St. Mary’s Monxton Annual Parochial Church Meeting will be held on Sunday 23rd May in the church following the 11.00 a.m. service. All are welcome to hear the reports of the church during 2020, and to elect Church Council members and offices. There will be vacancies for church wardens for the coming year which leaves our parish church needing to make important decisions for its future. Current proposals to unite our six rural parishes in the present Team with Abbotts Ann, Upper Clatford and Goodworth Clatford will also be discussed. These last two issues are likely to have a profound effect on our parish church in the future in the way it is run and in the number of services which will take place.
We’re delighted Bishop David is able to join us and to preach in this simple 45-minute service. We shall be members of the 3 Anna Benefice congregations and 6 Portway congregations. Music will be led by the Anna Benefice musicians.
Bring a chair! (some folding chairs available)
Please book in with email@example.com – this is because we need to be socially distanced, and must limit numbers to about ten per church.
We are pleased to inform you that regular church services will resume at Easter, the first being at 11am on Good Friday and then Holy Communion at 10am on Easter Day. Following on from this there will be Morning Prayer on the 2nd Sunday and Holy Communion on the 4th Sunday of each month.
Restrictions are still currently in place and so face masks should be worn and there will be no singing as yet. Social distance needs to be maintained in church and so I would please ask that if you intend to come to either of the Easter services, you contact me as seating is limited. We would love to welcome as many as we can accommodate safely.
David James has been acting as Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator for Monxton for almost eight years and is now looking to recruit a successor.
Neighbourhood Watch (NW) is the largest voluntary organisation in the UK – one in seven homes across the country is a member of a scheme and they work with each other and the Police to reduce crime and the fear of crime in their community.
In Hampshire we have over 4,500 schemes covering about 150,000 homes. In a time of cuts the Police cannot deal with all the problems and issues arising from crime and antisocial behaviour alone. They need the help of the whole Community. NW provides a way for local people to play an important part in addressing this balance and making their communities safer.
The role of the Coordinator involves the need to:
Keep contact details of scheme members and ensure this is passed to subsequent coordinators.
Welcome new residents, explain NW and encourage them to join.
Have a system that allows information to be distributed quickly to your members – i.e. warnings about crimes, incidents or scams. This is currently done via Monxton Matters.
Encourage members to report to the Police any criminal or suspicious activity in the area. They should also tell the coordinator, so a warning can be passed on to the neighbours if necessary.
Encourage neighbours to get to know each other.
Identify your vulnerable neighbours – keep in touch with them.
Help neighbours by signposting relevant information.
Support local crime and safety initiatives.
Anyone interested in taking on this important role should contact David for more information on 01264 710049 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional training and advice will be made available through Hampshire & IoW Neighbourhood Watch Association.
There have been reports of a new scam where a person receives a text saying they need to book a vaccination appointment and it takes them to a fake NHS form which then asks for their bank details to prove their identity.
The NHS will never ask for a person’s banking information so please do not provide as it will be a scam
Christmas is going to be quite different for everyone this year and our Christmas Day 10am service is no exception. Face masks must be worn, there will be no singing and social distancing must be maintained. This means we are restricted by the number of pews we can make available. One family can occupy one of the 14 available pews or 2 individuals. It would be really helpful if you intend to come individually or as a family if you let us know in good time to avoid disappointment. We certainly don’t want to turn anyone away and we want the service to be as meaningful and enjoyable as ever. I can be contacted on 710641 or by email on email@example.com
Wishing everyone in our parish a very happy Christmas from St Mary’s
Members of Monxton Parish Council, the Village Hall Committee, and other generous volunteers have all spent a considerable amount of time preparing the documents and supporting information which has now been submitted for TVBC’s CIL (Community Infrastructure Levy) Fund Bid.
The CIL Fund is for infrastructure projects in Test Valley that often require funding in excess of most grants and awards. We anticipate it to be the majority of the funding for the new village hall building, which will most likely be named the Pillhill Hub.
Our bid has been enhanced by some wonderful 3D drawings, which were kindly and generously created free of charge by Andrew Down of Pocket Protector Projects in Grateley.