New Waves – Lent and Easter 2013

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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 Sundays

8.00 am         Holy Eucharist by extension.

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 especially suitable for children;

coffee is served afterwards (see page 6)


Every Sunday in Lent – in addition to the above services:

6.00 pm         Choral Evensong (see page 8)

Church Services on Weekdays

Tuesday 7.00 pm    Holy Eucharist by extension

(Healing Service once a month – see page 8)

Thursday 9.45 am Eucharist by extension – informal service with hymns;

coffee is served afterwards (see page 15)

Parish Priest: VacancyParish Office: 023 8045 2148 Baptisms: David Winser 0777 192 2243Weddings: Joan Glue 023 8045 7053email: Parish Readers :Mrs Joan Glue    Tel 023 8045 7053Mr David Winser  Tel 0777 192 2243 Churchwardens :Mr Colin Glue        Tel 023 8045 7053Mrs Pat Stephens Tel 023 8045 4181

A Voice from the Congregation

Father John Travers, the Vicar of the Priory Church of St. Andrew the Apostle in Hamble-le-Rice, retired on the 30th December 2012.  Father John came to Hamble in 1995.  I will not try to list all the things he has done since his arrival in Hamble as I am a relatively new member to church and village.  Therefore I will speak about the man as someone with whom I have worked.

It would be difficult to say that you did not know who the vicar in Hamble was.  Everywhere he went he was seen in traditional black shirt and dog collar, be it at Tesco or Macro or at village organised events in various sailing clubs, the memorial hall or even a local hostelry.  If things needed doing or enhancements were perceived as necessary in the Church itself, the surrounding church grounds or the Priory Centre he would seek out ways of achieving it with those he recognised as having appropriate expertise or knowledge or energy to complete that current task.

In short he was a spiritual leader who rolled up his sleeves when things needed to be organised.  This did not mean he was a single-handed operator.  It was often more the case of having recognised the challenge conceptually, he left it to others, or led others to take responsibility, sometimes before they realised it, to dot the i’s and cross the t’s.  In other cases he saw it through from beginning to end himself by involving outside organisations and benefactors.

A particular case showing anticipation and staying power was the 2008    900-year celebration of continuous worship in the Hamble church.  One cannot use offertory moneys or PCC funds to run such an event, so in 2005 a number of volunteers formed the anniversary group.  You need powers of persuasion and respect to get so many committed for such a long project.  Father John being visible in the team, not telling the team what was needed, was a key requirement, as was recognition of the need to have individual leaders taking responsibility for the different aspects.

There are many other examples of Father John’s leadership skills, such as reroofing the church; extensions to the Priory Centre; kitchen refurbishment etc.  The list is long.

Father John will be missed because, as our vicar, he has not seen the role as being restricted to just the spiritual, with occasional excursions into finance, fundraising, facilities development, social welfare along with first premises licensee, but has taken on board all those tasks that needed sorting, and made sure it was achieved, rather than just talked about.

During his last few months he has tirelessly talked to all making sure every facet of his responsibilities has been taken on by appropriate church members.  Likewise his last weekend was full of “busy” – a Silver Wedding Anniversary Blessing on the Saturday, Sunday services as usual and a farewell lunch organised by the PCC with Friends assistance.

He has been well supported throughout by his wife, Joyce.  Hopefully retirement will not mean total loss of contact with them as friends and long established co-workers.


Christmas Fayre 2012

For the second time this past year the weather has been against us – this time it was non-stop rain for the Christmas Fayre.

This rain did not stop many people coming along knowing that there would be a warm welcome for them and many bargains to be purchased.  The main hall had been seasonally decorated by the Memorial Hall Committee which added to the atmosphere.Christmas Fayre







All the stallholders had worked so hard to stock their talls.

Father Christmas’ grotto was arranged on the whole of the stage -congratulations to those who gave the children (and adults) a magical experience.

We are grateful to everyone for whatever part they played in staging the Fayre in the two halls, giving us more table space.  However, the wet weather meant that we had lots of goods left over most of which were taken to various charity shops and the books were given to Hamble Lifeboat appeal.

