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21st September 2021



There is to be a new style Taize Evening Prayer on the last Thursday of each month. For September it will be Thursday 30th September, 19:30 at Cheriton. Everyone is welcome. More information is available in Church and Village publication for September.

Bishop David of Basingstoke will be preaching at the Benefice Eucharist service at 10:15 in Cheriton, on October 3rd, which will also be the Patronal Festival. Everyone is welcome. A Bring and Share lunch is planned after the service – for an opportunity to talk with Bishop David. (Please contact Liz Brett.)

Harvest Festivals

Sunday 26th September, – 09:30 hours at Beauworth , also Church in the Wood at 15:00 hours

Sunday 10th October  – Cheriton at 09:30 hours; Kilmeston at 11:00 hours and Tichborne also at 11:00 hours.

Bramdean Harvest Festival Sunday 24th October at 11:00 hours

Revd. Christine of St. John the Baptist in East Winchester (otherwise known   as St. John’s ‘in the soke’ or ‘on the hill’, which has claim to be the oldest parish church in Winchester) will preach at both the 09:30 Cheriton and 11:00 Kilmeston Holy Communions on the 24th of October 2021.


Upper Itchen Benefice Forum, Wednesday 6th October at 19:00 hours

The Best of British Harvest Supper and Quiz: Saturday 9th October in Bramdean and Hinton Ampner Village Hall. Doors open at 19:00. Tickets are available from Bramdean Garage or Gilly Berryman (771088).

Harvest Festival celebrations in Cheriton on Sunday 10th October include a Harvest Breakfast in Cheriton Village Hall at 08:15 hours, and an evening Harvest Hog Roast at Middle Farm 18:00 hours for 18:30 hours. Tickets available from the Shop.

Step 4 COVID19 Risk Assessment

Every parish of the benefice has now adopted an updated Step 4 COVID19 Risk Assessment. Good ventilation via open doors and windows, and being sensibly careful about one another, remain at the heart of our approach. In short, singing by congregations is permitted; facemasks may be worn but are not mandatory; and the common cup may be offered but is not necessary for full, valid, and officious reception of the sacrament. Every Church building is now open every day for private prayer. For full details, please contact your Churchwardens. (The full risk assessment is also printed and displayed in every church porch.) To provide care to our most vulnerable brothers and sisters, the wearing of a facemask and social distancing remain mandatory for both side aisle pews in Cheriton, and the transept pews (nearest the organ) at Bramdean. If you are unable to attend church for some time, please be in touch about Home Communion.

God continue to bless the Upper Itchen Benefice,

Revd. Christopher

A prayer for Afghanistan

O God, Father of Mercy,

We turn to You in our powerlessness.

Trusting in your sovereign power over all nations, 

We hold before the many peoples of Afghanistan:

Be a shield for the homeless,

                Especially send help to those suffering without healthcare.

Be a mighty arm to defend the vulnerable,

                Especially send Angels with swords aflame to protect women and children.

Be the teacher of peace in the hearts of religious leaders,

                Especially where compassion is more costly than violence.

We humbly ask this in the name of Jesus Christ

Who took upon himself, high on the cross, all our pain and sin;

And by His Easter Resurrection and Holy Ascension,

                grants peace and rest eternal to all who believe.



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