New Waves – Autumn 2012


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 on Sunday

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:

11.30 am        “The 11.30 with Baptism”- modern worship; coffee is served afterwards

2nd Sunday in the month only – in addition to the above services:

6.00 pm         Choral Evensong

Church Services on Weekdays

Tuesday 7.00 pm    Holy Eucharist – Healing Service first Tuesday of the month

Thursday 9.45 am Eucharist – informal service with hymns; coffee is served afterwards

Parish Priest:

Fr. John Travers

The Vicarage, High Street, Hamble, SO31 4JF

Tel/Fax: 023 8045 2148


Parish Readers:

Mrs.  Joan Glue Tel: 023 8045 7053

Mr. David Winser Tel: 023 8045 5872

Church Wardens

Mr. Colin Glue Tel: 023 8045 7053

Mrs. Pat Stephens Tel: 023 8045 4181

A Voice from the Vestry

What a wonderful Summer I have had!

I am a big sports fan so I had been looking forward to the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics ever since we won the games, and I have not been disappointed.

Deep down, in true British fashion, as the games drew near I prepared myself to be a trifle embarrassed, but from the moment I sat down to watch the opening ceremony I had nothing but pride and admiration for the event and for all those who have taken part in it. What an example they have been to the rest of us. The dedication they have shown; the hours of training they have put in to achieve the goal of becoming an Olympian, let alone a medal winner. The single minded sacrifice they make, turning their backs on friends, families and the mundane pleasures of life, that the rest of us think so important, in their quest for perfection. It must be a lonely existence at times when they grind out the miles on a cold, wet, windy winter’s morning when the rest of us are still tucked up warm in bed. They live among us but they are not part of us because they aspire to something higher than the rest of us, and they know that sacrifices have to be made if they are to achieve their goals.

So then, is it a shock if I tell you, we Christians are all, in a way, Olympians, every one of us? We are all competing in the greatest race of our lives, the greatest race ever, at God’s Olympic Games. Just like any athlete we have watched during the Olympics and Paralympics, you may think you are struggling alone to try and live a Christian life.  No, says the author of the Epistle to the Hebrews, there is a crowd watching all of us, as we struggle to complete the course, cheering us on. We may not be able to see them but they can see us.  This invisible audience is made up of the souls of earlier generations of Christians, who have completed the course and are now with God in paradise, their race run.  They want us to succeed.  They cheer us every time we resist temptation; they roar their approval every time we make an act of human kindness.

Nobody is quite sure who wrote Hebrews.   Older translations suggest it was written by St. Paul to scattered groups of Jews throughout the Roman Empire, who had become Christians.  They must have thought they were too few to be of any importance.  Not at all, writes the author, you are making history; don’t give up because the eyes of Christians past, present and future are on you.

The letter uses details of the life of the athlete in it’s analogy with the Christian life.  First, the runners have to be fit; they must lose weight, giving them a powerful, fast physique.  Luckily for the Christian it is not the physical pounds we have to lose, but the weight of the sin we carry around with us.  Unrepentant sin; selfish habits that we are unwilling to give up; secret bitterness in our hearts; the people we just can’t forgive all hold us back in running the Christian race.  Then says the author, ‘let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us’.  Yes, the race is long and hard, it will often be a lonely experience, even within our own families, but there is no stopping and no turning back.  It’s no good looking back at the part of the race you have already run; it’s the race ahead of you that matters.  You have to keep trying your utmost until you cross the finishing line.  Listen, if you can, to the roars of support and always keep in mind who will be waiting for you as you cross that finish line to clap you on the back, take you by the hand and present you with your prize.  It is Jesus of course, who has run the race before us.  If that is not motive enough to give you the strength to finish the race I don’t know what is.

Be of good cheer, keep focused on the finishing tape, ignore the opposition, and love God and your neighbour with all your might until your race is run.

Based on the Evensong sermon of Sunday 12th August 2012 given by David Winser.


A Message from Fr. John

Some weeks ago I announced that after nearly 18 years I would be leaving St. Andrew’s at the end of this year, my last Sunday being 30th December.  So I would now like to say something about the future and the process by which my successor at St. Andrew’s will be appointed and how things will be managed during the interregnum – which is a word which you’ll hear being used a lot – it simply refers to the time from my departure until the arrival of a new priest.

Let me give you a brief outline of what happens once the Diocese is notified that a priest is leaving.   The PCC through its secretary will receive a formal Notice of Vacancy, together with full instructions about what has to happen.   About the same time the Archdeacon, probably with the Area Dean, will come to a specially convened meeting of the PCC.  They will explain the procedure for making a new appointment and help the PCC begin to draw up a profile of the parish as it is today.  That process will take some time and will give every opportunity to set out the conditions, needs and traditions of St. Andrew’s and of the village of Hamble.

