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CRIB FESTIVAL - ST IPPOLYTS CHURCH

Do not forget our wonderful Crib Festival on Sat and Sun 3rd and 4th December between 11:00 and 17:00 at St Ippolyts Church.

 

See over 150 differtent cribs from all around the world, enjoy a cup of tea and a piece of cake and enter our lovely prize draw.

 

Entry £4

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Toilet upgrade at St Ippolyts Church

At last we have had the tired and rather rickety toilet door replaced as part of our toilet upgrade!IMG 1136  1

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Crowds flock to see St IPPOLYTS CHURCH FLOWER FESTIVAL this Bank holiday.

A steady stream of visitors are enjoying the wonderfulIMG 4741 display of flower arrangement representing Inns of England. 

With a delicious selection of cakes to be washed down with tea or coffee visitors could relax in the comfort of the shade outside the church.

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BBC 3 COUNTIES RADIO VISITS ST IPPOLYTS CHURCH FLOWER FESTIVAL

As part of Three Counties Radio weekend Treasure Quest, where two teams seek out treasure, St ippolyts Church Flower Festival held the treasure in the form of organiser Mary Hooper. Unfortunately neither team managed to solve the clues to determine that Mary was the treasure but at least Mary featured briefly on air to promote our wonderful flower festival. The photo shows the BCC reporter speaking to Mary outside the church.

 

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St Ippolyts Church Flower Festival starts Saturday 27th August

St Ippolyts Church Flower Festival starts Saturday 27th August at 11:00. Come along and see a wonderful display of flowers celebrating "Inns of Britain". This event is on over the Bank Holiday weekend 27th. 28th, 29th August  from 11;00 to 17:00.

 

Entrance £4 children free, all proceeds going to the church fabric fund to build a new kitchen

Teas and cakes and a raffle.

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St Ippolyts Church Flower Festival 27th, 28th & 29Th August

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FLOWER FESTIVAL IN ST. IPPOLYTS CHURCH

FLOWER FESTIVAL IN ST. IPPOLYTS CHURCH

BANK HOLIDAY 27th, 28th and 29th AUGUST

Plans are well underway for the flower festival to be held over the August Bank holiday weekend.  If you are a keen flower arranger we would welcome your support.  We also wish to involve our Parish community groups and to offer them publicity at the festival.  So, if you or your group would like to create a display or to help in any way, Mary Hooper would welcome hearing from you (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).  The theme for the floral displays is to be ‘Pub Names’.

If you are not a flower arranger but enjoy baking, you can support this event by baking and donating a cake to be sold for refreshments. 

We also need helpers to act as Stewards, serve refreshments or sell plants. If you can give at least 2 hours of your time over the weekend to help raise money for our beautiful church, please sign the lists at the back of the church or telephone Mary (H.457350).  Thank you.

                                                                                        Mary Hooper

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COFFEE MORNING WITH PLANTS

COFFEE MORNING WITH PLANTS

Thank you to everyone who braved the cold, blustery wind to support our Coffee Morning with Plants on Thursday 26th May.  Thank you also for those who couldn’t come but so generously donated.  We raised £415 for Send a Cow (soon to be rejoicing under the new name of Ripple Effect) and this will contribute to the splendid work the charity does, teaching people in rural Africa skills in sustainable farming, which they in turn teach others - hence the ripple effect.  Thank you again.

                                                                           John and Audrey Burr

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COMMUNITY LUNCHES

COMMUNITY LUNCHES

The next Community Lunches will be on Wednesday 6th July and Wednesday 3rd August at 12.30 for 12.45pm. in the Parish Hall.  The cost is £5 per person.

If you would like to come and haven’t already signed up please contact Anne Steel (Tel. 01462-432117 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Jane Veasey (Tel. 01462-434254 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

                                                                                              Anne Steel

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COLLECTING EMPTY PILL BLISTER PACKS

COLLECTING EMPTY PILL BLISTER PACKS

As many of you are aware, St. Ippolyts Church is a collecting point for used pill blister packs and this has been really successful.  We have recently been informed that we have contributed to a total of 132 Kilos which has resulted in £132 being donated to the Marie Curie Cancer charity.

