The Mission and Giving notice board display this month (November) features the Southampton Street Support Action Group, a homelessness project which aims to get everyone off the street, at least at night, into warm and secure accommodation. The Abbey supports the project in prayer and by funding ‘welcome packs’ which contain essentials such as toiletries which are given to those hostel ‘guests’ coming off the streets. Please take time to have a look at the display. Homelessness is something we wouldn’t wish on anyone. At this time of year there are about 40-50 people in Southampton who are homeless and on the street. That’s 40-50 people whoMore »

The Social Committee would appreciate 250 piece jigsaws for use at their fun and games afternoons. If you have puzzles that you wish to donate or lend, please speak to Janet Wallace, Churchwarden.More »

The Abbey Catering Team are seeking more volunteers. Help is needed to either bake ahead, or prepare, or serve refreshments to help support Abbey events and services. Please speak to Liz Wagner or email emw1@ntlworld.com if you would like more information. Any form of contribution is appreciated.More »

Please take time to look at two icons on display by the clergy stalls of both St Mary and St Ethelflaeda. They are on loan from icon painter, Anna Mayhew-Smith. Anna was visiting the Abbey with her husband the writer and broadcaster, Nick Mayhew-Smith as he was researching his book ‘Britain’s holiest places’. They will be with us until the New Year.More »

The Mothers’ Union next meet on Tuesday 12th November at 2.15pm in the Church Rooms. There will be a speaker on ‘Tools for Self Reliance’. All welcome.More »

The Knitting and Sewing group next meet on Thursday 31st October at 2.30pm in the Church Rooms. Visitors welcome.More »

Pumpkin carvers are needed for ‘Light in the Abbey’. Please take away a pumpkin with the attached template and return to the Abbey by midday on Friday 1st November. Thank you.More »

The Church Rooms is missing a large saucepan (stock pot). If you can help with its safe return it would be appreciated. Please note that there is a signing-out book for any items being removed from the Church Rooms kitchen.More »

Over the Autumn, the South Garth borders will be re-planted, If you have some favourite plants to donate please email John Gould at wjohn.gould@ukwired.co.uk or leave a note on the Environment Group notice board. They seek low maintenance herbaceous perennials that can provide colour throughout the year and are bee/insect friendly, not too invasive or need staking. Here are some ideas. Spring-Summer: iris, Siberian iris, alliums, penstemon, delphinium, hellebore, bleeding heart, acted, aquilegia, campanula. Summer-Autumn: Japanese anemone (pink and white / single and double), rudbeckia, helenium, michaelmas daisies, delphinium, sedum.More »

If you are in possession of any keys for either the Abbey or Church Rooms that are no longer required, please return them to the Verger or Churchwardens. Your help with this is much appreciated and will avoid us having to get more cut.More »