We are grateful to those who bought and sold Grand Draw tickets.  The main prizes had been donated by:     the Race Drivers’ Challenge at Chandlers Ford; the Hamble Spa Room; The Berry Theatre, Hedge End and Beaulieu Motor Museum.  The first prize of £50 had been kindly given anonymously, as had the many other prizes.

The two village Co-operative Stores had generously donated most of the refreshments we needed for which we sincerely thank them.

In view of the wet weather we are delighted to report that £1,560 was raised towards St. Andrew’s Church  everyday running expenses (last year we raised £1,909).

Dates for your diary:

Summer Fête     15th June 2013

Christmas Fayre 23rd November 2013

Judy Waghorn

Fayre/Fête Co-ordinator

St. Andrew’s Cafe celebrates

T’was the night before Christmas – well almost!   On 11th December, the        St. Andrew’s Café celebrated with a seasonal feast of turkey and the trimmings.  It was pre-Christmas to all and to all a good bite!

Hope to see you in the New Year.

Holly Waghorn

Christmas Celebrations

The Church Christmas Dinner took place on 12th December at the RAF Yacht Club.   80 members and friends of St. Andrew’s Church sat down to a traditional Christmas dinner with trimmings.  The cabaret was provided by Kathy Cole.

After expenses, £150 was granted to Church funds, £50 was spent on materials and equipment for Beacons (the children’s church group) and all the children Beacons were given a chocolate selection box. All the dinner guests went home with a present from ‘Father Christmas’.

Thanks to Raymond and Heather Brown and the RAF Club for hospitality ‘à la Cunard’.

Yes, the Church can have fun and friendship as well as faith.

Bert Allwood

Carol Singing

Carol singing evenings were held at the Royal Southern Yacht Club and RAF Yacht Club, both led by Fr. John.  Members were in fine voice and £194.80 and £87.76 was raised respectively.

A group from St. Andrew’s Church Choir visited businesses which participated in Hamble’s ‘late opening’ shopping event, sang carols and raised £71 for the Hamble Lifeboat Appeal.

Special Christmas Services

Over Christmas we held several special services which were all very well attended.  Lots of people came to and, from what was said at the door on the way out, enjoyed, our Christmas Celebration service, where modern readings were included along with traditional carols and other Christmas songs.

We held our Christingle service where the choir from the Primary School, led by Mrs Jamieson, came and sung some beautiful Christmas songs for us and where we gave out some 100 Christingles which, once lit, clearly showed the light of Christ in our lives.

In a similar vein we held the annual Crib Service at 4pm on Christmas Eve where the church was full to overflowing.  Many children dressed up in costumes relating to the Christmas story.  Several of them placed straw in the stable and carried crib figures up to the altar to make our Christmas crib scene.  Some 180 plus children and adults then carried up a candle which was lit before the altar and again filled the church with the light of Christ.

The Midnight Mass service and Christmas Day family service saw many, many people coming together to worship God and to thank Him for sending His Son into the world.

In a world which is so troubled and in conflict it is good that, in our village, we can celebrate together and worship God who loves us so much.

Carols in the Square

A lively crowd of happy adults, excited children and dogs in bright harnesses, all in very good voice, turned out for Carols in the Square on Christmas Eve, despite the damp evening.

Carols were sung with gusto by the crowd as well as by those leading the who raised and waved the 5 gold rings during the singing of “The Twelve Days of Christmas” deserve a special mention.  Fancy joining the singers at the front next year?!

Father Christmas arrived just in time before the rain and distributed sweets to the children.Carols in the square

A big thank you to the crowd for your generous giving which raised £818 for charity and to the bucket carrying volunteers who helped achieve this amount.

We express our great appreciation to Grace Midgeley who accompanied the singing on keyboard, Simon Gardner for the sound system, Picador for supplying the lorry and Veals for the sweets.

See you all again in the Square on Christmas Eve 2013.

