Abbey United Reformed Church, Romsey

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News from Braishfield April 2021

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The church has had visitors again. Would you believe this – not mice but a badger this time?! (And not to mention the buffaloes in our garden at home a little while ago!).

On 2nd March, Alan, who lives next door to our church, rang me to say “you have a badger trying to get in the back door of the church! Does he belong to you?”

Well, I made a quick phone call to Mike at the Hampshire Wildlife Rescue, who sent David, a badger expert from Fordingbridge, to view the situation.  When David arrived, he shone his torch in “Brock’s” direction and the badger made a very quick getaway through the shrubs. David then went to a few houses to alert people in case the badger ended up in their gardens, as David thought the animal may have been hit by a car.

This all happened in about 1½ hours. It was wonderful work from the Hampshire Wildlife Rescue team and we are grateful to them.

Our Fabric group met at the church recently and decided the outside of our church could do with being redecorated. Also, it was decided to have the vestry and toilet facilities redecorated too. The inside walls of the church are quite good, so aside from a bit of DIY painting of a patch on one wall, it was decided to redecorate the rest of the inside of the church sometime in the future.

Although Romsey URC still hope to re-open on 23rd May for Sunday Worship, as we at Braishfield were hoping to as well, but having talked to our minister, the Revd Mike Perrott and Maggie B, our pulpit secretary, we at Braishfield URC think it would be wise for us to wait until after 21st June, when hopefully all restrictions will be lifted.   So, we hope to re-open for Sunday Worship on 27th June, for our 203rd Church Anniversary Service at 10am.

We trust that most of redecoration work will be done before the church re-opens.

Of course, there will undoubtedly still be some restrictions in place for a while but hopefully not for too long. When all the restrictions are lifted, we will have a Songs of Praise service to celebrate and who knows what else we will do! We will keep in touch, with more details later.

With best wishes to all of our readers and we hope to be able to see you soon!

                                                                                    Shirley Smith

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  • 20 June 2021 

    10.45am Sunday Worship led by Andy Bevan, in church and on Zoom

    Click on Sunday Worship. (880 6118 0122.  Passcode Heiswithus). 

    The order of service is available here

    If you wish to join us in church, please contact Revd Mike by Saturday lunch-time.


    23 June 2021 2pm-3pm - Kettle's On - 

    Weekly social time on Wednesdays via Zoom  (click Kettle On to join, or meeting ID: 970 815 266, passcode: 079294)


    21 July 2021 7.30pm in church

    Annual General Meeting followed by Church Meeting  


    Upcoming concerts

    14 July 2021 at 7.30pm  a solo classical guitar recital by Nina Rideout. Tickets: £15 - including interval refreshments.

    For info

    15 July 2021 at 7.30pm  Hildegard to Hopkins. A glimpse at the poetry and plain chant of St Hildegard of Bingen and the poetry of St John Henry Newman and Fr Gerard Manley Hopkins.  A talk by Julien Chilcott (Monk), illustrated with music and musical settings.  Tickets free at the door, a plate will be available for donations.

    16 July 2021 at 7.30pm ‘Summer Classics’ with Paul Ingram as Conductor and Cat Lawlor as Leader. Join them for a magical night of live music including ‘Meditation from Thais’, Elgar - Chanson de Matin/Nuit, Bartok - Romanian Folk Dances, Barber - Adagio for Strings. Tickets from


    You can read this month's magazine by clicking on Magazine

    This week's news sheet is available by clicking on News


    You may find this list of opportunities to access services/Christian content on radio/TV and on-line helpful:
     the Daily Service at 9.45 on Radio 4 long-wave
     The Sunday Service on Radio 4 at 8.10am
     Songs of Praise Sunday 1.15pm ish on BBC1
     Choral Evensong Sunday Radio 3 at 3pm and repeated on Wednesday Radio 3 at 3.30pm
     Tim Daykin Radio Solent Sunday 6-9am for worship songs, interesting information and a feeling of connectedness




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