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The Shalbourne Prayer
LORD, Thank you for the wonderful countryside in which we live. May we do nothing to despoil your handiwork, and help us to make our village a beautiful place. Increase the sense of community that binds one to another. Bless the work of our local church that it may give a sense of identity where there is none, provide refuge to those who feel threatened by anonymity, and create a place of belonging, where people know they are welcomed, remembered by name, valued as individuals. And help us celebrate a faith that, in the Word, announces that we are forgiven and accepted, and in the Sacrament, gathered again into the life of the risen Christ. For your name’s sake. Amen.
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Click here for a Christmas message from the bishops of the Diocese of Salisbury
Click here to view 2016 Harvest Festival decorations.
Signs of mothers' love - identified during a Mothering Sunday service.
The starred items also reflect God's love for his children.
Click here for details of the current Marlborough Deanery Education Programme and here for a list of services in the Marlborough area commemorating the outbreak of World War 1.
During 2013, the Shalbourne Parochial Church Council (PCC) regretfully made the decision to initiate closure of the Chapel of the Good Shepherd at Bagshot which, as part of the parish of Shalbourne, had for many decades been entrusted to the Shalbourne PCC.
The status of the chapel had been the subject of much discussion over the past few years as, owing to dwindling numbers of congregation, no services had been held there since 2011 and, as a disused building, it had become an untenable burden upon the PCC.
The decision to close a chapel is not taken lightly by the Church of England but in October 2014 a service of closure was performed by the Archdeacon of Wiltshire. After a complicated and drawn-out process, over the summer of 2015, the sale of the decommissioned Chapel was finally secured and the buyer was the owner of the Polesdon Estate on whose land the Chapel adjoined.
Although entrusted to the Shalbourne PCC, the chapel was technically ‘owned’ by the Salisbury Diocese of the Church of England. The proceeds of the sale will be controlled by the Salisbury Diocese but will be set aside for capital maintenance projects specifically for the Church of St Michael and All Angels, Shalbourne.
Click here to view pictures of the Easter 2012 flowers and here to view pictures of the Christmas 2011 decorations.
Click here for a brief history of the church.
Click here for a more detailed history of the building.
The pages in the slide show below are from a leaflet discovered by a PCC member
The bells at St. Michael and All Angels have been re-energised, thanks to Ian Dalziel's efforts. Practices are held on Thursdays at about 7.15pm. All levels of ability are welcome, and instruction is provided.
The sessions last about an hour and a half, and both apprentice and experienced ringers have been known to slip off to the pub for a pint to reward their efforts.
Feb 2012 up date:
Recently listening to the Radio I heard a Dr. explaining how to beat the January blues. As he went on about how depressing January can be and the impact of long nights, short days, Christmas bulge etc. I couldn’t help agreeing with him that this time of year seems like a long way from summer. However he then started to explain the small things that we all could do to avoid some of the downside of post Christmas and the winter blues. These included Socialising with others, doing things for other people, working in a team, physical exercise, learning new skills or doing something you haven’t done before and getting out in the light that was available. Well this led me to think about how many ‘feel good boxes’ Bell Ringing can tick – you do it with others, it is very sociable, you have to work in a team, it is certainly a challenge to learn, and yet offers the opportunity to always learn more and more, it is physical giving a great upper body work out and it also provides a service to others in our community. Imagine the joy that hearing the bells at a Wedding can bring and how rewarding ringing our bells in our Church for our services would be. Well the comparison certainly brought a smile to my face as I drove on. There are a couple of those areas, of course, that Bell Ringing will not sort at this time of the year – it is normally done indoors - but it is a cheaper alternative to the gym (being unlikely to contribute to any credit card bills) and it is on our doorstep at St Michaels’ in Shalbourne; all in all, it has got to be worth considering trying on those Winter evenings.
The Bell Ringers managed to get in some good ringing for the Carol Service with all 6 bells going and also a small but keen band managed to get some of the bells ringing before the Crib Service. The New Year’s Day and Bell Service was really well supported with ringers from both our parish and representatives from 6 other parishes across the Marlbourgh area. The service was brilliantly led by Stephan Trapnell who really helped us understand the links between the bells ringing out, the hope of the New Year and the support that God gives us in looking forward. Please do consider if you can spare an hour and a half on Thursdays (7.30 pm to 9pm) to learn to ring so that we can continue to hear sound of our bells at all times of the year instead of just at Christmas. All instruction is provided and it is relaxing, good fun and a good way to beat that January feeling. If you are interested please contact either Ian Dalziel on 01672 870824 or me, Susie Barker, on 01672 871648.
Finally a Thank You to all who did ring over Christmas, or contributed to the truly amazing Christmas flowers, sang or worked in the Choir, made and sorted out refreshments over the feastive season or simply came to Church. It really made the season feel like we are a full and strong community of which we are proud to be a part.
Team Rector Nicolas Leigh-Hunt retired at the end of July, 2011.
I want to thank everyone in the Shalbourne community for the wonderful celebration finish to my ministry and the very generous gift of a lifetime membership to the RHS, which Liz and I are looking forward to using widely, and we will think of you every time we do.
I have not quite got to grips with the notion of "retirement" as life has been a roller-caoster of action, and we are still in the midst of a building project, which we really would have preferred to have finished by now. We will, I dare say, settle at some stage into new patterns of living.
We greatly miss Shalbourne and particularly the relationships built over many years, and the pastoral interaction of all kinds of processes and events of people's lives, both happy and sad.
With very best wishes and love to you all. Liz and Nicolas
‘Well, all good things have to come to an end’ was a trite little saying commonly trotted out by well-meaning adults trying to console my truculence at the end of a particularly good party or outing to the seaside when I was a child.
As a small boy the logic of this totally escaped me: why? If it was good, why shouldn’t it go on indefinitely!
This is by nature a farewell, for it is the last in twenty years of writing that I will be contributing to the news magazines/bulletins for the parishes of the Savernake Team. Although the prospect has now been common knowledge for what seems an extraordinarily long time, at the end of July the process of retirements of clergy, with myself and Rodney Harrison, begins and we are launched on a period of great change, likely to be drawn out over some time. What you will be pleased to know is that the process for recruiting replacements is also well under way; but for all our faults and failings in the ministry over the years it will be different. That is something to look forward to with excitement, and, I would like to hope, a will to be involved in new vision and new ventures.
Thank you all in the parishes for being great communities to work with. I would be less than honest if I did not say that I shall not regret leaving behind the councils, committees, administration and the frustrations of any large institution, but I will be sorry to leave behind so many whom I have had the privilege of ministering to, both as individuals and families, the schools in particular, and the many of you whom I have worked with and with whom we have shared so much of ourselves together.
‘Great is thy faithfulness! Great is thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see
All I have needed thy hand hath provided
Great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me’
- is the writer Thomas Chisholm’s take on the Old Testament prophet Jeremiah’s intense awe of God’s promise that as surely as the sun sets today, so it will rise again in the morning as his assurance of protection, of blessing, of provision for his people.
May you be assured of that too.
With my love in Christ,
New Bishop of Salisbury
On Friday 22nd July, 2011, (the Feast Day of St Mary Magdalene), the Revd Nicholas Roderick Holtam was consecrated in St Paul’s Cathedral to become the new Bishop of Salisbury. Born on the 8th August 1954, Bishop Holtam prefers the name “Nick” to Nicholas.
For the past 16 years, he had been Vicar of St Martin-in-the-Fields, where he presided over a thriving church with a fine musical tradition, and at the same time initiated massive alterations to the church premises in order to accommodate the poor and the outcasts of society. The work of St Martin’s is recognised world-wide.