Fundraising at Christmas

Many of the Christmas Services at              St. Andrew’s raise money for charity.  This year a total of £1,532.33 was raised.  The charities which benefited were The Children’s Society, The Naomi House Appeal, The Samaritans and Oxfam.

Thank you to all who gave so generously.

The Spirit of Christmas

A Time of Giving and Sharing

Christmas, a time of celebration, filled with joy, laughter, light and music but more so, an expression of Christian beliefs throughout the world, a time of giving and sharing for all.

On Christmas Day, in the Priory Centre of St. Andrew’s Church, Hamble, this certainly was apparent with 58 members of the community, who would have otherwise been on their own on Christmas day, sitting down together in warm, comfortable and wonderfully decorated surroundings, to enjoy a full traditional Christmas meal with companionship, carols and gifts.Carols at Christmas Lunch

It was a most wonderful day of celebration, the true Spirit of Christmas, where expression of fellowship, respect and love was felt by all.

A huge thank you must go to Steve, our ever calm and helpful Christmas chef, who so generously lent his skills to us for the day, and also to his wife, Linda, who gave her time to help.Father Christmas at the Christmas lunch

Of course this still would not have been at all possible without the generous help of all the other volunteers who assisted to make it such an enjoyable day.  This included those who helped with the preparations beforehand, decorating the Priory Centre, laying tables, preparing vegetables, shopping and for contributing in any way.

Many guests were chauffeured to and from the venue by 10 volunteer drivers, 5 of which did not stay for the meal as they had taken time from their own families’ celebrations, to drive guests to and from the meal.

Thanks to Grace Midgeley for giving up her time to accompany the carol singing on the keyboard, which was led by Fr. John, and to a very busy Father Christmas who arrived at the end of the celebrations bearing gifts.

Funds for this event are raised throughout the year by the Place 2 B coffee mornings, with further donations gratefully received from BP and the Co-operative stores of Hamble and Netley, including a £50 donation from Netley, given anonymously.

Thanks must also go to Owtons for their continued support and generosity in supplying the gammon and turkey, and to Pickwell Farm Shop for supplying the vegetables and to Sandra Tyzak and the Hamble Needlecraft Circle for their help with the Christmas presents.

Thanks to each and every one of you, who played a part in this act of Christian fellowship.

Confirmation Service

Wednesday 5th of December 2012

Seven candidates, Cameron Barradale, Joanna Walker, Naomi Hirst, Maureen Franklin, Lorraine Franklin, Edward Hinton and Dawn Vickers, had attended preparation for confirmation classes with Father John.

From the left. Joanna, Naomi, Dawn, Bishop Norman, Edward Hinton, Fr. John, Lorraine, Cameron and Maureen.

From the left. Joanna, Naomi, Dawn, Bishop Norman, Edward Hinton, Fr. John, Lorraine, Cameron and Maureen.

The classes were comprehensive, fundamental, informative as well as enjoyable.  Father John emphasised throughout the classes that being a Christian does not mean that you cannot enjoy yourself.

Confirmation is a sacrament which comprises the laying of the Bishop’s hands, with prayer, on the candidate’s head, and the giving of the grace, a gift of the Holy Spirit of God, to give strength in pursuit of the candidate’s faith.

Confirmation is a life affirming experience for all and not an end in itself but part of the continuing  journey of the Christian life.

The Confirmation by the Bishop of Richborough, Bishop Norman Baker was inspiring and spiritually uplifting to both candidates, supporters of the candidates and members of the congregation.

Thanksgiving for 25 years of Marriage

On Saturday 29th December 2012 we celebrated our Silver Wedding Anniversary by renewing our wedding vows.  At the Altar 3

We had a wonderful church service at St. Andrew’s, Hamble conducted by Fr. John Travers.  We were surrounded by our families, friends and church family.  After the service everyone joined us in the Priory Centre for celebratory drinks and food – a lovely buffet with delicious cup cakes.

We asked that instead of buying gifts, guests contributed to the Macmillan Nurses cancer charity and in doing so raised £240.


