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Issue 216 | December 2020



I cannot believe we are here already. This year really has been one like no other, we can only hope that things will soon get better. We normally hold a competition at this time of year and the Anvil donate a family ticket as a prize. Obviously this cannot happen this year so we have decided to hide 20 (santas,baubles,trees) throughout the adverts in this edition. When you find all 20 (21 if you include the one in the Beechdown ad below) send in your answers to 138 Coniston Road, Kempshott RG22 5HZ or email to giving your name, address and telephone number. The first correct entry to be pulled out of a 'hat' will be the winner. Entries to be received by 5pm on 14th December. Winner to receive a ÂŁ25 Tesco voucher. Please note that at the time of preparing this edition for print we really don't know what the restrictions will be for Christmas. It is worth checking directly with our local stores for their Christmas opening hours and any clubs if they are able to return back to any form of business after the 2nd December. We try to share any up to date news on our Twitter account, please follow us @kempkourier for information as we receive it. We are still in need of volunteers to deliver the magazine for the Longacre development, please call 01256 354282 if you can help. A little reminder - deadline for January edition is 7th December


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Christmas rubbish and recycling 'Tis the season to recycle

Christmas can generate plenty of extra household waste and Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council is urging residents to recycle more and waste less during the festive season. There is no limit to how much you can recycle and any extra recycling can be put in cardboard boxes or clear sacks next to your green bin for collection. If you are recycling large cardboard boxes, make sure they are Normal Festive flattened to your recycling bin and please remove the polystyrene collection next collection date date and plastic packaging before leaving cardboard out. Fri 25 Dec Dec There are lotsMon of28items that can be recycled during the festive season and round including cardboard packaging, paper, newspapers Mon 28all Decyear Tues 29 Dec and magazines, food tins, drinks cans, aerosols and plastic bottles. Tues 29 Dec Wed 30 Dec

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Please do not put bottles or jars out for collection in any other container, they will not be collected. You can order a 140 litre red glass bin for £28.15 as an alternative to a box if you have lots of bottles and jars to recycle. Order at 01256 844844 or visit www. for more information. This year bin collections will be affected over two weeks and, unless adverse weather or lockdown restrictions affect bin rounds, collections should return to normal from Monday 11 January 2021.

Company and director fined for fly-tipping at recycling site A company director who dumped commercial waste at a recycling site in Oakley has been ordered to pay £734 by the courts. Sara Aditi Till of Rectory Road in Oakley, who is a Director of No.1 George Street Limited of Kingsclere, was convicted by Basingstoke Magistrates after pleading guilty to fly-tipping and business duty of care offences. The court heard how the 47-year-old dumped commercial waste including cardboard boxes, cardboard packaging and clothes hangers at Beach Park recycling site in Station Road, Oakley on 4 September 2019. At the hearing on Tuesday 3 November 2020, magistrates fined Ms Till £200 and fined the limited company £225. The defendants were also ordered to pay £275 in clear-up costs and £34 victim surcharge. Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council has convicted 23 individuals or companies for fly-tipping and related offences since May 2018 and witnesses have played an important role in securing the evidence to prosecute offenders. This is the council's third prosecution for fly-tipping at a recycling site in a month. You can report fly-tipping by calling 01256 844844 or visiting

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Remembering Stones In October we took part in a project set up by St Marks church called Remembering stones it was lovely for the children and remember some of their special moments We have to haddo a fun first half term back where our topic was All About Mefrom lock down and draw them then paint them on a stone to be displayed outside St Marks church. We loved how creative the children’s work looked. On this topic the children carried out activities which included all about their families and people special to them.

Christmas Nativity Our Christmas Nativity will look very different this year due to COVID-19. We are unable to have They also carried out activities about their favourite things; we started with an activity about their favourite colour. the parents in to watch, but we will be still performing it and recording it for the parents so they don’t miss out on this lovely Halloween fireworks Nativity that the children/ love practising and taking part in. Christmas Activities We will dampen Christmas spirit so have lots of fun Christmas activities On our first week backnot thislet halfCOVID-19 term the children madeour many spooky creations for we our will spooktatular Halloween. The and themes going on through December with lots of glitter and sparkle to bring festive joy into the Pre-School, and of course children dressed up in their scary outfits (or favourite outfits) for Halloween day. We moved straight onto our one of the children’s favourite activity is helping putting up our Christmas tree and decorating it however they like it. We love explosive fireworks activities with lots of bright colours filling up our preschool with all the lovely crafts the children seeing them work together to create their master piece. made. Noah’s Ark Facebook page We have our own special Facebook page which anyone can access which we put little Christmas fun activities and ideas for you to do with your pre-schoolers at home so please visit our page at noahsarkkempshott/ involved. it is nowand time get for us to be thinking about Christmas and all the wonderful things this joyful time of year brings us, from theWe children excited about Santa coming, all of our Christmas theme crafts and weinterested will be Places Available still getting have spaces available at our towarm welcoming pre-school if cooking you are in your child doing. We will also be practicing for our end of term Christmas nativity that will be taking place in mid-December. attending and would like to chat further, please contact us on 01256 323853 or email . We are open Monday to Thursday 8 – 4 and Friday 8 – 3.30pm Garden update

Term Dates As autumn is here, the children are enjoying watching how the leaves change colour and getting ready to plant our 17th December Staff training inset day winter vegetables and watching them grow. The children planted pumpkins earlier in the year that were harvested Last day of Term 18th December with Children’s Nativity and Christmas Party, for Halloween; we also enjoyed pumpkin soup and crusty bread for snack. First day of new term Wednesday 6th January 2021 If you are interested in your child coming to join our friendly caring preschool, we are open Monday-Friday 8am4pm. To contact us please call 01256 323853 or email or text 07592913953.

