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.
Stuart and Beth were married today at Groomes Barn, near Bordon. A beautiful setting, made even more wonderful by the glorious weather!
It was a very happy occasion and we were so pleased to see Stuart and Beth so happy and very much in love.
A lovely surprise was Claire Whale as Registrar. She was once Stuart and Glen's school teacher!
Phil also gave a short address and Jan and Phil sang a specially composed Grace.
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.