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Littleton’s Posada

Las Posadas is a Latin American tradition where for the nine days leading up to Christmas, a couple dressed as Mary and Joseph lead processions around their town or village, seeking refuge in various houses as they go. This represents the journey Mary and Joseph made from Nazareth to Bethlehem before Jesus’ birth.

Here in Littleton we have our own version, with a knitted Mary and Joseph, accompanied by a donkey, flock of sheep and sheepdog (again, all knitted, much to the relief of the host families!) They spend a night with each family and have had many adventures over the years, including going ice skating, attending school plays and pantomimes, and being taken on a night hike. However, they also enjoy a quiet night in in front of the fire, watching Strictly Come Dancing!

The Posada starts off from our 4pm Café Church service at St Catherine’s Church Room on Sunday 4th December – all ages welcome – and returns for the Crib Service in church at 4pm on Christmas Eve. The Café Posada will focus on work done by the Toybox charity ( in Latin America – every year the Posada raises hundreds of pounds for this very worthwhile cause.

We still have a couple of nights available so if you live in Littleton and would like to host the Posada please contact Carol Coleman ( The Posada also has a Facebook page: where you can follow its journey around the village.

Friends of the Family

Train to be a volunteer befriender this spring

“We need volunteers!” That’s the message from local charity,

who have just launched their latest campaign to recruit volunteer befrienders for the 5s to 13s Project.

The Project supports vulnerable children and families living across the Winchester district through the provision of a trained volunteer befriender who visits a family for a two hour period each week. Befrienders spend quality time with a focus child and undertake activities both inside the home and outdoors.

Friends of the Family will be running its next free training course over two days in April and local men and women, aged 23+, are encouraged to get in touch to find out more about this rewarding voluntary role.

5s to 13s Project Leader Sam Hunt said: “If you’d like to train to become a volunteer befriender and join likeminded people on our next training course then please get in touch. Just two hours a week of your time can make an incredible difference to a child and their family.”

To apply, or find out more, please email or call Lisa Travers, Volunteer Co-ordinator, on 01962 864466.

The Great British Fish and Chip Supper

Want to eat Fish and Chips, while raising money for charity? Hold a fish and chip supper on Friday 20th May 2016 whilst raising awareness of spinal cord injury and supporting SIA’s vital services.

You can hold a fish and chip supper in your own home, at work or hold a larger supper at your local community centre.

SIA will provide a fundraising pack containing hints and tips, recipes, invitations and donation envelopes. By inviting 8 friends and asking them to donate an additional £5.00 means you will raise at least £40.00 from your supper but we will also give you additional fundraising ideas to raise even more money for SIA.

Just £50 could contribute towards the support from our Peer Support Service for one hour, in a district general hospital or Major Trauma Centre.

In 2016 we want to make the batter matter and raise £40,000 from everyone holding suppers. Last year we raised £12,000 from the suppers.

The money raised from the suppers will help the Spinal Injuries Association offer support to individuals who become paralysed and their families, from the moment a spinal injury occurs, and for the rest of their lives by providing services and publications which enable and encourage paralysed people to rebuild lives after spinal cord injury.

Every year in the UK over 1,000 people experience a spinal cord injury and there are an estimated 40,000 spinal cord injured people in the UK alone.

Community Fundraising Manager, Elizabeth Wright, says, “The Fish and Chip Supper is a wonderful opportunity for a great evening with friends and family. We are also encouraging people who work to hold a Fish and Chip Lunch in their work places to raise even more funds. You may be even a local community group wanting to run a fun evening with your group.

For more information or request a fundraising pack call Elizabeth Wright on 0845 071 4350 or email or visit

The Villages of East London – A Grander Past

peter-lawrence-villages-of-east-londonFriday 22nd April 2016.  7 15 p.m.

The Millennium Memorial Hall at Littleton

We welcome back Peter Lawrence who has previously given us excellent illustrated talks on ‘London’s Docklands’, ‘Whitehall’ and ‘Beneath London’s Streets’.  This time Peter will focus on East London.  He writes

‘My talk ‘The Villages of East London – A Grander Past’ identifies some surviving centres of the twenty six villages that were situated in the eastern part of what was the county of Middlesex – the urban sprawl we now call “East London”. Their grander past is due to their situations, close to the Thames and the City of London. Evidence of “A Grander Past” will include Hawksmoor churches, Georgian houses and people who lived there and were part of our maritime history – they include Capt. Cook, Capt. Bligh and Nelson. I keep the locations “under my hat” until the evening, but the importance of places names such as “Bow”, “Mile End”, “Limehouse” and “Wapping” will become apparent.

Tickets £9,  including a glass of wine and ‘nibbles’ from Clive Thompsett  01962 885039 or, preferably,

Event 4th March – Syria’s Ancient Buildings

Minaret of the Great Mosque of Aleppo, destroyed in fighting in 2013.
Minaret of the Great Mosque of Aleppo, destroyed in fighting in 2013.

The long-running war in Syria has resulted in the destruction of many magnificent, ancient buildings.

Ten years ago Mike Lupton visited this now war-torn country and has a collection of slides showing the splendour of Syria’s heritage, including many buildings that no longer exist.

He will be showing them at the Millennium Memorial hall on Friday 4th March at 7 30 p.m.  Tickets £7 50 per adult (children free).

Tickets available from Carol Ward (01962 883185).

Proceeds for St Catherine’s church funds.  There will be a retiring collection for aid for Syrian refugees.

Barn Dance and Sausage Sizzle

Barn Dance and Sausage Sizzle – Celebrating 40 Years of Littleton Pre-School

Saturday October 3rd, 3-5pm at the Millennium Memorial Hall

Littleton Pre-school was established in 1975 and the staff and committee members of the Pre-School would like to invite you to a Barn Dance and Sausage Sizzle to mark the 40th Anniversary of the Pre-School.

There will be a barn dance for everyone to enjoy and the cost of entry is free but there will be a pay bar and a small charge for child friendly food.

Everyone is welcome including all past, present, and future children, their parents and grandparents.

We would be delighted if you can join us to celebrate this fantastic occasion.

FREE TICKETS So that we have an idea of numbers we would appreciate it if you could let us know that you will be coming. You can get tickets from the Pre-school; email us at or text Caroline the Chair on 07990975593

Ensemble Champagne

Littleton & Harestock Entertainment Committee


Saturday 14th November 2015 at 7.15pm for 7.30pm prompt start

At the Millennium Memorial Hall at Littleton

Enjoy an evening with this renowned Hampshire-based string quartet.  They will perform the Mozart Quintet, popular classics and a selection of songs from the shows.

Two course supper is provided and a welcome glass of wine on arrival

Tickets: £17 each are available from – Clive Thompsett 885039,  Peter Highfield 889426, Margaret Webb 880320 and the Council Office (next to the Memorial Hall)