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This time of year Our is always at preschool Christmas mornings always comes early to Kempshott Fives. Christmas songs snuck on to two bymagical two toddler group runsand on Wednesday 9.45am-11.30am term time Under only in the Kempshott our playlist in mid November, and preschool has been been filled with glitter, Christmas sparkle and wonderful festive creations for the last few village hall. There is no need to book just turn up on the day. We provide lots of exciting activities for you and your weeks. Plans are also underway to finish the year with a lovely Christmas party for the children. child to do together around different themes each week and also include a snack and little story/song time at the

Over the last month beenisexploring the season of from autumn and havewith spent lots oftoo time outdoors lookingyou. at autumn colours, listening to end.we’ve The group run by members of staff the preschool helpers all ready to welcome autumn sounds and collecting lovely natural resources to use in preschool. We had lots of events to get involved with in November too – we started the half term with fireworks and Diwali. The children listened to the story of Diwali and made clay Diwali tea light holders. Fireworks were all about colour and the children made some amazing pictures. Remembrance day was another November highlight – the children created some beautiful poppy prints and they learnt all about the meaning of Remembrance Day. They even joined in with a two-minute silence and did an incredible job! We also joined in with Children in Need in November with some fun Pudsey inspired activities and we enjoyed dressing up and wearing our pyjamas into preschool. We also supported anti bullying week by wearing odd socks to preschool. We’ve recently celebrated World Nursery Rhyme Week and we’ve also become a nursery rhyme ambassador. Nursery rhymes are a really important part of our day at Kempshott Under Fives, they help to boost early literacy skills, language development, early numeracy and social, physical and emotional skills. By signing up to become a nursery rhyme ambassador we are able to access so many wonderful resources to share with our families so they can enjoy the benefits at home too. We are of course continuing with our small group work every week with Write Dance, a super fun session and a fantastic way to build motor skills and introduce writing skills; Science experiments and our cooking sessions when we make or bake treats each week. Next on the baking table will be some yummy Christmas goodies! Exciting news for January is that we will be launching a new and exciting weekly session at Kempshott Under Fives that will incorporate our most popular weekly activites into a structured programme. Our Tuesday session will now be run as a dedicated messy play, sensory play and yoga session. We also have a preschool French teacher and a speech and language specialist who will bring additional fun activities into the sessions every month. We can’t wait! HATCH WARREN UNDER FIVES AND THE EARLY YEARS FOUNDATION STAGE (EYFS) When we look at the curriculum for our little ones we refer to the EYFS and this sets out what we should be observing a child doing at each stage if they are developing typically for their age. Around the age of 30 to 50 months we observe and encourage the children to join in with dancing games, sing a few familiar songs and tap out repeated rhythms. At this time of year you will hear us singing Jingle Bells...perhaps using bells or Tap Sticks and maybe even dancing around preschool too. Don’t forget - applications are now open for Year R spaces for September 2021. You must apply to Hampshire County Council and the deadline for all applications is 16th January 2021. For more information, or to apply, visit: admissions

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year. We’re certainly looking forward to welcoming 2021!


Kempshott School News Kempshott infant School

Mondays in Kempshott Infant School are fun, physical and fantastic! Year 1 and Year 2 are loving Move-It Mondays! Their football skills have come on in leaps and bounds and they are really enjoying all of the active learning throughout the day. Apparently one of the highlights is Birkett’s Boot Camp! Think I’ll keep my head down in case Mrs Birkett starts to recruit teachers! Year R are joining in now with their own Wiggly Wednesdays, PE with their teachers, football skills with Lyndsey and lots of active learning in between. Add in yoga, the Daily Dash and Oti’s dancing and we are really looking after our health and wellbeing! Year R are having fun finding out about Autumn changes with the help of Percy the Park Keeper. They are looking forward to dressing up as his woodland friends for Percy Day and getting up to lots of fun activities! They had a great time running around the field kicking through the leaves and then choosing one leaf to turn into their beautiful Leaf Man pictures. Year 1 have worked really hard on their stunning Diva lamps this year. They made clay thumb pots then very carefully painted them and added sequins to make them sparkle and shine for Divali, the Festival of Light. Year 2 have made a great start to their Up, Up and Away topic, looking at the history of flight. Ask them about the Wright brothers and Neil Armstrong and about all the people who helped them to achieve their dreams. And now, Christmas. There’s no avoiding the fact that some things will have to be a little different this year. However, nothing will change the excitement, anticipation and joy of our children as the end of term approaches. Rest assured that we are planning lots of decorations, crafts, parties, film clubs and Christmas activities to ensure they have a lovely time. As always, everyone at Kempshott Infant School would like to wish all of our families and neighbours a very Happy Christmas and a safe and healthy New Year!

KEMPSHOTT JUNIOR SCHOOL NEWS Kempshott Junior School continues to be a hive of activities and learning.

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Year 5 have enjoyed a visit from the Space Dome and took a trip into space as a part of their Space Topic.

Pupils are going to transform into superheroes later this term to appreciate everyday superheroes and ourDoown special you want to make a difference to you qualities. The governing board at Kempshott Junior School is Pupils across the school took part in producing ‘Remembering Stones’ with St Mark’s church. This encouraged pupils and their families to consider what is important to them in life as well as a chance to consider the things they enjoy doing during COVID lockdown. Remembrance Day was another chance of reflection, during which everyone thought about those affected by war across the world and gave thanks to those who put their own lives in danger to help us live today.

academic year starting September 2020. We are in school (including those joining from September 2020 community who feel that they could make a positive

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Passion for making a difference is the most impo education is not essential. We welcome people from interest from underrepresented social groups. Wha receive the support and training you will need to be

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positive difference to children’s lives As we try to maintain things as normal, Christmas is starting to creep in. Pupils have had the chance to design Christmas  An opportunity for personal development, by different context and through the comprehen cards, enjoy a toy sale, buy a present from the present room, decorate Christmas trees and send Christmas cards.

