Ramble News May 2014


The ramble on 15th May at 7:30pm. has been cancelled.  Thankfully there is another ramble at the end of the month.

You are invited to join the rambling group for a walk at Chawton near Alton on Saturday 31st May and after for lunch at The Greyfriar at Chawton.  You may park in the pub car park and we suggest we meet at the tea room next door at 11am. for coffee. The walk will include a visit to the local church and and as we go through a wooded area walking boots are advised.  Menus are available from Marilyn or Michael or can be seen on the website http://www.thegreyfriar.co.uk.  Please let them have your food order by Monday 26th May.  Jane Austen`s house is across the road from The Greyfriar for those who may wish to visit after lunch.

Boys and Girls Brigade Display and Awards Evening


This Event will take place on Wednesday 21st May at 6.30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to come along and see what the Brigades have been up to.

To give you an idea of what to expect an article about last years Awards evening is below.

During the Evening of Wednesday 3rd July, Relatives and Friends of the Boys and Girls  Brigades attended the Annual Display and Awards Evening. This was an opportunity for us all to see what the Brigades had been up to during the last year, and congratulate them on the Badges they had achieved. We were pleased to welcome the Boys Brigade Battalion President, to present the Awards.
Our thanks to all who where involved in this enjoyable event.

To see more about the Brigades please look at the Pages section to the Right of this post.

Upcoming Concerts

The New Music Makers have several concerts coming up shortly.

22nd May at St Marks Church Woolston

30th May 7.30 p.m. at Thornden Hall Chandlers Ford

6th June at Netley

7th June 2.30 p.m. at The Berry Theatre Hedge End.

The New Music Makers practice their singing in Hedge End Methodist Church on a Thursday Evening.

More details about them and  there  concerts can be found at:-


New Music Group

On May 11th at 10:30a.m. Ann and Tony will be introducing a new musical group.  Ann and Tony belong to the musical group “The Madding Crowd”, and last year we were blest by their performance of “The Wesleys” at Swaythling Methodist Church.  Tony is encouraging musicians outside of the standard Sunday morning worship mould to contribute to our worship, so under his guidance we are being brought together this Sunday after practice on Wednesday at 7:00pm.  Tony plays the Serpent, a very interesting instrument indeed.  We hope you all enjoy, and lets give Tony and all the musicians all the support and encouragement they deserve.

Spring Fayre

Spring Fayre
Spring Fayre : Photo thanks to Ann
Spring Fayre
Spring Fayre : Photo thanks to Ann
Spring Fayre
Spring Fayre : Photo thanks to Ann

Thankyou everyone who came to the Spring Fayre yesterday.  It was a lovely May day and this encouraged plenty of people to come.  Outside we sold lots of plants, annuals, perenials and cacti.  Indoor there were lovely cakes and marmalades, vegetables, books, games to play, things to buy, tins, woodwork, and lots of food to eat.  More important than all the goodies, was the oportunity for everyone to meet in an informal setting.  Nobody offerered me a prize on any of the games because I cheated! We trust everyone had a good time.

Jammy Church is still running!

We apologise that the Saturday School website “www.jammychurch.co.uk”  has now not been working for the last couple of weeks.  The state has been brought to the attention of one of the webmasters of the site.  Please be assured that Saturday School will still run on the second Saturday of each month, and that hopefully the problem will soon be fixed.  In the meantime please refer to the calendar and details on this site, or the Saturday School facebook page.

Spring Fayre



On Saturday 3rd May we will be holding our Spring Fayre.

There will be many stalls including Plants, Books, Cakes, Crafts, Cards, Woodwork, Fruit Veg and Preserves, Gifts. We will also be holding some Raffles including one for a Hamper. Refreshments will be available, there will  be an opportunity to play some Games. The Fayre starts at 10.30 a.m. and will go on until about 1.00 p.m.  Admission is 50p per Adult and is free for Children. We would be delighted if you came to see us during the Morning. (The Pictures were taken at a previous Fayre).

Why I bother with the World Federation of Methodist and Uniting Church Women!

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I never expected the amazing experiences I would enjoy when I allowed my name to go forward for the position of Area President for the Britain and Ireland Area of the WFM&UCW. Travelling opportunities yes: to South Africa for the 12th World Assembly, to Basel for a World Executive meeting, to Rome for the Joint European Areas Seminar, and to Melbourne for the next World Executive in July when I guess we shall be planning the 13th World Assembly in Houston, Texas.
But it’s not just the travel, exciting though that is. It is the personal contact with women in so many parts of the world, God’s world, (John Wesley’s Parish!) that is an inspiration to me. It’s having opportunities to hear stories of bravery and determination, as we did in Johannesburg, from real women I could see and touch and eat meals with and ask questions of and pray with and take photos of. It’s meeting women like Marianne and Dessie from Bulgaria who came to the Southampton District last October and shared their faith stories with us.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA     Marianne and Dessie in Gillingham

Having the privilege of planning the Joint Area Seminar in Italy with sisters from Ireland, Bulgaria, Sweden and Italy is awesome. To pray for sisters in Ukraine, knowing that two of them are hoping to come to Rome for the Seminar this Pentecost, and wondering whether they will get the necessary visas. Knowing that women around Britain are raising £10,000 so that women from smaller Units have a chance to come to Pomezia for this event (and that women in USA are helping pay travel expenses). Unit Presidents will attend the Weaving Together Programme (prior to the Seminar), which will encourage and equip them to continue the development of women’s lay ministry in their own countries.
The knowledge that through the World Federation, we have a voice at UN level at the Economic Social Council ECOSOC, through our representative Brenda Smith in New York; knowing that through the work of Methodist and Uniting Church Women towards achieving the MDGs* we are step by step making a positive difference in the world. Reading about this work in the pages of the quarterly Tree of Life newsletter and on the website http://www.mwib.org.uk .

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This year we are celebrating 75 years since Helen Kim, a young Korean woman, founded the movement first known as the Word Federation of Methodist Women. There have been 75 years of stories of women making a difference. Bringing healing and new hope to their communities. That’s worth bothering about!

Alison Judd

*The United Nations Millennium Development Goals.

Maundy Thursday Service of Light and Darkness

Maundy Thursday
The service will start at 7:30p.m. in the church (front entrance and last for about an hour).  This is what Wikipedia says about this service:

Tenebrae (Latin for ‘shadows’ or ‘darkness’) is a Christian religious service celebrated within Western Christianity on the evening before or early morning of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday, which are the last three days of Holy Week. The distinctive ceremony of Tenebrae is the gradual extinguishing of candles while a series of readings and psalms is chanted or recited.

We form a circle of chairs.  Beforehand about a dozen of us have been allocated a short passage from the bible relating to the events at Easter up until the Good Friday.  In due course and after silence each of us reads our allocated passage.  There are a number of candles in the centre of the circle.  We each extinguish one of the candles, so that at the end of the service the room has become darker.  This is a sombre event which attempts to capture some of the gravity of events in the days up to and including the killing of Jesus on the cross.

The event is open to everyone, both Christians and Non-christians, though it is not quite everybodies thing.

Helping you to live in a fellowship of friendship.