Mothers’ Union comes to Upton!

MU: DO THEY REALLY???

  • Speak out against violence to women
  • Campaign against advertising which promotes sales of adult styles to children
  • Support parents as they bring up their children
  • Pray for the needs of families across the world
  • Give financial support to set up literacy and health education schemes

YES THEY DO!!!

These are just some of the things that this dynamic Christian organisation “The Mothers’ Union” has been doing year in, year out.

We invite all villagers to come and find out more about this amazing, global Christian organisation, which works in this area as well as across the world.

Gentlemen, ladies, teenagers, children – a warm welcome awaits you

Upton Village Hall, Saturday 9th March at 3.30pm

– complimentary teas, activities for children with a Mothering Sunday theme, displays and information, informal conversation and a short presentation.

The doors will be open for just one hour, so we hope many of you will find time to drop in for a cup of tea and cake, with plenty to keep young people busy as well.

See you there!

Revd Louise Butler

Sheepdogs rule the roost at fete

The annual St Mary’s Church Fete took place in Upton on Saturday (3 September).

This ever-popular event retains the character of a traditional village fete, with features such as skittles and tug of war between the Parish Council and the parishioners, as well as the usual sale of homemade cakes, preserves and plants. The Blewbury Brass Band provided the background music next to those enjoying teas outside the village hall.

The main attractions in the arena included the Kineton Quackers, a demonstration of sheepdogs herding ducks, and an Argentine Gaucho. Carlos Adriazola, originally from the Andes, is an extremely skilled lassoist, and he showed off his lasso technique by capturing volunteers from the crowd.

Thank you to everyone who helped make the fete so successful. It seemed to go like clockwork, although we are all aware that a huge amount of hard work is done by everyone involved from setting up in the morning, right through to dismantling in the afternoon.  The result was great, both in terms  the enjoyment of the event and its financial reward – over £2300 was raised for St Mary’s Church and village causes.

Photos from the day can be seen in the photo gallery.

St Mary’s Fete 2011 – Receipts

Stall Stall Holders
Books The Whitmells & Robertsons £291.06
White Elephant Mimi Eighteen & friends £399.95
Preserves Jessie West £293.50
Plants Simon Powell, Austin & Edwin £249.05
Children’s games Fletcher family £14.70
Toys Rhiannon, Emily & Katie £43.04
Cakes Giulia & Brian Rippon £152.10
Fair Trade Maranda St J Nicholl £7.50
Teas Rosemary de Wilde, Liz Hardy & families £312.95
Tombola Clare Lightfoot & friends £148.30
Raffle Sarah Sayers, Mary Wiley, Irene Timblick, Olive & Harry Prior £189.50
Children’s tombola Karen Fenn £29.37
Face Painting Hattie Burrow £69.60
Penalty Shootout Fletcher family £11.00
Skittles Richard Burrow £38.54
Bear’s birthday Eleanor Lightfoot £10.50
Lucky programmes Elisabeth, Malcolm & Judith Wright £179.30
Playground Tombola £41.10
Donations £123.00
Total £2604.06

There are ~£300 expenses to be deducted.

Theo Gordon’s bequests

Theo, a longstanding Upton resident, was a loved and respected member of the community. She was always ready to support local events and even when she was too ill to attend displayed a keen interest in what was happening.

Over the years she was a generous supporter of the Village Hall and St Mary’s Church, a place close to her heart.

Under the terms of her will £5,000 has been given to the Village Hall and £5,000 to St. Mary’s.

The PCC and the Village Hall trustees are very grateful for these donations and plan to use them to help improve facilities at both buildings.

St Mary’s Fete

St Mary’s Fete will be held on Saturday 3rd September at 2.00pm at the Recreation Ground.

Entertainment by Quainton Quackers, Blewbury Band, Fun Dog Show

All the usual stalls, games and sideshows.   Delicious home made teas.

If you would like to help with the Fete please contact Jessie on 851206 or Clare 850486

Churn Benefice Activities for July

Churn Youth Group

Sunday 3rd July at 6pm, in the Methodist Chapel, Blewbury

Sunday 17th July at 7pm, at Tickers Folly, Blewbury.

All young people of secondary school age are welcome to come along. We meet on the third Sunday of the month from 7pm to 8.30pm at the Benefice Centre or other venue depending on what activity we decide to do.

Ever thought about Confirmation?

