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150th Anniversary 1870-2020

On Sunday 8th March, it will be one hundred and fifty years ago to the day sine the Rt. Revd. Samuel Wilberforce, Bishop of Winchester, and son of the anti-slavery campaigner, William Wilberforce, conducted a service of dedication and consecration at our newly-built parish church here in Colbury. To mark this occasion and to celebrate thr role played by the church in the lives of local people for all those years, the current Bishop of Winchester, the Rt. Revd. Tim Dakin, is coming to lead a Service of Thanksgiving. While here, the Bishop will also dedicate a memorial Stone to commemorate the former residents of the Ashurst Workhouse who are buried in unmarked graves in the churchyard.

Bishop Wilberforce came to Christ Church, Colbury towards the end of his energetic and sometimes controversial life. he was to die after falling from a horse in 1873 at the age of 67. During his life, he served as a Chaplain to Prince Albert, was a Fellow of the Royal Society and at a famous public debate with T H Huxley challenged the argument of Darwin’s Origin of Species¬† on scientific rather than religious grounds. in contrast to a highly active and influential public life, he is believed to have been at heart a tender, sympathetic sincere man. How fascinating it would be if we could be a fly on the wall at the Consecration Service here in Colbury in 1870 and see how he conducted himself with local people.

Compared to many parish churches, Colbury is still very young but even so the changes in the life, shape and population of the parsih have been enormous. The Bishop’s visit on March 8th will mark the start of a year of special events, including concerts, a flower festival and something festive at Christmas. while many of you will have stepped into the Church Rooms, there are those who have never set foot inside the church itself, though many local children will have done so on school visits. We hope to offer various opportunites this year for people to do this.

Please take this as an invitation to watch out for special events this year and to come along and support us as often as you like during 2020, a significant year in the life of the parish church of Colbury and Ashurst.

Colbury Lunch Club

 Wednesday 6th October 2021 from 12 midday until 2pm in the Church Rooms

We have decided to start meeting again though have changed our day to Wednesday and the first week of the month.

We serve a choice of homemade soups followed by delicious desserts and unlimited tea and coffee for just £4.00 per person.

We look forward to seeing you back, it’s been a long time but come and enjoy our good food, fun and a catch up, but due to the pandemic we ask you to book your places at the moment by phoning Jan on 02380 869085 or Bev on 02380 292528 and as before if you have difficulty with transport let us know and arrangemnets will be made to get you to the Church rooms.