FareShare Larder is coming to Fordingbridge.

The FareShare Larder is a membership scheme aimed at helping people make their money go further by reducing food shopping bills. FareShare is the UK’s longest running food redistribution charity. They were born out of the belief that no good food should go to waste, especially when people are going hungry. They work with national supermarkets and food producers together with local volunteers.

For a set weekly membership fee the local community can have access to a variety of tinned products as well as fresh fruit and vegetables and chilled items. Membership options are based on household size.

The FareShare Larder will be operating from the Church Hall Car Park (opposite St Mary’s Church) every Friday from 1.30pm to 3pm. For more information please click below for the information leaflet, or visit www.fareshare.org.uk

FareShare Larder Information Leaflet

For an application form, please click below

FareShare Larder Application Form

Tom Burden – our new Curate

Welcome to Tom Burden, our new Curate.

Tom, our Curate from summer 2021, is currently at Wycliffe Hall in Oxford in his final year of training. 

Wycliffe is a return to Oxford study for Tom after just over 25 years.  In the meantime, he has been a teacher, and then Headmaster of a couple of schools, most recently The Pilgrims’ in Winchester, the choir school of our Cathedral.

Tom was born and grew up on the Isle of Wight – he still thinks of Hampshire as ‘the mainland’.  He is a lifelong supporter (and season-ticket holder) of Southampton FC and a keen walker.

Tom very much enjoyed his work in schools but feels powerfully called to full-time ministry.  He is excited about the opportunity to serve in the Avon Valley and looks forward to getting to know you over, probably, a cup of tea.

Mothering Sunday Cards

MOTHERING SUNDAY: Although we can’t do our usual Mothering Sunday events, here are a couple ideas for cards (there will also be a few copies in the Church Porches).  Perhaps we can send a card, or drop a note through someone’s door, or do something else special for someone on Mothering Sunday (PS, there will be some posies for collection from St Boniface, Woodgreen – thank you to Dot Wagg for preparing them). 

Mothering Sunday card to colour

Mothering Sunday Flower Petal Card


Dear All,

Happy New Year, when it comes, and thanks for all that so many people did to ensure our Christmas Services continued as best they could.

The highlights were, I think, the Open Air Carols in all four Parishes, which we all great occasions – they were the one things which had a degree of normality about them.

Moving from tier 3 to 4 doesn’t affect the regulations for worship, but it does change the perceptions of the risks for us all.

As I’ve continually said, no one should be feeling obliged to do anything they feel uncomfortable with.  On the other hand, I’m aware that there are those for whom coming to Services in Church is very important for them.

Having spoken with most of the Staff Team, seen e-mails from Wardens and others, my feeling for Sunday 3rd January at least is that we should have some Services in Church, but mainly be on-line.

Several of the Staff Team are isolating, and so we can have the 8.15 at Fordingbridge, the 10.00 at Fordingbridge and the 10.00 at Breamore (6.00 Sanctus is due to be on-line anyway).

For the rest of the month we’ll have one or two Services in Church, as we did during the late summer, but mainly be on-line – please see Partners for details

We do now have the phone line, 01425 543305, on which people can hear live Services and catch up.

There is light at the end of the tunnel, with the new vaccine being rolled out, and we wait in hope.

As Peter Sills wrote in the Church Times recently:

VÁCLAV HAVEL, the Czech poet and first president of post-Soviet Czechoslovakia, said: “Hope is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out.”  This is the quality of Christian hope. Our hope is not a refusal to face the facts of the world, dreaming of an ideal society, but a belief — in the face of those facts — that a better world is possible and worth striving for.

Best Wishes,


Revd Canon Gary Philbrick,

Rector of The Avon Valley Churches
(The Parishes of Fordingbridge (with Sandleheath and Godshill), Hyde, Breamore, and Hale & Woodgreen)
Area Dean of Christchurch
Bishop’s Surrogate for Marriages

AVC Church Office: 01425 653163


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