News from St. Anne’s Church November 2019

Autumn has Arrived!

Towards the end of October we altered our clocks, sensed yet another change in our ever-changing weather conditions, closed the curtains earlier – autumn had come! Whilst some people rejoice at the beauty at this time of year, with its colourful trees and unusual sunsets, others look forward with fear, thinking of changing moods, of the limitations of spending more time indoors.  Don and I now have the prospect of “summery” sunshine all year round as we look out of our patio doors! Instead of our usual view of fences, walls, TV aerials etc - we have a beautiful photographic panel on one part of the fence! Given to us by some of our family as a present to mark our recent 65th wedding anniversary, it shows a lovely, ancient oak tree beside a small lake in Epping Forest, in dappled sunshine. Whilst Don recalls his days with Scouts in all sorts of adventures long ago, I think of my wanderings on my half-days from work, or helping our children climb styles, or search for acorns – for both of us were born in Essex.  Last time I wrote in the Newsletter I emphasised the faithfulness of God through everything and for all time. Recently I was struck by a few verses in 2 Corinthians chapter 4 (in the Contemporary English Version) which I quote below

“We often suffer, but we are never crushed. Even when we don’t know what to do, we  never give up. In times of trouble, God is with us, and when we are knocked down, we get up again…..We never give up. Our bodies are gradually dying, but we ourselves are being made stronger each day. These little troubles are getting us ready for an eternal glory that will make all our troubles seem like nothing. Things that are seen don’t last for ever, but things that are not seen are eternal. That’s why we keep our minds on the things that cannot be seen.”

Because of our faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ we can face the ups and downs of coming months – from politics to health, in joys and in sorrows – knowing that he is with us –

The same yesterday, today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8)

God’s faithfulness, His presence with us, the fulfilment of His purposes in the world, and His plans for a glorious future as we trust in Him, should be like daily glows of sunshine in the coming months!  Mary Boak

Forthcoming events at St. Anne’s Church

Monday November 11th            2.00 pm             Fellowship – ‘Life and Other Problems’ by Judy Theobold

Wednesday November 27th      7 – 9.00 pm             Christmas Flower Arrangements with Marion Catt

Saturday December 7th            10am – noon            Christmas Coffee Morning at Calmore Community Centre

Tuesday December 10th           7 – 9.00 pm            Accordion Concert in the church

Team Events

October 31st         2.00pm         The Team Social Group will next meet at Thistle Do Nicely in Totton.  Come along for refreshments and good company as we sit down with friends across the Totton Team   Please bring along a friend or neighbour who might not otherwise get out to eat cake and share fellowship! All welcome!

Team Social Group Christmas Lunch at Carlos

Tuesday December 10th           12.30pm          Fran has made a provisional booking for 20 people and needs to confirm the numbers soon. Please make your food selections from the menu posted in church and place your order with a £5 deposit by November 10th.


St. Anne’s we will be starting Lego Church – once a month on a Thursday at 6pm –  First date is December 5th.  We need volunteers to make cakes, preparing bacon rolls, helping set up for the event and serving refreshments! There will be a list on display in church shortly for you to sign up!

Tot’s Café

Tuesdays (in term time)       09.30-11.30     St. Mary’s,Eling for toddlers and carers.  Toys, Crafts, Singing, Story Telling, Refreshments

Smarties Challenge!

A huge Thank You to everyone who responded to this challenge – your generosity has raised £363 to support the work of St. Anne’s Church.

Autumn Fayre

Another huge thank you to everyone who worked hard to organise and run the Autumn Fayre in October and also to everyone who came along and supported the event. A total of £564 was raised which will help us enormously with the work of the church.


Would you like to join our team that lead our prayers of intercession on a Sunday morning? We would welcome new volunteers to join the rota. Guidance will be available to help new team members to prepare for the role. If you would like to know more about this vital ministry please talk to Sally.

Pastoral Visiting Team

If you are interested in joining our Pastoral Visiting Team at St. Anne’s, visiting those in our parish who are housebound, in hospital or in a Care Home, please let Sally know. We will be running training sessions to enhance our ministry.

Choir Appeal

The choir is in need of Sopranos (singing the tune).  If anyone is interested themselves, or knows of anyone, please have a word with Sally or Sue Manning (our organist/pianist).  Choir practices are on Thursday evenings at 7.30pm and services 9.30am on a Sunday.

