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The Website for St George’s Church Waterlooville and its Parish Magazine St George’s News

If you are thinking of coming to a church service and want to know more about us, please click here

About us

St George’s Church, opposite Asda Supermarket, was originally built in 1831 to serve the small hamlets of Waterloo and Stakes. The building proved too small however, and in 1970 the new Church was built to serve a growing parish. The Church is open every day, and we look forward to welcoming you.

We are a friendly and welcoming community. After the 10am Sunday Eucharist coffee is served in the hall, and periodically there is a parish breakfast served between the 8am and 10am services. There are numerous church groups as well as social and fund raising events.

Take a look at the Sunday Bulletins or the Parish Magazine for an insight to all that is going on at St George’s.

Children are always welcome at St George’s Church. They can choose to join the Sunday School which meets in the Church Hall, or they can stay with their parents for the service. The Sunday School also has a Baby and Toddlers Group. Sunday bags of quiet toys, crayons and paper are available from the back of the church.

The style of worship at St George’s is modern Anglo-Catholic. At the majority of services, the sacrament of Holy Communion is celebrated. The Church usually uses established patterns for its liturgy, including Evensong, Compline and Benediction. A pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham takes place annually, the weekend after Easter.

The Parish Church of St George the Martyr, Waterlooville, Hampshire, England, is within the Havant Deanery of the Portsmouth Diocese of the Church of England (Anglican). Click on the Church of England link to find out more about our faith.

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Revd. Canon Mike Sheffield, Parish Priest at St Georges for 13 years. Fr Mike has retired, and conducted his last service at
St George’s on 25 June. St George’s is now in interregnum, awaiting the appointment of a new incumbent.

THE PARISH PRIEST:

Following the retirement of Revd. Canon Mike Sheffield, St George’s will be in Interregnum awaiting the appointment of a new Incumbent.
Meanwhile, all ministry enquiries to the Parish Office in the first instance.  parish.office@stgeorges.church    023 9225 8079

HONORARY ASSISTANT CLERGY:

Fr Ray Chapman. email: ¶

PARISH ADMINISTRATOR:

Lesley Handy. Tel: 9278 9304. email: parish.office at stgeorges.church

The Parish Administrator works from the church on Monday mornings.

CHURCHWARDENS & PAROCHIAL CHURCH COUNCIL:

Churchwarden: John Hood, Tel: 023 9257 0030 ¶

Churchwarden: Anne Morgan, Tel: 023 9235 8766 ¶

Hon. Sec. P.C.C.: Jane Cook. Tel: 023 9225 2863 ¶

Hon. Treasurer: Dawn Trimby. Tel: 023 9234 8073 ¶

Charities Account Treasurer: Lynne McNeill (023 9259 8961) ¶

Hon. Recorder: David Cavey (023 9259 2677) ¶

Members of the P.C.C.:  Malcolm Brewer ¶ (023 9225 8826), Patricia Byrne ¶ (023 9226 2409), Chris Gadd ¶ 023 (9378 7917),
Sheilah Hall ¶ (023 9225 0869), Richard Handy¶ (023 9278 9304), Lesley Handy ¶ (023 9278 9304) ,Sandra Hewett ¶ (023 9242 6452)
Norma Kershaw ¶ (023 9264 3236), Barbie Lloyd*¶ (023 9264 7613), Colin Monk ¶ (023 9225 8938),  Candy Williams*¶ (023 9226 1244).

[* denotes Synod members]. [¶ denotes an email address in the format: initial.surname@stgeorges.church ]

SUNDAY SERVICES:

8.am. The Holy Eucharist.

10.am. THE PARISH EUCHARIST. SUNDAY SCHOOL at 9.45am. BABY & TODDLERS GROUP at 9.45am

6.pm. Evening Service as announced in Sunday Bulletin

WEEKDAYS: THE HOLY EUCHARIST

10.am. Wednesday only. (Coffee in the Church Hall, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10.am to 12.noon.)

MEDIA RELATIONS AND COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE

Chair: Chris Gadd. Tel: 02309378 7917, Mobile 07943 633734   c.gadd@stgeorges.church

ST GEORGE’S MARKET

St George’s Market in the Church Hall, Thursdays 9.30.am to 11.30.am.

BAPTISMS AND BANNS OF MARRIAGE:

Please come to the Parish Office in Church at 11.15.am on Sunday mornings, or on Wednesdays at 10.30.am.

Baptisms are usually held on Sundays at 11.30.am.

MARRIAGE AND INTERVIEWS:

Please contact the Parish Priest on the above numbers for an appointment.

