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Christmas 2015:

'Come to Bethlehem' 2012

Come to Bethlehem 2012

This very popular service was once again full and our thanks to everyone who helped to make it so successful. Could we have Christmas without this service - it certainly would not be the same.

As always the children are the stars of this service and thank you to all the mums who dressed them up and indeed came in costume themselves.

We would like to thank the group who made the Christingles for this service - there is no doubt that they provide some of the 'magic' to this service. The collection was again given to the Children's Society who help children who are facing difficulties in their young lives.

Thank you for attending and we shall see you all on Christmas Eve!!




Remembrance Service

November is now behind us - the school held its Remembrance and laid a wreath at the Ducis War Memorial on 9th November as the 11th was a Sunday - and it was good to see them. They were joined by some people from the village and thanks are due to our Police PCSOs who joined us and made sure there were no problems between passing traffic and 120 children.



Everyone who attended our Jazz@St.Andrew's concert on 20th October was treated to a fantastic performance by Clara Green and her fellow talented musicians as she led us along 'the Great American Songbook' journey. It was a great evening and a great many of those attended said "what a wonderful evening". Clara has also mailed us to say thank you and also how much they all enjoyed being at St Andrew's.

Alexandra Ford, our own local talent, also sang a solo.

Clara and the other musicians now want to come back for another concert!

The evening raised some much needed funds for the church as well as being enjoyable.

Thank you to all who came along and supported the evening.


Ducis and Everleigh Show

The Ducis and Everleigh Village Show on 15th September picked a beautiful sunny day and was a huge success - Robert East and the team are to be congratulated on a brilliant day out with everything from Donkeys and popcorn to the Band of the Prince of Wales' Division. It was good to have our new Bishop of Ramsbury, Right Rev Edward Francis Condry, declare the show open and to have a chance to welcome him and meet him and his wife and chat with them. At the time of writing, it looks as though the show raised something over £4,000 for St Andrew's parish and other charities and local organisations.

Harvest Festival

Our Family Harvest Service was on 23rd September with the school's harvest service in St Andrew's the following day. Many thanks to those who helped in whatever capacity with preparing the church, clearing up, providing ploughmans' after the Sunday service and helping make sure the school enjoyed themselves. The produce was donated to the Trussell Trust's foodbank or Bartlett House depending on how perishable it was.

A reminder that there is a box in the porch for food and kitchen items which is cleared regularly and contents taken to the foodbank. Trussell Trust foodbanks provide a minimum of three days emergency food and support to people experiencing crisis in the UK - whose numbers are growing, so they are grateful for any donations they can have. In September in Andover alone they highlighted a shortage of tinned fish, tinned fruit, fruit juice, long life milk, rice, spaghetti, sugar and tinned vegetables as well as frying pans and washing powder and fabric conditioner.


Holiday Club

The Savernake Holiday Club, led by Rev Michael McHugh, met in St Andrew's at the beginning of August to start their journey through the Bible. We focussed on Noah and the flood and the children first heard the story of Noah and then had an enjoyable time making rainbows, rainbow doves, making and sailing paper boats, making some incredible pipe cleaner animals and decorating cakes with all sorts of yummy things.
The subsequent weeks were spent on stories of Moses, Jonah, Paul and Ourselves - the culmination of which will be a the service at Burbage on 2nd September when all the collages will be brought together.


Parish Picnic July 22nd

We have just received these photos of the picnic and hope you enjoy looking at them. By the sunshine it must have been one of the few really good days during this awful summer of weather!

Once again Mary and Dick hosted the Parish Picnic in their garden. The weather was a typical summer's day - what more could we ask.

Friends met and enjoyed the pleasant surroundings, the large and varied spread and good company - so much so that people were happy to sit and chat.

The picnic was held after Mary's last service at Ducis which gave us the perfect opportunity to say thank you and present them with a token of our appreciation for all that they have done for the whole community over the last 12 years. They were given a bowl crafted by our local potter and Dick was given a bottle of his favuorite (we hope) tipple.

Many thanks to you both and we all hope you are enjoying you new life in the Scottish borders.