We would like to thank everyone who attended and also everyone connected with St. Andrew’s Church and the Priory Centre for helping to make this a very memorable occasion for us.  

Pat & Ian Stephens

Farewell to Fr. John

Fr. John Travers took his final service at St Andrew’s Church on Sunday,  30th December.Farewell FJ1  It was a wonderful occasion, and somewhat emotional as the choir sang special blessings and Fr. John preached to his “flock” for the last time.  His ministry has touched the lives of many, many people and he will be much missed by the regular congregation and others in the village who will remember his pastoral care at sad as well as happy times of their lives.

It is nearly eighteen years since        Fr. John and Joyce came to Hamble with their young daughters, Rachael and Rebecca.  During this time          Fr. John has overseen a great deal of restoration and improvement to our beautiful medieval church and to the Priory Centre.  This culminated in a special year of celebration in 2009 to mark the 900th anniversary of the founding of the church in Hamble.

At the end of the service the churchwardens made a presentation in which they paid tributes to Fr. John’s work here, and gave gifts funded personally by the congregation.  These included a glass spirit decanter with a silver stopper, together with eight silver rimmed tumblers.  The decanter was engraved with a picture of the church, and the glasses with an anchor and  “St Andrew’s Church, Hamble 1995 – 2012”.  There was also a gold carriage clock and £200 towards a new accordion that Fr. John wants to buy.

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Farewell FJ3

After the church service, over ninety people attended a lunch organised by the Parochial Church Council in the Priory Centre.  On the menu were cold meats, salads and new potatoes, followed by hot apple pie and cream.


Further tributes to Fr. John’s particular personal strengths were given by Helen Griffiths, Vice Chairman of the PCC, and Fr. John entertained us with tales of some of the more memorable experiences of his priesthood.

With both their daughters now working overseas, Fr. John and Joyce have decided to make their home in Tenerife, although they will be retaining a small pied á terre in Hamble.  We wish them all the very best for the future.

A Message from Fr. John.

After nearly eighteen years in this parish Joyce and I have decided to move on to do other things in our lives.  Leaving St. Andrew’s Church and Parish will be a real wrench for both of us but time moves on and so does a person’s life and goals, as does the church and aspects of church life.

It has been a pleasure working with you all.  It has also been so very interesting living and working within this church community in many ways.  When I came to Hamble the church was full of lively debate and as I leave it still has members with differing views on so many aspects of church life.  That in my opinion is a strength, not a weakness as it shows that the church is this community is very much alive and well.

I know I leave you in good heart.  You have a lovely church which is well maintained and a very good hall in the Priory Centre, which, although not belonging to the church, is used for all church functions and is a real asset to this community.  I also leave a very strong team behind who will look after the needs of you all to the best of their abilities.

Life will be different this next year, but it is a challenge that I know you will face up to as you wait for a new priest to guide you in the future.

God Bless you all.

Father John and Joyce

“They have not rejected thee but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them”  (1 Samuel 8:7)

Isn’t it wonderful to know that each one of us has been made in God’s image (Genesis 1: 26)?

Isn’t it wonderful that we have all the guidance and inspiration we need to live His image, here on earth?  Jesus is our role model in every sense.  We have, also, many texts of Scripture to guide us.  Surely, the text from     Psalm 73 (verses 24 and 25) should inspire all:

“Thou shalt guide me with Thy counsel and afterward receive me t o glory.  Whom have I in heaven but Thee?  And there is none upon earth that I desire beside Thee”.

Jesus comforted His disciples, by assuring them that, “I go to prepare a place for you — that where I am, there ye may be also”.  Such a promise is for all mankind.

However, St. John, in the second Chapter of his First Letter, identified one of mankind’s major problems when he wrote:

“LOVE NOT THE WORLD, neither the things that are in the world.  If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him”.  This seems to apply so truly to our present society where more and more people seem to be turning away from a living Faith in God–.