Charity remains close to our hearts and we continue to raise monies for Spotlight Charity. This charity does an amazing in learning more? We would love you to job supporting families in need within Basingstoke and Hampshire. Kempshott Junior School also enjoyed aInterested dress down day for Children in Need and raised over £300. Once we hear from you, we will share more informa

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May we take this opportunity to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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Rathbone Pavilion, Church Road, North Waltham, RG25 2BL. Tel: 01256 398172 Hello from Cuckoo Meadow Preschool! Meadow Pre-school This term the children have been singing their hearts out as we learn different nursery rhymes. Inspired by Cuckoo our favourite Cuckoo Meadow Pre-School offers a warm, friendly and stimulating for children agedDumpty 2 yrs 9 months up to rising 5 year olds. rhymes, the preschoolers made some terrifying Incy Wincy Spider hats, fluffy Baa Baa black sheepenvironment and Humpty The Pre-school is situated in an enviable location in the heart of North Waltham village, just 10 minutes drive from Kempshott. It has play areas on his wall as well as had heaps of fun playing with shaving foam and practising pencil and scissor control. suitable for outside play in the winter months as well as access to the Village Park and playing field in the summer. It has a fantastic team of established

and qualified staff who will be happy to show you around or answer any With all this autumnal weather we have also taken the opportunity to get out and about for walks around our lovely questions you have regarding the pre-school or forthcoming events. Please contact Jo or Fiona on 01256 398172, email village. We talked about the colours we could see, why the leaves fall at this time of year and of course, no walk would be or visit the website complete without visiting our feathered friends at the duck pond. An October highlight was when we went on a pumpkin hunt, finishing off with a play at the park. More recently the children learnt all about Remembrance Sunday and made beautiful poppy artwork and poems to take home. During this second lockdown it has been wonderful for the children to be able to run around with friends and enjoy creative activities, sports and play in their safe and familiar pre-school.

About Cuckoo Meadow Pre-School: We are a small, friendly, Ofsted Outstanding ranked pre-school located in the Rathbone Pavillion, North Waltham. The children who attend come from within the village and the surrounding areas including Oakley, Dummer, Hatch Warren, Kempshott and Beggarwood and all agree the location and wonderful caring staff mean it is more than worth the short journey. To find out more please contact Jo or Fiona on 01256 398172.

News from Cranbourne It’s been a busy start to the school year! We are delighted to have the Cranbourne Community back together and we are very proud of the mature way all our students have dealt with the necessary changes implemented to ensure we remain safe. This term we have had our first House Competition “The Chopstick Challenge”, Shown the Red Card to Racism (Wear Red Day) and our staff ran 168 extra-curricular sessions in the first Half Term! This term has also seen the launch of our first ever Virtual Open Event, thank you to all of those who have viewed it, there is still the opportunity to explore Cranbourne at A Friendly Visitor Many of our students will have noticed the beautiful and very tame Jay, who has been active in PE lessons if a little poorly behaved at times! The bird is also a frequent visitor to our Humanities Department in A Block to see his friend Mr G, and is rather fond of our home-grown tomatoes from Cranbourne’s Green House. Student Recognition: Role Model Students During lockdown Cranbourne staff recognised students’ hard work and resilience to learning in the form of an award called ‘Lockdown Legends’. As a school we have been very impressed with how the students have come back after lockdown and demonstrated how they value learning. We have decided that, as a school, we must recognise this too. The new award is called ‘Role Model Students’ and every fortnight, each member of can nominate a student that has demonstrated amazing hard work and a positive attitude. FOR ALLstaff YOUR LOCAL Students will receive a certificate, posted home, when nominated.

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It seemed like the whole community came together when we were decorating our homes with rainbows during lock down and more recently with pumpkins to provide a Halloween trail. The Kempshott Schools Association (KSA) thought it would be lovely to have something similar for the community to get behind at Christmas, to raise spirits and have some fun, and so the KSA Advent Window Trail was born. The idea is that homes in Kempshott and the surrounding areas will decorate a window (or in some cases, their whole house) with festive or wintery images. Each evening, starting on December 1st, at least one new window will be ‘lit up’ for everyone to see. All the windows will be lit by 18th December and they will remain so each evening until Christmas Day which gives everyone plenty of time to visit each house and see the beautiful designs that have been created. Trail sheets will be sent out to all the children at Kempshott Infant and Junior Schools by email. They will also be available to be downloaded from our Facebook page ( and can be requested from our email (please give us 24 hours). As with many other charities, our fundraising efforts in 2020 have been somewhat thwarted. Our Christmas Fair has been cancelled, from which we would normally raise between £2000 - £3000 so we have had to think outside the box to create some COVID friendly events and activities. If you wish to make a donation towards our Christmas fundraising you can visit: Or to use your mobile to donate, text GGBP03 to … … 70201 to donate £1 … 70331 to donate £3 … 70970 to donate £5 … 70191 to donate £10 The Kempshott Schools Association (KSA) is a registered charity (number 10022324). We work hard through out the year to raise funds to enhance the education of the children who attend Kempshott Infant and Junior Schools. The funds raise go towards buying equipment and resources that the school budgets might not otherwise be able to stretch to.

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Three quarters of Britons regularly give to charity in their lifetimes, but only 6% include a charity when writing a Will. Without this source of income many charities would have to cut important services and some could not exist. Lucy Watson, who heads the Wills and Probate team at Phillips Solicitors, said: “Charities rely on both regular donations and legacies in Wills to be able to continue their good work. Leaving money to charity in your Will can make a huge difference and what a wonderful way to ensure that your legacy lives on after you’ve gone.” “It is especially important to think of charities at the moment when so many of their normal fundraising avenues have been cancelled with the coronavirus pandemic.” Donations can be as small or as large as you wish, as every gift makes a difference. A gift made to a UK registered charity is also inheritance tax free. “If your estate is large enough to be chargeable to inheritance tax, gifts to charity will reduce not just the overall amount of tax paid by the rest of your estate but also the rate of tax, resulting in your family getting the most of their inheritance,” explained Lucy. “If you are looking to leave money to a charity you may well consider Sebastian’s Action Trust, which is Phillips’ charity of the year.” Sebastian’s Action Trust provides emotional, social and ongoing support for seriously ill children and children with life limiting illnesses as well as their families. It also offers respite holidays to families from all over the UK at The Bluebells – the Trust’s unique facility in North Waltham, just outside of Basingstoke. For help in leaving a charitable legacy, or for any other Wills and Probate issues, please contact Lucy by emailing or by calling 01256 854646.

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A new conservation group has started work parties on Beggarwood Park Local Nature Reserve. This popular area offers both important grassland and woodland habitats, recreational areas and fitness equipment. One of the management challenges is the invasion of the grasslands by scrub, particularly dogwood. In places it is too dense for mechanical cutting and the volunteer work parties are prioritising its control by a combination of pulling up and severe pruning. If you would like to join us on this or other tasks contact us on . We meet monthly on a Tuesday morning.

