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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 January 2017, the parish is in an Interregnum. Services will continue as before, with some services continuing to be led by the excellent lay worship leaders and LLMs.  Our Licensed Lay Minister is  Mr Howard Rowe; Sue Holligan has permission to officiate, and our organists are Mr Guy Boney and Ms S Aynsley.  We are indebted to the team of visiting clergy who are supporting & encouraging us in our church life, and to the Clerical Registry for their fantastic organisation.

On 1st February 2018 the Romsey Deanery Synod endorsed the plan to resource a House for Duty Priest (Half Time) for the parish of Somborne with Ashley. We are currently advertising - a copy of the profiles are available on this website as a PDF document.  We hope to be interviewing candidates in the very near future (January 2019 if not before).

From 1st December 2018 the parish is no longer part of the former Test Valley Benefice and is again a Benefice in its own right.  A copy of the scheme is available to read in the church including the grouping arrangement with the Braishfield Benefice.

For Baptism, Wedding and Funeral arrangements please contact David Bevan in the first instance 07769682696.


Within the Parish there are also two redundant Churches All Saint's, Little Somborne and St.Mary's, Ashley 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 detailed 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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