There are many Biblical characters, whose life styles are good patterns to copy.  For example, in the Book of Genesis: Chapter 12, is the account of Abram’s obedience to God’s call.  He was to leave his homestead, in Haran, and go “Unto a land that I will shew thee and I will make of thee a great nation—–“.  Abram obeyed the instruction, BECAUSE HE TRUSTED GOD, even though he was 75 years old and his wife, Sarai was barren—.  Further, God now renamed Abram, “Abraham” thus confirming that he would be the “Father of a great multitude” and Sarai was renamed Sarah i.e. “Princess”.  Their son, when born, was to be named “Isaac”.

Descendants came!  Isaac’s wife, Rebekah gave birth to twin boys, one of whom, Jacob, was renamed “Israel” as a sign that he would be the ancestor of many nations and kings.  How strange that knowing this, members of his family chose to turn from God, TO WORSHIP IDOLS? (Genesis 35:2).

Jacob had twelve sons; most of their names were used to label the tribes that would, later, settle in the Promised Land.  How this settling happened is a wonderful example of how God is able to transform the WICKEDNESS of people, to fulfil His purposes for the good of so many more.  Thus, one of Jacob’s sons, Joseph, was a HATED by his brothers that they sold him into slavery.  Worse!  Because of a FALSE accusation, by the wife of Joseph’s master (Potiphor), Joseph’s was imprisoned, IN EGYPT.  ONE OF Joseph’s attributes was the ability to interpret dreams; this enabled him to interpret one of Pharoah’s dreams: that an economic crisis will effect Egypt.  The outcome was that Joseph was released from prison so that he could be appointed to high office, to deal with this predicted crisis.  Genesis 45:7 indicates that God used Joseph’s circumstances to bring His chosen people, listed in Chapter 46 of Genesis, TO EGYPT, in preparation for the Exodus to the Promised Land.  Both Jacob and Joseph died in Egypt.

God CHOSE Moses and prepared him, to lead His people out of Egypt towards the Promised Land and allowed him to see, from Mount Nebo, the land promised to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.  But it would be Joshua, and not Moses, who would guide God’s people over the River Jordan and so enter this Promised Land.  Joshua is remembered for much but especially for his inspirational words: “Choose you this day whom ye will serve —- as for me and my house, WE WILL SERVE THE LORD”.  The people answered, “God forbid that we should forsake the Lord, to serve other gods” (Joshua 24: 15 and 16).  Sadly, in spite of so much HOPE, this is precisely what the people did: they worshipped the FALSE gods of the surrounding nations.  Samuel was so upset that he prayed to the Lord and received the reply that he should do as the people asked, “FOR THEY HAVE NOT REJECTED THEE BUT THEY HAVE REJECTED ME, THAT I SHOULD NOT REIGN OVER THEM”.  The history of the kings reveals that most of them led the people to do WRONG in the sight of the Lord.

As we continue our journey of life, let us really have a Happy New Year by living 2013 in the image of God.  How wonderful it will be if we are able to do so, as Jesus did as one of us, with the assurance that:

“I and my Father are one”

(John 10:30)

The Rev Dr.Michael.Morgan

(Member of our congregation)

Special Services for Holy Week and Easter

Palm Sunday, 24th March

8.00 am           Holy Eucharist

10 am              The Parish Eucharist

 Maundy Thursday, 28th March

9.45 am           Family Eucharist

7.00 pm           Eucharist of the Lord’s Supper with Traditional Foot Washing Ceremony

8.30 – 10 pm   Vigil Watch at the Altar of Repose

Celebration of the Last Supper, when Jesus gave the first Eucharist and washed His disciples’ feet; 12 volunteers have their feet washed by the priest at this service.  The “Vigil Watch” in the Lady Chapel, where the altar is beautifully dressed with flowers and candles, follows the Eucharist.  Stay for as long as you wish.  Join in meditations, remembering how Jesus spent the night before his crucifixion in the Garden of Gethsemane.

Good Friday, 29th March

11.00 am         Stations of the Cross

Around the walls of the church are pictures depicting how Jesus carried his cross to Golgotha where he was crucified.  We move around the church in a group, pausing at each of these pictures for prayers, readings and singing.  We are reminded of the appalling cruelty of the crucifixion and the extent of the suffering that Jesus went through for us.