FUZZY DROVE CONSERVATION GROUP The Fuzzy Drove volunteers managed to complete two work parties in the Drove in October before we were halted by a new lockdown. On those two occasions we found that our previous plantings on the whole are doing very well, so well in fact that we have started replacing the narrow clear plastic support tubes with wider green tubes to give the plantings more room to flourish. The feedback we receive from members of the public who use the Drove while we are working is always so positive and supportive which is great to hear and lets us know how many people appreciate our volunteers’ work. The wildlife in the Drove seems to be doing very well because as soon as we had moved on from clearing even a small area, during our two work parties, there was either a Robin or Blackbird checking to see what we had uncovered for them to eat. As you may tell from our photo, spiders were also busy in November, their webs very much in evidence on a misty morning in the Drove as the sun shines through, another indication that wildlife is doing well. By now our hedgehogs will have hibernated and hopefully will have put on enough weight to see them through their long winter sleep. We are hopeful for a young male hedgehog who we found in August, looking really poorly. He only weighed 238 grams when we found him, so we took him to the Hart Wildlife Rescue Centre at Medstead, where they rehydrated him, treated his parasite problem and fattened him up until he gained enough weight to be returned to the wild so he can hibernate successfully. He came home to the Drove at the beginning of September and we hope he is still happily snuffling around there getting fat before the long winter sleep. While walking along the Drove during December keep an eye out for seasonal red items such as Robins, Holly berries, Dog Rose Hips and Rust on bramble leaves as often they turn dark red in autumn and on some leaves a red blotching occurs. Happy Christmas to all our volunteers and supporters and best wishes for the New Year. Our work party dates and further information about our group can be found on our Facebook page; Fuzzy Drove Conservation Group or our website;

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Old Down & Beggarwood Wildlife Group We are at the end of a very strange year. With so many restrictions there has, of course, been only a few work parties which means that both sites are now rather overrun with bramble and dogwood. So there is much to do when we do get back to normal meetings. Although there were only a few work parties before the second lockdown we were able to plant 500 snowdrop bulbs around Old Down. We now have quite a few saplings to plant which have been provided (free) by the Woodland Trust. It is always nice to add to the sites rather than always taking out and pruning. It seems to have been a good year for berries which is good for the birds (and for us!). Sloes and blackberries have been particularly plentiful and luscious. Both sites are showing good crops of berries - rowan, holly, rosehip, spindle (a beautiful girlie pink), sloe (the blackthorn) and dogwood (glossy black) (see some photos below) - some of which are eaten by several different bird species. Sadly bird numbers are down from previous years – again. It is quite surprising how few numbers and species there are on the sites this year but perhaps this is down to all the development going on nearby.




The Group is pleased to report that work parties on Beggarwood have restarted, the first meeting was on 3rd November with 5 volunteers lead by Keith. The meetings will be monthly on the first Tuesday of each month 10-12 noon however because of lockdown the December work party will be held on Tuesday 8th December. The intended tasks for the next few meetings will mainly be pulling and pruning dogwood which is spreading too far into the grass and flower areas. Christmas is just a very few weeks away. Sadly celebrations and gatherings of family and friends are likely to be restricted. But whatever you are able to do – the Group hopes you all have a really good Christmas and hopefully 2021 will be a happy and prosperous time with no restrictions. Work parties: For Old Down, we meet weekly outside Old Down Hall every Thursday 10-12noon. Hopefully (if permitted by the Council) there will be a meeting on 3rd December for Old Down and on 8th December for Beggarwood. If you are interested in joining either work party please email Always check our website just in case there is a change in dates. Internet:



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News from Jolly Olly’s Coffee Shop So…Here we are again. At the time of writing, we are once again in lockdown but that does not mean we are idle! There is much to do and much to speak of…

Plans Afoot! This month, I have been in discussions with my landlords, Tom and Helen Favell about improving disabled and pushchair access to the shop and we are planning on putting in a ramp which should make life easier. I will of course, also continue to make my parking space (newly tarmacked by the Simon Hunt and the Co-op Team) available for people who find it tricky to walk. You just need to call us to let us know that you are coming and we will make sure that we are ready to help you. With the expectation that the coming Co-op will help to increase footfall, we have also been discussing how to increase our capacity to seat customers. There is an outdoor space at the back of the shop which my landlords have kindly offered to convert into a simple covered area. This will provide more space and some fresh air! I plan to make it a pleasant spot to sit and enjoy a coffee by planting up pots and baskets and well-behaved dogs will also be very welcome! Many thanks to Tom and Helen, who are doing their best to help us during this tricky time. Food, Glorious Food! I am a real foodie and I have relished the lockdown opportunity to experiment with some new cake recipes and to put together a few new ideas for the menu. On returning to work, I have arranged to meet with our local coffee supplier to have a training top up and sample some new coffees. So…lots to look forward to. Christmas At the time of writing, none of us knows what to expect, this year. However, what you can be sure of is a warm welcome and plenty of Christmas cheer at Jolly Olly’s. Following the success of our online Quiz, during the Spring lockdown, we are also planning on hosting an online Christmas Quiz. The quiz will be conducted, as before through Zoom on Friday December 18th at 7pm. If you are interested in participating please email me, and I will make sure you get the information to join us. Opening Times We will be closed from Thursday 24th December until Saturday 2nd January Until that time, we will continue to be open 10am – 4pm Mondays to Fridays but on Saturdays we will be open from 10am- 3pm. I have been monitoring sales and footfall and, as we have been very quiet beyond 3pm on Saturdays it seems the sensible thing to do. With the lighter evenings, in the Spring, I plan to return to the 4pm closure time. We all, at Jolly Olly’s, thank you for your support in 2020. We wish you a very merry Christmas and hope for a fantastic 2021. Best wishes,

