Jan 7 Sunday Epiphany

Jan 10 Wednesday Ecchinswell Quiz, postponed

Jan 27 Saturday Entertainment event in Burghclere Church 7.30 pm
Featuring: Watership Brass, Burghclere Church Choir, Organ and Newtown and Burghclere Handbells
Ticket 10 per person to include a glass of wine in the interval
Contact either Mary Cornwall 07702 139933 or email: Mary Cornwall
Or Christine Clark 07771 736215 or email: Christine Clark

Feb 14 Wednesday Ash Wednesday
Please note there will be no service in the evening as in previous years

Mar 11 Sunday Mothering Sunday, Burghclere Power & Light with Primary School Band 9.30 am
Mar 11 Sunday Mothering Sunday Ecchinswell 11.00 am

Mar 18 Sunday Passion, Burghclere Gospel Dramatisation Reading, Burghclere 9.30 am

Mar 25 Sunday Palm, Burghclere, start outside Primary School 10.30 am

Mar 29 Thursday Maundy Thursday, Burghclere 7.30 pm

Mar 30 Friday Good Friday, Burghclere (one hour vigil) 2.00 pm

Apr 1 Sunday Easter Day, Burghclere 9.30 am
Apr 1 Sunday Easter Day, Ecchinswell & Newtown 11.00 am

Messy Church Spring 2018

Friday 26 January, Burghclere Church, 3.30 pm.
Friday 23 February, Burghclere Church, 3.30 pm.
Friday 23 March, 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 special services 2017

Held by kind permission of the curator of the Sandham Memorial Chapel
Wednesday 7 March, 10.20 am Reflective service
Wednesday 11 April, 10.20 am Reflective service
Wednesday 9 May, 10.20 am Reflective service

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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