ST. GEORGE’S HALL:

Bookings are made with Sheilah Hall. Tel: 02309225 0869 - more information here

Emergency contact: Monday to Friday daytime: Tony Rice-Oxley, Tel:023 9226 3576

Evenings and Weekends: Colin Monk, Tel: 023 9225 8938

ORGANISATIONS:

Head Server: David Palmer. Tel: 023 9259 2077,¶

Bible Reading Fellowship: Linda Wainwright. Tel: 023 9224 1297, ¶

Book Club: Dawn Trimby. Tel: 023 92348073, ¶

Director of Music and Organist: Roderick Starr M Mus LRAM ¶

   Choir Leader: Julia Spurgeon. Tel: 023 9225 7377,¶

   Deputy Organist: Mark Langtry ARCM. Tel: 023 9226 1739, ¶

   St George’s Church Band - Leader: Don Lloyd ATCL, CTABRSM, LRSM. Tel: 023 9264 7613, ¶

Children’s Society: to be appointed

Church Flowers: June Diaper. Tel: 023 9225 9449

Electoral Roll Officer: Tony Rice-Oxley. Tel: 023 9226 3576,¶  

Fairtrade: Pam Dinneen. Tel: 023 9226 2704.

George’s Men: Colin Monk, Tel: 023 9225 8938. ¶

Holy Dusters: Adina Burton. Tel: 023 9225 3301, ¶

Missions Secretary: Lynn Winter. Tel: 023 9225 2196, ¶

Mothers’ Union Branch Contact: Margaret Symonds. Tel: 023 9225 2338, ¶

Parents & Toddlers: Claire Rockett. Tel: 07854595631, ¶

Social Committee: Malcolm Brewer. Tel: 023 92258826, ¶

St George’s Market: Mary Chapman. Tel: 023 9225 0165

St George’s News & website: John Johnson. Tel: 023 9226 5634, ¶

Sunday School:  Lynn Winter. Tel: 023 9225 2196, ¶

Sunday School Baby & Toddler Group. Lisa Toft, ¶ (023 9378 6480) Jess Deal, ¶

Tweenies: Anne Morgan, 023 9235 8766, ¶

Walsingham Cell Secretary: Richard Handy. Tel: 023 9278 9304, ¶

Waterlooville Food Bank: Barbie Llloyd.  Tel: 023 9264 7613,¶

Waterlooville Music Festival: Jane Rice-Oxley. Tel: 023 9226 3576, ¶


[¶ denotes an email address in the format: initial.surname@stgeorges.church ]

(e.g.  j.smith@stgeorges.church)

Where email address spelt out fully, substitute “at”  for @

Sunday Services

8am. SAID EUCHARIST.
10am. SUNG EUCHARIST. Sunday School and Sunday School Baby & Toddlers Group meet at 9.45am
6pm. Evening Service as announced in the Bulletin.

Midweek Services

10am. Wednesday only, SAID EUCHARIST  (followed by Coffee in the Church Hall)
(Coffee in the Hall also on Fridays, 10am to 12 noon).

St George's Market in the Church Hall, Thursdays 9.30am to 11.30am

Services on special days, holy days, Easter and Christmas as announced in the Parish Diary.


St George's Church offers wheelchair access, and also within the church building there is access to a toilet fitted out for the use of disabled visitors.

Gaining access to the church hall involves negotiating a small step, possibly requiring assistance which will be readily available.

The church amplification system is fitted with a hearing aid loop.


THE REBUILDING OF ST GEORGE’S CHURCH IN 1970

taken from ST GEORGE’S NEWS, MARCH 1995

In the first of our articles to mark the 25th Jubilee of the rebuilding of St George's our contributor is Tom Churchill,
Churchwarden at the time, who here sets the scene for the new church.

When Joyce and myself arrived to live, with our young son and daughter, at 29 Rowlands Avenue in 1950, Waterloovllle was still a small village on the Portsmouth to London road, in the jurisdiction of Havant and Waterloo U.D.C. The village squires were the Hulbert family, who left when their estate at Stakes Hill Lodge was sold to developers.

There are still a few original families in Waterlooville, the Edwards, Oldings, Mor­gans, Stones, Borrows, Pyle and Faulkners to name a few.

Shortly after arrival, we started worshipping at St. George's, and our children attended the Sunday School, where Reverend John Phillipson had been on service in the R.A.F., but was then seriously ill in hospital, to die fairly soon, as his tablet in the Chapel records. His widow and family remained in the parish for many years after.

The new vicar appointed was Reverend Harold Tate, who had recently returned from the mission service in India after many years. I became an altar server for him for several years, and was first elected to the P.C.C. in 1951.

From this time onwards, Waterlooville developed at a tremendous pace, with new council and private housing everywhere and people arriving from many parts of the country. It became apparent that the small Victorian Church would be unable to cope with this expansion. The job of the P.C.C., during this period, was literally to keep the building from deteriorating too rapidly before it could be replaced.

On the death of Mr Tate, there was an inter-regum of several months and Reverend Harry E. Gibson was appointed in 1962, in the knowledge that part of his ministry would include the building of a new church.

