September 29 Sunday, 10.30 am, Burghclere Harvest Service & Celebration

October 5 Saturday, 2.00 pm, Burghclere with Newtown Jumble Sale, Portal Hall & Church

October 6 Sunday, 11.00 am, Ecchinswell Harvest Service

November 3 Sunday, 9.30 am, Burghclere All Souls
We light a candle in memory of our departed loved ones.

November 3 Sunday, 11.00 am, Ecchinswell All Souls

Remembrance Sunday
November 10 Sunday, 9.00 am, Ecchinswell Remembrance service
      At the War Memorial with the Kingsclere Royal British Legion
No Newtown Remembrance Service
November 10 Sunday, 10.50 am, Burghclere Remembrance Sunday
      Starts at the War memorial, continues in the church

November 11 Monday, 10.50 am, Armistice Day. Sandham Chapel Reflective

December 1 Sunday, Advent Sunday

December 8 Sunday, 4.00 pm, Ecchinswell Christingle with Primary School Choir

December 11 Wednesday 11.00 am Sandham Chapel Christmas service with Handbell Ringers

December 15 Sunday, Burghclere NO morning service
December 15 Sunday, 4.00 pm, Burghclere Christingle with Primary School Band

December 22 Sunday, 9.30 am, Burghclere Said CW HC
December 22 Sunday, 11.00 am, Ecchinswell Carol service
December 22 Sunday, 6.00 pm, Newtown Carol service

December 24 Tuesday, 6.30 pm, Burghclere Carol Service
Come Early! This is a very popular carol service

December 24 Tuesday, 11.30 pm, Burghclere Midnight Mass

Christmas Day
December 25 Wednesday, 9.30 am, Ecchinswell Christmas Communion
December 25 Wednesday, 10.00 am, Burghclere Christmas morning family service
December 25 Wednesday, 11.00 am, Newtown Christmas Communion

December 29 Sunday, 10.30 am, Burghclere Benefice Said CW HC

Messy Church Autumn 2019

Friday 4 October, Burghclere Church, 3.30 pm.
Friday 8 November, Burghclere Church, 3.30 pm.
Friday 6 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 2019

Held by kind permission of the curator of the Sandham Memorial Chapel
No Reflective service in September
Wednesday 2 October, 10.20 am Reflective service
Wednesday 11 November, 10.50 am Armistice Day Reflective service
Wednesday 11 December, 10.20 am Reflective service with Newtown & Burghclere 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