St John's Church History
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St John's Church History

London Gazette 1878, recording the name Southbourne on the Chapelry.
The official naming of the Parish of Southbourne in 1878 when the first vicar was appointed
Vicars of St Johns 1878 to 2023
St Johns built 1875  showing Vicarage built in 1882
St Johns Church completed 1876 The Vicarage on the left completed 1882. To the west and north of the Vicarage was The Glebe. This was where football and fetes took place.
1928 50th Anniversary of St. Johns.
St John's 50th 1928 -
Centre Rev Wynn (1914 to 1927)
Leslie Tench lived in Beresford Lodge, Main Road. He was a founder member of Southbourne Sea Scouts. They met for a few weeks in the small cafe behind Beresford Lodge, until the Barn was sorted.
19th Century map of Westbourne Parish
19th Century Westbourne Parish so no Southbourne shown yet
flooding on the corner
Parish Magazine cover 1971
Parish Magazine 1971
St Johns Church hall.  A Corrugated iron structure off Stein Road.

Coffee Connect opened in in the Centre in 2012.
The bespoke serving area was built by the Curate Stuart Silk who had been a carpenter.
It's run by volunteers serving a variety of real coffee, and teas or hot chocolate and homemade biscuits and cake for a donation. It is a very popular meeting place. From 2022 it opens Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9 to 12.

St. Johns Church Hall was behind the church facing Stein Road.
The library was held there as were various community group meetings including Guides.
School classes were held there too, until the 3 classroom extension, (now Age Concern) was built in New Road in 1945.
The building became unsafe about 1977 and plans were put in place for a new extension.
The Church Annexe was built in 1985.

Opening of Coffee Connect 2012

Coffee Connect was officially opened by Margaret Eva, who was the Head of Bourne Community College.

Oak tree planted in St. John's garden

Tree Planting at St. Johns 2012
On 21st April 2012 (The Queen's 86th Birthday) St John's Church planted a tree for HM Queen's Diamond Jubilee year. Rev. Clive Jenkins included a time capsule of items conveying what life was like in 2012