ABOUT OUR CHURCH
Rev Colin Heber Percy,
Bell - Ringing
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.
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.
CHURCH NEWS MAY 2021
Progress continues with more normal use of St Michael's. Colin has produced a rota of Services that we will be holding, though with numbers limited and no singing yet inside.
The plan is for Shalbourne, on the second and fourth Sunday of the month (swapped with Ham), to have Services inside the Church. Two Holy Communion Services at 9.00 am the first month, followed by an 11.00 am HC and 6pm Evensong the next. The weekly 11.00 am Zoom morning Sunday Service will continue and where there is a fifth Sunday, Services will be announced. On Sunday 30th May - Trinity Sunday - there is a Team Zoom Service.
We were very lucky to have Rev'd Tim Novis from Marlborough College to lead our first Service in the Church since Christmas on Easter Day. Around a fire pit close to forty gathered to sing, and then took HC in the Church with Carolyn Bartholomew playing the organ among the beautiful flowers done by our wonderful flower angels. But before that at 6.00am Colin and Michael had held a dawn Communion to celebrate the arrival of Easter. About 20 of us started in the dark in minus 4 with a raging fire in the pit for a memorable well supported, but chilly outside Service.
Shalbourne Annual Church meeting was held on 15th April in the Church and we welcomed two new PCC members. Richard Lavers and Sammy Cave. We also said thank you to Felicity Burrows for serving on the PCC and offering to continue to look after the Electoral Role.
Hopefully we can look forward to a normal summer soon, the present weather is certainly pointing that way.
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