1000 Years of Corhampton Church
Serving the Community for a Millennium
CORHAMPTON CHURCH IS BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN BUILT IN 1020 AND HAS BEEN IN CONTINUOUS USE FOR THE LAST 1000 years. It is a living monument to our rich heritage. In celebration, the community is planning a series of cultural and community events. With the help of The National Lottery Community Fund, Winchester City Council, and Hampshire County Council, the aim is to foster inclusivity across the whole village and to enable everyone to participate in the celebrations.
See below for the celebratory community events we have planned.
We are hoping that all the planned celebratory events for the 1000th birthday of our beautiful Saxon Church will be able to go ahead. So, below, you will find many of the events we have in store for you. The majority are free or at minimum cost. We would be delighted to see you at any or all of them. Booking may be through Eventbrite.
There will be more publicity in the Bridge Parish magazine as the year unfolds, but please look at this page on the Bridge website http://www.bridgechurches.org.uk/c1000/ and on the Benefice Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/MeonBridgeBenefice for any last minute changes, should the Covid pandemic affect our plans.
Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th June 2021 – 10.00 to 17.00 Saturday and 11.30 to 17.00 Sunday Corhampton and St Andrew’s – Simple wildflowers in Corhampton and different specimens of roses in St Andrew’s. (Access to Corhampton may be limited to 2 people or one bubble, at a time, because of Covid restrictions.) Refreshments will be served in St Andrew’s between 11.30 and 12.30 and 14.30 and 16.30.
If you would like to contribute an arrangement of wildflowers for display in Corhampton please bring them in a simple container to the Church on Friday 18th June between 18.30 and 19.00. If you feel inspired to compose a verse of poetry or write out a poem, please copy it out onto a card with clearly visible writing. Don’t worry it isn’t a competition. It’s a wonderful opportunity to display the natural beauty of the countryside in Corhampton Church where simplicity is tangible. Please let Lorna Allured know if you are going to take part by 14th June. 877718 firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday 26th June – 10.00-16.00 Corhampton/Outside – Quiet Day – A day of spiritual activities, reflection and prayer led by The Rev’d Tony Forrest. Where is life’s journey taking you? Explore your faith journey reflecting on the landmarks of your relationship with God using a range of spiritual aids. Please book by Saturday 19th June, after which you will be sent details of where to meet. For the Eventbrite booking please copy and paste this link into your browser: bit.ly/3ocSkLL
Saturday 3rd July – 12.30 to 16.00 Church Green, Meonstoke – Church Fete: Bring the family and enjoy learning new circus skills with LUNA ACROBATICS Circus Skills. Take a shot at being a winner with our DUCK RACES, play a game, join an activity or just relax and listen to the live music.
Browse and buy from our exciting stalls – TOYS * BOOKS * BRIC-A-BRAC * BOTTLES * PLANTS & PRODUCE * JAMS & PRESERVES * SOAPS SCENTS SCARVES & ACCESSORIES
There will be delicious food so don’t forget to eat! The BBQ will be up and running along with our TEA & CAKE stand, ICE CREAM stall and, of course, BEER & PIMMS.
And of course, the RAFFLE with great prizes!
Come, see friends, laugh, smile and have some fun. We deserve to, don’t you think? See you all at the Fete. (Entry fees will apply)
Postponed, no longer Friday 9th July , new date to be advised– 19.00 Meon Hall – One-man show by poet, rebellious priest and psychotherapist David Keighley following the publication in the US of his work “Poetry, Piety and Psyche”. The evening is a mix of progressive Christian poems exploring the state of the church and contemporary theology, anecdotes about 40 years of being a rural parson and insights into the human condition from the viewpoint of a counselling psychotherapist. Please note this event may be filmed. Entry is free. Book on Eventbrite by 2nd July using this link: bit.ly/3fkCXgf
Sunday 11th July – 18.30 Corhampton – Athanasian Consort join us for a Choral Evensong with this special group of singers
Sunday 12th September – 15.00 Church Green and St Andrew’s – Rough Ditch and Four Marks Folk Bands and cream tea with dahlia display in the church. (A limited number of teas will be available: book and pay when you arrive.)
Tuesday 21st September – 19.30 St Andrew’s – Organ recital by our very own Richard Martin
Friday 24th September – 18.30 Corhampton – Yew Tree Talk by national yew tree expert Toby Hindson. Gather around our special ancient tree to start the exploration.
Saturday 2nd October – 18.30 Meon Hall – The Madding Crowd band performing music from 1660-1861 and a delicious Harvest Supper. Charges will apply. Eventbrite booking to follow. Please see the Bridge website: link above.
Sunday 17th October – 19.00 St Andrew’s – Winchester Cathedral Chamber Choir will perform and a finger buffet will be served.
Winchester Cathedral Chamber Choir takes you on a journey through a millennium of choral music, reflecting 1000 years of Corhampton Church, with both sacred masterpieces and some lighter-hearted secular works, including madrigals and arrangements of folk-songs with a local connection.
Charges will apply. Eventbrite booking to follow. Please see the Bridge website.
Saturday 6th November – 12.00 to 20.00 Meon Hall – Exhibition of art produced by local artists and display of locally found ancient artefacts
Paintings and drawings by local artists for display and or sale are wanted. These can either be framed for display on stands or mounted to be in a browser. There will be a charge for hanging pictures of £5. Currently there is a limit of three framed pictures per person. We would like to know at least three months in advance of your intention to display pictures. For expressions of interest or for more information please contact: Margaret Collins at Margaret.email@example.com
Autumn – A moving and entertaining portrayal of Winston Churchill’s devoted wife “My Darling Clemmie” by renowned actor Rohan McCullough
Saturday 11th December – Christmas Tree and Carol Singing Festivities – details to be confirmed
Sunday 10th April 2022 – 16.00 Rehearsal, 19.00 Performance at St Andrew’s – J H Maunder’s Olivet to Calvary from scratch. Described as a sacred cantata, it represents the scenes which mark the last few days of Christ’s passion. Come and join local singers and professionals. Music scores will be provided.
Copies of a booklet of Guy Liardet’s historical articles published in the Bridge magazine and commemorative mugs will be available at events, including the fete. Mugs can be purchased at a bargain price of £5 each and the books at £2.50. Buy them whilst you can.
Refreshments will be available at events: Donations may be requested
A whole host of other commemorative activities and projects are being undertaken, including an applique which the local infant school children have started. This involves a timeline covering the last 1000 years depicting the children in costumes from different historical periods. We have also been celebrating services through the ages, including using the Sarum Missal which would have been in use when Corhampton Church was first built.
With the support of the National Lottery Community Fund, Hampshire County Council, Winchester City Council, the South Downs National Park and the Meon Valley Arts Society.
Fostering inclusivity across our Villages