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Corona Virus-Covid-19 :- We are following government and Church of England advice carefully -                                                           All Services will be online           The Church  Building is now CLOSED 

Go to Facebook and search Stratton Team Ministry for details of  on-line services in the week and on Sundays

 SERVICES inside our buildings did restart in December with all precautions in place - singing only by the music group-alternate pews, social distancing etc. and we hope it will be safe to start again soon

Family service Online -contact Liz Hillman(1793762935) for details       on zoom 11am Sunday 14th March- Mothering Sunday

- Please keep 2metres from anyone who is not part of your household or 'bubble'

Mothering Sunday March 14th -Please collect a posy of spring flowers from the church porch to give to any mums in your household

A series of Zoom meetings for Lent starts at 7.00pm on Ash Wednesday evening - to join just register with the church office email- stmargaretsoffice2@btconnect.com  or phone the office (01793 826505)  to leave a message and you will be sent details. NO Services in our church buildings this year

The PCC APCM is planned for 25th April after the 9.30 Morning Worship in church if it is safe to use the building by then

                                    

WILTSHIRE HISTORIC CHURCHES TRUST  RIDE+STRIDE 12 TH SEPTEMBER 2020- Thank you to everyone who sponsored our four cyclists £ 670 was raised o help our buildings and half of that comes back to St Leonard.

FAMILIES and CHILDREN might like to contact Liz Hillman for details of online action

PRIVATE PRAYER:- The church building can be open for individual prayer by arrangement with Liz and Roger Hillman (01793 762935) who will sort out a time with you when you can be quiet and safe there..

    WE WANT TO HELP ALL so if you need practical or spiritual help or need a minister PLEASE CONTACT Rev. Elveen Mead 07446163688  rev.elveen@gmail.com (day off Friday) or ONE OF THE CHURCHWARDENS.-Liz  Bannister-01793763657 or Liz Hillman 01792762935.

To let you know that our  Vicar is Rev. Elveen Mead she is the  Priest in charge of the Stratton Team Ministry-of which we are part-She was licensed on 31st July and is in action now. She is very welcome.     We are pleased that Rev. Mark Tidey-our part-time curate  continues to be with us

Permission to replace the church lighting ( installed in 1949) .This proposal has now approved and a  legal licence f rom the Chancellor obtained Hopefully this will be done soon done. Delay due to coronavirus and the need to consult various other bodies and obtain Listed building permission from Swindon borough

St Leonard's church
St Leonard's Church
Stanton Fitzwarren
Swindon
Wiltshire

REGULAR EVENTS--ALL on-line DUE TO CORONAVIRUS

Church Open for individual quiet time by arrangement with Liz and Roger Hillman  at a time to suit you.                  . Regular Wednesday opening NOW SUSPENDED9.0am -3.0pm GMT(10-4 BST) during school terms.

Family Service:-Starts at 11 am with squash coffee cakes and biscuits -involves children in stories and craft-finishes by 12.      Usually on the 2nd Sunday of each month      Now on Zoom or in the open air!

Why not give it a try?  If you want to join in the on-line contact Liz Hillman for details (01793 762935)

Sunday 10th January 2021 The wise men visit Jesus 11.0am on Zoom

Sunday 14th February---St Valentine-11.0am on Zoom

Sunday 14th March-- Mothering Sunday

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COFFEE MORNING at Old Station House Mill Lane ALL CANCELLED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS

Next meeting - Wednesday sometime maybe!

Do come anytime after 10 am for coffee 

PCC- Next meetings . meeting on Zoom  DUE TO CORONAVIRUS                                                                                           The APCM was held on 25th November the existing members  were re-elected to serve on the Parochial Church Council and will work to maintain and prosper the work of the Church  of England in this Parish.

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

Wiltshire Historic Churches --'Ride and stride' 12th September; raised £670 shared between the Trust and our village church

Contact Liz Hillman (01793 762935) for details  

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REGULAR HAPPENINGS CANCELLED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS

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 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 program 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

The concert in the church . Our talented singers and musicians entertained with seasonal music and £400 was raised with ticket sales and donations from that and the Advent service the following evening. This money was used by Crisis at Christmas (Swindon) to provide food and shelter to people sleeping rough locally. Thank you Robert and  Angela for organising this fantastic evening

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.

Remembrance Sunday-11th November-an act of remembrance at the War Memorial in the churchyard at 11am 

Fellowship Tea- not held this year

Families enjoyed the evening torch lit Carol Service 2019 at 7.00pm in the barn at Stanton park  led by Rev.Mark  and the Salvation army band.

Christmas Eve 2019 -60 people from age 2-80 enjoyed Crib Service in the afternoon -The children really sang out! followed by the evening Carols by Candlelight--A traditional service with well known carols for everyone to sing and readings telling the Christmas story was attended by over 140 people who crammed into the small building of St Leonard .Money collected at these services and the Family Christingle, will go 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

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.. This has been impossible due to Covid19 precautions.

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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.

 Most years 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

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