In the re-organising of the P.C.C., John Randall took over from me as secretary, and I was elected Church warden, on the resignation of George Potter, who was heavily involved with Toc. H work. John Osmond was the other Church warden, with whom I served until his resignation, after 25 years, to be replaced by Chris Dursley. Colin Plummer was treasurer of the Council.

P.C.C. meetings, many quite lengthy, now became geared primarily towards the new church, including constant contacts with the Diocesan authorities. The architect, Kenneth Makins, was appointed and soon came up with draft proposals. The general concept was to retain the existing tower and chapel, building the new church much wider, between the retained portions. This would facilitate the new idea of the congregations, grouped around the altar, with the Priest facing them, as channel of God's Grace.

To retain the tower it had to be strengthened. This was achieved by cladding with large slabs of exposed granite, tied to the existing tower, with a cavity between, giving efficient weather proofing. The tower was given greater height, with concrete louvred walls and a modern 'wing' roof. The retained chapel gives a glimpse of the old St. George's.

Whilst the planning processes were proceeding, great efforts of fund raising were taking place, with everyone asked for original ideas, so the money 'barometer' kept rising. The hall was being prepared as our temporary church, in which operation, our hall manager, the late Norman Birt, played a great part. With the loss of our hall, a new venue for fund raising and social events was required. To accommodate this need, an ex-government timber hut was purchased, and erected in the Church-yard, just North of the present hall. This building proved a great asset, and was removed after completion of the church.

The original organ (which had a che­quered history) was dismantled and stored in the retained chapel. Unfortunately, what was believed to be 'curious' youngsters, broke a window and entered the building. The fact of jumping around on the fragile components of the organ, meant that it was useless for the subsequent re-building of the instrument. Luckily, the P.C.C. had been prudent enough to insure the components during the storage, hence the excellent new organ that was built into St. George's. It is an ill wind...

On the return of the tenders, Messrs Marsh of Emsworth were selected to carry out the demolition, and building of the new St. George's Church.

During the period of building, Mr Kenneth Makins would start his conversation with me by asking if I was wearing my Church-warden's or sub-contractor's hat, as our company was supplying the pre-cast slabs for the tower and other components This ensured there was no dispute of inter­ costs and the arrangement proved satisfactory!

As the building proceeded, the attention of the P.C.C. turned to the internal furnishings. One item, which caused long debates, was a focal figure, on the very bare North wall. The P.C.C. had ideas of an opening in this wall, to give a view through to the existing chapel, but this was adamantly refused by the Church Building Board.

John Phillipson, an art master and son of the former vicar, was given a commission for an original design of the figure. Amongst several sketches the choice came between 'Christ in Majesty' and `The Crucifixion', the latter being chosen. A very stark reminder of what death by crucifixion really meant, yet in Christ's face, the shout of victory over death.

Donors were given the opportunity to purchase a window, or pieces of furniture, various charitable bodies were approached for help, in addition to normal fund raising. One stalwart to mention was Mrs Lucy Johnson, our organist, that her new organ was launched, with it's own maintenance fund!

The new St. George's was re-hallowed at an evening service on Thursday April 3rd 1970, by The Lord Bishop of Portsmouth, The Rt. Reverend John L. Phillips. On the following Sunday the Archdeacon of Portsmouth conducted the first Eucharist. Then the work of bringing our Liturgy front the Book of Common Prayer through series 1, 2 and 3 to the alternative service in use today, completed the work of Reverend Harry Gibson, who retired in 1981.

My last duty as Church-warden was to welcome our present vicar on his first visit to St. George's. Since his appointment, Reverend Malcolm Ferrier has carried his ministry forward, to keep our parish, a living family Church, in tile line of traditional values.

By happy coincidence, the 25th anniversary of our new Church, is also a similar anniversary of the Priesthood of Fr. Malcolm.

God bless both man and Church.



The Church of St George The Martyr, Waterlooville, is to be found in Waterlooville Town Centre.

Find the start of the main shopping precinct, on the corner of which is the NatWest Bank. (Not the new precinct at Duke's Walk). Walk towards the dual-carriageway past the bus stop alongside NatWest and then past Mann & Co Estate Agents. Continue and in a short distance you will pass the Church and Church Grounds on the right.

Map reference: SU 68131E 09428N

The address is: St George's Walk, Waterlooville, Hampshire, PO7 7EH.

Waterlooville is well served by bus routes. No's 7 and 8 provide a service every few minutes to Portsmouth, and Cosham station. There is also day time / early evening service to Havant (No 39) every ten minutes and an hourly service to Petersfield (No 37). A regular bus service also operates weekdays between Waterlooville, Denmead and Hambledon. For a bus map and timetable please click here.

Traveline will timetable a route to and from any departure point using any combination of buses, coaches and trains. For Traveline please click here.

The bus stops are right by the Church. Just get off the bus and look for the church tower.

The map below shows the location of nearby car parks.



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