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Edmund Hammond, Freeman 1598, by his will of 1638 gave the Company a sum to purchase Church livings.
Newnham with Awre & Blakeney, Gloucestershire
Incumbent: The Revd Juliet Stephenson
Telephone: 01594 516648
The two livings purchased were Awre and Blakeney which were later combined with a neighbouring parish team to become"The United Benefice of Newnham with Awre and Blakeney". All three Parishes continue to have their own feel and traditions.
Awre is a small rural community. It has no main road passing through it and has a population of around 160. It has a very high percentage of regular worshippers. The church is interesting, ancient and quite large, with a peal of 6 bells. The main road down the River Severn valley used to pass through the village and so in previous centuries it was somewhat more important than now.
Blakeney, by contrast, is a large geographical parish with a population of around 1500. It has a very small but highly committed congregation.
Revd Stephenson is keen to see the congregations grow, and hopes to establish mid-week informal gatherings, with an emphasis on nurture and hospitality. There are good links with the Primary Schools and children's work is developing well.