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.
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Rev Michael McHugh email@example.com
Rev Jo Reid firstname.lastname@example.org
Jonny Buxton email@example.com
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.
CHURCH NEWS DECEMBER AND JANUARY 2020
The baptism of Harry Spanswick on the All Saints Day Service on 3rd November was another well filled Church. Thanks again for the flowers from our Flower Angels. Particularly so were for the poppies at the Remembrance Day Service.
Throughout the Church the beautiful Poppies had been arranged by Lizzie Shaw Hardy. It was an outstanding display. The Church was full to bursting and the weather fine so we all gathered outside by the two War Memorials for the Act of Remembrance.
This year Andrew Blake managed to relay the two minute silence direct from Whitehall, while we were brilliantly led by Sandy Railton. Many thanks to Sandy for such a successful Service. From the collection we have been able to give over £850 to the British Legion.
Advent begins on the 1st of December and the first Choir rehearsal is on the following day at 7pm. There is still plenty of time to join the choir, Carolyn Bartolomew would welcome any takers. Readers, Carols and Anthems are being chosen. The Church as usual will be lit by candles and a drink party of mulled wine and mince pies will be held afterwards.
As advised in last month's magazine the timings of our Christmas events are as follows: The Shalbourne Carol Service will be at 6.30pm on Sunday 15th December. Rehearsals at 7pm on 2nd, 9th and 12th December in the Church.
On Christmas Eve our Services will be the Crib Service at 3pm and Midnight Mass at 11.30pm. Christmas Day Family Holy Communion will be at 9.15am. Shalbourne School services are their Navitiy Play on 12th December at 5pm, and their Carol Service on the 20th December at 1.30pm.
The short Bells Service to welcome the New Year in will be held at noon on the 1st Janurary. The bell we needed to repair has been fixed and so all six bells will be in action.
I take this opportunity to thank all who help run and attend our Church and wish everybody a very Happy Christmas.
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