I now want to say something about how things will be during the interregnum.  The Churchwardens have a key role at this time, as does the Vice-Chair of the PCC together with all its members and, of course, our Parish Readers who will continue their pastoral work in leading worship and in other ways, particularly with the sick and the bereaved.

As for the main Sunday services there will be visiting clergy.  That is usually arranged through the Area Dean and Archdeacon who will help plan a rota using retired, non-stipendiary or neighbouring clergy and take the services themselves at times.

So your Churchwardens, Parish Readers and the PCC will be taking on great responsibilities in the coming months and will need your help, support and your prayers as they hold things together during the interregnum and develop a vision for the future.

What is really important is that St. Andrew’s pulls together as a united church family.    Remember, this church has been doing God’s work here for over 900 years and that won’t stop just because I am moving on!

May God bless you all.

Fr. John 



Skittles Evening

The Priory Centre was turned into a bowling alley on 6th July! Around fifty parishioners took part in a friendly game of skittles with equipment kindly loaned to the church for the evening.  

In between their “go” everyone enjoyed a fun quiz and a substantial ploughman’s supper washed down with their favourite tipple from the bar.  The event was organised by St Andrew’s Parochial Church Council and raised around £320 for church funds.  Thank you to everyone who helped and supported this fun evening.

Olympic Gold Medalist

A large crowd of excited flag waving supporters gathered at Hamble’s golden post box in the Square to welcome home Hamble’s Olympic Gold Medal winner, Dani King.

Dani won her gold medal in the Women’s Team Pursuit Track Cycling. Dani spent time signing autographs and showing her Gold Medal to the cheering, happy crowd.


Parish Holiday to the Majestic Templestow Hotel Torquay

On 3rd September 2012 a Majestic coach arrived in Hamble to take 27 parishioners to Torquay.  We stopped en route at West Bay in Bridport for a coffee break and arrived at Torquay just after 1 pm.  The hotel was very comfortable and, after being allocated our rooms, some of us went on the courtesy coach to the harbour and high street.  On our return it was time to dive into the hotel’s heated pool for a swim. The sun shone warmly from dawn until dusk.

We enjoyed excellent meals during our visit.  Breakfast was often eventful.  We had to help ourselves to cornflakes from a dispenser.  This took some practice as one of our group found out after she had turned the handle and was unable to turn it off.  She had cornflakes everywhere and she called “Help Terry”!  Another of our group was serving herself porridge and dropped the porridge and the bowl back into the caldron much to our amusement as we watched the waiter fishing it out.  We were then served huge cooked breakfasts which were a favourite with Roy and Terry.

Each day we had an optional excursion visiting Teignmouth, Exeter, House of Marbles and Dartington.  Several of us went on other trips to Brixham, Kingswear and Dartmouth (via the steam train), and Cockington village and had a ride in the horses and carriages.  Some went to Brixham and took a boat trip to Torbay and back to Torquay.

Others stayed in Torquay and had a ride on the big wheel and delighted in the sights across the sea to Brixham and then took a boat trip before returning exhausted to the hotel for dinner.



We also had first class entertainment every night at the hotel.  Everyone was very sad to say goodbye to the staff at the Majestic Templestow Hotel.  It really was a lovely holiday. We were extremely lucky to have Robert who was such a friendly, helpful and careful driver.  On our return journey he again stopped at West Bay, at our request, but this time drove right up to the harbour where we stopped for refreshments.

As we arrived in Southampton Terry presented all members of our party with a Devon Cream tea to take home.  He said that you cannot go to Devon without buying a cream tea.

From the comments received from a very relaxed and sun tanned group a great holiday was had by all.  Roll on next year.

Terry would like to thank everyone who came.  You all arrived back at the coach at the given time which was such a relief to him and Rob.

Most of all, you enjoyed yourselves.

Heather Smith 


Ding Dong Bells

Following a previous item “Jewel in the Tower” from the Summer 2010 edition of New Waves, interesting information has been revealed about the church bells.

Noted from “Hampshire Church Bells” by W.E. Colchester (1979), the three bells of Hamble are inscribed:-

i.   Lettel and small tho’ I am I will be heard above them all  CT 1715

ii.  Ames Bradley Church Warden.  Clement Tosier cast me in the year 1715


The founder and year of manufacture of the first two bells is self explanatory.  The third bell, however, is described by the notes below:-

Winchester College iii with cross and inscription “AVE GRACIA” is doubtless one of three or four bells placed in the tower by William of Wykeham when the College was first built (1393).

Hamble iii has the same cross and lettering, but the letters are not so clearly cut.  The letter ‘e’ of ‘ave’ is left out and thus room left for the ‘P’ of ‘Plena’.