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Due to fall in demand for erent experience being involved with the post war clear up of Basra. The vagaries of the British recycled ink cartridges St. Michael’s Hospice is no longer accepting them. Mrs Eileen Lavorgna at 14 Iraq proved to be a diff Aster Roadhewill not any longer able point to takeinyour used ink cartridges. A big THANK YOU toencountered. all who have been weather considered to be be a plus handling some of the climate extremes they Thebringing summerthem heat toreached 50 degrees and without air conditioning was diffi her in the past. cult to cope with but the winter was cold. Somalia was diff erent again but this was a small operation engaged in trying to prevent internal confl ict and also infl uence Alfredo Lavorgna, 14 Aster Road, and Judith Botting, 17 Zinnia Close, have been selling plants from their drives, during lockdown, ers so as to keep the Russians at bay. inmatt aid of St. Michael’s Hospice.We would like to say a huge THANK YOU to all the kind people who have supported our initiative and bought ourspent the Staff College was very much involved with anticipating changes that will occur with the Recent time increasing use of cyber att acks and fake news. It is important to counter Russian infl uence and that of the Chinese in We are very pleased to say that we have raised a grand total of £3,800, which has been donated to the hospice. THANK YOU! Syria and Africa. Many thanks and best wishes Alfredo & Eileen Equally, the positive interaction between the British population and the military, which mainly becomes clear around Remembrance Day in November, has to be managed carefully. The British tax payer needs to continue to support the army that consumes 25% of the defence budget. And it is reassuring that the British military are apolitical and therefore From time to time readers write in to the Kourier will always follow the ruling of which shade of government is in power. CHARITY See

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We With wishtheyou a of very Happy Christmas and a healthy Royalall Corps Drums and special guests toinChristmas anagrams (number of will mean hundreds of Below patients are beingclues treated our Chelsea Pensioners, the Band of Her Majesty’s andThe safe 2021 local Hospital insteadwords of having to travel and to cryptic clues to Christmas in brackets) Royal






Southampton or perhaps even further afield. Carols It has been a atvery different foratall we must performance our Annual Charityyear Concert Theof us and Our thanks to all the local folks who supported this Anvil onfor 26thaJanuary all hope return to more normal times next eventyear and hence these great charity causes. We On the day everybody won. The Band got to perform 1. time, andTothat wishy washy, hope you had a wonderful we see you rare crummies (6) to a nearly full house in our magnificent Anvil Rotary Christmas Shoeboxesagain at our concert next January. 2. Concert Hall. 12 ChelseaAPensioners and a group of to all the generous huge ‘Thank you’ local Army Cadets were local given a great day out. The people who donated Shoeboxes for 3. Cadets, from the Hampshire Isle of Wight Corps appeal. our and annual Christmas It’s been 4. of Drums, all musical instrument players, challenging towere get close to our usual numbers invited by the Director ofbut music to shadow the by the time you read this the boxes will be 5. Marines during the band’s rehearsal. From this they on their way to give some seasonal cheer to 6. got a feel of how it is to be part of a professional under privileged children overseas. Rotarians from the UK and the Military Band before they watched them perform.

destination country oversee the shipment until the children receive the 7. boxes. A Romanian lady, now living in Basingstoke, told us of the joy CONTACTS 8. she experienced as a child on receiving a Rotary Christmas shoebox, Helen Ricketts: or her first ever present. Look on YouTube to find video clips by Malcolm Temple:PEACEJAM SLAM Paul9. Dent about shoeboxes from our Rotary district 10.

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Winchester University will again host PeaceJam this Club President Alf McCarthy “A Healthier Hampshire in aA Heartbeat” Healthier March Hampshire a Heartbeat butin this year’s youth development 11. leadership Jubilation to the terrestrial globe. conference will be a 1 day ‘Slam’. We will again be Can you help Basingstoke Deane Rotary provide sponsoring a group 12. of youngNoise people from injunction 8.00pm to 6.00am. improved Cardiac Service at Basingstoke Cranbourne School and from Whitchurch WAAG to Hospital? equus africanus asinus. attend. This year the 13. inspirationalSmall speaker will be The audience were given an outstanding concert. The Right Honourable Stuart Lawrence the brother Rotary has already raised a substantial amount + Hedera genus. The Anvil itself is a Charity which received much of Stephen Lawrence, 14. the blackMiss BritishWilloughby teenager of money that will neededtowards revenue purchasing from a nearly equipment full house. And profit from Woolwich, south east London, who was 15. Alf is an AF sufferer. WasHisthe earliest Edmonds or Gallagher? first episode saw him taken from treat was Atrial fibrillation (a debilitating made for charities supported by condition) your local murdered in a racially motivated attack his doctor’s surgery by ambulancewhile to A & E and a few days "Have a heart and help a heart!" in hospital. He lived with the debilitating symptoms for 6 Atrial Fibrillation (AF) is a debilitating heart condition. You Rotary. but we still need your help for the final push to make thisfor happen waiting a bus in Well Hall, Eltham on thecelestial evening months and had a treatment to reset his heart rhythm. Listen, messenger is vocalising. may not have heard of it but it is more common than you 16 this not been successful his next step would have been of youour are goal doubtless that we been ofaround 22nd 1993. There Had will be a programme of may think. If you numerous ask yourApril, friendslocal and family you and Some achieve to aware improve thehave lives of the Ablation and, as he found out, a trip to Southampton for many people are affected treatmentSummon supporting the Ark Cancer charity for a numbermayofbe surprise by how development action projects 17. theand twice footballer Adebayor. people with this type of heart condition. Presently patients travel workshops to AF means living with persistent abnormal heart rhythm, years and we are continuing to support this great covering topics such as conflict and water Talking resolution to his consultant he realised that with fundraising palpitations, chest pains, and breathlessness and of course Southampton for this essential treatment. thislife becomes equipment they vital equipment could be brought to Basingstoke North Removed in an animal feeding trough. anxiety. project. However lead by our PresidentWith Alf Daily aid very difficult and people live in 18.this Hampshire Hospital. Patients can then be treated locally so constant fear of another episode. Sufferers never know that they no longer have to travel to Southampton can be treated Basingstoke. McCarthy wein have started a new project to help when the they may haveTo find out more see:as is an episode, so working is difficult going out for the day or on holiday. An episode means a 19. Summon the entirety of believers. Under Alf’s leadership Basingstoke Deane Rotary has set up Cardiology Unit at Basingstoke and North Hampshire trip to A & E and possibly a stay in hospital and being sent a fundraising project:

Find out more on our website: home with drugs to hopefully temporarily control the

condition while you wait to see the cardiologist 20. All Mr only visit to this noble place “A Healthier Hampshirein in athe Heartbeat” Basingstoke Deane Rotary is a group of 35men & women from a wide variety of backgrounds. live Beckham’s locally If the condition becomes more advanced the next level of Still time to donate, go to:Rotary has already raised a substantial borough but some commute to work outside Basingstoke. Most joined Rotary to help others less fortunate, andamount of money treatment is cardiac/catheter ablation. It’s a low risk but towards this equipment but we now need your help for the procedure that can be usedenjoyable to treat AF they find Basingstoke Deane Rotary addseffective another extremely dimension their lives. Answers will be on and our website finalto push to make this happen achieve Alf’s goal to and Facebook after Christmas improve the lives of the numerous local people with this If you would like to find out more about how we enjoy just in to to see what we If you liveourselves, in Basingstoke or Northtune Hampshire it means a type of debilitating heart condition

trip to Southampton for treatment. Ironically the Cardiac Basingstoke a group of 35men aout wide variety backgrounds. All live locally in the borough but some commute to work outside Basingstoke. have Deane comingRotary up, oriscontact Helen or Paul& women above tofrom find more . WeofRob think you’ll be pleasantly surprised. consultant and heart rhythm specialist, Bowers, is find more information on our website: based in Basingstoke & has to makeBasingstoke the same trip to treat Most joined Rotary to help others less fortunate, and they find DeaneYou’ll Rotary adds another extremely enjoyable dimension to their lives. Facebook: @RotaryBasingstokeDeane Twitter: @RBstokeDeane you. Can you help us get this equipment at Basingstoke hospital so that local people with this condition and the

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no longerjust have to make in thatto 60 mile round trip? To donate go to: what we have coming up, or contact Helen or Paul above to find out If you would like to find out more about how we enjoyconsultant ourselves, tune to see Fibrillation (AF) sufferers in North Hampshire more. We think you’llneed be pleasantly surprised.

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Basingstoke Deane Rotary is a group of 35men & women from a wide variety of backgrounds. All live locally in the borough but some commute to work outside Basingstoke. Most joined Rotary to help others less fortunate, and they find Basingstoke Deane Rotary adds another extremely enjoyable dimension to their lives. If you would like to find out more about how we enjoy ourselves, just tune in to to see what we have coming up, or contact Helen or Paul above to find out more . We think you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Facebook: @RotaryBasingstokeDeane Twitter: @RBstokeDeane

Now that 2020 is drawing to a close it’s impossible not to reflect on what a difficult and frustrating year it has been - and to hope that 2021 will see us return to some sense of normality. With the prospect on the horizon of a vaccine to be rolled out in the next few months we can only hope that the worst will soon be behind us. For members of Kempshott WI who have been denied the opportunity to meet since February it has been particularly frustrating, as we watched the country start opening up again in July with opportunities for leisure activities to take place. Unfortunately our National Federation remained adamant that we could not hold meetings without implementing stringent safety and hygiene regulations that were impossible for us to comply with. In an attempt to keep in touch we decided to deliver to members homes token gift bags or a “Meeting in a bag” as they have become known. Many of our members have been surprised to find someone from the Committee on their doorstep clutching a gift bag. Certainly these bags containing a small selection of items seem to have been appreciated as a way of reassuring members that they have not been forgotten. I think we all realise that Christmas is likely to be very different this year. The usual opportunities for meeting up with family and friends will certainly be far more restricted and inevitably there will be some members who may be on their own for whatever reason and our thoughts go out to them particularly at this time. With our very best wishes to you all

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Quarterly Crime Update – NHW July 2020. Inspector 2157 Richard LANE The overall crime trend for Basingstoke District remains downwards and there has been a drop on the overall number of offences this year compared to last (12370 crimes in total, a drop of - 415 when compared to last year). Our local priorities remain focused on the following issues: 1. Drug Related Violence and Harm, particularly where linked to the supply of crack cocaine and heroin. 2. Most Serious Violence offences, for example, robbery and offences linked to the use of knives. We have some very good news in relation to robbery offences in particular. The number of Robbery offences has remained low in the last three months. We have been managing a number of other serious offences linked to a group of younger offenders. Two of these offenders were sentenced each to six months imprisonment last week. 3. Offences linked to the exploitation, either sexually or criminally, of children and other vulnerable people. This includes those deemed to be ‘repeat missing persons’ and those subjected to Modern Day Slavery offences. 4. Domestic Abuse. The overall trend remains for these offences remains upwards. Although still unacceptably high, the overall rise was not as steep as we initially feared and offences relating to Domestic Violence have been a local priority for Basingstoke Police in the last three months. Rural Burglary Offences linked to the theft of ATVs (All Terrain Vehicles) The overall trend for these offences remains upwards. Working with our local communities, additional high visibility patrols have been conducted and crime prevention advice shared, leading to a significant reduction in the number of these offences through June 2020. Residential Burglary The overall trend for Residential Burglary offences is now downwards. All Residential Burglary reports that occur within a house are still routinely attended by the police. After a significant number of Residential Burglary offences occurred in November 2019, there has been a continued sharp decline in the overall number of reports Vehicle offences The overall trend of Theft from Motor Vehicle offences remains downwards. A recent increase in theft of catalytic convertors was noted and a local response plan put in place. This included additonal high visibility patrols and crime prevention advice being shared. These offences ar occurring all over the District. Please do remember to LOCK your vehicles.

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We’re installing more Smart Shop handsets for you to use during your shop, enabling you to shop safer and exit the store safely. Brighten a Million Christmases. This year we’re delighted to launch our Brighten a Million Christmases campaign, in support of two Basingstoke charities; Inspero & Basingstoke Foodbank. The campaign will run between December 1st and December 14th. Donations of food can be placed in the donation boxes at the front of the store and, we’ll be supplying a list of suggested donations to help you choose. You may also choose to donate vi a our Smart Shop handsets and at all our Self Service/Checkouts when you complete your shopping. At the end of the campaign, we’ll divide the total raised between the two charities, and send these funds to them in time for Christmas. Opening Hours Government Guidance together with COVID 19 restrictions has meant that, at the time of publication, we’re unable to confirm our opening times during the festive period. We’ll update these hours as soon as we can, via social media and signage at the store. Grocery Online Deliveries/Collections During the last few weeks our Grocery Online service has expanded significantly to help with the demand for shopping safer during COVID 19. Our Click and Collect team now serve in excess of 1000 collections throughout the day, with over 900 deliveries being made throughout the Basinsgtoke area every day. Please continue to check for any slots as we near the festive peak at Christmas Food Ordering Service – Collection in Store – NOT Grocery Online. Customers can still order up until midnight on December 16th, for collection on December 22nd, 23rd and 24th. Demand has been unprecedented this year so, check the website for up to date offers. https://food-to-order.