We will be holding a Confirmation service in the Benefice on 6th November 2011. If you are considering or would like to find out more about Confirmation please contact either Louise or Fr Jason by the end of July. Separate preparation for Adults and Teenagers will begin in the autumn. There will be no obligation to get confirmed at the end of the sessions, but we hope that you will want to!

The CHURN Branch of the MU

The next Pram Service will be on Wednesday 6th July at 12.15pm in the Vale Room, Blewbury Village Hall. ALL AGES ARE WELCOME.

A sandwich lunch is provided by the Mothers Union after the service. This is a short Eucharist service ideal for pre-school children to bring parents, grandparents, carers to.

THE CHURN Mothers Union – Annual Teddy Bears Picnic

August 3rd at 12.15pm

In the garden of Charmian Marples, Badgers Holt, South Street, Blewbury

Please bring a rug/chair and a picnic plus teddy bear. We welcome all children  and any young mums, dads, friends, grandparents and carers. Soft drinks and ice-creams will be provided. If it rains we shall move inside the house – it may be a bit cramped but we shall manage and have fun together. See you there!

Christian Fellowship Group

For Mums with young children who meet together to grow in faith and take something of what they experience to their families.

The next meeting is on 5th July at Torpids, High Street, Upton, 8pm. A social evening. We hope to welcome new members to the group – so do come along.

Contact for information or transport: Justine 510864; Revd Louise 851011

“Christ in Quiet”

Monthly contemplative prayer services, reflecting on bible passages, listening to Christian music and gently moving into silent prayer, these last about 30 minutes. Held across the benefice on the last Saturday morning of each month at 9am. Next services

30th July, St. Andrew’s Hagbourne and 27th August, All Saints’ North Moreton

This year’s Pilgrimage will be on Sunday 3rd July 2011. We meet at the top of Churn Knob from 12.15pm onwards (with a picnic), and hold a short service prior to setting off on the 12 mile walk from Churn Knob to Dorchester Abbey.

June Happenings in the Churn Benefice

Christian Fellowship Group

– for Mums with young children who meet together to grow in faith and take something of what they experience to their families.

The next meeting is on 7th June at Torpids, High Street, Upton, 8pm. Theme – Helping our children to understand that what we do affects others.

Contact for information or transport: Justine 510864; Revd Louise 851011

Churn Youth Group

Sunday 19th June at 7pm in the Benefice Centre

All young people of secondary school age are welcome to come along. We meet on the third Sunday of the month from 7pm to 8.30pm at the Benefice Centre or other venue depending on what activity we decide to do.

ASCENSION DAY

Thursday 2nd June is the Feast of the Ascension of Christ, a red letter day and important celebration in the Church’s year. There will be a Sung Eucharist and Sermon at St. Mary’s at 8pm. Everyone in the Churn Benefice is encouraged to come and share in this important festival.

“Christ in Quiet”

Monthly contemplative prayer services, reflecting on bible passages, listening to Christian music and gently moving into silent prayer, these last about 30 minutes. Held across the benefice on the last Saturday morning of each month at 9am. Next service 26th June, St. Michael’s Blewbury

This year’s Pilgrimage will be on Sunday 3rd July 2011. We meet at the top of Churn Knob from 12.15pm onwards (with a picnic), and hold a short service prior to setting off on the 12 mile walk from Churn Knob to Dorchester Abbey. There is an interesting article in May’s edition of The Door with lots more information.

Having acted as local co-ordinator for four years (and been involved for eight), it’s time for me to pass on the baton, so please contact me on 01235 850082 if you could be persuaded to take on this role from 2012. Most of the work is done on the morning of the Pilgrimage itself, with a few meetings over the year. Penny Brassell

The CHURN Branch of the MU

The next Pram Service will be on Wednesday 1st June at 12.15pm in the Vale Room, Blewbury Village Hall. ALL AGES ARE WELCOME.

A sandwich lunch is provided by the Mothers Union after the service. This is a short Eucharist service ideal for pre-school children to bring parents, grandparents, carers to.

Churn Benefice Meetings in May

Christian Fellowship Group

– for Mums with young children who meet together to grow in faith and take something of what they experience to their families. The next meeting will be on 17th May, 8pm.

Contact for information or transport: Justine 510864; Revd Louise 851011

The CHURN Branch of the MU

The next Pram Service will be on Wednesday 4th May at 12.15pm in the Vale Room, Blewbury Village Hall. ALL AGES ARE WELCOME.

