About the Church
St Michael & All Angels, Shalbourne, Wiltshire SN8 3QH
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 what’s going on across the area in the Ministry Team-sheet and more about the Parish in the monthly newsletter on the Services 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.
Team Rector 2
Rev Michael McHugh firstname.lastname@example.org
Rev Jo Reid email@example.com
Jonny Buxton firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
The advertisement for the new Team Vicar, who will be looking after Shalbourne together with Ham and Burbage, attracted only one applicant who was not selected by the Team. So we understand the advertisement will be run again in the Church Times. Meanwhile we continue as we are with an increasing number of Lay led services.
At our PCC Annual Meeting all members of our PCC, including our co-opted members were happy to serve again. On the new Electoral Role we now have 63 members. This represents a small deduction from previous years, however some new village names are included. Note, there is no special commitment to include oneself on the Church Electoral Role, simply to signify that Shalbourne Church is your Church. Application forms are always in the Church.
The Shalbourne Singers held their concert in a full Church on 19th May. Led by Carolyn Bartholomew, accompanied by Christopher Burrows the programme included Songs from The Shows and was dedicated to Jan Fortune. Graeme Broadbent was again guest Soloist, but this time no less than six members of the Choir had solos. All were from the village and fantastic. Donations were given to the UK Breast Cancer Charity and the Church. The party after hosted by William Bartholomew lasted well over an hour.
The late afternoon Bridge fundraiser was well attended and fun. About 30 generous players raised a similar amount for the Church as did the Fun Day held last year. Rozzie was amazing and produced delicious food and drink.
We are looking forward to our first Wedding this year when Craig Rowe and Anni Bishop marry on 25th May. Ascention Day service is at Wilton Windmill on 30th May. The Church are helping Erica Barker with the Prosperous Open Garden day on 8th June to raise funds for the Village Hall. The Fix and Repair Cafe will be open at 10am on Sat 22nd June in the Church. Please bring your bits and bobs for fixing and enjoy the company.
On Tuesday 18th June at 7pm in the evening Gerald Osborne is leading the annual Orchid Walk from Milton Lilbourne up to the Giants Grave. Contact for queries 01672 563459. One and a half hours walk.
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