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, the Meon Valley Arts Society, 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.
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.
We are so pleased that we were able, in June, to start our 1000th birthday celebrations for Corhampton Church.
Our churches looked wonderful with their glorious displays of wildflowers and roses. Thank you so much to Lorna, Chris, Sue, Natalie and all those who contributed and attended. Thank you, too, to Gregor and Hugh for their impromptu photo competition. Congratulations to the winners.
A quieter but, nevertheless, equally special Quiet Day, splendidly prepared by Fr Tony, was a wonderful experience for those who attended. Our thanks to Fr Tony, as well. We are so lucky to have such a special Rector.
The fete was a fantastic success and much enjoyed. Luna Acrobatics and Aerial Arts put on an amazing show. We don’t know how to thank all the lovely people who attended, took part, enjoyed themselves, ate teas and burgers and generally had fun. Let alone the generosity of the sponsors, which was out of this world, and the superb contributions of time, energy, donations and sheer hard work of the fete committee, the stallholders, gatekeepers and helpers.
The signs are good that we can continue with our celebrations! Please join us for more lovely events:
Sunday 12th September – 15.00 Church Green and St Andrew’s – Rough Ditch Folk Band with a cream tea and a dahlia display in the church. (A limited number of teas will be available at £5 each. Book and pay when you arrive. First come, first served. Bring a chair and maybe a rug.)
Relax in the ambience of our beautiful Church Green, enjoy arrangements of traditional songs and tunes with an eclectic mix of instruments, and indulge yourself with a traditional cream tea.
Tuesday 21st September – 19.30 St Andrew’s – Organ recital by our very own Richard Martin. Refreshments will be available.
Friday 24th September – 18.30 Corhampton – Yew Tree Talk by national yew tree expert Toby Hindson, a founder member of the Ancient Yew Group. Do we know just how old our Corhampton yew tree is? Is it a consecration yew? Gather around our special ancient tree to start the exploration. Refreshments will be available.
Saturday 2nd October – 18.30 Meon Hall – The Madding Crowd band and a delicious Harvest Supper. £10/ticket. Book now on Eventbrite.
The Madding Crowd researches and performs church and secular music of English village bands and choirs from 1660 to 1861. For our harvest treat there may be a light-hearted look at harvest celebrations through the eyes of farmer’s wife Ann Hughes in 1796 or a look at the introduction of the Festival in 1843. It includes dances by the band and songs with audience participation. Won’t it be great to sing together indoors again!
Friday 8th October, new date for our postponed event – 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 1st October.
Sunday 17th October – 19.00 St Andrew’s – Corhampton 1000 – A wonderful local and talented Chamber Choir will perform and a finger buffet will be served. £10/ticket. Book now on Eventbrite.
A wonderful local and talented 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. Soak in the sounds of the professionals and enjoy some delicious refreshments.
And artists don’t forget: we would like your expressions of interest by 6th August for:
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.firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday 11th December – Christmas Tree and Carol Singing Festivities – 18.00 Church Green, Meonstoke – more details to be confirmed
Sunday 13th March 2022 – time to be confirmed St Andrew’s Church – Athanasian Consort – meditation of anthems and readings with congregational singing
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, the Meon Valley Arts Society, Hampshire County Council, Winchester City Council, and the South Downs National Park.
Fostering inclusivity across our Villages