Shoe Box Appeal

Leaflets for this appeal are now available in church – please take a copy if you would like to fill a box with gifts for a child. The shoeboxes will need to be returned in mid-November to allow time for shipment to recipients in time for Christmas.  If you can’t find a shoebox please contact me!                                                          Anne

Nativity Play Thursday December 19th at 4.30 pm - Wintershall, Guildford

Experience the Christmas Story in a new way

Dramatic and intimate, the story begins in the open air with the shepherds. The audience then take their seats in the atmospheric barn, where the story unfolds of how Jesus changed the world. It is a beautiful production, with a large cast of players and animals. This is the perfect opportunity to catch the show and reflect on the birth of Jesus at Christmas.

Mince pies and hot drinks available before the show  Adults £18 - Travel by minibus - £10 each

For more information or to book a ticket contact Chris Farleigh on 02380 862882

Basics Bank – Latest News

We have received a letter of thanks from the Basics Bank for the Harvest Gifts – the letter is displayed in church.  Please do keep the donations coming – the need continues. Tinned foods are particularly needed – especially potatoes and vegetables – because the Bank cannot accept fresh food. They have plenty of tinned beans and pasta at present. Toilet rolls are always needed.   (Please make sure that all items are in date.)

Fundraising Committee Meeting – Monday November 4th at 4pm

Please come along to the meeting to help plan future fundraising events. If you have any ideas or suggestions but cannot get to the meeting please get in touch with me before the meeting  Val

Christmas Coffee Morning  Saturday December 7th – 10am – noon - Calmore Community Centre

 Stalls               Christmas Gifts             Tombola       Toys         Raffle              

Christmas Music       Tea, Coffee, Mince Pies

If you have any suitable Christmas items that you can donate I would be pleased to receive them!  If you have any other ideas for the coffee morning please let me know – or come to the committee meeting on Monday November 4th at 4.00   Val

Hymn Books

Having purchased our lovely new hymn books we were of course left with all of the old ones! Since then I have been trying to sell them - with only limited success. When selling other books to our regular websites I have managed to sell a few – but generally only 2 or 3 in each round of sales. With the approval of the DCC I recently offered the remaining books to the charity Books2Africa. This charity sends bulk consignments of religious and educational books to many parts of Africa and they were delighted to receive our offer.  I have dispatched 4 boxes of St. Anne’s old books to Books2Africa with a few textbooks added in. The charity does ask donors to pay the courier costs but most of that cost was covered by the last sale of books to commercial websites.    Stewart


I was acutely aware of the many prayers and your support during what has been an extremely testing time of illness and bereavement.  The Church family at St Anne’s, St Mary’s and the Totton Team has truly reflected Jesus’ call for us to be the Body of Christ in this place.  Thank you to all those who sent cards.  As you may be aware, I am on a ‘phased return to work’, attending to essential matters at St Anne’s and St Mary’s.  Please bear with me and continue to pray for Stewart and myself during this time of transition.

‘Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.  Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another.  Forgive as the Lord forgave you.  And over all these virtues put on love, which bids them all together in perfect unity’.  Colossians 3: 12-14   Sally

Harvest Gifts – Acknowledgements 

It was due to the generosity of the parents of the local Girl Guide and Brownies groups, the encouragement of Kay Moran and the Group Leaders, and the contributions made by members of St. Anne’s congregation and affiliated groups, that we were able to take two car loads of foodstuffs to Testwood Baptist Church for distribution by the Basics Bank team.  In her letter of thanks received from Carolyn Chance, the Communications and P.R. Officer of Youth and Families Matter, she states that over 2400 food parcels were provided last year to support children, young people and families in the local community who are struggling to buy food for themselves.  Thank you for your continuing support to this Project.   David Hill

Who to contact
Team Vicar  St Anne's Calmore & St Mary's Eling Revd Sally Marchant

Tel: 02380488113                                                 NB Sally is "off duty" on Fridays    
Churchwardens  Ian Gregory Tel: 02380 872885  
Church Website
Find us at the junction of Calmore Road and Cooks Lane – SO40 2RH
Copy for October Newsletter  Please forward items to Stewart by Sunday Sunday 24th November
for publication on  November 27th