’s Pipe Band, the food, the fellowship, the music and singing all came together again to provide a night to remember. The Friends work so hard in the kitchen, the bar, setting up the tables, serving and clearing up – it is amazing really that they all enjoy the evening as much of those of us who just turn up on the night and enjoy it.
One of the best parts of the evening is the fact that it is not only churchgoers who attend. People from the village, friends, neighbours, all mix together and enjoy themselves.
If you would like an enjoyable time out, do keep a watch out for adverts for other Friends events – you will not be sorry.
CHRISTMAS DAY LUNCH 2010
Christmas Day 2010 was a special day for a number of people. Firstly, there were the 27 people who answered the advert asking if they were going to be on their own on Christmas Day, then there were the12 people who were determined to ensure that the first 27 people had a really special day. The group of 12 were the initial fundraisers for the event through the running of the Place 2 B café on Saturday mornings throughout the year.
Transport was arranged, thanks to the assistance of Community One who provided a mini-bus to bring the guests to the Priory Centre for 12 o’clock, where they were greeted with a glass of sherry. Very soon there was a good buzz of conversation as they made each others acquaintance.
At 12.30 Father Christmas arrived and distributed a small gift to each guest.
At 1 o’clock the traditional Christmas lunch of turkey, gammon, sausages wrapped in bacon and all the usual trimmings, roast potatoes and an array of seasonal vegetables was served. There was a spontaneous round of applause from the guests when the chef joined in the party.
The meal was washed down with a glass of wine and followed with a dessert of Christmas Pudding, Trifle or Peach Melba Torte. The whole feast was rounded off with coffee or tea and mints and, for those who still had room, mincepies.
At this point we were delighted to welcome Grace Midgeley who provided the accompaniment to impromptu carol singing. A number of participants would not have been out of place in the church choir.
It is hard to decide who gained most pleasure from the day – whether it was the 27 guests or the 12 helpers – but one thing is for sure, everyone who attended thoroughly enjoyed their day.
Grateful thanks must go to BP, Hamble Parish Council, Owtons the Butchers, A.R. Veal and Pickwells for the donation of all the vegetables; and to the numerous anonymous donors of bottles of wine and sherry, chocolates and various other grocery items without whose help the event could not have taken place.
WATCH THIS SPACE FOR CHRISTMAS DAY 2011
We’ll come to you this time.
For many years, residents of Hamble-le-Rice have been coming to Woodhill School in Botley, either as staff, pupils or parents. Now Woodhill School is returning the compliment by bringing its renowned Concert Choir to St Andrew’s church for a recital on Friday 11th March. The recital will feature a collection of hymns, show songs and children’s favourites.
“The children are really looking forward to it,” said the school’s Director of Music and Hamble resident, Mrs Dawn Vickers, “Especially as we are expecting several former pupils who live in the area to join us.”
The school, which caters for pupils aged from three to eleven years old, is currently celebrating its pupils’ successes in their entrance exam results, with several pupils achieving scholarships to top local secondary schools.
Tickets for the recital are available from Father John (02380 452148) and Mrs Dawn Vickers (02380 452619).
Spring is coming!
About this time of year, we begin to long for spring. We want to see the flowers popping up, the trees leafing out and feel the warm wind on our faces. January and February are usually the coldest months of the year – they seem the longest too – but this winter, with the extremely cold weather starting at the end of November and lasting until Christmas – it’s easy to lose hope during the long dark nights of winter. We are all longing for better days ahead.
Well, they are coming. Many of us have been through a lot of winters turning into spring. We know the flowers, bushes and the fruit trees will burst into colour pretty soon. Calves and colts will be in the fields. The frost and snow will melt and the ground will warm up. We look at the dead appearing trees and the lifeless looking grasslands and know it is all an illusion.
We can look forward to camping, and backpacking, and picnicking and swimming once again. We can go to the quay and see the boats on the river moving to and fro. Sometimes, in the middle of our pattern of life it seems so far away, but the days are getting longer and the weeks are slowing passing. Don’t get discouraged. Spring will soon be here.
In the year of the church Lent heralds the beginning of spring. It can be an austere time, just like the winter, but it ends with the Resurrection of Our Lord and the new life and hope He gave to all, just as the new life of spring gives us renewed vigour and hope for the rest of the year.
Next time you pass by the Church, look in the grounds, see the daffodils, the tulips and the blossom on the trees and marvel at God’s creative hand for without Him nature wouldn’t exist and spring wouldn’t happen and our lives would be so much poorer for it.
Words of Inspiration
During recent months we have been bombarded by the media by gloom and despondency; the weather, the falling pound, the rising prices and so on. I do not know about you, but sometimes I just want to be inspired and reflect on all that is good in life and what I can do to make each day count.
I had been reading an article about Erma Bombeck who was an American humorist who achieved great popularity for her newspaper column that described suburban home life (of which she wrote 4000.) She is remembered by her readers for many of her quotes which included “Ironed sheets are a health hazard”; “Sieze the moment. Think of all those women on the Titanic who waved off the Dessert cart” and “A child needs your love when he deserves it the least” Her philosophy of life just leapt off the page to me.
The writing of Erma’s that I found most inspirational and made me stop, think and reflect on my own life is:
If I had my life to live over
I would have invited friends over to dinner,
Even if the carpet was stained and the sofa faded.
I would have eaten popcorn in the GOOD living room and
Worried much less about the dirt when someone
Wanted to light a fire in the fireplace.
I would have taken the time to listen to
My Grandfather ramble about his youth.
I would never have insisted the
Car windows be rolled up on a
Summer day because my hair had
Just been teased and sprayed.
I would have burnt the pink candle
Sculpted like a rose before it melted in storage.
I would have sat on the lawn with
My children and not worried about the grass stains.