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Starting today (Friday 20 November), the consultation on the draft will run until January 2021. A number of proposals have been put forward for the area, including it being highlighted as a potential location for a new hospital, a planning application for a distribution hub and land owners putting forward possible development sites for consideration for the Updated Basingstoke and Deane Local Plan. Work is already underway on building new homes on sites allocated in the area in the current Basingstoke and Deane Local Plan to 2029, with planning applications approved for others. Aiming to set out a joined up approach to the area, the vision identifies the types of infrastructure needed, for example transport improvements, facilities and utilities. Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council is already working with highway authorities to move forward the transport strategy for the borough, discussed by councillors last night (Thursday 19 November) at the Economic, Planning and Housing Committee. This includes a 21st century public mass rapid transport system connecting the area to the town centre and bus and railway stations, along with road network improvements, cycle and walking links. The draft vision highlights areas where investment or more detailed work would be needed, helping other local services to plan ahead in a coordinated way. It aims to put addressing climate change at the heart of future proposals. Recognising that this area is an important gateway to the town with nearby historic villages with their own distinctive identities, the vision sets out the need to reflect the characteristics of the local environment and the potential concerns of nearby communities. New strategic gaps around villages such as North Waltham and Dummer are proposed. The aim of the vision is to guide early discussions, helping to set the direction for future planning policy which will emerge as the new Local Plan is developed. Cabinet Member for Planning Infrastructure and the Natural Environment Cllr Mark Ruffell said: “We want to hear lots of opinions, ideas and comments to make this a shared and joined-up proactive vision for this area. There are so many parts of this, with land owners, residents, groups, other organisations and levels of government involved. We need views on the issues and opportunities for this location in our borough so we can set out our shared ambitions to get the right infrastructure and protection for existing villages and the natural environment.” Based upon comments received and any additional technical evidence available, the vision is set to be updated for adoption by the council’s Cabinet in March 2021. To read the draft vision document and give views see Those without access to the internet can call 01256 84844 for a paper copy.

BASINGSTOKE & DISTRICT DISABILITY FORUM the local charity for our disabled community continues to run regular free activities. Please follow us on social media and check the latest news on our website

Activities include walking groups (Wednesdays & Thursdays); online winter coffee mornings called Friday Tea Break Club; and weekly mobility improving seated yoga (both online and face to face). Note all require pre booking. Covid allowing, our next Disability Information Day will be held at Basingstoke’s Malls shopping centre on 26th March 2021. This event is an opportunity to gain information, support and advice on disability related subjects from local organisations, businesses and government departments. We are keen to start up a new in person support group for those affected by disability who would like to meet new people in a safe environment. If this is something you would be interested in, please email Do you have a disability related question and don’t know which was to turn? BDDF have extensive signposting information. We can point you in the direction of the service or local organisation who will be able to help. Volunteer opportunities - BDDF are looking for Walk Leaders (one hour per week commitment) to lead fully accessible & inclusive gentle walks in your local area. Keep in touch – As well as following BDDF on social media, or visiting our website, you can sign up to be a BDDF Member (free) and will receive our regular newsletter detailing our latest events and services. Thank you to everyone who has kindly supported and joined BDDF during a very difficult year for charities. “Be happy in the moment, that’s enough. Each moment is all we need, not more.” - Mother Teresa

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What certainties? For each of us this might be quiteI amdifferent, but what is unique and special is valuing our own story. writing this month because, as you may or may not know, the Rev. Kelvin and Jane Taylor left St. Mark’s Perhaps you have some old journals or diaries that athave not been opened in years my and case decades! Do I the end of May. They had beenin withyears, us for nine we nearly are sad tofour see them go. Many exciting have happened in the church andbut community really want to remind myself of what I felt in in mythings twenties? Probably not, thereunder willtheir beleadership. elements I am sure of great comfort in recalling family and friends long forgotten, even deceased. Re-visiting old videos or CDs, reel toa reel For examplewe have started a messy church (very hearing informal craft, food, short lots of fun forin families all ages We 2.30pm -5pm third Saturday); or cassette tapes – yes even pre-Walkman’s, can help us recapture celebration pivotal and memories our ofstory. can beevery reminded of we have started doing the fabulous ‘Open the Book’ assemblies for the Y4’s in the both minor and significant events that shaped who we are much more than any current events and uncertainties. junior school; started Saturday @ Saint Mark’s (2nd Saturday of the month from

Readers we don’t notable ople nor that we A personal reflection from Hilary Nickell ning of the church. I think

9:30am) which is an informal chance to learn such things as your ancestry, try flower Apparently, there is considerable evidence that nostalgia is not just comforting, but particularly good for our mental arranging go for walks or bike rides round Kempshott or find out about various things to do with IT or further wellbeing, especially as our normal lives are on hold. So We toohave is employed viewing old photographs, holiday albums, listening to education. an Outreach Worker and renovated at church – if youEven have ever used the oldinto kitchenresearching at St. music we have not heard for some time. These can our allkitchen lift our spirits. investing family history can Mark’s you know what state it was in! All of time this andto much more on that long to-do list of take us to into new areas of discovery. There has arguably never been a better spend under Kelvin’s leadership. projects that have thus far evaded us. Just imagine how much better we might feel coming out from a more productive Kelvin and Jane are off on a well-deserved long holiday to their winter hibernation in just a few months’ time - literally and metaphorical with a Spring in our Step! favourite place- the Greek islands. We wish them well, as I am sure

many of you do also. Just a few weeks ago, I literally dusted of my father’s old King James Bible. I do not mind admitting, while some of the is a time understand. of change and transition for them and for the church. words were beautiful it is not a translation I couldIteasily However, littered among numerous pages were the original notes and references of my father’s young and and so I glimpsed and comfort from better It may well earnest be a time ofhand, change and transition for you too. You may drew be changing job; maybe moving house; a newbut baby;I getting married; leavingthat home even for the first timecan to goeventually to university or to There and happier days. An illness took him away all toohaving young, was reminded grief betravel. tripped may also be some less pleasant changes happening in your life- divorce, unemployment, bereavement. up by a surprising smile of joy. In the church’s year, the weeks just gone still form part of the ‘Easter Season’. It was a time of transition and