12 – 4.00 pm   Children’s Easter Workshop   See page

2.30 pm           Celebaration of the Lord’s Passion

                        Veneration of the Cross and Holy Eucharist with Music

At this, the most solemn and moving service of the year, we commemorate in words and music the suffering and death of Jesus.  Those who wish, kiss the wooden cross, the sign of God’s love that won life for the world.

Holy Saturday, 30th March

7.00 pm           Easter Vigil and Service of Light

Starting with a fire outside the church – the new flames are blessed and from them comes the light for the Easter Candle, symbolising Christ who dispels the darkness of the night.  In a representative “vigil” at the Lord’s tomb, we listen to Bible readings, renew our baptismal vows and then joyfully celebrate the first Eucharist of Easter.

Easter Day, Sunday 31st March

8.00 am           Holy Eucharist

10.00 am         The Mass of the Resurrection

The celebration continues with glorious Easter hymns.  If you have re-lived the death and burial of Jesus over the preceding days at these special services, you will experience the true meaning of Easter.

The Voice from the Potting Shed

Potting ShedHere we are with March fast approaching, the first Potting Shed article for 2013 and a new gardening year to look forward to.  It is always an exciting time deciding what plants to grow this year, and taking the opportunity to look back over the past year and our successes and failures. Maybe try new varieties or to stick to our trusted ones.

With the very frequent rainfall last year some plants did better than others and the slugs did best of all.  Let’s hope for more favourable weather conditions for us gardeners this year.  With this edition of New Waves covering the Lent and Easter period there will be plenty of gardening to do.  With those of you with a greenhouse or conservatory, who can supply some gentle heat and like to grow bedding plants from seed, now would be a good time to think about sowing for an early summer display.

Last year the Potting Shed wrote about the plants that had been awarded the Royal Horticultural Society Award of Merit, so with this the start of a new gardening year, the Potting Shed has chosen six easy to grow flowers that you might wish to try this year, they are:

  • Alyssum “Rosie O’Day” – attractive deep rose pink flowers ideal for edging.  Sow February to March under glass or April to May outdoors.
  • Marigold “Queen Sophia” – red flowers becoming bronze at maturity.  Height 25cm or          10 inches.  Sow February to March under glass or April to May outdoors.
  • Nasturtium “Tutti Frutti Mix” – an abundance of brightly coloured flowers.  Height 30 cm or 12 inches.  Sow February to March under glass or April to May outdoors.
  • Sweet Pea “High Scent” – attractive blush pink flowers with a darker margin.  Sow February to March under glass with gentle heat or April to May outdoors for later flowers.
  • Two varieties for outdoor sowing in March to May are:
    • Colendula “Fiesta” with double flowers.  Height 30 cm or           12 inches.
    • Convolvulus “Blue Ensign” large flowers with a height of 30-35 cm or 12-14 inches.  Good for ground cover.

    Tip: Always remember to read and follow the advice on the seed packets.

    Seeds should be now available from most large garden centres, or look     on-line.

    The Potting Shed Top Tip:              For those of you who enjoy blueberries and want to experience the joy of picking fresh fruit straight from the garden, blueberries make excellent container plants.  To be safe it is always best to have two varieties for pollination.  Grow in large containers, or in the soil, and, as they require acid soil growing conditions, plant them in ericaceous compost.  Keep the soil moist and try to use rainwater if possible, as they do not like lime in tap water.  Different varieties ripen from early July to late August.  You will need to net them as the birds love them too. Until the next time, happy gardening from the Potting Shed.

Ginger spends Christmas in Scotland

I have recently returned home having spent Christmas in Scotland with the people that I live with in Hamble.  You may remember, that back in the summer, I was taken on a cruise to Norway.  Well this time it was a coach holiday.  The male half of the partnership (the master) at home is a coach driver, and the female half acts as the trolley dolly on some trips.  I sit right at the front of the coach with my nose pressed up against the windscreen with my friend Watson sitting next to me.  He wears glasses and sometimes his specs rattle against the glass.  It gets a bit annoying after a couple of hundred miles.

