Fwd: Wight Church Newsletter No 613
Islandwide Church Noticeboard
No 613                   Circulation:  466            6th February 2020
Next issue  20th February 2020  (deadline 16th February)

Events Summary
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February at Carisbrooke Priory
Saturday 8th February - Coffee Morning at St John's Newport

February Onwards - Project Opera - Update
Thursday 13th February - Monthly Drop-in Community Café - East Cowes
Friday 14th February - An evening with Andrea Bocelli on DVD
Friday 14th February - Bible Prophecy Meeting Newport
Friday and Saturday February 14th and 15th - Petite Messe Solennelle at Newport Minster
Saturday 29th February - Tritone Singers - Aconcert of English Partsongs

Saturday 14th March - Quiz Night to be held at St John's Community Hall Newport
Saturday 21st March - The Life Eternal with Orpheus Singers at St Mary's Cowes
Saturday 21st March - Quiet Day at Verbum Dei Retreat Centre Carisbrooke
Saturday 21st March - Wight Christian Walkers
Friday 27th March - Wight Church Team invite you to Pray the Wight

Saturday 4th April - Safeguarding Training for Coordinators and Designated Leads
Saturday and Sunday 4th and 5th April - Just One with J John at Portsmouth Guildhall

Sunday 28th June - Chris Stefanick is coming to visit us in the Catholic Diocese

Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th July - Lionheart Christian Music Festival on the County Showground at Northwood - Become a supporter and download the PDF

5th, 6th and 7th August - Carmen at Ryde Methodist Church - Also  Ventnor - 8th August

Ongoing Events 
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SWAY is looking for volunteers to join their youth worker teams
Lease of St Andrew Community Hall Cowes now Available at a modest rent

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Catholic Community of St Thomas of Canterbury, Newport, and St Saviour, Totland Bay  

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Events in the Nation
Events for Christians
TBK - UK Christian Events Diary
Kingdom Guide UK
Church and Environment

Supporting Wight Church Network
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February at Carisbrooke Priory
Open Door Worship Meeting every Thursday at 12 Noon
Speakers for February 2020:
13th February             Karen Crowhurst
20th February             TBC
27th February             Dennis Lloyd
A light lunch is available after the service
Activities @ The Priory
Poetry Past & Present with Anne Linington
14th February 10.30 a.m. – 11.45 a.m.
Open Art Group – Every Tuesday, Beginners Welcome
10.30 a.m. – 2.30 p.m.
We are currently in need of more volunteers as follows:
Reception duties – to welcome visitors and take phone calls
Tea Room duties – to serve drinks and cakes, and take lunch orders etc
Gardening – keeping the grounds looking tidy and cared for!
Cleaning – general housekeeping duties (two floors)
Please contact Maxine or Louise for more information
Prayer Ministry available by arrangement –
Please contact the Priory for an appointment
Phone:            01983 523354

Email:             opendoor@carisbrookepriory.org.uk

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Source:    Liz Thorne     liztstjohn@gmail.com