If you already contribute, please continue and if you do not, please consider keeping your empty pill packs and depositing them in the collecting box just inside the door of the church.  This will not only prevent them entering landfill but will help worthwhile charities.

Thank you for your support.

      Mary Hooper

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THE TRAIN OF LIFE

THE TRAIN OF LIFE

At birth we boarded the train and met our parents,

and we believe they will always travel on our side;

However, at some station our parents will step down from the train,

leaving us on this journey alone.  As time goes by, other people will 

board the train; and they will be significant i.e. our siblings, friends,

children, and even the love of your life.  Many will step down and 

leave a permanent vacuum.  Others will go so unnoticed that we do

not realise that they vacated their seats.

This train ride will be full of joy, sorrow, fantasy, expectations,

hellos, goodbyes, and farewells.  Success consists of having a good

relationship with all passengers requiring that we give the best of 

ourselves.

The mystery to everyone is:  We do not know at which station we

ourselves will step down.  So, we must live in the best way, love,

forgive, and offer the best of who we are.  It is important to do this 

because when the time comes for us to step down and leave our 

seat empty we should leave behind beautiful memories for those 

who will continue to travel on the train of life.

I wish you a joyful journey on the train of life.  Reap success and give 

lots of love.

I thank you for being one of the passengers on my train.

                                                                     Contributed by Clare Reid

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BIBLE STUDY

BIBLE STUDY

The next Bible Study Group meeting will take place on Wednesday

13th July.  We will then take a break until early September.  We meet

at 2.30pm. at Oakhurst (behind Kingshott School) home of Margaret Edmonds.  We will be continuing our study of the First Book of Samuel.  Refreshments are served after the meeting.  Come and join us - all welcome.

For further information please contact Margaret Edmonds (01462-452340) or Clare Larsen (01462-453541).

                                                                                           Clare Larsen

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BECAUSE OF JESUS

BECAUSE OF JESUS

Before U were thought of or time had begun

God even stuck U in the name of his son

And each time U pray, you'll see that its true

You can't spell JesUs and not include U

You are a pretty big part of his wonderful name

For U He was born; that's why He came

And his great love for U is the reason he died

It even takes U to spell crUcified.

Contributed by Jennifer Veasey

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A thought from Revd Paul Lanham.

Dear Friends,

As some of you may know I had an unexpected minor stroke at the end of May.  A sudden choking led to a total loss of speech and a rather dramatic trip down the A1M to Lister Hospital, complete with flashing lights, etc.  At the time of writing the future looks positive but I have to learn how to speak clearly again; I also have to think more about life in general and how to use my time properly.

The treatment I received was beyond praise.  The ambulance came quickly, the doctors could not have been better.  But above all I was amazed by the professionalism, the energy and especially the caring of the nurses in Pirton Ward where I was a patient for 16 long days.  It also greatly impressed my daughter Liz who is a hospital sister elsewhere and who is one of the most dedicated nurses in the profession.  Thanks to them and to the support and prayers from Judy and myself I can write this column, hopefully with more to come.

Patience is not my strong point and 16 days is a very long time when you are looking at the ceiling and having more injections for more reasons than in the rest of your life put together.  Two passages from the Bible kept recurring as the hours passed.

The first was the conversion of my namesake.  Paul was a man who was always rushing around until he was forced to stop dead by what might be interpreted as being struck by lightning.  He had to think about life because there was nothing else to do - this is my interpretation of his conversion.  'What is life if full of care we have no time to stop and stare?' wrote the poet W.H. Davies.  Sometimes it's good to stop and think about what really matters, about priorities, about values and aspirations, about life in general.  I wouldn't recommend having a stroke as a way of having to do this but it was brought home to me and I would commend such ponderings to you.