About 15 miles from our destination at Inversnaid on Loch Lomond the road disintegrates into something akin to a cart track and almost qualifies to be on the TV series “The Worlds Most Dangerous Roads”.  (That’s a slight exaggeration, Ginger.)  That really made Watson’s glasses rattle.  When we arrived at Inversnaid I thought that we would be staying in the hotel as well but no, we were left to spend the night looking after the coach.  Apparently they do not allow bears in the hotel. Well, we settled down for the night and, at about 6am, I was woken by a strange noise. Watson adjusted his glasses and said it looked like a cat.  Later we heard someone say that it was a Scottish wild cat.  I said if we saw it again I would chase it away. Watson said he didn’t think that was a very good idea.

The next day we went back up the cart track to another hotel where everyone except Watson and I had lunch!  By this time we were starving, so we had a rummage around and found some hot chicken soup and shortbread biscuits – an unusual combination but quite tasty, and slightly akin to a Chinese sweet and sour dish.  After lunch we returned to the hotel via a circular route.  It never stopped raining and Watson and I were cross-eyed from watching the windscreen wipers going backwards and forwards.  We were left in the coach again but we did sneak out to see the big waterfall next to the hotel.  We were hoping to catch some salmon but were not at all lucky so it was back to the coach for more soup (tomato this time) and crackers.

The next day was Christmas Day so the master and the trolley dolly had the day off. We were left on our own once again so we thought we would try our luck at fly fishing. Well, we had only been fishing for about 5 minutes when suddenly Watson’s line started to run out.  When he gained control and started to reel it in the biggest salmon you have ever seen was on the end of his line.  Yes, it was so big that we had quite a fight to get it into the net and back to the coach.  Boy, did we have a feast! There was enough for both of us, with enough left to have for supper.

There was a big fuss on Boxing Day when the master could not understand why the coach smelt of fish.  We chuckled when the trolley dolly went mad with an air freshener trying to get rid of the smell.  Off we went again up Scotland’s most dangerous road (that’s more like it, Ginger) this time to Stirling for a pantomime.  It was called Cinderella and everyone said it was very good.  Watson and I did not get to see it as bears were not allowed in the theatre. (It seems that bears are not allowed anywhere in Scotland).  Once again we spent the night in the coach but were rudely awoken at 5.45am when the master started loading the luggage.  After lots of huffing and puffing interspersed with words that we had not heard before, he went off to get his breakfast.  At 8.15, with a cheery wave, we set off back up the road to Aberfoyle and on to Stirling where we joined the motorway heading south.  We were only doing 62mph, but with your nose pressed up against the windscreen it seems a lot faster, especially with Watson’s specs vibrating against the glass like a pneumatic drill.  We ran into some heavy traffic and it took a long time to get home, but we did enjoy our holiday.  I wonder where we will go next.  I will keep you informed.

Wishing you all a very happy New Year.

Ginger Stephens

What’s on?

