CONSULTATION : Avon Valley Churches becoming one Parish

The four PCCs together with congregations voted to become a single parish with one PCC before Christmas. The consultation process has been progressing in the background and now everyone has the opportunity to view the Draft Pastoral Scheme drawn up by the Winchester Diocesan Mission and Pastoral Committee. Details of the Draft Scheme, a Glossary of Terms and the way in which representation can be made to the Church Commissioners can be found below :  

Draft Scheme

Glossary of Terms

Form P76 – how to make representation to Church Commissioners

Death of HRH, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.

You will have heard the sad news of the death of HRH, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.  Where we have them, our flags are at half-mast, and bells will be rung muffled where possible.  Books of Condolence: there will be a link to an on-line Book of Condolence, and a number of books in larger centres – to be announced.  Parish Churches are urged not to open Books of Condolence, as there is nowhere to store them, and they will be destroyed.  There are opportunities to light candles and write prayers in our open Churches.  We are likely to arrange a special Service on the day before the Funeral, and to show the Funeral in Church for those who would like to gather for that occasion.  Further details will be available over the coming days.  Gary.

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

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.