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 what’s going on across the area in the Ministry Team-sheet and more about the Parish in the monthly newsletter on the Services 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.
Team Rector 2
Rev Michael McHugh firstname.lastname@example.org
Rev Jo Reid email@example.com
Jonny Buxton firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Harvest Festival is going to be on 7th October at 11am. It is to be lay led and we hope we will see as many of you as possible to enjoy this important service after such a wonderful summer.
Plans are being made for our Christmas services and so far we have decided that the Crib service will be at 3pm on the 24th December. Due to a shortage of Clergy we are likely to have only one service at Christmas which will be either the Midnight Service on Christmas Eve or Family Holy Communion early on Christmas Day.
The Savernake Team has been reduced by one third with Andy Thewlis deciding to leave. So we can expect to have at least one Service a month Lay led. In September on Car Rally day we cancelled the Service and shared the final Sunday Service with Savernake Church.
Four bikers from our village took part in Ride and Stride and in total biked 100 miles and visited 42 churches. Sponsorships are still being collected but we expect about £1500 will go to the Wiltshire Historic Churches Trust and half will be returned to our account.
Starting this month we are asking villagers to make a regular monthly or annual donation to the daily running costs of their Church, using a new scheme adopted by Salisbury Diocese called 'The Parish Giving Scheme'. If you would like to know more please contact the Shalbourne Church Warden or Treasurer.
Our Carol service will be on Saturday 15th December at 6pm. Carolyn Bartholomew is looking forward to welcoming volunteers for the choir and plans 2 rehearsals before the performance. As the church has a new keyboard which is now being used as well as the organ, our old keyboard is now redundant and looking for a home. All the keys work. Anyone interested please contact Jonny Buxton.
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