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.
- The activities organised for children and younger people in the Benefice.
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Latest News And Forthcoming Services & Events
Donhead St Andrew Church Summer Fete - 29th August 2016
- Written by Tony Gowers
St Andrew's Church Summer Fete
Bank Holiday Monday, 29th August 2016
1.00 pm to 5.00 pm
Stoney Hills Field, Sans Lane, Donhead St Andrew, SP7 9LL
by kind permission of the Jeffrey Family
BBQ - Beer & Cider - Tea & Cakes
Pony Rides - Duck Shoot - Smash the Crockery
Children’s Fun & Sideshows
Books - Collectables & Bric-a-Brac - Cakes - Clothes & Shoes
Pictures - Plants - Preserves - Toys & Gifts
Bottle Tombola - The Big Raffle
Church Warden’s Wheelbarrow
Bell Street Jazz Band
Classic and Vintage Car Show
St Andrew’s Annual Dog Show
Please do come along and join in the fun!
Raising funds for the Happy Gathering Club, Tisbus, Wiltshire Air Ambulance and St Andrew's Church.
A CALL FOR SUPPORT FOR THE FETE
Collectables & Bric-a-Brac
All items to go to the Lees at Mill Corner by 24th August - contact Margaret, telephone: 01747 828761
Please make a cake, scones, pies, savouries, biscuits & fudge. Will collect - contact Juliet, telephone 01747 828395
Jams, marmalade and chutneys welcomed. Also cookery books - contact Zillah, telephone 01747 828335
We’re after plants, fruit, vegetables, tied bunches, pots & vases, tools & gardening books - contact Ian, telephone 01747 828611
Paintings, prints, drawings, frames, sculptures & art books by 24th August - contact Lynda, telephone 01747 829678
Books including children's books, but not dictionaries, manuals or text books, by 24th August - contact John & Jane, telephone 01747 828279
Toys, Games & Gifts
Including DVDs, CDs & records. Please deliver ASAP - contact Michael & Chris, telephone 01747 828739
Clean good-as-new clothes, shoes & accessories by 24th August - contact Kay, telephone 07517 967319
Bottles of wine, champagne and spirits much appreciated - contact Alastair, telephone 01747 828789
Church Wardens Wheelbarrow
Offers of bottles of wine please - contact Simon, telephone 01747 828395
From The Rev'd Alice Goodall - News from Finmere
- Written by Tony Gowers
I realised the other day that we have now been in the Shelswell Benefice for six months – the time has flown by! This missive is well overdue, but I wanted to wait to write until I could show you how we used the very generous leaving gift that was given to us at our last service. Also, I was missing you too much! In the last couple of months, though, I have started to feel at home and settled.
I can now find my way around the patch without even thinking, and have got to know lots of people. The ministry team is great, and there are some excellent things going on here. The church congregations are generally very small – not surprising, given that most of the villages are small. But their size doesn’t stop them being a strong Christian presence within the villages or contributing to some fabulous community events – including a food festival, beer festival and two music festivals!
Some of the things I have particularly enjoyed so far have included:
- a prayer walk connecting three of our villages
- an open air Pentecost service in Evenley Wood Gardens with barbecue – on one of the few lovely sunny days in May
- our Little Lambs toddler group
- the Benefice ‘holiday at home’ scheme
- our celebrations for the Queen’s 90th birthday
- meeting people and eating (far too much) cake
Joe has been occupied doing lots of painting, decorating, and gardening. He has joined the Benefice Choir, and is volunteering at the Quainton Railway Centre. We are both enjoying being in a house that is WARM! And Joe is delighted that he can mow the garden in just 20 minutes. The hens have settled well into the run built for us by two of the church wardens, and the cats have already embarked on controlling the local rabbit population.
We were very touched by the leaving gifts from the Benefice of St Bartholomew – Lynda’s picture has pride of place in our sitting room, most of the goodies have now been enjoyed, and we used the money to employ someone to dig our vegetable patch and put in some raised beds – see photo. We have a fruit cage on one of them, thanks to tea@thechurch. Our vegetables are doing well, and in fact have grown a whole lot more since the photo was taken a couple of weeks ago.
