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 10 June

    10.30 am Family Worship led by the Minister

    3.00 pm     Over Nineties Tea in Abbey Hall Lounge - by invitation

    The week ahead and forthcoming events

    Monday 11 June

    10.30 am BALM in Abbey Hall Lounge

    Tuesday 12 June

    9.30 am     Prayer Meeting in Abbey Hall Lounge. Readings to be used: Psalm 130 and 2 Cor. 4:13 - 5:1

    12.30 pm  Luncheon Club in Abbey Hall

    7.30 pm     Discussion Group in Abbey Hall Lounge

    Thursday 14 June

    10.30 am Short Communion Service in Abbey Hall Lounge, followed by refreshments

    Saturday 16 June

    10.00 am  Knit and Pray in Abbey Hall Lounge

    4.00 – 6.30pm   Bingo and Bring and Share Tea in Abbey Hall in aid of Explorers Charity Mercy Ships

    Sunday 24 June

    2.30 pm     Deep South Gospel Singalong Choir at Braishfield Hall to celebrate Braishfield URC’s 200th Anniversary. Contact Shirley Smith for admission programmes

    Next Sunday

    Sunday 17 June

    10.30 am Family Worship led by Faye Spencer

    6.30 pm   Evening Communion Service




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