Sunday, 23 November 2014

La Churreria, Lymington - Spanish Family Restaurant owned by Monica

There is a very good Spanish Restaurant in the small square off the High Street on the same side as Tesco lower down towards the mid to bottom part..It is run by one of our Parishoners....Monica and her Husband and Family.

The actual address is:-
12 Earley Court, New Forest, Lymington SO41 9EP
and the type of food they do is:-

La Churreria provide high quality Authentic Tapas, Churros and Paella, freshly cooked and served in a relaxing and unique off high street environment. Open indoors and al fresco in our lovely courtyard: 10am to 4pm Monday to Weds inc 10am to 9pm Thurs to Sat inc venue also available for private hire We serve top quality barista made coffee, speciality teas and infusions and fresh shakes and smoothies. Not to mention Valor Cao, the best hot chocolate that Spain has to offer. We are happy to announce we are now fully licensed and stock a small but high quality range of Spanish Wines and beer and some speciality spirits. This does mean we can no longer accommodate BYO (bring your own) A great place to come along and enjoy a relaxed time Come on in, we are eager to meet you and share our passion for food and drink

the review site is:-

Monica and her husband and Family are parishoners of OUR LADY and St Josephs church so if you fancy a real coffee and a Spanish ambience to remind you of a holiday in Spain pop in and see them.


Saturday, 22 November 2014

Penny Davies died tragically in Beaulieu recently while attending horses

I recently drove through Beaulieu and taking the long way round to Dibden, I happened to drive past a field displaying flowers and bouquets of condolance at the gate. I suddenly realised it was related to the case of the mother Penny Davies who was recently murdered, quite a shocking case to have happened in such a quiet tranquil part of the countryside. The case is still under investigation and not concluded and police are still seeking witnesses. However, some weeks ago I spoke to two people one of which has a horse in the next field to the one Penny was found in and another lady who told me she was a close personal friend of Penny for many years before she moved away from Waterside to Poole.
To think she has left 5 children and was reported to be a very nice person compounds the loss. The circumstance is quite tragic and very close to home. Life is quite precious and to have lost it in this way is such a terrible waste. Our prayers and thoughts will be with the family as they face the inevitable trial and aftermath of such a shocking crime. People are still leaving flowers at the gate of the field and it reflects the part she played in the community.....a great loss.
May she rest in peace.

The murderer of a mother-of-five stabbed to death while tending to her horses may have followed her for miles to the paddock where she was found, police said today.
Penelope ‘Pennie’ Davis, 47, was discovered by her husband Pete in a field last Tuesday in the New Forest near Beaulieu.

Ebola Outbreak in West Africa - The need to help stem the outbreak

Last week the outbreak of the EBOLA disease in West Africa was mentioned in our Bidding prayers...
I recently witnessed a news report were a a man had brought his wife to the gates of a new hospital built to treat EBOLA sufferers. It was upsetting to see that the husband was unable to have his wife admitted to the hospital for treatment as it was claimed she had not been diagnosed by the medical staff as having contracted EBOLA. The film crew filming the newly commissioned hospital had tried to precipitate the admission of the sick woman, who now lay prostrate on the ground outside the gates of the hospital by mentioning the incident to one of the sponsoring ministers. The minister was seen phoning some medical staff to have the woman admitted to the new hospital and though it was assured she would soon be admitted, both the lady and her now newly sick husband lay languishing still outside the gates of the hospital desperate for help. Prior to that I had not really paid much attention to the outbreak but that small story brought it very much to life. It was rank inhumanity to have a brand new complex dedicated to the treatment of EBOLA and to see two obvious victims left to their own devices outside the gates. The crowd of on lookers were too affraid to approach the couple due to the fear of contracting the highly contageous disease.

I understand that the Catholic Relief Services are trying to fight the disease and help the victims....
in brief they CRS issued this information and below is a link to donate to the fund.....
If you can spare some small amount please donate to such a worthy cause......

In March 2014, an outbreak of Ebola was confirmed in Guinea, which borders Liberia and Sierra Leone where cases of the deadly virus were soon reported. To date, more than 13,500 people have been identified as testing positive for Ebola and more than 4,500 have died. The rate at which these numbers are climbing is both tragic and alarming.