A sandwich lunch is provided by the Mothers Union after the service. This is a short Eucharist service ideal for pre-school children to bring parents, grandparents, carers to.

“Christ in Quiet”

Monthly contemplative prayer services, reflecting on bible passages, listening to Christian music and gently moving into silent prayer, these last about 30 minutes. Held across the benefice on the last Saturday morning of each month at 9am.

Next service – 28th May, All Saints’ Aston Upthorpe

Churn Youth Group

Sunday 15th May at 7pm in the Benefice Centre

All young people of secondary school age are welcome to come along. We meet on the third Sunday of the month from 7pm to 8.30pm at the Benefice Centre or other venue depending on what activity we decide to do.

Mothers Union – BIG BREW

Coffee Morning – Using and Promoting Fair Trade Products with a Honey Theme!

Saturday 21st May, 10am to 12noon

Will be held in The Benefice Centre (next to St. Michaels’ church Blewbury)

In addition to Tea and coffee there will be a raffle, bring and buy stall (including honey cakes and goodies) and a Fair Trade stall. All proceeds to the MU overseas fund

Churn Benefice Activities for April

The CHURN Branch of the MU

The next Pram Service will be on Wednesday 6th April at 12.15pm in the Vale Room, Blewbury Village Hall. ALL AGES ARE WELCOME.

A sandwich lunch is provided by the Mothers Union after the service. This is a short Eucharist service ideal for pre-school children to bring parents, grandparents, carers to.

Churn Youth Group

Sunday 17th April at 7pm in the Benefice Centre

All young people of secondary school age are welcome to come along. We meet on the third Sunday of the month from 7pm to 8.30pm at the Benefice Centre or other venue depending on what activity we decide to do.

“Christ in Quiet”

Monthly contemplative prayer services; reflecting on bible passages, listening to Christian music and gently moving into silent prayer, these last about 30 minutes. Held across the benefice on the last Saturday morning of each month at 9am.

Next service – 30th April, St. Mary’s Upton

Churn Benefice Activities for March

Churn Youth Group

Sunday 20th March at 7pm in the Benefice Centre

All young people of secondary school age are welcome to come along.

We meet on the third Sunday of the month from 7pm to 8.30pm at the Benefice Centre or other venue depending on what activity we decide to do.

The CHURN Branch of the MU

The next Pram Service will be on Wednesday 2nd March at 12.15pm in the Vale Room, Blewbury Village Hall. ALL AGES ARE WELCOME.

A sandwich lunch is provided by the Mothers Union after the service. This is a short Eucharist service ideal for pre-school children to bring parents, grandparents, carers to.

“Christ in Quiet”

Monthly contemplative prayer services; reflecting on bible passages, listening to Christian music and gently moving into silent prayer, these last about 30 minutes.

Held in the churches across the benefice on the last Saturday morning of each month at 9am. Next service – 26th March at All Saints’ North Moreton

Christian Fellowship Group

– for Mums with young children who meet together to grow in faith and take something of what they experience to their families. The next meeting will be on Tuesday 15th March, 8pm at Torpids, High Street, Upton.

Theme: “A Journey through Lent to Easter with your Children”.

Contact for information or transport: Justine 510864; Revd Louise 851011

LENT GROUPS

Wednesday evening:

7.45pm – 9.15pm in the Benefice Centre

Fr Jason will lead a book group/bible study on Living Jesus, by John Pritchard, Bishop of Oxford.

It will not be necessary to purchase the book to partake in this group.

Meeting – 23rd March, 30th March, 6th April and 13th April. (4 sessions)

Thursday lunchtime:

12.30pm – 2pm in the Benefice Centre

Louise will lead a Lent reflection. Lunch will be provided at 12.30pm by members of the group. We hope many will be able to join this fellowship beforehand.

Meeting – 17th March, 24th March, 31st March, 7th April and 14th April. (5 sessions)

Thursday Evening:

7.45pm – 9.15pm at Sula Sgier, Main Street, West Hagbourne by kind invitation of Doreen and John Watling.

Fr Geoffrey will lead a Lent group looking at the Sacraments.

Meeting – 10th March, 17th March, 24th March, 31st March and 14th April. (5 sessions)

(Please note:- there will not be a meeting of this group on 7th April)