Highlighted Services and Events 2017

Sunday 8 October, Burghclere Harvest Service at 10.30 am followed by
Harvest Lunch at Noon in the Portal Hall

Friday 13 October, Burghclere Primary Harvest Service at 10.30 am

Saturday 28 October, Burghclere Jumble Sale in Portal Hall and Church at 2.00 pm

Sunday 29 October, All Souls at 10.30 am when we remember our departed loved ones with a lighted candle.

Saturday 11 November, Sandham Memorial Chapel Armistice Day service at 10.50 am. All are welcome.

Sunday 12 November, Remembrance Sunday
Ecchinswell at 9.00 am
Newtown at 10.50 am
Burghclere at 10.50 am

Sunday 3 December, Ecchinswell Christingle with primary School Choir at 4.00 pm
Sunday 3 December, Newtown Advent Service at 6.00 pm

Sunday 10 December there will be NO Burghclere morning service
Sunday 10 December, Burghclere Christingle with primary School Band at 4.00 pm

Messy Church Autumn 2017

Friday 29 October, Burghclere Church, 3.30 pm.
Friday 20 September, Burghclere Church, 3.30 pm.
Friday 8 December, Burghclere Church with Nativity, 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
Tuesday 10 October, 10.00 am, Holy Communion
Saturday 11 November, 10.55 am, Armistice Day Service
Wednesday 13 December, 11.00 am, Reflective service with Handbell Ringers

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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