Tuesday 29th 10.30 am – 12.45 pm St Andrew’s Café
Wednesday 30th 11 am – 12.30 pm Cherubs
Sunday 3rd 11.30 am The 11.30 with Baptism Service
Tuesday 5th 7 pm Healing Service
Wednesday 6th 11 am – 12.30 pm Cherubs
Sunday 10th 6 pm Choral Evensong
Tuesday 12th 10.30 am – 12.45 pm St Andrew’s Café
Wednesday 13th 11 am – 12.30 pm Cherubs; 7 pm Ash Wednesday Eucharist
Wed 13th – Sat 16th 9 am and 6 pm Daily Office
Sunday 17th 6 pm Lent Choral Evensong
Mon 18th – Sat 23rd 9 am and 6 pm Daily Office
Wednesday 20th 11 am – 12.30 pm Cherubs; 7 pm Lent Course
Saturday 23rd 10 am – 12 noon The Place 2 B
Sunday 24th 6 pm Lent Choral Evensong
Mon 25th – Sat 2nd Mar 9 am and 6 pm Daily Office
Tuesday 26th 10.30 am – 12.45 pm St Andrew’s Café
Wednesday 27th 11 am – 12.30 pm Cherubs; 7 pm Lent Course
Sunday 26th 6 pm Lent Choral Evensong
Friday 1st 11 am Women’s World Day of Prayer
Sunday 3rd 11.30 am The 11.30 with Baptism Service6 pm Lent Choral Evensong
Mon 4th – Sat 9th 9 am and 6 pm Daily Office
Tuesday 5th 7 pm Healing Service
Wednesday 6th 11 am – 12.30 pm Cherubs; 7 pm Lent Course
Sunday 10thSunday 10th – 24th 10 am Mothering Sunday; 6 pm Lent Choral EvensongTwo Saints’ Charity Collection
Mon 11th – Sat 16th 9 am and 6 pm Daily Office
Tuesday 12th 10.30 am – 12.45 pm St Andrew’s Café
Wednesday 13th 11 am – 12.30 pm Cherubs; 7 pm Lent Course
Sunday 17th 6 pm Lent Choral Evensong
Mon 18th – Sat 23rd 9 am and 6 pm Daily Office
Wednesday 20th 11 am – 12.30 pm Cherubs; 7 pm Lent Course
Thursday 21st 11.45 am Lent Lunch
Sunday 24th 10 am Palm Sunday Eucharist; 6 pm Lent Choral Evensong
Mon 25th – Sat 30th 9 am and 6 pm Daily Office
Monday 25th 10 am – 4 pm Quiet Day
Tuesday 26th 10.30 am – 12.45 pm St Andrew’s Café
Wednesday 27th 11 am – 12.30 pm Cherubs; 7 pm Parish Passover Supper
Thursday 28th 7 pm Maundy Thursday Eucharist
Friday 29th 11 am Stations of the Cross; 12 – 4 pm Children’s Easter Workshop;2.30 pm Celebration of the Lord’s Passion
Saturday 30th 10 am – 12 noon The Place 2 B7 pm Easter Vigil and Service of Light
Sunday 31st 10 am Mass of the Resurrection
Tuesday 2nd 7 pm Healing Service
Wednesday 3rd 11 am – 12.30 pm Cherubs
Sunday 7th 11.30 am The 11.30 with Baptism ServiceSt. Andrew’s Church AGM
Tuesday 9th 10.30 am – 12.45 pm St Andrew’s Café
Wednesday 10th 11 am – 12.30 pm Cherubs
Sunday 14th 6 pm Choral Evensong
Wednesday 17th 11 am – 12.30 pm Cherubs
Friday 19th 7.30 pm Friday Night is Music Night
Tuesday 23rd 10.30 am – 12.45 pm St Andrew’s Café
Wednesday 24th 11 am – 12.30 pm Cherubs
Saturday 30th 10 am – 12 noon The Place 2 B
Sunday 5th 11.30 am The 11.30 with Baptism Service
Tuesday 7th 10.30 am – 12.45 pm St Andrew’s Café; 7 pm Healing Service
Thursday 9th 7 pm Ascension Day Eucharist Service
Sunday 12th 6 pm Choral Evensong

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; Weddings 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 PCC Member 023 8056 1195
Pat Stephens Churchwarden; Assistant Sacristan 023 8045 4181
David Winser Parish Reader; Sacristan; Baptisms 0777 192 2243
Holly Waghorn PCC Member 023 8040 2972
Other contacts
Annette de Bary Music 023 8045 8452
Pat Gillman Magazine distribution 023 8045 2422
Grant Hearn Friends of St Andrew’s;Priory Centre Bookings 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.

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Tel 023 8056 1195   Email:

 There will be 4 editions of New Waves published in 2013

Deadline for Summer edition: 31st March

Deadline for Harvest edition: 30th June

Deadline for Christmas edition: 15th September

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.

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