Classes are back
Annalisa's weekly classes are back.
The Wellbeing Singing Group - our hour of anxiety support is back to its usual time of 11am, every Wednesday at St John's church hall, Ryde.
The group is open to anyone who wishes to join us for a warm drink, a relaxed chat, some exercises and light singing.
It is free, but donations towards costs are welcome.
Vocal exercise class with Annalisa - every Friday, 10:30am, at Monkton Arts, East Street, Ryde.
The session lasts a full hour, during which students practice guided deep breathing exercises, build up breath control and physical strength and balance through vocalisations and mild physical movement. As in a singing lesson, the class involves discussion on how to achieve vocal agility and on the benefit of specific exercises. It suits any age, vocal ability and level of mobility. Cost of the class: £3 
No classes in your area? If you can gather a group of friends interested in sharing the cost, classes may be booked at £45/hour. 
These are gaining great interest from teachers, prison educators, elderly and house-bound groups, so bookings are subject to availability.
Saturday 15th February, 5pm, at Newport Minster
Petite Messe Solennelle
Our three musical directors collaborate to bring you Rossini's wonderful Mass in its original form: accompanied by 2 pianos and an harmonium. 
The concert will be performed by Project:Opera soloists and the Project:Opera Amateur Chorus.
Saturday 29th February, 5:30pm
Serenata, Sicilian evening at Monkton Arts
Annalisa Vaughan revisits her roots by singing Sicilian and Neapolitan folk songs, with Pianist Richard Benger and Mandolin player Chris Hirst, of island folk group Quatrapuntal. Tickets include a light buffet of fresh salads, caponata and home-baked breads. You may bring a bottle.
Monkton Arts, East St, Ryde, is a lovely little art gallery and cafe', which regularly hosts artistic events of all kinds, bringing the community of Monkton Village together. It seats a maximum of 40 people and tickets are selling fast, so advanced bookings are essential.
Looking ahead
We are already working on our Summer events and planning our 2020/2021 season.
Early-bird tickets are now available for our August production of CARMEN on Ticket Source
Full price tickets will cost £35 (concessions £30), Early-bird tickets are discounted to £20 (concessions £15). 
If you are looking to book tickets to the VIP dress rehearsal on 5th August, 2:30pm show, tickets will be £5 to people attending from care homes, disabled groups and families with children. Please book VIP tickets by emailing us first, stating why you are eligible for the VIP performance and the number of tickets you require.
Project:Opera Amateur Chorus Membership: Carmen rehearsals begin in February, so new members are still very welcome. We are using Ricordi edition.
Requirements: ability to sing in tune, basic ability to follow a score, dedication and reliability. We can teach you the music and how to perform it, in return we expect passion and dedication. Membership costs: £70/year (this helps us cover some of the costs of rehearsals)+ you will need to buy your music score. 
All ages and physical abilities welcome. We are an LGBTQA+ friendly and equal opportunities supporting group.
Sponsorship and yearly membership:
As professional musicians, we rely on our ticket sales and tuition for income, so we can only keep going for as long as we have an audience.
If you have a business you would like to advertise on our programmes, please email us at annalisa.vaughan@gmail.com 
You can sponsor our anxiety support sessions by adding a donation to your online bookings or by sending a cheque payable to Project:Opera to 
Project:Opera, 35a Swanmore Rd, Ryde   PO33 2TQ
If sending sponsorship, please enclose a note to that effect.
You can now also buy a yearly membership ticket for £50. This will admit entrance to all our events over the 12 month period (some subject to reservation, when at venues such as Monkton Arts). Please order by email or post only, as our online ticketing link only works on dates events.
Annalisa Vaughan
Soprano, Voice Coach and Managing Director
07757 965339



Source:    Susan Paterson revspaterson@gmail.com



A Night in Tuscany - An evening with Andrea Bocelli on DVD

Together with Soup and Sweet Supper.
Friday 14th February, 2020  -  1800hrs for 1830hrs
at All Saints Church, Tuttons Hill, Gurnard, Isle of Wight PO31 8JA

The cost of Admission will be £7.00 per person.
Pay at the time of arrival.

Andrea Bocelli  (Italian pronunciation: [anˈdrɛːa boˈtʃɛlli]; born 22 September 1958) is an Italian opera singer, songwriter, and record producer Celine Dion has said that "if God would have a singing voice, he must sound a lot like Andrea Bocelli, and David Foster, a record producer, often describes Bocelli's voice as the most beautiful in the world.

The Menu:-
Choice of Soup:-       Leak & Potato , Mushroom and Tuscan Bean all served with Bread
Sweets:                     Sicilian Lemon Tart, New York cheesecake with salted caramel, Fruit Salad
                                  Teas and Coffee.

To book a place:  forms can be found at the West End of the Church – so if you are passing by pop in and complete the details,   if not, please ring the following numbers and the details can be taken or a message left but please,
Tell us your names, the number of persons and the choices of the Menu.
Contacts:-   Rosemary Butler :- Tel- 200980
                     Keith Gatrell:-          Tel- 524958

Source:  Keith keithmaurice83@gmail.com







Project:Opera present Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle:
An exciting work of Oratorio for choir, organ and two pianos.
Newport Minster
Saturday 15th February 2020
Bookings: Ticket Source
Enquiries: 07757 965339 or Facebook.com/projectopera
Source:   Annalisa Vaughan    annalisa.vaughan@gmail.com


Source:   judy valvona     judy.valvona@hotmail.co.uk


Source:    Liz Thorne      liztstjohn@gmail.com



Details and tickets

Source:    Norman Cave     norman@cavehousehold.co.uk



Source:   Patricia Yandell


Wight Christian Walkers
Why?   Most rambling groups walk on a Sunday, we don't, and we start our walks by thanking God for the weather (whatever it is). If you would like to take part in any of the walks listed below, please contact bill.croydon@outlook.com
You may come on 3 walks before we insist you become a member, which costs a whole £2(!) a year. You will then receive a programme which gives all the details and be entitled to attend our Christmas meal and other social events, including those on the mainland. You will also be notified of last-minute updates such as the snowdrop and bluebell walks which are only arranged when we're sure the flowers are blooming.
  • March 21st Godshill and Appuldurcombe. 8.5 miles, optional shortcut 5 miles
  • April 18th Mottistone Meander. 3.9 miles
  • May 9th Yarmouth - Brook Down. 12 miles, optional shortcut 4.5 miles
  • June 20th Chale and Niton. 3.5 miles
  • July 11th Nightjar evening walk, 2.5 miles
  • August 8th Compton Chine Butterfly walk, 5 miles
  • September 16th Brightstone Tea Shop Walk 4 miles
Source:   Julie Croydon     julie.croydon@icloud.com