As we hunker down for the juggernaut (or is it white van) of Christmas, what betteraround timethe tocountry thinkwith inJesus, terms of ato season of change for Jesus’ disciples too. They had travelled listening him teach and preach, watching miracles andthe healings. Butand they hadn’t quite understood ‘what The he wasseason really about.’ more joyful and slower preparation; a certainty freely gifted tohim usdothrough birth life of Jesus Christ. is Advent, with its complementary themes of hope, peace, love andandfinally on Christmas Itrisen is likely that places On Easter Sunday on manyjoy occasions after that theyEve. met the Lord Jesus, andagain during this time, He Marks, ascended toor heaven, they limited began to understand all that He over was teaching and explaining them of worship will be restricted to streamed services, asbefore at St at best participation Christmas, buttoyou about God and about how much He loves each and every one of us. They finally did begin to comprehend are very welcome to join us either in person (hopefully!) or online to celebrate this 'most wonderful time of the year’. You ‘what He was really about.’ can find a list of services on our website Many of what are called resurrection appearances in the Bible involve eating. This is important because it

tells us that risen Jesus to had go a realcarol physicalsinging body -he wasn’t kind of ghostly apparition. And while we’re quoting Christmas songs… we might notthebe able thissome year, but we’d love to hear the disciples didn’t immediately recognize Jesus-‘he was same but different.’ The best of about your favourite Christmas carol- what is it andOften why? You can vote for your favourite onthe the website or tell us aanalogy story this iswe when maybe to youshare have hadsome your hair or getin new glasses. Often people comment do that there about a particular carol or a memory that it evokes… hope ofdone these our seasonal servicessendis ‘something a bit different about you’ but they cannot quite place their finger on it. your story to A chance to share something of our own Christmas story, of happier and better this transition period, Jesus appeared to his disciples in pairs, groups and once to 500 people in one days. Who knows, your choice could feature in the During top ten and be streamed into one of the services mentioned overleaf. go. This tells us that Jesus’ resurrection appearances couldn’t have been a hallucination. It is unlikely that 2 or 3 people, let alone 500 would have had the same hallucination!

Transition is unsettling and often make us feel ill at ease - It was for the disciples, it is for us at St. Mark’s and it may well be for you. We wonder, “What we’ll do?” and “How we will manage?” Jesus promised to send his disciples ‘helper’, which and we call the Holy Spirit, to guide & support them and enable them to streamed from aour website available in recorded manage and find a wayTransition through. & Transformation

During this current time, our services will be live format afterwards from

Hello. My name is Debbie Veel. I am one of the Licensed Lay Ministers (LLM’s or Readers

We are hoping to resume our Sunday morningasservices when the restrictions lifted. do continue they are sometimes known) at St. Mark’s are church. LLM’sPlease are not ordained, so we don’t wearyou a dog collar,tobut we canand do much of whatan a vicar can booking do with some notable to book in via our website....just click on the date wish attend complete online form. exceptions. We can’t bless the communion wine and bread; we can’t marry people nor

do weup baptise anyone. Interestingly enough, can lead funerals. & Other than that we Do keep checking our website - this hold the most to date information for ourwelive streamed recorded preach, lead worship, prayer and mid-week groups and we are involved in the running of the church. services and for booking a Christingle bag for Chistmas Eve of it as being a bit like being a deputy head of a school.

I think

Kempshott d Jane TaylorMethodist left St.Church Mark’s e them go. Many exciting

I am writing this month because, as you may or may not know, the Rev. Kelvin and Jane Taylor left St. Mark’s at the end of May. They had been with us for nine years and we are sad to see them go. Many exciting things have happened in the church and community under their leadership.

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For example- we have started a messy church (very informal craft, food, a short celebration and lots of fun for families of all ages 2.30pm -5pm every third Saturday); we have started doing the fabulous ‘Open the Book’ assemblies for the Y4’s in the junior school; started Saturday @ Saint Mark’s (2nd Saturday of the month from 9:30am) which is an informal chance to learn such things as your ancestry, try flower arranging go for walks or bike rides round Kempshott or find out about various things to do with IT or further education. We have employed an Outreach Worker and renovated our kitchen at church – if you have ever used the old kitchen at St. Mark’s you know what state it was in! All of this and much more under Kelvin’s leadership. "We have been running our Sunday Service at 10.30 as an interactive experience for a few weeks. It has proved very welcome and we have people from Reading and as far as Telford taking part in the Service. Everyone can participate and we can see and interact with each other during the service. Kelvin and Jane are off on a well-deserved long holiday to their

favouriteevery place- the Greek islands. We wish them well, am sure and pray about both personal An off-shoot of this has been a fellowship meeting Wednesday morning. Weas Idiscuss many of you do also. and global issues. The pre lockdown fellowship was once a month, but this format has proved so valuable in these It is a time of change and transition for them and for the church. isolating times that it has been established for each week. People get a chance to talk to each other and partake in a It may well be a time of change and transition for you too. You may be changing job; maybe moving house; fellowship that breaks into what, for some, can bea new a long having baby; week. getting married; leaving home for the first time to go to university or to travel. There may also be some less pleasant changes happening in your life- divorce, unemployment, bereavement.

ormal craft, food, a short

Interested? It's easy to join us, please contact Colin on 468969 or through fb kempshottmethodistchurch for information." In the church’s year, the weeks just gone still form part of the ‘Easter Season’. It was a time of transition and change for Jesus’ disciples too. They had travelled around the country with Jesus, listening to him teach and preach, watching him do miracles and healings. But they hadn’t quite understood ‘what he was really about.’

On Easter Sunday and on many occasions after that they met the risen Lord Jesus, and during this time, before He ascended to heaven, they began to understand all that He was teaching and explaining to them



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