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St Leonard's church
St Leonard's Church

Stanton Fitzwarren
Swindon
Wiltshire

REGULAR EVENTS

Church Open  Not routinely during school holidays- but contact us if you would like to isit

Family Service:-Starts at 11 am with squash coffee cakes and biscuits -involves children in stories and craft-finishes by 12

Why not give it a try?

Sunday   11th August- Make pretzels and take a look at the prayer Jesus taught his friends

Sunday    8th September-Do not worry                                                                                                                                             Sunday    13th October- Family Harvest-the story of Ruth-- You are invited to bring gifts of food for the Swindon food collective (previously foodbank)

Two new people were elected to serve on the Parochial Church Council and we look forward to working with them to maintain and prosper the work of the Church of England in this Parish.

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COFFEE MORNING at Old Station House Mill Lane

Next meeting - Wednesday 18th September-Marion Morse will be talking about 'Trying to make a difference

Do come anytime after 10 am for coffee  

PCC- Next meetings on 3rd September 2019 2.00pm in the Village Hall                                                                                                   Two new people were elected to serve on the Parochial Church Council and we look forward to working with them to maintain and prosper the work of the Church  of England in this Parish.

 Do talk about any ideas or questions you have to  Vicky the vicar, Liz Bannister or Liz Hillman, the churchwardens, or to your representatives. Chris,  Dave, Eric, Michael, Michael or Roger.

Wiltshire Historic Churches --'Ride and stride' 14th September; Enjoy a day out visiting other churches and raise money for the Trust and our village church

Contact Liz Hillman (01793 762935) for details  

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REGULAR HAPPENINGS

Swindon Food Collection :- Non -perishable food is collected every week in church and taken to a collecting point if you would like to contribute just put any items in the plastic box just inside the church door on any Wednesday when the building is open.

The church building will be open on Wednesdays from 9am-3.0pm during winter(GMT) and 10am-4pm in summer time throughout school terms for anyone to visit out of interest or for quiet reflection or private prayer.

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Church tower  .

The repairs to the roof and parapet are finished. The scaffolding is down. The tower is safe and waterproof . Urgent but less essential associated masonry repairs which were part of the Tower project are now complete.

Our building has now been taken of the English Heritage list of endangered buildings. . There is always more work that needs to be done but these repairs are now completed. there is a regular progam of maintenance

None of this could have been done without the help of villagers who made generous donations and organised and supported fund raising which enabled the PCC to obtain grants from English Heritage; The Thomas Freke and Lady Norton Charity; The Parish Council and Wiltshire Historic Churches Trust

Events and special services 

Highlights of the past year


Remembrance Sunday-13th November-an act of remembrance at the War Memorial in the churchyard at 11am was followed by a reflective service in church- 

Fellowship Tea-Saturday 5th March-Many people joined us for afternoon tea in the village hall and heard what's been happening over the last year and plans for the future.

Families enjoyed the evening torch lit Carol Service at 7.00pm in the barn at Stanton park  led by Rev.Mark  and the Salvation army band.

Christmas Eve - Carols by Candlelight--A traditional service with well known carols for everyone to sing and readings telling the Christmas story was attended by over 100 people who crammed into the small building of St Leonard and gave a generous total of over £700(which will be worth more when the gift aid is added) to the Children's society

HARVEST FESTIVAL      on 9th October many people gave a total of 79Kilos of tins and non perishable food to go to the Swindon Foodbank---- the money collection went to the 'farmers in distress' charity

Musical evening at St Leonard Sat 20th September  raised £361.29 for the tower fund. Thank you Robert and Angela for organising this fantastic evening and our best wishes go to the young singers who joined with them to entertain us

The Wiltshire Historic Churches Trust  'Ride and stride' A sponsored Bike ride  raised about £400. Several people rode this year and enjoyed the day. Money be shared between the Trust and our Parish Church. 

Rogation Sunday- when we thanked God for farmers and everyone involved in producing our food was celebrated

Weddings

  It has been good to welcome so many couples who have joined us regularly in the months before their ceremony..

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We pray for a fulfilling married life for all.

The Turret Clock in the tower- has been repaired and can now tell the correct time-.

Clean -up day.

 People came in old clothes bringing cloths, dusters,spades and shears (old tooth brushes are good for rubbing oil into the wood), worked for an hour or two and stayed on for a BBQ .

Talk to Roger any time you are prepared to volunteer there is always something to do

The life of St Leonard was celebrated in November. He dedicated his life to helping others and was allowed to give comfort and practical help to prisoners who were often treated very badly in Mediaeval Europe.

















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