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Revd. Richard Burningham

Message from the Vicar - Revd. Richard Burningham

Richard is married to Sabine and they have 3 children – two are married and live in Africa and work in development work and the other lives in Devon working in conservation. As a young man Richard worked in social work and had little interest in Christianity. He became a Christian in his late 20’s and worked for a while in a small building business. In 1984 he got married and Richard and Sabine both worked abroad with the Church of Uganda. In 1993 they returned to the UK. He then trained to be a vicar and after some years in Reigate (Surrey) he became vicar of Holy Trinity Weston, a parish on the outskirts of Southampton with a large Council Estate. He retired in 2012 and Sabine and came to live in Winnall, Winchester. Sabine works as a nurse in Winchester hospital. After 7 years in retirement Richard felt the call back into parish ministry. In May 2019 he was licensed as Associate Minister of St Peter and St Paul’s church and so arrived in the lovely village of King’s Somborne. Richard likes walking, travelling, keeping reasonably fit and enjoying family and friends.


St.Peter & St.Paul’s is the Parish Church of Somborne with Ashley situated at the heart of the village of King’s Somborne.

The Church provides regular Services on Sundays and Wednesdays, and has as its mission the responsibility of telling the good news about the love of God, offering friendship and service to all members of the community and the holding of baptisms, weddings and funerals.

As of 1st May 2019 the parish is blessed with having Revd Richard Burningham caring for the parish. Our Licensed Lay Ministers are Mrs Sabine Burningham and Mr Howard Rowe, our organists are Mr Guy Boney and Ms S Aynsley.  

For Baptism, Wedding and Funeral arrangements please contact the parish office on 01794 328034


Within the Parish there are also two Churches All Saint's, Little Somborne and St.Mary's, Ashley in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust and which each hold two or three Services every year. The Parish Church's monthly AliVE  service aims to offer a less formal, more flexible form of worship with modern music provided by local musicians on a Sunday evening. A "Tiny Tots" group meets each week for mothers and their youngest children as does an after school 'FunDay' club on Mondays together with a 'Messy Church' group run by our Methodist colleagues. In addition the Church is supported by enthusiastic teams of singers, bell-ringers, needle workers and others and holds a number of regular Social and Fund-raising events.

Details of all Services and events can be found in the Parish magazine the Gauntlet which is managed by the Church and which is distributed freely to all homes in the community. Current details can also be found on the notice board in the Church porch.

For those more interested in the history and fabric of this beautiful Church, a Guide is available.

(Click the image to see details of the Gauntlet)

See also The Victorian Restoration of King's Somborne Parish Church by Gordon Pearson; Hampshire Field Club and Archaeological Society Newsletters (new series) Vol.1 1984 pp19-22.



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