Sept 30 Sunday, 10.30 am, Burghclere Harvest Service with Burghclere Primary School Band
Sept 30 Sunday at Noon, Harvest Lunch in Portal Memorial Hall
All are welcome, but please bring a dish of food to share.

October 7 Sunday, 11.00 am, Ecchinswell Harvest Service with Ecchinswell School Choir

October 16 Tuesday, 11.00 am, Burghclere, Newbury Wives Fellowship service

October 15 Monday, 7.00 pm, Fashion Show in Burghclere Church
Local ladies modeling clothes kindly supplied by The Clothes Shop
Also on sale Wrapping paper, Gift tags and Greeting cards
Ticket 10 per person to include a light supper
Contact either Mary Cornwall 01635 38109 or email: Mary Cornwall
Or Jean Webber 01635 278205 or email: Jean Webber

October 17 Wednesday, 10.00 am, Primary School Harvest Service in Burghclere church

November 4 Sunday, All Souls. Burghclere at 9.30 am and Ecchinswell at 11.00 am

November 11 Sunday, Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday
Ecchinswell Remembrance service at 9.00 am
Burghclere and Newtown Remembrance Sunday at Burghclere at 10.50 am

November 11 Sunday, 6.00 pm, Burghclere church an evening of words and music

November 24 Saturday, Burghclere Jumble Sale at 2.00 pm

December 2 Advent Sunday

December 9 Sunday, 4.00 pm, Ecchinswell Christingle with School Choir

December 10 Monday, 7.00 pm, Clere School Christmas concert

December 16 Sunday, 4.00 pm, Burghclere Christingle with Primary School Band
Note: No morning service at Burghclere

December 16 Sunday, 6.00 pm, Newtown Carol service

December 19 Wednesday, 6.00 pm, Primary School KS2 Carol Service

December 21 Friday, 10.00 am, Primary School End of Term

December 23 Sunday, 11.00 am, Ecchinswell Carol service
Note at Burghclere there will be a Said CW HC at 9.30 am

December 24 Monday, 6.30 pm, Burghclere Carol Service

December 24 Monday, 11.30 pm, Midnight Mass, Burghclere

December 25 Tuesday, 9.30 am, Ecchinswell Christmas Communion

December 25 Tuesday, 10.00 am, Burghclere Christmas morning family service

December 25 Tuesday, 11.00 am, Newtown Christmas Communion

December 30 Sunday, 10.30 am, Benefice in Burghclere Said CW HC

Messy Church Autumn 2018

Friday 21 September, Burghclere Church, 3.30 pm.
Friday 2 November, Burghclere Church, 3.30 pm.
Friday 7 December, Burghclere Church, 3.30 pm.

Art & craft, food, music and a themed Bible story.
All ages welcome; children must be accompanied by an adult.
Email: Sarah for more details.

Sandham Memorial Chapel Reflective services 2018

Held by kind permission of the curator of the Sandham Memorial Chapel
Wednesday 10 October, 10.20 am Reflective service
Wednesday 12 December, 10.20 am Reflective service with Newtown & Burghclere Handbells

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West Berks Foodbank

Today in West Berkshire there are families struggling to put food on the table. For people on low incomes, a sudden crisis: redundancy, benefit delay or even an unexpected bill – can mean going hungry. Every day parents skip meals to feed their children and people are forced to choose between paying the rent and eating. West Berks Foodbank provides emergency food and support to local people in crisis, helping to prevent family breakdown, housing loss, crime and mental health problems.

How this works

Step 1: Non-perishable food is donated by the public
Step 2: Volunteers sort and pack food into emergency food boxes.
Step 3: Front-line care professionals such as doctors and social workers give foodbank vouchers to people in crisis.
Step 4: Foodbank vouchers are exchange for 3 days of food at a foodbank.
Step 5: Foodbank personnel take time to listen and signpost clients to further support.

What can we do?

With the full support of the Rector and PCC, this benefice has joined with the West Berks foodbank, and the Church of the Ascension Burghclere is now a collection point. At the back of the church you will see a collection boxes for food donations. Below is a list of suitable items, and you are asked if possible to put in what you can when you are attending church or can call in with donations. Thank you!

By December 2014, 20 months since the launch of the West Berks Foodbank, it has distributed enough food to provide 66,200 meals. That is the equivalent of approximately 54.8 tonnes of food which has been distributed in Newbury, Thatcham and Hungerford. Current demand is up 25% on last year, and 136 volunteers work for the Foodbank. The majority of the normal food stuffs are well stocked, but the status of some food stuffs are:

Current shortages:
Long life fruit juice

Suitable items: Please note items must be of reasonable long life, nothing perishable.
Tins of: Meat, Fruit, Sponge Puddings, Rice Pudding, Custard (or packet),
Sugar, UHT milk (or powder), Instant mash potato, Sugar, long life fruit juices, Toilet Roll, Shampoo, Shower Gel, Shaving Foam, Disposable Razors.

Further information can be obtained by emailing Lynda Bartholomew, who is the contact for Burghclere, or by phone 01635 780088.

The Foodbank programme is an initiative supported and organised by The Trussell Trust
For more details visit West Berks Foodbank