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Ring Out for Climate Change

Mr Gildea, who suggested the idea that church bells should be rung on Saturday, October 30th, the eve of the start of COP26 remarked ” It’s an historic function of church bells to send a warning, because they used to be the best form of communication we had”. They were the loudest noise that might…

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New Community Cafe in Sutton Veny

November brought a new ‘Meet your Neighbours’ event offering opportunities for people of all ages to come together to chat, laugh and eat cake. The Community Café in Sutton Veny Church is still evolving as we continue to work out what format and timing best suits most people. Currently we are offering a monthly Community Café…

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The Organ of Knook – An Adventure

One day in early 1965, Lord Heytesbury asked me to have a look at the organ in Heytesbury Congregational Church, which stood on his land at the top of Chapel Road.  The Victorian building was due to be demolished, and he wondered if the organ was worth saving. The chapel had closed in the 1950s…

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Inspiring visit from Rev Hilary Bond sharing ways we can all join in with ‘Gentle activism’

In parish life there are some words we say that people are uncomfortable hearing. Words such as ‘activism’ usually results in hearers suddenly finding something very interesting on the floor to look at, and garners all sorts of images in their minds. Earlier in the month we held a service for Environment Sunday inviting as…

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We’re going on a bug hunt…..

In 1993, Jane and Shirley undertook a flower and bug survey of the churchyard in St Augustine’s, Upton Lovell. As we strive for our silver Eco Church award, we realised that it was time we did another survey to see how bugs and flowers are faring 28 years on. The national ‘Count on Nature’ gave…

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Christmas 2020

Well, the New Year has arrived and as we say goodbye to 2020, we reflect on our Christmas in the midst of a world-wide pandemic. It was clear that our Christmas celebrations for 2020 would be different, but that did not stop us celebrating the Good News of Christ’s birth, the Good News of our…

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Zoom Pet Service – 4th October 2020

4th October, the last day of the Season of Creation, the Feast Day of St Francis of Assisi, Animal Welfare Sunday, and for the Upper Wylye Valley Team it was our Zoom Pet Service. A wonderful service attended by many well-loved, and well-behaved animal companions. Being rural, with many farms in and around our benefice,…

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End of an Era for Sutton Veny WI

2020 is a mixed year for the Sutton Veny Women’s Institute as they both Commemorate their 100th anniversary and, sadly, this branch of the WI will disband in December. Like many organisations they have a declining membership and also very sadly in recent years have seen the passing of five of their most valued members.…

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St Mary’s Church has been busy even during the lockdown.

Just because our church has been closed that hasn’t stopped us from looking at how we maintain our church and make it accessible to everyone. We decided to enrol in the Eco Church (the A Rocha UK project) and signed in to the unique online Eco Survey.  This looks at how we are caring for…

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Animal Friendly Church

Codford St Mary is now recognised as an Animal Friendly Church for their many years and hard work in caring, supporting and promoting better animal welfare in the parish and beyond. As a church and community we are very excited at this news, but we are not alone in our joy and celebrations. Below is a…

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