The Benefice of St. Bartholomew
Welcome to the website for the Benefice of St Bartholomew
- Written by Tony Gowers
The Benefice of St Bartholomew covers almost 30 square miles in the south west corner of Wiltshire. Most of the Benefice lies within the Cranborne Chase and West Wiltshire Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with its exceptional landscapes and superb scenery. The Benefice includes the following parishes: Donhead St Mary with Charlton, Donhead St Andrew, East Knoyle, Semley and Sedgehill.
This site will tell you about our six Churches: St. John the Baptist Church in Charlton, St. Andrew's Church in Donhead St. Andrew, St Mary's Church in Donhead St. Mary, St. Mary's Church in East Knoyle, St. Catherine's Church in Sedgehill and St Leonard's Church in Semley.
The site also describes:
- The services and events which have been arranged for the whole Benefice - click here for more details.
- The activities organised for children and younger people in the Benefice - click here for the information.
If you have an item you would like to be included on this website or have suggestions on how we can improve the site, please click here.
Latest News And Forthcoming Services & Events
Lent Course - 2014
- Written by Tony Gowers
The Lent Course for 2014 is entitled 'Another Story Must Begin', and is based on the novel/musical 'Les Miserables'. The course will be held on the following dates at the locations shown below:
12 March: Donhead St Andrew Rectory
19 March; Donhead St Andrew Rectory
26 March: To Be Advised
31 March: Semley Rectory
7 April: Semley Rectory
Each session will begin at 7.30 pm
For more information, please telephone 01747 830174.
Weekday Prayers During Lent 2014
- Written by Tony Gowers
Why not join us for Prayers on weekdays during Lent, starting on 7th March 2014, as follows:
Monday: St Mary's Church, East Knoyle: 8.45 am
Tuesday: St John's Church, Charlton: 6.30 pm
Wednesday: St Mary's Church, Donhead St Mary: 8.45 am
Friday: St Andrew's Church, Donhead St Andrew: 8.45 am
Click here to see the full programme of services on the Benefice Calendar.
All welcome - please do come.
Note: please look out for information on the courses which will be held in the Benefice during Lent - details will be published shortly.
Donhead St Andrew Family Service and Workshops - February/March 2014
- Written by Rev. Alice Goodall
The theme of the family service to be held at 9.45 am on Sunday 9th February 2014 at St Andrew's Church, Donhead St Andrew, is Salt and Light, and in our workshop on Saturday 8th February we will be Cooking with Salt! If you are aged 4 to 14 years old, come along from 3.30 pm to 5.00 pm to Garden Cottage, Barkers Hill, Donhead St Andrew. Feel free to bring your parents and siblings too! We also hope to be doing some music making, so if you have an instrument, bring it along.
On Sunday 9th March 2014, we will be thinking about the story of Adam and Eve. And so in our workshop, 3.30 pm to 5.00 pm, on Saturday 8th March we will be Creating Creation! This one will be held at The Rectory, West End Lane, Donhead St Andrew. It promises to be lots of messy fun!
Phone Tamsin on 01747 828525 to book a place on the workshops.
Alice Goodall, Curate
Children's Activity Week 2014
- Written by Gerry Purdue
The 2014 Children's Activity Week, which will be based at Semley School as usual, will be held between August 4th and 7th inclusive. Places will be available for fifty-five children aged between 5 and 11 inclusive on 31st August 2014, who either live in the Benefice or attend one of our schools; booking forms will be available late April or early May. Please look out for further information in forthcoming issues of the parish and local magazines, and on this web site..
In the meantime, we are always grateful for adult help over the four days. Our programme runs between 10.00 am and 12.00 pm, and 1.00 pm and 3.00 pm each day with, typically, one hour allowed for each activity. Offers of help are welcome, even for only one activity, when you're sure to be rewarded by lots of happy faces; in fact, we usually find that helpers enjoy activities every bit as much as the children. Our theme this year is 'Flight' which gives us quite a broad canvas! Please contact Gerry on 01747 830419 if you wish to volunteer or seek further information. If you prefer, click here to send an email to Gerry from this web site (when the new screen opens, click on the heading 'Contact Form').
The Children's Activity Week Organising Team
PS. Pottery has proved popular over the sixteen years of 'Activity Weeks', for which we have been fortunate to use borrowed potters' wheels. Unfortunately, our sources of these have dried up so, before we go out and buy one, it has occurred to us that there may be one lurking (preferably easily portable) in the Benefice that is no longer required. If you have one that we can borrow or buy, please let Gerry know - his details are above.
Benefice Sailing Trip - 18th to 21st September 2014
- Written by Rev. Steve Morgan
Last year's sailing trip was great fun, with various adventures along the way! Nine people from across the Benefice and age ranges enjoyed a challenging time of fun, fellowship and sailing. The dates for 2014 are from the afternoon of 18th September until Sunday 21st September. This trip is open to anyone over the age of 16 with a negotiable upper age limit! No previous sailing experience is necessary and there will certainly be something to learn for the experienced hand.
The boat - the 62 ft ketch 'Morning Star' - will be crewed entirely by us!
If you are interested, please contact Steve or Jo on 01747 830174.
If you want to know more about the boat, visit the www.morningstar.org.uk.