News

Revd. Karen Kousseff leaving us for pastures new!

It has been announced that, subject to statutory checks and clearances, The Revd. Karen Kousseff has been appointed Associate Priest in the Benefice of St. Bartholomew and St. Lawrence with St. Swithun in the City of Winchester. Karen's last Sunday in the Lower Dever Benefice will be 26th November and we will let you know the date of her licensing as soon as it is confirmed.

Our congratulations and best wishes to Karen. We keep her and George in our thoughts and prayers as they make preparations to move house and for Karen as she contemplates taking up this new challenge. Details of farewells and how to make a contribution to a leaving gift for Karen will follow shortly.

South Wonston Church is on Facebook

If you use Facebook please have a look at the new page for St Margaret's - search on 'South Wonston Church'. So please let us know what you think, 'Like' the page and spread the word!

Book of Remembrance

The Book of Remembrance, housed in our chapel, is updated regularly.The Book provides a beautiful and lasting local memorial for parishioners who have died, whether or not they were associated with any church. Please visit the church or contact us for an application form if you would like to have the name of a loved one added (who has died since October 2012).

Christian Aid Speaker at Benefice Service

Charlotte Scott gave an inspirational talk about the work of Christian Aid at our service on 31st July. She contrasted our lives here where the ‘same old’ daily timetable may be work, cook, clean, with people in Bangladesh whose daily grind is battling the river which always threatens to destroy everything they love and have worked for.

In a film we saw Morsheda, whose home is flooded and her children in danger, but also Feroza whose homestead has been raised above the flood level with help from CA and is now thriving. This work cost mere hundreds of pounds and provided employment for local people. We all agreed it was uplifting to see how the money we raised is used – the films can still be seen at www.caweek.org.

Goodbye and hello!

Revd Mark Bailey wrote in the Annual Report of the PCC ‘and more than a big thank you to Mary Cleal, who steps down as Churchwarden at South Wonston. Happily, Mary will continue to keep an eye on the Rector in the PCC!’

I am sure everyone would like to join in echoing the Rector’s big thank you and wish Mary all the best for the future.

We also welcome our new Church Warden Ian Soutar and Stuart Pugh who have volunteered their time and skills to serve on St Margaret’s PCC.

Building Fabric

Painting the Forth Road Bridge is continuing at St Margaret’s with general repairs and maintenance continuing unabated to the Church building. Thankfully the majority of the repairs are manageable but the condition of the pointing on the east side of the spine wall has given cause for concern. Following consultation with the architect quotes are being obtained for the necessary cleaning and remedial work.

If you want to know more detail about the activities of St Margaret’s and the PCC follow the link to the PCC Annual Report on the website banner.