About the Church

St Michael & All Angels, Shalbourne, Wiltshire SN8 3QH

Shalbourne is one of a group of 11 village parishes in north-east Wiltshire, which form part of the Deanery of Pewsey in the Diocese of Salisbury. The Parish belongs to the Savernake Team Ministry and you can read more about its activities in the monthly newsletter on this page.

Our lovely church is 12th century in origin and has been in continual use (apart from a period of extensive restoration during the 1870s). The tower contains a full (working) set of bells dating from the 1660s and the War Memorial outside has recently been listed Grade II. We have a loyal and enthusiastic congregation and the church can be packed to the rafters for key festivals and concerts. You are most welcome to join us.

More about the building

Team Rector 2

Rev Michael McHugh clergy@savernaketeam.org.uk

Team Vicar

Rev Jo Reid jo.reid185@btinternet.com


Jonny Buxton jjbuxton@btopenworld.com


Jennifer Blake (PCC Secretary) jennikewlogic@aol.com
Dr Trevor King (PCC Treasurer) trevor.king@nhs.net
Mrs Donna Scott (Flower Angels) donnascott@gmail.com


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. 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.


With the recent reorganisation of the Savernake Team, we have said a fond farewell to Jo Reid, who has been our Team Vicar for the last 5 years. Rural community service is difficult with each parish having different demographics, needs and demands and for some time the team has also been one vicar below establishment. In addition to her commitments across the team of 11 parishes, Jo has committed her heart and soul to our community and we will forever be in debt to her for her kindness, enthusiasm and, on many occasions, her compassion. While she no longer serves us directly she still remains a team vicar and, as we wish her well, we hope that we’ll still see her from time to time. Certainly not enough words to cover it but - THANK YOU Jo.

Since January we’ve been very fortunate to welcome Colin as our new Team Vicar. Colin knows us all well and has served the Savernake Team as lay chairman of the Team Council and as Churchwarden at Tidcombe. Having already led us in several services, his sermons and perspective are truly inspirational; we’re so very fortunate to have him back with us and it’s going to be super working together again with him.

As Lent approaches, please have a look at the ‘Come and See’ program of events which launches at the beginning of March and will run on throughout Lent. That includes Colin joining with Gerald, our Rural Dean, in their acclaimed recital of the Gospel of Saint Mark – all from memory (I can’t even  remember what I had for dinner yesterday!!) and very moving. Their production has an immense gravity which, upon experiencing it, cannot fail to draw you in. 

Also coming up is the 20th Anniversary Concert of the marvelous Cantemus choir singing in Newbury on 21 March. Posters are in the magazine and around the village.

Thank you to everybody for your help and support for our lovely church

Rich Barker 

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