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St Leonard’s Centre provided accommodation for this group of pilgrim’s walking from their church in Newbury to Portsmouth. August 2017
Les Crossman was invested as Esquire of the Legion d’Honneur, by Mme Le brat, French Consul in Bath, for his role is liberating France in 1944-5 Les was at the front of the airborne invasion of Normandy, over the French coast at just past midnight on June 6th 1944, and later supported the invasion by dropping supplies to the Maquis and other resistance fighters at night behind enemy lines. Les died on Saturday 12 August 2017.
One Life Group, despite the heat, thoroughly enjoyed the Life of Christ production at Wintershall, Surrey. Hundreds of actors are involved in this day long production in three acts.
Our young people’s group had a great time at nearby Malshanger on Saturday 8 July 2017. It was a really hot day so the shade of the trees was very welcome!

 

 

Restoration work on the tower clock takes place May 2017. The refurbished clock face was reinstalled on 21 July 2017.

 

The garage in St Leonard’s Centre car park has gone! 1 April 2017. It has since been replaced by a shiny metal one.
The Gap Team prepare themselves for the very first meeting on Friday 31 March 2017
Proving that blokes can do flowers too, dad’s and their daughters, with some female guidance, prepare the flowers for the Mothering Sunday service 2017
St Leonard’s Playschool got very excited when they were visited by a fire engine in March 2017
The Messy Church cooks prepare themselves to produce another 105 meals for the March Messy Church session! How do they do it?
That was the year that was . . . some of the many activities that occurred at St Leonard’s during 2016 feature in a display for the Annual Parochial Church Meeting.
With three Gruffalos, a Ladybird and WillY Wonka’s Golden Ticket what else could it be but St Leonard’s Playschool Book Day 2017
Everyone who came to the 2017 St Valentine’s Day Messy Church contributed to this big painting ‘Love Never Fails’
An indication of how popular the monthly Messy Church has become , Goodie Bags all ready for their owners as another Messy Church gets underway.

After a busy Christmas, Jeremy rescues the fallen angels

 

Christmas morning 2016
Christmas morning 2016 enjoyed by all ages
Enjoying the Crib Service Christmas Eve 2016
The 'Scratch' Choir led a packed St Leonard's at the Candlelit Carol Service on 18 December 2016
The ‘Scratch’ Choir led a packed St Leonard’s at the Candlelit Carol Service on 18 December 2016

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Deck the church with boughs of holly. Getting ready for Christmas 2016.
Deck the church with boughs of holly. Getting ready for Christmas 2016.

 

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IMG_3700jDespite the oddities of sat nav and Reading’s Christmas traffic – well I have to blame something for getting lost –  we managed to deliver 388 Operation Christmas Child – Samaritan’s Purse shoe boxes to Wesley Methodist Church in Reading on Saturday 19 November 2016. A huge thank you to everyone who contributed.
More than ten craft tables, a celebration time and a scrummy meal kept over sixty children and forty adults busy at the Messy Church Light Party on 31 October 2016
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Thank you to everyone who gave food so generously at the Harvest Festival Service at St Leonard’s on Sunday 2 October 2016. The food is distributed between Besom in Basingstoke and local needs in Oakley.

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A Barn Dance and Fish and Chip supper began our Harvest Celebrations on the first weekend in Octobe
A Barn Dance and Fish and Chip supper began our Harvest Celebrations on the first weekend in October 2016
Tuesdays are busy days in St Leonard's Centre and the second Tuesday in the month more so than most! The day starts with St Leonard's Playschool, followed by New Life (pictured) and Pippins and concluding with Messy Church
Tuesdays are busy days in St Leonard’s Centre and the second Tuesday in the month more so than most! The day starts with St Leonard’s Playschool, followed by New Life (pictured) and Pippins for the very young and concluding with Messy Church for primary school aged children

 

Summer fun at Soul Survivor (15 August 2016)
Summer fun at Soul Survivor (15 August 2016)
The Zambian Team arrive safely back at Heathrow (14 August 2016)
The Zambian Team arrive safely back at Heathrow (14 August 2016)

 

 

 

Ideal for Dummer Lane? Saw this at the Christian Resources Exhibition.
Ideal for Dummer Lane? Saw this at the Christian Resources Exhibition.

Emma and Christine continue their Zambian adventure (8 August 2016)

Emma and Christine continue their Zambian adventure (8 August 2016)

Molly Tilley's decorated child's birthday cake won third prize at Saturday's Oakley Show.
Molly Tilley’s (12) decorated child’s birthday cake won third prize at Saturday’s Oakley Show. (6 August 2016)
Zambia: Working with the Women's Empowerment Programme
Zambia: Working with the Women’s Empowerment Programme (2 August 2016)
And its good bye to the massive fur tree and hello to more daylight in the Centre
And its good bye to the massive fur tree and hello to more daylight in the Centre (1 August 2016)
The Zambian party meet up at Heathrow
The Zambian party, including Emma and Christine from St Leonard’s, meet up at Heathrow (30 July 2016)