Catholic Relief Services is working around the clock to stem the deadly outbreak of the virus by educating people about how it is spread so they can avoid becoming infected.

This is the American arm of the CRS there may be a UK equivalent.....lookup on google to donate.;jsessionid=E58802C34766FF7E407E17BFBF0820F2.app263b?7200.donation=form1&df_id=7200&s_src=emergencypage

There is further information here about the growing tragedy and how families are being torn apart.....

Marshmallow in Lymington Madeleine.

You may or may not have noticed Len and Francoise's daughter Madeleine's new Marshmallow stall in Lymington market (on the end of wind swept Elliots opposite Costas and Boots) but she has been there some months now. She is trading under the name of Harley Sweet (no pun intended) which rhymes with a famous medical street in London....However, if you haven't yet tried it go try one of her Hot Chocolate Toppers now the winter is closing in. Made by hand and from local produce her stall is proving popular with the locals but any extra support is appreciated.......

here is her blog to tell you more.....

The Christmas craft fair Saturday 22 Nov 2014

Today was the annual Christmas Craft fair held in Joseph's Place.
staged from 10am - 1pm on Sat 22/11/2014. Though it was raining and there was a competing event over in the Masonic Hall opposite,  the fair  was still busy and attracted some new visitors to the parish. The teas and Coffees provided by the CWL ladies proved popular as ever and at 60p for a cup of tea and free biscuit what more could you ask for,,,,,

The Fair Featured hand made crafted items including
silver jewelry, felt embroidery and Maria's gifts from Portugal made by herself and her Daughter.
Ideal for that special unique Christmas gift for family and friends. The collection proved popular and a bargain too.
The Fair will be extended tomorrow for an hour just after 10:30am mass. 23/11/2014
Please come and show your support....




Thursday, 20 November 2014

The Art sale and exhibition Saturday 15 Nov 2014

A picture says a thousand words.....

Last Saturday we staged the first of a new series of art sales and exhibitions for local artists. The event was attended by members of the Waterside Art Group with Peter, Mary, Fran and mike showing their art pieces. Thanks are extend to the ladies from the Catholic Women's League who provided teas and coffees from 10 till 2pm We hope more artists will want to take part in future events and we plan to stage such an event once per month
 A total of £50 was made for the church.



Monday, 4 August 2014

What a Fantastic Flower Festival!

This little fellow may look harmless to you, but he's actually the very devil that St George fought in the process of earning his Heavenly spurs.    
 He was just one of the delights awaiting those who visited the recent Lymington Flower Festival at The Church of Our Lady of Mercy.                                                                                                                                                                                                 photo by Brian

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Lymington Christian Women Unite at Day of Prayer.

These photos are of our parishioners enjoying a cup of tea at the Women's World Day of Prayer held at St Thomas' Church on Friday, 7th March.   The service was written and composed by the Women of Egypt and entitled Streams in the Desert".  It was a very moving ceremony  not least because the minister from the URC had to announce she was leaving the area and was very sad.  We all wished her happiness for her new life in Leicester.

Our apologies for the late publication of this report.

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Ladies of the CWL held a cake sale on Sunday March 2nd - wonderful array of cakes and a happy time was had by all.

Thursday, 7 November 2013

November 6th was the feast day of the great Celtic saint, Illtud, so Nicky and John, together with ex-parishioners Jim and Rosemary celebrated it by visiting St Illtud's Church, Llantwit Major, which stands at the very spot on which his first monastery was founded in the sixth century.     
 Among the treasures displayed in this ancient, yet incredibly well restored, building are these ancient Celtic stones and crosses two of which contain the names of kings.

Sunday, 27 October 2013

Last week Our Lady of Mercy welcomed Fr Vincent Convery, who came to say Sunday Mass and stayed on to enjoy a cuppa with Tom and the rest of us in Joseph's Place.    It was good to meet you, Father!

Monday, 14 October 2013

This is a picture of members of the CWL, Lymington.  They have just filled their Christmas shoe boxes for the Ladies of the Inner Wheel to send to children who would otherwise have nothing at Christmas.

