Abbey United Reformed Church, Romsey

A modern gargoyle

Above the front door of the church in the tower are some carvings which we think of as gargoyles. However, these sculptures are not depicting angry animals or devils that the term suggests but eccentricities of the architect to suggest the building is more ancient than it actually is. But on a damp day in January the gargoyles were joined by a more modern figure clinging to the wall.

John Horton hitched his mountaineering gear and lowered himself over the edge of the roof to open up a blocked water hopper. It is there to guide rainwater down to a gulley on the lower roof and eventually gushes out into the river by the church front garden.   What other talents are hidden within the church fellowship?   My guess is that we will need John's expertise again. Next time we will make sure that we are equipped with a camera to record the event. This ‘gargoyle’ was not of the scary medieval, devilish sort but one more modern and Christian.


  • This Sunday

    Sunday 16 December 10.30 am   Family Worship – led by Stephen Ings  2.00 pm Ladies Choir Christmas Concert 5.30 pm Evening Communion Service, Café style in Abbey Hall, led by the Minister

    Forth-coming Events

    Monday 17 December 

    7.00 pm Carols in the Market Place

    Tuesday 18 December

    9.30 am     Prayer Meeting in Abbey Hall Lounge. Readings to be used: Philippians 4:4-7 Luke 3:15-18

    10.15 – 12.00 noon Grand Fun Christmas Party in Abbey Hall and Lounge 

    12.30 – 1.15 pm  The Spirit of Christmas - Celebrate Christmas with Rum’s Eg

    Wednesday 19 December

    2.00 – 4.00 pm Kettle’s On - Time for Tea in Abbey Hall Lounge 

    Thursday 20 December

    10.00 am   Romsey Infant and Junior Schools Christmas Service

    7.30 pm     Romsey Voices Christmas Concert

    Monday 24 December – Christmas Eve

    4.30 pm     D-I-Y- Dressing up Nativity service

    11.30 pm   Midnight Communion

    Tuesday 25 December – Christmas Day

    9.30 am Christmas Day service at Braishfield URC

    Next Sunday

    Sunday 23 December

    10.30 am   Family Worship led by the Minister– including Pioneers Christmas Presentation

    6.30 pm     Carols by Candle-light. Joint service with St Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church




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