Newbury Autumn Festival

St George’s Church was delighted to welcome the delayed Newbury Spring Festival to the church, for an organ recital by Charles Maxtone-Smith, Organ Scholar at Westminster Abbey on 10th September. The audience enjoyed listening to Charles put our beautiful organ through its paces.

St George’s 2021 Holiday Club

Unable to make plans for the usual annual St George’s Holiday Club with over 100 children, this year’s Club focused on the regular church young people only and was restricted to 2 days plus a trip to the Cotswold Wildlife Park. You can read all about the day here.

Farewell to the Grants

On Sunday 11th July we said a sad farewell to Clive and Melanie who were leaving St George’s as they move away from the area. Clive has been playing the organ at the church for more than 40 years and leading the choir for many of those as well. It was an emotional parting for all who there, although the mood was lifted by the joy of being able to hear the choir sing outside for the first time in many months. We wish Clive and Melanie well as they begin a new chapter in their lives. We will miss them both – as one message in their farewell card read, “Thank you for all the music – what will do now?!!”

Congratulations to Kathy Winrow

We congratulate Kathy Winrow on two recent awards recognising her years of service to children and young people:

The Order of Frideswide is a recognition of those people who have made a distinctive and significant contribution to the life and wellbeing of the Oxford Diocese. Kathy has contributed significantly to the Diocese, especially in the area of education.

Kathy was also awarded an MBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list for services to education.

Both are well deserved for years of faithful service.

History in the making

Revds Becky and Gary played their part in a little bit of history this week. Following a change to the law, the registering of marriages will no longer be undertaken in church during the marriage ceremony and we therefore had to formally close our Registers of Marriage. All other aspects of the marriage service remain the same, but in future the marriage register will be an online process, supported but not administered by the vicar.

Lent Lunches – 2021

Please join us for these simple gatherings on Zoom.

A brief moment of reflection and connection.

(A most unusual) Christmas in the Benefice

It was a very different journey through Advent to Christmas in 2020, as our two churches adapted to the changing rules around social distancing, whilst still taking us on the journey of watching and waiting throughout Advent, and on to the celebration of the birth of Jesus at Christmas.

Many traditions were upheld, some faced necessary change and some new, exciting activities were added. Here is a snapshot of the season in South Newbury and Wash Common.

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Epiphany – The Journey of the Magi

For those joining us on Wednesday Worship.. apologies that you missed a crucial part of the service…
Here below, is the video of my friend Revd Denis Adide reading TS Eliot’s ‘Journey of the Magi’

To hear this poem, from the voice of a person who was once a refugee, brings an entirely new perspective on the poem, and on the experience of the Magi.

Advent Encounters

2020 Advent Encounters – three reflections for small groups and individuals


Advent, like Lent, is a time of waiting – but not waiting like we might wait for a bus, but more like waiting at a table, waiting on God, attentive and responsive, expecting something. I sometimes think that when we talk about the wait of Advent, we should spell the word as weight, because Advent is a season of depth and seriousness to encourage us to lift our gaze from the immediate and obvious to contemplate a bigger picture, a weightier story…

In this, of all years, when we have been forced to reappraise our priorities, and have been stripped of many of our  normal distractions and routines, Advent comes whispering a promise of another way, of light in darkness, of hope over despair, and of a quality of joy that is not based on how well things are going, but on who God is, and who we are.

In these Advent reflections we have chosen to home-in on the annunciation and birth of Jesus. We hope that the familiarity of the nativity story will give groups and individuals confidence to think widely and imaginatively about other layers of meaning, to go deeper, and by doing so to encounter Christmas afresh.

We have intentionally selected non-traditional art and poetry for each reflection. This is to help us, in the words of St Paul, to ‘open the eyes of our hearts’.

Revd Becky Bevan November 2020

Due to copyright restrictions we can only include excerpts from poems, but most can be found on the internet and read in full (because others have infringed copyright law!).

If you like poetry I strongly recommend ‘Haphazard by Starlight – A Poem a day from Advent to Epiphany’ written and compiled by Janet Morley and published by SPCK. This book includes some of the best 20th century poetry by a range of writers with excellent commentary and reflection by the compiler.

Morley’s anthology begins with a poem by Rowan Williams entitled ‘Advent Calendar’, which finishes –

He will come like dark.
One evening when the bursting red
December sun draws up the sheet
and penny-masks its eye to yield
the star-snowed fields of sky.

He will come, will come,
will come like crying in the night,
like blood, like breaking,
as the earth writhes to toss him free.
He will come like child.


Week one – resources here.

Week two – resources here.

Week three – resources here.

Recent services at St George’s Church

During October and November, St George’s has marked remembering with two services, A Memorial Service on All Saints’ Day where people gathered to remember those we love but no longer see. Following the new lockdown regulations, a outdoor Act of Remembrance was held on Remembrance Sunday. We give grateful thanks to Arthur for playing the Last Post so beautifully.