The following occurs in Winchester College accounts, 1413 – 1414

“In denariis liberates Ricardo Brasier de Wikeham pro iii novis campanis factis pro ecclesia parochiali de Hamble, ultra iii veteres campnanas ut in partem polucionis “xls”.

It would seem that the Bishop had his new bells cast by Richard Brasier at his native village.

The Latin text translates – “In monies made available to Richard Brasier of Wikeham for 3 new bells made for the parish church of Hamble, beside the 3 old bells as in part exchange 40 shillings”.

This information bears no relationship to the Hound bells which were cast in 1607 by an itinerant founder with the initials RB.  RB is as yet not positively identified.

Bill Schofield


A Different Sunday

Recently Raymond and I were in Lancaster seeing our daughter and she had been invited to a Sikh temple by a colleague.  She was going to decline as we were there, but we were invited too.

Along we all went and as we entered the hall we were greeted with a plateful of onion bargees and some sweetmeats.  We were asked to cover our heads and then went up stairs to their “church”.

Everyone sat on the floor (no pews or padded seats)!  The service lasted about 2 hours, was very dedicated and I missed the hymn singing.

When I went to thank the couple who had issued the invitation, they were quite horrified that we were leaving as it is a Sikh tradition to feed their congregation.  Back downstairs the women who had cooked the meals sat down and the men took over and served everyone a four course meal on one divided plate.

They were most hospitable and it was very enlightening.  The chief guru came in and thanked all for coming and presented everyone with a sweet.  (He being 6’ 3” and looked like Omar Sharif!)

It was quite a different Sunday!

Heather and Raymond Brown


Hamble Good Neighbours Telephone: 0845 643 0371

Hamble Good Neighbours is a voluntary organisation which has been in existence for more than 20 years.

We have recently adopted a new system for running our group which provides medical transport for parishioners.

If you require transport you should call the above number giving your name, address, telephone number and the date, time and place of your appointment.  The co-ordinator will get back to you in the evening.

The driver assigned to you will wait with you and take you home.  You will then be handed an envelope and it would be appreciated if you could make a donation towards the running costs of our group as the drivers are paid a mileage allowance.  The sealed envelope should then be handed back to the driver.

We would welcome more volunteers.  Can you help?


The Voice from the Potting Shed

What a challenging year it has been for the gardens.  We had that lovely warm spell of weather early in the year followed by the threatened drought leading to widespread hosepipe bans.  But as soon as the bans were brought into force the rain came – and did it rain, resulting in one of the wettest summers I can remember.  I had several plant losses due to the heavy rain, the plants were continuously waterlogged and, with the chilly nights, the plants hardly had any time to dry out.

By the time this edition of New Waves is distributed we will be approaching late October and for those of you with trees in close proximity of your gardens come the inevitable falling leaves.  I know it seems like a never ending task, but try and regularly rake the leaves from the lawn, if you have one, and keep the paths clear.  Dispose of the fallen leaves into the compost bin if you have one, or place them in black plastic sacks, with holes added to let you  be able to use the mulch produced in the spring.  Alternatively take to the local recycling centre for disposal.

Potting Shed Top Tip:

For those of you who like broad beans and would like to try for an early crop, now would be a good time to sow them until early November.  Try and sow in a sheltered position preferably under cloches.  A good variety is ‘Aquadulce Claudia’ for early sowing. This variety has the RHS Award of Garden Merit. The same goes for ‘Sweet Peas’ for early flowers next year.  Some protection can be given by placing them under a cold frame or in a green house for those who wish to experiment.  Try and sow ‘Sweet Peas’ in the autumn to get early flowering.

Happy gardening until the next addition


Ginger’s Cruise

Hello once again.  You may remember me from my traumatic experience at the teddy bears’ parachute jump last year.  Well, the people who I live with, who subjected me to that, promised me a holiday to get over the shock.  I had almost forgotten about that promise when suddenly they told me that they were taking me on a cruise on a ship called Queen Elizabeth.  I was very excited because I used to live on another ship called QE2, where I first met the people who I now live with in 1992.

Well, I am sorry to report that I was subjected once again to the most appalling abuse first of all being placed face down on a pair of shorts in a leather holdall with another bear called Yorkie, who used to live on a ship called Queen Mary 2.  It was very hot and the temperature increased when we were passed through a scanner. (Something to do with security apparently, as if a couple of bears pose any threat).

Later we arrived in a cabin (now called a stateroom for some obscure reason).  When I lived on QE2 it was a cabin.  Then my owners started drinking champagne and shortly afterwards they had to go to a life jacket drill. Yorkie and I were left to fend for ourselves so we finished the champers and then tried on a life jacket.

As you can see from the picture it was a bit on the large side.