Source:  Brian Harley    brianharley58@gmail.com



Source:  TVC Safeguarding     safeguarding@truevinechurch.org.uk



Download the complete Just One Booklet

Source:     PETE & SARAH RUDD    rudd.pete.sarah@gmail.com




Chris Stefanick is coming to visit us

I’m pleased to announce this: that next summer we’ve invited Chris Stefanick to visit the Catholic Diocese! As part of our ‘spiritual reboot,’ that is, the Year of the Word (2020) and the Year of the Eucharist (2021), Chris is coming to the Guildhall here in Portsmouth on Sunday 28th June 2020 to lead us in a big diocesan event. We’re planning it at the moment so we can’t say any more yet – but keep the date free! It will involve music, testimony and worship focused on the Word of God, and will be family-friendly.

Chris will be staying at Bishop’s House and later I believe he and his team are also planning to go to Jersey. We’ll say more about all this in due course. Meanwhile, click on the photo for one of his short video-messages. This one is called “God is Love / And Your Life is a Love Story”. It’s beautifully filmed and as ever his words have a way of touching the heart. His theme is that of the First Letter of St. John: that “anyone who fails to love can never have known God because God is love. .. My dear people since God has left us so much we too should love one another.” Pope Francis too has often spoken this same message to the Church: that the Christian life is a love-story with God.


Source:  Eileen Finch finch@orpheusmail.co.uk



Lionheart Christian Music Festival

Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th July

on the County Showground at Northwood

Go to Web Site

Become a supporter!



Ventnor - 8th August

Source:   Annalisa Vaughan    annalisa.vaughan@gmail.com


Any "Notices" or "Items for Sale or Wanted" submitted to us will be included in two consecutive issues of the Wight Church Newsletter. If after this you want it to appear again you must resubmit it with a request to continue. The reason for this is that few people let us know when an item is sold or a notice no longer needed..

Volunteer Assistant Youth Workers   

SWAY is looking for volunteers to join their youth worker teams.

Sway’s major objective is to enable young people to experience and contribute to the youth programme of activities which are fun, safe, social, educational and explore the Christian faith.

This volunteer position will require a DBS. 

Volunteer responsibilities include:  
- to assist in the running of the youth programme either on a Thursday or Friday evening
- to communicate with the youth Leader and other volunteers about evening’s programme activities
- to supervise young people
- to build a rapport with young people and listen to their concerns
- to facilitate and participate in games, activities and discussions with young people
- to assist with necessary programme set-up and clear-up
- to undertake required record keeping procedures including reporting verbally to supervisor and completing any relevant feedback forms.

Time Commitment: From 3 to 6 hours per weekly or bi-weekly at either one or both the youth sessions on Thursday & Friday evenings with the occasional weekend sessions

Roots Youth group Thursday’s evening at Niton Methodist Church 7-9pm
Pulse youth group Fridays evening Brighstone school 4.45-6.45
Attitude Youth group Friday evening 7pm-9pm, Brighstone

Supervision: Direct supervision will be given by the Youth Leader.

Benefits: Development of team and leadership skills, taking part in fun activities, accessing training to further personal development, meeting a challenge.

For more information contact Andy Dorning on 07552236067 or email andy.sway@mail.com


Lease of St Andrews Community Hall Cowes now Available at a modest rent

Later this year The Community Church Cowes will cease to function and as such is surrendering it's lease of St Andrew's Hall Cowes at the end of July 2020. This is a valuable community facility, in great condition, and will continue to be available from Isle of Wight Council at a modest rent.

