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 13th June. The Road to Damascus
Sunday 11th July Phillip and the Ethiopian Official
Sunday 8th August
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
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.
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
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.
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