On the 17th of August, 1898 the reconstructed Church of St. John the Baptist was reconsecrated by the Bishop of Winchester and reopened for divine worship. Extensive rebuilding under the direction of Sir Arthur Blomfield, the eminent Victorian church architect and Diocesan architect to Winchester Cathedral, was now complete. This beautiful building stands today as a tribute to his skills and expertise, providing New Alresford with a church worthy of its heritage.
Two great events coming up in Alresford in September!
On Friday 16th September there will be a Barn Dance in Old Alresford, called the Festival Barn Dance, because it is the informal start to the Scarecrow festivities in and around Alresford. Details on the posters below.
Tickets for the Barn Dance and entry forms for the Scarecrow Festival can be obtained from Six West and St John's parish Office. The free scarecrow forms can also be found in the Library, Lavender Barn, Morgan's, the Library and the Alresford Surgery.
Next Sunday is Amanda's farewell Benefice service in St John's at 10.30am. Please note the time.
The service is followed by a lunch in Bighton, but you do need to have signed up for it.
We are very sad to see Amanda go, but happy for her that she has found a parish of her own West Yorkshire and hope she will be very happy there.
Please do come along.
Old Alresford Place (OAP) was the home of Mary Sumner who founded the Mother's Union.
The Personal Prayer of Mary Sumner
All this day, O Lord, let me touch as many lives as possible for thee and every life I touch, do thou by this spirit quicken, whether through the word I speak, the prayer I breathe, or the life I live. Amen.