We gained so much from our time in the Benefice, and you will always have a special place in our hearts. It has been good to keep up with some of your news through the Parish magazine, through posts on Facebook, and through the occasional visitor. And should you be travelling north and fancy a brief stop in Finmere, don’t hesitate to get in touch!
With best wishes,
Rev'd Alice Goodall, ex-curate
Parish Away Days - 17th to 20th October 2016 - Alton Abbey
- Written by Rev'd Richard Warhurst
The Rev’d Richard is an Oblate of Alton Abbey and has been asked to arrange a time away.
Alton Abbey is an Anglican Benedictine monastery in Hampshire set in beautiful grounds. It has been described in The Times as “the best kept secret in the Church of England” and “the place to go when you need six weeks holiday but can only spare a day”.
Join us to experience the worship and fun of a monastic community.
Places are limited so please contact the Benefice Office (telephone: 01747 830174) to reserve a place.
The cost is likely to be £125.00.
To find out more about Alton Abbey, click here.
From the Rector - August 2016
- Written by Rev'd Richard Warhurst
Over the next few weeks. as mentioned previously, we have some major celebrations of our church communities.
On August 14th at 10.30am we have our Patronal Festival for the church of St Mary's East Knoyle. The president and preacher will be The Rt Rev'd Dom Giles Hill OSB. Abbot Giles has been my spiritual director since 2003. Born to a Methodist father and a Roman Catholic Mother, and educated by the Christian Brothers, it is scarcely surprising that Giles became an Anglican. When his father died at a young age. Giles became the bread-winner for his family comprised of Mum and two younger sisters. He worked as a Verger in Exeter Cathedral, and in due time entered Alton Abbey in 1967. Professed in 1969. it was not until I986 that he was ordained priest. He was elected as Abbot in 1990. in which he has served ever since with a three year interlude from 2010-13. He has an historical concern with the details of the Holocaust. reads detective and historical fiction, principally by British authors. Enjoys Irish whiskey and English beer; loves pasta, and won't eat chicken or lamb.
On August 21st at 10.30am we celebrate our Benefice Patronal of St Bartholomew. This service will take place at Semley Church. The president and preacher will be The Rt Rev'd john Kirkham who was educated at Lancing College and Trinity College. Cambridge. After training for ordination he was ordained to a curacy in lpswich. The positions he has held since include Chaplain to the Bishop of Norwich, Chaplain to the Bishop of New Guinea, Assistant Priest at St Martin in the Fields and St Margaret's Westminster, Chaplain to Archbishop Ramsey and Archbishop Coggan, Diocesan Director of Ordinands for Canterbury, Bishop of Sherborne in our own Diocese of Salisbury, and Bishop to the Forces. He was also Chairman of the Salisbury Diocesan Board of Education. Thanks also go to The Venerable John Holliman for helping to arrange Bishop Kirkham’s visit.
On September 4th we welcome The Rt Rev'd Dr Edward Condry, Bishop of Ramsbury to preside and preach at the Patronal Festival of Donhead St Mary. The first Bishop of Ramsbury was Aethelstan, appointed in 909. The ancient title of Bishop of Ramsbury means that Bishop Edward is responsible for the Wiltshire parts of the Diocese of Salisbury (as well as one parish in Dorset and four in Hampshire). He was ordained in 1982, after studying for a doctorate at Exeter College. Oxford. He has been a parish priest in rural, suburban and urban parishes. In Salisbury he is particularly keen to promote the rural church. He was previously Canon Treasurer at Canterbury Cathedral where he was among other things responsible for the training of Bishops and Priests from around the worldwide Anglican Communion.
Bishop Edward is married to Sarah. They have four grown up children. He claims to have played just about every sport apart from golf and beach volleyball. (information from the Diocesan Website).
We hope to welcome you to join in our celebrations.