I would have cried and laughed less
While watching television and more while watching life.
I would have gone to bed when I was sick
Instead of pretending the earth would go into a holding pattern if I wasn’t there for a day.
I would never have bought anything
Just because it was practical, wouldn’t show soil or was guaranteed to last a lifetime.
Instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy,
I would have cherished every moment realising that the
Wonderment growing inside me was the only chance
In life to assist God with a miracle.
When my kids kissed me impetuously, I would never have said,
“Later. Now go get washed up for dinner.”
There would have been more, “I Love you’s” and more,
“I’m sorry’s” but mostly, given another shot at life,
I would sieze every minute…
Look at it and really see it…
Live it …and never give it back.
Sadly Erma died in April 1996, but I should like to leave you with a final quote from her, which I am certain she fulfilled and we, too, should work towards:
When I stand before God at the end of my life I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me’.
January Ends with Smiles All Round
I’m not quite sure how you, the reader, imagines the behaviour of the congregation as they await the start of the Sunday morning service. Certainly there are exchanges of greetings and catching up with local news. However, on January 30th this was also accompanied by knowing big grins, nudges of neighbouring attendees and a few audible comments as individuals passed me – equally amused. There was no hiding it. The truth was out!
The church notices indicated it was the “Fiends of St. Andrew’s” that were organising events! FIENDS – what could they mean!
Following David Winser’s sermon on the Beatitudes (Matthew 5: 1 – 12) one could only be positive. This was no typographical error. It was a message – an acronym –
Friends or Fiends of St. Andrew’s we had, perhaps, been given a clear message defining our role.
Fiendish Grant E. Hearn,
Chair of Fiends
|Tuesday 22nd||10.30 am – 12.45 pm St Andrew’s Café||5|
|Wednesday 23rd||2 pm – 3 pm Cherubs||11|
|Thursday 24th||10.30 am Thursday Fellowship Coffee Morning||19|
|Saturday 26th||10 am – 12 noon The Place 2 B||13|
|Wednesday 2nd||2 pm – 3 pm Cherubs||11|
|Friday 4th||11 am Women’s World Day of Prayer;
7.30 pm Songs from the Shows Concert
|Sunday 6th||11.15 Service||4|
|Tuesday 8th||10.30 am – 12.45 pm St Andrew’s Café;
7 pm Healing Service
|Wednesday 9th||2 pm – 3 pm Cherubs;
7 pm Ash Wednesday Eucharist
|Friday 11th||7 pm Woodhill School Concert Choir Recital||10; 11|
|Saturday 12th||10 am – 12 noon The Place 2 B||13|
|Sunday 13th||6 pm Lent Choral Evensong||5|
|Sunday 13th – 27th||Two Saints Charity Collection||13|
|Wednesday 16th||2 pm – 3 pm Cherubs; 7 pm – 9 pm Lent Course||11; 19|
|Sunday 20th||6 pm Lent Choral Evensong||5|
|Tuesday 22nd||10.30 am – 12.45 pm St Andrew’s Café||5|
|Wednesday 23rd||2 pm – 3 pm Cherubs; 7 pm – 9 pm Lent Course||11; 19|
|Thursday 24th||12 noon Lent Lunch||11|
|Saturday 26th||10 am – 12 noon The Place 2 B||13|
|Sunday 27th||6 pm Lent Choral Evensong||5|
|Monday 28th||7 pm Annual General Meeting||7|
|Wednesday 30th||2 pm – 3 pm Cherubs; 7 pm – 9 pm Lent Course||11; 19|
|Sunday 3rd||10 am Mothering Sunday; 11.15 Service;
6 pm Lent Choral Evensong
|10.30 am – 12.45 pm St Andrew’s Café;
7 pm Healing Service
|Wednesday 6th||2 pm – 3 pm Cherubs; 7 pm – 9 pm Lent Course||11; 19|
|Saturday 9th||10 am – 12 noon The Place 2 B||13|
|Sunday 10th||6 pm Lent Choral Evensong||5|
Who do I contact?
St Andrew’s Parochial Church Council (PCC)
|Bert Allwood||Deanery Synod Rep||023 8045 2851|
|Annette de Bary||Music||023 8045 8452|
|Colin Glue||Churchwarden||01489 788675|
|Joan Glue||Parish Reader||01489 788675|
|Helen Griffiths||Music; PCC Vice Chairman;
Deanery Synod Rep
|023 8045 8452|
|Arthur Haines-Ray||Assistant Churchwarden;
|023 8045 3553|
|Dennis Dunn||PCC Secretary||023 8040 4067|
|Jeff Law||Treasurer||023 8045 4299|
|Pat Stephens||Churchwarden; Assistant Sacristan||023 8045 4181|
|Thomas Taylor||023 8045 8347|
|Fr John Travers||Baptisms; Weddings; Funerals;
|023 8045 2148|
|David Winser||Parish Reader, Sacristan||023 8045 5872|
|Pat Gillman||Magazine distribution||023 8045 2422|
|Richard & Hilary Hardy||Electoral roll||023 8045 3676|
|Grant Hearn||Friends of St Andrew’s||023 8045 6265|
|Brian Howlett||Health and safety||023 9283 2740|
|Kim Quayle||Beacons||023 8056 2193|
|Heather and Terry Smith||Wedding Vergers||023 8045 2988|
|Helen Taylor||Cherubs||023 8045 8347|
“New Waves” Magazine Editor : Liz Jarvis,
E mail: email@example.com
Please send all contributions to The Editor.
For advertising enquiries please contact Roy Pharoah,
Tel 023 80561195
Deadline for Lent edition : Sunday 6th March
Views expressed in articles submitted for publication do not necessarily represent
the views of the Editor or the PCC. The Editor and the PCC cannot accept responsibility for goods or services advertised.