Any other church or community group that would be interested in taking on the lease should contact Mrs Valerie Rawe (The Community Church)
valerie.rawe@gmail.com Tel: 01983 280067




The photographs above show you the dis-used agricultural buildings in the grounds of Great Whitcombe Manor, Whitcombe Road, nr. Carisbrooke, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 3DY, part of the restoration programme of The Isle of Wight Heritage & Field Studies Centre, a non-profit-making company, with endeavours to house, display and exhibit four Collections in the Brew House and to convert the Cart Shed into a Community Hall for events such as Talks, with a Café and Shop.
As a former Chairman of the Culture, Heritage & Libraries Committee of the Corporation of the City of London, elected to represent the Ward of Cheap as a Councillor, 1978 - 2017, I received the donation of the Samuel Pepys Collection from the Corporation of London.  The Collection of furniture, includes an oak table with chairs, prints, a reproduction of the Hales’ portrait of Pepys, see above, a carved cane armchair and numerous smaller objects.  The study of Samuel Pepys forms part of the school curriculum, so interest by local schools wishing to visit the Collection is encouraging.
In the 1930’s a Settlement was unearthed on the edge of the three-acre Ancient Woodland of Whitcombe Hangar at the crest of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty marking the centre of the Island.   The Hangar contains the tallest Wild Service (Roman) tree in England and Charles 1’s ponies hidden for his escape from imprisonment in Carisbrooke Castle.  A Collection of Bronze Age and Neolithic Tools and Weapons from this site will also be exhibited in the Brew House.   My experience as Chairman of the City of London Archaeological Trust will assist in its mangement/display.  It is intended to conduct Guided Walks throughout the Grounds of the Manor and Whitcombe Hangar.
In the 1950’s, on election to represent the Ward of Aldersgate, as Deputy serving on the Court of Common Council, my father, Reg. W. Gorman, F.C.A.set up a Collection of State Banquet Menus relating to the City’s hosting of visiting Heads of State and Churchiliana.   During my period of public office I continued the Collection which consists of some 600 items of both culinary interest and of remarkable international personages, to be exhibited in the Brew House.
In 2017 I was invited by the descendants of the Rev. Wiliam Hughes, who lived in the Manor in the 19th/20th  centuries, to visit them in Johannesburg and Cape Town to return home items from the Manor.      Amongst the treasures is a hand-written History of Great Whitcombe  Manor and the Isle of Wight, with water-colour illustrations by Alce Hughes, R.A. and a 19th century photograph album of local business men offering an illuminated Citation to her brother-in-law on taking up a banking management appointment in Windsor.   Deeds from the 11th century and property parchment transactions from the reign of Elizabeth 1 had arrived earlier.   All of considerable local importance.
I am inviting you to become involved in ensuring that this unique programme is enhanced with  success by providing advice, finance and ideas.  I trust to your support in the confidence that my award of the British Empire Medal by H.M. the Queen in 2018 for my services to the Cultural History of the City of London will provide this commitment.   

With thanks from Ann M.F. Pembroke, B.E.M., OSt..J.  Telephone: 01983 520046/0207 490 2000. 
Email:  annpembroke@outlook.com.   



ACJ Services

Painting Decorating

General Repairs

Bespoke Carpentry and

Maintenance Services

Tel: 07488330112

Two Comfortable Gites in France

In the grounds of La Charpenterie, parts of which date back to the 15th Century.
Great for all year round breaks; both with Wood Burning Stoves. Pet friendly

Situated midway between
Futurascope, The Loire Vally Chateaux and Puy du Fou,

L'Eèbènisterie is refurbished Stone Cottage (with Pool) for up to 5 persons.

Le Petit Toit is a lovingly restored rural gite for 2 persons

Landline:  0033 549699146
Mobile:  0033 649699146

Web Site 
Contact Helen Rogers 

Steve and Helen were formerly members of the Church on the Isle of Wight and with family here regularly visit.
Wonky Doodle Designs by Suezi Anderson

Her greetings card range goes from Christmas to Birthday celebrations and a percentage of each card sold goes to support charity.

Please browse her
Web Site and see if there's anything you would like for that special someone.  Contact Suezi: suezi@mail.com


We have a great selection of food and drink, at fair prices and made with love to be enjoyed in our cosy cafe. Why not pop in and say hello.prices.

Don't forget our amazing book and gift shop; we sell a variety of Christian books, CDS and gifts. We can also order Christian material into Store.

We have a Facebook page. If you have Facebook then please give us a like, to see what we are up to on the Facebook Page

Source: charlemagnehollis@icloud.com

The Greenhouse is a Place of Prayer and Worship. A place of Enounter with God. A Place Where You Can Grow
The Greenhouse Christian Centre is situated between Poole and Bournemouth and just a 20 minute walk to the beach. The Centre holds Led and Silent Retreats, Quiet Days, Healing Services, Art Weeks, Discipleship Training Days and so much more.
More information can be found on the website.
Are you lonely and not particularly enjoying facing life on your own? Do you wish God would answer your prayers for a soul mate? Then you should contact Friends1st the off-line Christian friendship and introductory agency who've been introducing Christians to each other since 1999.
Click here to find out more.

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