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 its activities in the monthly newsletter on this 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.
CHURCH NEWS JUNE 2020
ST MICHAELS IS STILL CLOSED
Every Sunday at 11am Colin Heber-Percy has held a Service on Zoom for Shalbourne, Ham and Burbage. Numbers of screens have increased close to 90 which indicates maybe over 150 are the congreation attending his weekly worship. Further, the very good news is that we have been informed by our Archdeacon Sue Groom that Colin will be staying on with us as our Vicar.
We are all so pleased he would like to continue, and we are looking forward to working with him again in normal circumstances. As Colin has said, his six months have been...unusual, when, half way through, he had to tell us to close our Churches and all of us went into lockdown.
Easter has come and gone and the door is still closed. But all the signs are restrictions covering our churches will soon be lifted. Our mowers have returned and the graveyard is looking particularly beautiful and well kept. Plans have been made with the new owners of The Mill for them to take down some old dead trees and alders to clear the SE corner.
Due to the COVID 19 restrictions all gatherings we had planned have had to be postponed such as our Annual meeting, however we do have our last year's reports completed. We look forward to getting on with a fund raising event and are commencing applying for faculties needed from the 5 year building inspection we have had completed.
Hopefully by next month we will have better news of opening up Churches and individual freedoms, meanwhile keep well, enjoy the weather and listen out for help you may be able to give to neighbours.
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