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

                                     Under New Management

Frances (Standing, Left) takes on the onerous task of organizing the renewed Friendship Club, but her predecessor Clare is a hard act to follow! Yet with an almost full house, a brand new poetry corner, a sweethearted quiz and more yummy cakes and strawberries than the customers could consume, there were no complaints!

Saturday, 5 October 2013

Welcome to our newest parishioner, Brooke Sienna Straw, being held here by proud parents Darren and Hayley.       
A few moments after this photo was taken Brooke became a true member of the Church of God through her baptism by Fr David at Our Lady of Lourdes.     
We rejoice for her and welcome her into our parish!

Sunday, 29 September 2013

Meet Maria Goncalves (between Francoise & Len). 

Maria, from Portugal, is a new parishioner and a friend and neighbour of Len & Fran.  Maria wants to improve her English and needs practice. She would also like a new job in Retail or Hospitality. Does anyone know of anything suitable? Contact Len or Fran.

Sr Daphne simply wows us

Sr Daphne Norden joined us this weekend to make an appeal at the end of each Mass to help support 14 missionary communities at home and abroad. Her modest, unassuming and unpretentious manner made a deep impression, and after Mass she greeted us at the church door, where Clare thanked her on our behalf.

Sunday, 22 September 2013

Our Founder's family get together in Joseph's Place.

When you take a seat for your morning coffee after Sunday Mass, you never know who'll sit down with you.    Little did Mike and Nicky realise that that they would be joined first by June, who has been honoured this week by a well-deserved award from the NFDC for neighbourliness, and then by three direct descendants of the founder of Our Lady of Mercy Church, Joseph Weld.      For this week Annette was joined by her daughter Tanya (on the left of the photo) and her son Charles (on Annette's right).   Incidentally, both Tanya and Charles attended St Joseph's School when that room they were in today was a classroom!

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Fancy meeting you!

Fr David's having his well-deserved summer holiday now, but when retired priest Fr Ron Hishon came to do supply at Our Lady of Mercy last weekend, he didn't expect to meet a descendant of Joseph Weld, who founded this Church in 1859.     Yet after Mass who should greet him but Joseph's great great granddaughter Annette.     We're delighted to see her too, and hope she'll stay a little longer with us, despite the weather!

Monday, 16 September 2013

Happy Birthday, Mary!

Eileen brought a little more light into Mary's flat on her birthday last Friday, by leading a Eucharistic Service there, during which Kathy used the technique of Godly Play to enthrall us with the Gospel story of the Good Shepherd and Mary was able to receive Holy Communion.     Then all the parishioners who came to wish her many happy returns joined in the party which followed.

Monday, 2 September 2013

Welcome, Father David!

This weekend we welcomed our new Parish Priest, Fr David Adams.    He said Mass at St Francis Milford and both Masses at Our Lady of Mercy Lymington.     After the eleven o'clock Mass he joined us in the Parish Rooms, now renamed Joseph's Place, for coffee, and managed to get round the room to meet everyone!    We wish him all success in his new post, and assure him of our support.

Sunday, 1 September 2013

Goodbye, Father Danny

Last Sunday, September 25th, the parish of Our Lady of Mercy and St Joseph said goodbye to Fr Danny.     Holy Mass was concelebrated by Fr Danny and Fr Peter Ryan in the packed Church and relayed into the Parish Rooms, where the overflow congregation were able to watch the ceremony on the big TV screen.    At the end of the Mass Clare thanked Fr Danny, made a presentation on behalf of the parish, and said to him: "We never imagined what a large footprint you would leave behind, not only in our own Catholic family, but most of Lymington have been touched by you – especially Oakhaven Hospice where you brought peace and comfort to so many." Then lunch was served, and extra space provided in a marquee which had been erected in the car park.
We also said farewell to Rita and Max, not to mention Molly and Margaret Mary!
After lunch, goodbyes were said and Fr Danny was presented with a cake, a specially composed poem by Ros, many cards and a bouquet of roses.     We wish him well in his new post and pray that he will be able to make as valuable a contribution to the life of Bracknell Parish as he has done here.