Puddingfest 4th May

Our Puddingfest was once again a great success. We would like to thank all who came along to enjoy the sampling of the many puddings and chat with friends and especially to Mike R who tweeted his friends who came from far and wide to join in the evening.

A big thank you to all who provided such a wonderful range of puddings for us all to indulge in.

We would also like to thank all those who helped in any way during the evening to make it the success it was - just under £350 was raised for Church funds.




Our Easter week services started with Compline on the Wednesday night which was followed on Good Friday for our Walk of Witness from St Andrew's Church through the Stations of the Cross to St Mary's in Collingbourne Kingston.
Cups of tea or coffee with hot cross buns provided a welcome refreshment afterwards.
The Easter Service at St Andrew's Church was well attended by families and the children among us enjoyed Mary's sermon especially when she produced a basketful of real eggs to be decorated by them. While the 'older' children in the congregation took Holy Communion the younger ones sped off on the Easter Egg hunt.

A really big THANK YOU to everyone who contributed in any way to the beautiful floral arrangements that welcomed everyone on that Sunday morning. They were stunning.

A big thank you to everyone who donated the soup and bread for the Lent Lunches and also to all those who came along and supported us.

This year we raised over £250 for Naomi House Hospice. THANK YOU.

Lent Lunches

Lent started with Ash Wednesday and our service in St Andrew's. Our Lent Lunches carry on every Wednesday from 29th February through to the last week in March, followed by Palm Sunday breakfast on 1st April. Proceeds will be donated to Naomi House, a local and derserving charity which gives support to children and young adults with life-limiting conditions and to their families. It's good to spread the love - so why not join us for a mug or two of soup and some bread at one of our lunchtimes and donate to this cause close to home? Have a look at their website or better still, go and see what they do. If you cannot do lunchtime, come instead to the Palm Sunday breakfast at about 8.45am for a simple breakfast.


Pancakes races at Collingbourne School proved as popular as ever. Racing down the playground and tossing the tortillas alias pancakes were not as easy as it first looked and the wind tended to blow them to the side. But inside eating the warm pancakes with sugar and lemon was a different game entirely. Their faces said it all!!


Confirmations on Saturday 7th January

Four of our members joined in with many others from all over the Diocese at Salisbury Cathedral when the Bishop of Salisbury confirmed them into the Church.

This was a very moving and very personal service considering the number of people who were confirmed.

Congratulations and welcome to Carol, Phyllis, Sarah and Vicky.


And of course our 'Come to Bethlehem' Service for all the family. Once again the church was packed as the story of that first Christmas told.

Young shepherds watching their sheep were surprised by the angels who appeared in front of them telling them to go to Bethlehem. The wise men, only two this year, came from afar to see this babe that people were talking about.

And then at last the shepherds, sheep, donkey, angels, and wise men cam and saw our baby wrapped in shawls and lying in his basket.

The Christingles were distributed and lit, the lights in church went out as we sang our last carol by candlelight.

The collection from this service as always went to the Church of England Children's Society.

We would like to thank everyone for coming and making it another great success and especially all those who came suitably dressed for that first Christmas. We would also like to thank all those who helped decorate the church, helped with the refreshments and tidying up the church afterwards for the Midnight service.


Brass & Carols 22nd December

Again we enjoyed an evening of Brass and Carols when Pheonix Brass came a played outside on the Memorial Green while the more hardy of us braved the inclement weather and sang carols while enjoying mulled wine and hot chestnuts.

Our thanks to Pheonix Brass Band who provided us with the music.

Many drivers slowed down when they passed our gathering.

Thanks also to our mulled wine expert for giving us a cup of delicious warm wine.

The children from Collingbourne School make the figures and animals for the Nativity Scene


Remembrance Services

Our two Remembrance Services were as usual well attended - firstly on Armistice Day itself at the War Memorial with the School children and those who did not have to be at work, and then the following Sunday when St Andrew was full. The collection from Sunday went to the Poppy Appeal.

Many thanks to all the people and the Brownies and Beavers who tidied round the Memorial itself, to those who cleared the leaves and litter from the War Memorial Green and everyone who helped tidy round the graves in the churchyard which has Commonwealth Graves from both World Wars.



At our October Family Service Poppy Hudson was baptised into the Church.



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