A long journey home

We are delighted to have received the following from our recent visitor to these shores, Ian Whittington: ‘I recently fulfilled a dream that I have nurtured for almost a decade and that was to return to the home of my ancestors of my father’s line.  As I have compiled my family history I have always […]

Lincensed and ready to go!

What do you call a benefice of churchwardens? I have no idea, but there were an awful lot of them out and about with their rods of office last Sunday at the Licensing Service for Clive Todd and Leisa McGovern! And a fair few clergy too. The service was lovely, and Maureen’s cakes were particularly […]

Easter Bunny Prize Draw

Happy Easter to all our friends and supporters, and many congratulations to our Prize Draw winners. We had over 100 enter the Draw, and the lucky winners were: 1st Prize – £50 shopping voucher at the Village Stores: won by Lee Churchward, Newbridge 2nd Prize – 8oz Rump Steak Dinner for 2 with a bottle […]

Bishop Christopher braves the snow

Well you know what they say about an Easterly wind… It brings snow, and – on this occasion – a Bishop! Many thanks to Bishop Christopher for making it over the snow covered Solent and coming to take our service at Shalfleet on Sunday. Those of us who braved the Arctic conditions enjoyed a lovely […]

Mothering Sunday

Many thanks to all who helped with our lovely Mothering Sunday service in church. The flowers were beautiful and expertly distributed on the day by our young team. And no sooner are the daffs in bloom than the weather men tell us to prepare once more for snow! Mothering Sunday is an ancient festival that […]

A rare visitor

Shalfleet Churchyard has been the haunt of the Island’s keenest birders in the past few weeks as they seek out a scarce visitor, a hawfinch, which has been around the churchyard since the third week in January. The hawfinch is the largest of the finches. At first glance it looks like a large chaffinch but […]

Here comes Lent!

Lent is just around the corner, but not before we’ve had our pancakes! Lent is the period when we commemorate the 40 days that Jesus spent in the Wilderness, being tempted by the Devil, before getting started on his ministry. It is a time for making resolutions: giving up chocolate, booze, swearing, or whatever else […]

Obituary: Revd John Francis Robert Ryall

  The flag was at half mast last Wednesday to mark the funeral of our former vicar, John Ryall. The following obituary comes from another former vicar, David Bevington. David writes: A former Archdeacon of the Isle of Wight described John to me as “a traditional Anglican scholar-priest”.  He had studied at Oxford and Cambridge […]