The Parish Church of St George the Martyr, Waterlooville


MU Havant Deanery Outing

About six of us left St George’s at 8:30am on Tuesday 23rd July and after picking up other members at Purbrook and Portsdown proceeded by coach to a Garden Centre near Christchurch for coffee and sales shopping. Our destination was the Weymouth Water Gardens which had been created from old clay pits, formerly used for brick making. They had been bought by a former teacher from Weymouth Grammar School in the 1930’s I think and eventually planted with water lilies purchased from France. Today these 8 acres are home to the National and International Collection of Water Lilies, they resemble the gardens of Monet at Giverny. They are also a Site of National Conservation Interest and home to abundant wildlife. The central feature is a copy of the famous Monet Bridge. The Gardens are well worth a visit as the lakes contain water lilies of every colour and variety. We had a good lunch in Café Monet. Later the weather became cold and our driver was persuaded to take us somewhere more sheltered. We were set down in Lyndhurst where we had tea and visited the New Forest Visitors Centre before returning home. All together a very pleasant day out.

Mary Sumner Day Service

Held on 9th August this service is celebrated annually to commemorate the life of the founder of the World Wide Mothers’ Union organisation. This year the Service was held at St Mark’s Church, North End, and had been organised by the Revd Beryl Rundle for the Portsdown Archdeaconry. The organist was Colin Towner [known to some of us at St George’s]. He sent his regards. Three of us attended the service which was followed by tea. Cakes and MU literature were on sale including Christmas cards, calendars and Diaries for 2014.

Margaret Symonds

Autumn Edition 2013

St George’s Mothers’ Union