Recently we went to Shanklin one Sunday afternoon where Tim Dakin [of Radio Solent fame] was leading a ‘Songs of Praise’ service in celebration of the 150th Anniversary of Shanklin Methodist Church. It was a traditional event when well known hymns were sung, interspersed many interesting quips and quotes from Tim.
Tim said he is invited regularly to Anniversary events; they rightly recognise the sacrifices of significant amounts of time and money invested by earlier generations and we should all be thankful for their efforts and celebrate their foresight and faith in the future. He warned us not to be too precocious though about the past; to survive in 2014, churches cannot be bound by traditions and attitudes such as ‘we have done it this way for many years’ and ‘we tried this once before and it failed’ – we all owe it both to those who went before and to the future generations to be innovative in our ways of worship in order to engage with the young and the old in our local communities; often people find conventional church events unattractive.
Do we in Hedge End share these views? Can we do more for the young and old in Hedge End??
On Thursday 25th September we will be holding our Awayday. All the congregation are invited to join together for a day of Study . Morning and afternoon refreshments will be provided, but participants are asked to provide their own packed lunch. The Cost for the Day is £5.00 per Participant.
We will be starting at 10.30 a.m. and we expect to finish at approximately 4 p.m. To enable people without Transport to participate we will be meeting in St Johns Church just up the road from us (Rather than in the New Forest as we did last year). If you need to know the Postcode it is SO30 0BW.
The day will be lead by our New Minister the Rev. Arthur Cowburn the title for the day being “Why did the Lecturn cross the Chapel ?.
We look forward to a day of fellowship and fun – it will not all be serious!
Flyers giving more details of the day and how to book are now available from the front of the Church. If you would like to join us please return your booking form and the payment to a Steward by Sunday 21st September.
The Picture above shows some of the items produced at the last Awayday.
Nine of us met at the Woodmill car park during the evening of Thursday 7th August. We started by walking along the edge of the river Itchen at the Edge of the Park, where we saw about 15 ducks all sat on a log. We walked up to the old bridge, and then we then went through a wood. We saw the remains of a lock on the Itchen Navigation which was built as a Canal about 300 years ago. We carried on until we reached the Mansbridge Reservoir which had a lot of Waterlilies on it. We went a different way back to the bridge near the beginning of the walk and turned right. This took us past some houses until we came to the South Stoneham Church. According to the sign some of the the Church dates back to the 12th Century. We looked at the different sorts of stonework on the building and the signs on their memorial gardens. We then walked back along the road for a while, and along a small path until we got to the Canoe centre on the otherside of the Road from where we had parked the cars. We enjoyed the sunshine and the opportunity to explore some of the History of the area. Thank you to those people who kindly led us on the Walk.
The Monday group met again on the 28th July at Pam ‘s with 9 of us in attendance. Glenys opened with a meaningful prayer and then our discussions began. We were amazed when an hour and ten minutes had passed. Everyone made lively and thoughtful contributions. Pam read us a story based on “favouritism” – the topic under discussion – which everyone found thought Provoking. We concluded it was one of our best sessions. We ended with strawberries, ice-cream and hot chocolate sauce, pineapple fruit loaf and small cakes, tea or coffee.
We are planning a Jigsaw Festival to be held on 2 May 2015. A plant sale would be held at the same time and refreshments served. A number of jigsaws have already been completed and June has very kindly agreed to store them at her home. If anyone would like to assist in making jigsaws your help would be appreciated as a goodly number will be required for the sale at the festival.
During the Evening of Wednesday 16th July, 18 of us met in the Swanwick Shore Car Park. We strolled along the River in the direction of Warsash, enjoying a cooling breeze while we walked. We saw lots of ducks who were swimming in a straight line, and a Llama which was in a field with a small pony. We walked through the Universal Boatyard, and saw many large yachts including some which seemed to be in a multistorey boat park. After about half an hour we stopped at a Bridge for a while, and had a sweet each. We then returned to the Car Park the same way that we had come. Our thanks to those people who had arranged the Walk. It was good to enjoy the Scenery whilst enjoying fellowship together.
Colin’s House Group has been re-named the Monday Group after Colin ‘s ‘passing. 9 of us met on Monday afternoon at Pam ‘s where we continued our study of James. Valuable contributions were made by all members and lively discussions ensued. We ended our gathering with tea, coffee and Pam’s homemade cakes – Strawberry shortcake, lemon drizzles and paradise squares.
As it is seventy years since D Day this year. As part of the Carnival Celebrations Hedge End Methodist Church will be reopening the “Forces Cafe” which originally was in the Schoolroom at the Back of the Church between August and November 1940, and from 1942 to 1944.
The Canteen was commerated in 2005 which was the 60th Anniversary of the end of the second World War when a Brass Plaque was presented to the Church by Hedge End Town Council and put up over the Kitchen Hatch.
We will be serving refreshments between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday 5th July, The Carnival Procession starts at 2.15.
More Details of all the exciting events in Carnival Week can be found at
Money raised by the Carnival Committee is pledged to charities and organisations local to Hedge End.
The evening ramble on Thursday 19 June 2014 arranged by Jeff and Pat will start at 2:00pm. in the afternoon. Please note the time. We will start from Basingwell car park in the centre of Bishops Waltham.
I spoke to Pam for some time on Sunday about the continuation of Colin’s House Group. Pam and the other members of the group are very enthusiastic that the group should keep going. We had been concerned for some time about the group, and are very pleased to hear the good news. Small social groups are the central part of our fellowship and we would like to encourage our friends to take part in social groups whether religious, pastoral or secular.