The other passage in my mind was the Washing of the Disciples' Feet in the Upper Room.  Jesus was giving service to those who were closest to His followers, but Peter could not accept this.  ‘YOU Lord washing MY feet?’  He says with incredulity.  He would gladly have washed the feet and given service to others; his difficulty lay in receiving service from them.  It is far easier to care than to be cared for.

It reminded me of my last trip to hospital (a 3 week enforced rest after overworking in 1976).  I tried naively to help the other patients who were deeply troubled, but I had to be reminded by one of them that I was in as much need of help as they were.

This has been a really humbling experience and in these past days as I watched the amazing nurses quietly caring so lovingly and unobtrusively for me; they were giving and I needed them.  At times we have to take, no matter how difficult it is - as someone once said to me, 'You can't give what you haven't already got'.  Sometimes it needs a blank ceiling and nothing to do to make us face up to issues like this.

So thanks to Ginni and to so many people who have been wonderfully kind and supporting in what has been an interesting experience that I would prefer not to repeat.  Hopefully Judy and I will be back at the church soon - the sooner the better!

        Warmest good wishes, Paul

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Happy 80th Birthday to Revd Paul Lanham - 26th June 2022

We will be celebrating Paul's 80th Birthday at our 09:15 Service on Sunday 26th June at St Ippolyts.

 

Do come and join us. 

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ST. IPPOLYTS PCC

ST. IPPOLYTS PCC

Our PCC for the coming year will be made up of the following people:

The Reverend Ginni Dear - Vicar

Jane Veasey:                Churchwarden

Clare Reid:                  Churchwarden

Roger Cox                               Michael Hooper

Shelagh Cox                            Jenny Sheach

Howell Davies (ex officio)       Anne Steel

                               Frances Williams

Irene Isaac and Dee Soden      Deanery Synod Representatives

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FOLLY HOUSE TEA PARTY

FOLLY HOUSE TEA PARTY

The Friends of St. Ippolyts Church invite everyone to tea in our garden on Sunday 26th June from 3.00pm. till 5.00pm.  All welcome but bring a chair to relax in please!  We need to replenish our funds as we are keen to buy a Ciborium for the communion wafers and donate it to the Church.  If it’s raining we will postpone the event to another date in July.  Please come it will be fun to see you all.

Frances Williams

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Return of Community Lunches

Return of Community Lunches

After a COVID 19 enforced break in excess of two years it is pleasing to note that Community Lunches are “back on the menu” at the Parish Hall.

Organised and run by dedicated Community Volunteers for the Community an appetising lunch is served where friends and neighbours can socialise in a relaxed convivial atmosphere, all are welcomed.

Sincere thanks are extended to the small and dedicated teams of volunteers whose wide-ranging work includes donating home-grown vegetables, buying seasonally appropriate food, preparing food both at home and at the Parish Hall, offering lifts to those requiring transport, setting up the room and after lunch replacing the tables and chairs and ensuring that the Hall and Kitchen are left clean and tidy for future use.

There is an old saying “Many hands make light work” and some new helpers would be much appreciated by the present teams of volunteers.

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COMMUNITY LUNCH

COMMUNITY LUNCH

The next Community Lunch will be on Wednesday 1st June at 12.30 for 12.45pm. in the Parish Hall.  The cost is £5 per person.  If you would like to come and haven’t already signed up please let Anne Steel know: Telephone 01462-432117 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

                                                                                           Anne Steel

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FRIENDS OF ST. IPPOLYTS CHURCH

FRIENDS OF ST. IPPOLYTS CHURCH

As we discussed at our last meeting, we need to boost our funds this year. Please would you all be so kind as to bring a cake for our tea party on Sunday 26th June.  Full details on page 11.  You are all so generous with your time already so please forgive for asking.

Our AGM will be in September.

Frances Williams

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