Saturday, 31 August 2013

This year's Lourdes Pilgrimage.

 Among those taking part in this year's annual Catholic Association Pilgrimage to Lourdes were two chaps from our Pastoral Area, and also our new Bishop.     He stayed with us the whole week, travelling to and from Lourdes in the same carriage as everyone else, and enjoying his meals with us.
 Although a great deal of clearing up has been done, some of the damage caused by the recent floods is still evident.   The bridge nearest the Rosary Square suffered so badly from the battering by trees and rocks brought down the River Gave that a temporary structure has had to be erected to enable pilgrims to cross.
The pilgrims have not been discouraged, however, and there were the usual crowds at the grotto, especially when Mass was being offered there.
One evening our group avoided the crush, and gathered for night prayers and reflection on the opposite bank, looking across at the candlelit grotto.    In this photo the upright white triangle near  the top left is the pyramid of candles, and the small statue placed where Our Lady appeared can be seen slightly to the right and above it.
The highlight of the closing days was the anointing of assisted pilgrims, of whom this year there was a record number.    Despite this Bishop Philip and his colleagues took time and care with each of them.
The Portsmouth group finished their week with a party on the roof of the seven-story Mercure Hotel.   Quite a number of our young helpers were able to join us to toast our new bishop and thank Fr John and his team for a very memorable week.

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Joan celebates her 84th at Stanwell's with some friends from Our Lady & St Joseph's

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Nicky and John went to the charming town of Bradford on Avon (in Wiltshire) this week, and visited the splendid Catholic Church there.  

                                  It's right in the centre, and was built as the Town Hall in 1855.    
When the Council moved to their efficient new offices it became redundant and was bought by the Church in 1955.   You can enter by the front door then up either of the grand, deeply-carpeted, semi-circular staircases to the first floor and into what was the huge Council Chamber.  It has been beautifully transformed into a magnificent church, dedicated to St Thomas More.

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Year 6 Leavers' Assembly

At the year 6 Leaver's Assembly, Headtreacher Kirsty Richards gave glowing reports about each of the young people leaving our school this week.  From their willingness to help the younger school pupils to their prowess in sports and even to their welcoming smiles. 
A special presentation was made to Tony O'Connell on his retirement as a Governor after 15 years service.  
The young people each received a Certificate, their Records of Achievement and olive wood Rosary beads.  Fr Danny lead the whole Assembly in the Echo Our Father. 

Tea and cake was very welcome at the end of the afternoon. 

We give our prayers and best wishes to all our young people as they continue their educational journey.

Friday, 19 July 2013

Peggy Walsh's 92nd Birthday


On 11th July Fr Danny celebrated a House Mass at Birchy Hill Care Home.  
 It was for Peggy's 92nd birthday, Mary's 92nd birthday in September.....and also for Cathy who celebrated her (considerably younger) birthday on the day!
Though space was restricted, the Mass was attended by friends plus Jean who represented Birchy Hill. 

Thursday, 11 July 2013

"Ramona, Charles, Adrian and Maria Heath-Saunders wish to thank Fr Danny for the presentation of the very beautiful Apostolic Blessing. This was a complete and delightful surprise and a great honour on the occasion of Ramona's 80th birthday. The whole family also wish Fr Danny every success, health and happiness in his new venture in Bracknell."

Saturday, 29 June 2013

Thank you to all the Lymington Parishioners who sent their prayers and who came to my Dad's Funeral.  It was the best Funeral I have ever been-to! 

The Flowers were designed by Finola Shaw to incorporate my Dad's precious pieces of China from his career as Harrods Fine China Buyer. 

Finola also designed the Light of the World and the Sun and Moon display which you saw last week, at the St Saviour's Flower Festival. She is highly recommended!

Mary Dunn

Monday, 17 June 2013

There was a stunning Flower Festival at St Saviour's in Brockenhurst this weekend.

 Here are contributions by St Anne's chief flower-arranger, Janet Ward, on the themes of "Fire", "Light", and "Sun and Moon".




Sun & Moon