Welcome to the Upper Wylye Valley Team

Growing in the Love of God

Upper Wylye Valley Team

Last Updated 19th March 2023  What's New ?


Welcome to the Upper Wylye Valley Team made up of ten churches along the beautiful Wyle River in Wiltshire. We hope this website will give you a taste of life in the Upper Wylye Valley where we live out our calling to grow in the love of God through hope, prayer and service. We come together regularly to worship God and enjoy one another’s company with a wide variety of events. Please do take a look at the calendar to see our regular services and opportunities to meet together, and please do explore the weekly Pew News (in the drop-down section under the ‘Worship’ tab). If you would like to delve further into the life of our team of parishes, then please do take a look at our monthly publication, the Parish News (in the drop-down section of the ‘Team’ tab).
With such a variety of worship and events there is something for everyone, so why not pop along and join us as we journey in our faith, encountering God and serving all God’s beloved children.

Thank you for exploring our website, whoever you are, and where ever you live, may “the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all” (2 Corinthians 13:13).


Following the Rev Trudy Hobson’s resignation as Rector to take up a post as an Army Chaplain the Benefice is now in a vacancy.  Her last service was 20th November, and we wish her well in her new role and thank her for her ministry with us.  In the meantime the Rev Clifford Stride, house for duty Team Vicar will be leading the Ministry Team and will deal with all enquiries regarding christenings, weddings, and funerals. He can be contacted on 01985 850941 the team email account is as before upperwylyevalleyteam@gmail.com.  We have begun the process of seeking a new Rector and ask you to pray for us during the vacancy, and for the group preparing the Parish Profile and documentation to attract a new Rector.  We also ask for your prayers that we may discern God’s will for the future of the Benefice and God’s will for those seeking a new post.

Vacancy Prayer

Heavenly Father we thank you for the ministry of Trudy Hobson, our previous Rector, and we pray your presence and blessing upon her.   We ask now that you will help us to share responsibility, grow in faith, love one another, care for those in need, reach out to others, and welcome newcomers.  Lord Jesus, guard and grow this church as we serve you together in this period without a rector.  Please guide those who are seeking the right minister for us, and those who are seeking the right church for their ministry, that together we may discover your way for the future and see your kingdom grow.  Amen.

Message from The Rt Revd Dr Andrew Rumsey - Bishop of Ramsbury

From St Peter's Church, Codford

From St Leonard's Church, Sutton Veny

We all know that we are recovering from extraordinary times. Every aspect of our lives has been impacted, and our churches, the focal point in many of our villages, are no exception. The last 18 months has seen an unprecedented interruption to our church services and all fund-raising activities that are such a part of our community life, offering the opportunity to meet and chat with one another.

We have been deprived of such cheerful events for all these months and as we begin to look forward to a sense of normal life returning, there are some lasting effects that we are now having to face. Income from our services and fundraising events have plummeted and this directly impacts our ability to pay our parish share. With churches not being able to pay their full parish share, this is having a direct and much longer lasting effect on Diocesan finances.

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The Parishes of the Upper Wylye Valley Team take their responsibilities surrounding the safeguarding of children, young people, and adults who may be at risk very seriously, and works in partnership with the Diocese of Salisbury to ensure that we work in accordance with best practice at all times.

Our Parish Safeguarding Policy can be downloaded here.

If you have any Safeguarding questions or concerns you can contact our Team Safeguarding Officer - Kim Sutton 01985 851876 / 07867 538985

Alternatively, you can contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser,  on safeguarding@salisbury.anglican.org