The cruise was very nice and the scenery in the Norwegian Fiords was stunning.  I am sure that some of the waterfalls had salmon leaping about but we were not allowed to jump into the water to investigate.

Every evening when my owners changed into their best togs to go out  to enjoy themselves we were left to look after ourselves.  Not long after they left a nice lady called Helen came in to turn down the bed and put a chocolate on the pillow.

They do not get chocolate at home and they did not get it there either as Yorkie and I ate the chocolate!

I am back home now and last night I overheard a conversation about the next teddy bears’ parachute jump.  I suppose I will be subjected to it again but, if it results in another holiday, it cannot be too bad.

Ginger Stephens


From the Church Registers


 We welcome into the family of the church

Curtis Chann

Darcy Simms

                   Sophie Maidement               Benjamin Hetherell              Alice Hetherell


Congratulations to

          Alan Readman & Katrina Healey Euan Lochhead & Nichola Beaney
          Mark Chisnall & Tina Varkey  Peter Diggle & Jennifer Caudwell

 Rest in Peace

We offer our sympathy to the family and friends of

                David Marsden                       Doris George                       Barbara Williams


What’s On

Sunday 14th 12 noon Harvest Lunch; 6 pm Choral Evensong
Tuesday 16th 10.30 am – 12.45 pm St Andrew’s Café
Wednesday 17th 11 am – 12 noon Cherubs
Wednesday 24th 11 am – 12 noon Cherubs; Bridge/Whist Drive
Thursday 25th 9.30 am  – 12.30 pm Shoeboxes
Saturday 27th 10 am – 12 noon Place 2 B
Tuesday 30th 10.30 am – 12.45 pm St Andrew’s Café
Wednesday 31st 11 am – 12 noon Cherubs

Friday 2nd 7 pm All Souls’ Service
Saturday 3rd 7 pm Murder Mystery Evening
Sunday 4th 11.30 am The 11.30 with Baptism Service
Wednesday 7th 11 am – 12 noon Cherubs
Sunday 11th 9.45 am Remembrance Sunday Parish Eucharist;              11 am Ceremony at the War Memorial;6 pm Choral Evensong
Tuesday 13th 10.30 am – 12.45 pm St Andrew’s Café;7 pm Healing Service
Wednesday 14th 11 am – 12 noon Cherubs
Saturday 17th 10 am – 12 noon Place 2 B
Wednesday 21st 11 am – 12 noon Cherubs
Saturday 24th 2 pm – 4 pm Christmas Fayre
Tuesday 27th 10.30 am – 12.45 pm St Andrew’s Café
Wednesday 28th 11 am – 12 noon Cherubs

Sunday 2nd 11.30 am The 11.30 with Baptism Service
Tuesday 4th 7 pm Healing Service
Wednesday 5th 11 am – 12 noon Cherubs
Saturday 8th 4 pm Christingle Service
Sunday 9th 6 pm Choral Evensong
Tuesday 11th 10.30 am – 12.45 pm St Andrew’s Café
Wednesday 12th 11 am – 12 noon Cherubs
Saturday 15th 10 am – 12 noon The Place 2 B


 Who do I contact?

St Andrew’s Parochial Church Council (PCC)

Bert Allwood Deanery Synod Rep 023 8045 2851
Colin Glue Churchwarden 023 8045 7053
Joan Glue Parish Reader 023 8045 7053
Helen Griffiths Music; PCC Vice Chairman 023 8045 8452
Arthur Haines-Ray Assistant Churchwarden;Funeral Verger 023 8045 3553
Brian Howlett Deanery Synod Rep; Health and safety 023 9283 2740
Jeff Law Gift Aid Officer 023 8045 4299
Roy Pharoah 023 8056 1195
Pat Stephens Churchwarden; Assistant Sacristan 023 8045 4181
Fr John Travers Baptisms; Weddings; Funerals;Priory Centre 023 8045 2148
David Winser Parish Reader; Sacristan 023 8045 5872
Holly Waghorn 023 8040 2972

Other contacts

Annette de Bary Music 023 8045 8452
Dennis Dunn Electoral Roll 023 8040 4067
Pat Gillman Magazine distribution 023 8045 2422
Grant Hearn Friends of St Andrew’s 023 8045 6265
Kim Quayle Beacons 023 8056 2193
Heather and Terry Smith Wedding Vergers 023 8045 2988
Helen Taylor Cherubs 023 8045 8347
Judy Waghorn Fête/Fayre Co-ordinator 01489 782795

                                      “New Waves” Magazine Editor: Liz Jarvis

17 Walker Place, Hamble, S031 4BL Tel 023 8045 2726


Please send all contributions to The Editor.

For advertising enquiries please contact Roy Pharoah,

Tel 023 8056 1195   Email:

 Deadline for Christmas edition: Sunday 28th October   


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