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Excavation Report MHV19

The Excavation Report for the excavations at Mud Hole Villa in 2019 has been finalised and is now available to download. It makes for interesting reading – particularly surprising is the “bone” report – not one usually at the top of the reading list. Mud Hole Villa is compared to other Roman establishments including Fishbourne Palace on account of the lavish meals consumed and suggests a possible use of the building – a hunting lodge. Was this the Michelin starred eatery of its time? The bulk of the report is devoted to the scholarly interpretation of the mosaic by Anthony Beeson to whom we are greatly indebted.

Also available to download is a review of the book “The Boxford Mosaic” by the Journal of Roman Archaeology. This majors on Anthony Beeson’s interpretation of the mosaic but also refers to the colour photographs of our talented volunteers David Shepherd, Chris Forsey and Richard Miller.

Opening the churches in the East Downland Benefice

The Harvest Festival service will be held on Sunday 4th October at 11am. Other October services in Boxford will be on 11th and 25th at 11am. We will be operating under fairly tight Covid-19 conditions. You can “check in” with the NHS app on your smart phone or please email or phone me if you are intending to join us. 

It is not yet possible to arrange a regular schedule of services as in non-Covid times, so please check the East Downland benefice or Boxford websites for up to date information.

We now have five churches in the benefice open for private prayer. The details are:

Beedon – Sundays (10am-12pm), Wednesdays (2pm-4pm)

Boxford – Sundays 10am – 4pm

Chieveley – Wednesdays (11am-12pm)

Peasemore – Open every day as previously.

West Ilsley – Sundays (9.30am to 6pm)

We are not yet able to offer general opening for Oare, Stockcross or Winterbourne, but please contact the Rector for details if you would like access to any of the churches in the benefice outside the above hours, to discuss availability. Farnborough church is closed for the time being while some necessary building work is completed.

Videos for all services can be found on the benefice website, YouTube, and Facebook. Subtitles will be available.

For now, as always, all the best, God bless, and keep safe


Revd John Toogood

Tel: (01635) 247566 or 07748 822336


Boxford Public Access Defibrillator

Boxford’s new defibrillator is now functioning in the church porch at St.Andrew’s. In the event of an emergency, the 999 operator will advise the location and code to access the defibrillator. Thirty two people have signed up for Resuscitation Training which will take place at the Village Hall on September 12th and 19th. More money for the defibrillator, installation, maintenance and first aid training has been received and the total now stands at £2845! Well done Boxford!


The sponsored runners, Colin Hays, Nadege Fleming and Andrew Leader who took part in the Gibbet Challenge Run on 28th June

The sponsored runners, Colin Hays, Nadege Fleming and Andrew Leader who took part in the Gibbet Challenge Run on 28th June to fund raise for the new defibrillator



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