6th February 2022

The 4th Sunday before Lent

8am                     HOLY COMMUNION (traditional language).

10am                   HOLY COMMUNION in Church and on YouTube.

4pm                     CHURCH AT 4 MEETING IN THE CHURCH HALL All ages welcome.

6pm                     EVENSONG in Church

MONDAY 7th FEBRUARY               11.00am  Funeral for the late Pauline Martin – NW Crematorium

TUESDAY 8th FEBRUARY               9.00am   Morning Prayer in Church

THURSDAY 10th FEBRUARY           9.00am   Morning Prayer in Church

                                                          10.30am Funeral in Church for the late June Marriner


The 3rd Sunday before Lent

8am                     HOLY COMMUNION in Church

                             Preacher:            Revd Chris Hunter

                             Sidesperson:       Jean Reens and Christine Wrixon

10am                   MORNING WORSHIP in Church and on YouTube.

                             Preacher:            Revd Chris Hunter

                             Intercessions:     Peter Ferguson

                            Reading:              Jeremiah 17. 5-10

              Reader:               Tiffany Weighell

                             Sidespersons:     Colin & Jackie Ash

Live streaming the 10am service

The 10am service will be live streamed on You Tube. Please visit our YouTube Channel on https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCc6wnuTqXBYTixq-NpQgeLQ (or search for Wroughton and Wichelstowe Parish church) and press the ‘subscribe’ button. 


The government recently took the decision to relax some of the legal Covid restrictions. However, levels of Covid remain high and some people continue to be vulnerable. Different people will have different attitudes to risk. Love and generosity are key principles in the way that we live together and meet as one body in Christ. To help everyone to feel comfortable and safe in church we are continuing to ask people to take these precautions:

  • Please wear a mask unless medically exempt, particularly while singing. You may remove your mask to eat or drink, but please replace it afterwards.
  • Please be aware of social distancing and respect the wishes of those who might need a bit more space than you do. If you want to be socially distanced then please avoid the pews in the rear of the nave.
  • The church building is being regularly cleaned and ventilated.
  • Please use the hand sanitiser provided.

The Children’s Society Box Opening

If you are a Children’s Society boxholder and you would like to have your box emptied, please could you let me have your box by 20th February if at all possible. I am in church most Sundays at the 10am service or you can contact me, Carolyn Kirk on 07596 001716 to arrange a time for me to collect it.  Thankyou

Safeguarding – Looking after each other

Safeguarding is about creating and maintaining a safe and secure environment within which children, young people and vulnerable adults can be nurtured and cared for. The Vicar and the Parish Safeguarding Officer (Mark Tubey) both have key roles to play, but this isn’t their responsibility alone. It is the responsibility of all members of our church to have an awareness of some basic good practice, of the types of abuse that can occur and what to do when you have a concern, either for yourself or someone else. Attached with this notice-sheet is a brief safeguarding summary, which will help you to be informed about this important topic. Please do take the time to read it.  Thank you. Revd Phill.

Breakfast social

We will be meeting to share breakfast and have some social time on Saturday 19th February at 9.30, at Hall & Woodhouse in Wichelstowe. This is a time simply to get together for conversation and laughter, so if you would like to join us, we would love to see you.  If you would like to come but do not have transport, please talk to me and we will arrange lifts.  Rev. Chris

Swindon deanery and deanery synod

A deanery is a geographical area within a diocese and is made up of the parishes in that location. In the Diocese of Bristol there are a total of seven deaneries, each led by an Area Dean. The Area Dean supports the other clergy within the deanery as well as representing the Archdeacon and supporting parishes were there are clergy vacancies. Our Swindon Area Dean is Revd Sally Robertson and Revd Phill is the Assistant Area Dean. Each deanery has a deanery synod, which is made up of lay and clergy representatives from each of the various parishes. The deanery synod acts as a forum for parishes to exchange views on problems affecting the deanery and the wider world. For example, in 2020 Swindon deanery synod passed a motion that called on all churches and church schools in the Diocese of Bristol to pay The Real Living Wage (which is higher than the government minimum wage); this was subsequently adopted by the diocesan synod and became diocesan policy. Everyone is welcome to attend deanery synod meetings (although only elected members are able to vote). Our deanery synod members are Nick and Joan Orman and Tracy Mason; please do speak to them if you think that there are issues that the Church of England needs to discuss.

The church notice board…

People often stop to glance at our church notice board as they walk past and it is… a bit dull. It doesn’t say very much about who we are or what we’re interested in and it certainly doesn’t suggest that there is any life within (or outside) the walls. It would be really good if could be better used. The key is now hanging up on a hook near the window in the church porch. Please feel free to display posters advertising community events, church activities, mission partner updates, flower arranging classes etc. etc. it would be better to have to tidy it up occasionally than to leave it empty!

Do you know someone who is thinking about getting married?

Anyone who has lived in Wroughton and Wichelstowe for at least six months at some point in their lives is entitled to get married in the parish church, whether they worship with us or not. We’d love to welcome more couples into our building and to help them to begin their married lives together in a way that puts God at the very heart of the promises they make. Spread the word.

Coffee Team

The coffee team urgently need some help on Sundays please. We are becoming a little depleted as a team and the more volunteers we have the fewer turns we have to do on the rota. Don’t worry if you don’t have a dishwasher/ car we all help each other. All you need to do is provide the milk occasionally. Please talk to a member of the coffee team if you think you can help. Thank you, Sally Parker

Knitting for Charity 

Unfortunately Mission to Seafarers is still unable to take any more knitted hats, scarves, gloves etc. If you are still keeping some at home can I suggest that you take them to your local charity shop.

A local project  you can support is to be a Brighter Futures Blanketeer. They ask for knitted or crocheted blankets 120 x 150 cm (4 ft x5xft) which will be offered to patients in the last few days of their lives to make their room seem more homely. Completed blankets should not have glittery wool and should be washed gently when complete.

If a whole blanket seems like too big a task please make 15cm (6inch) squares and bring them into church. There is a box near the piano to put them in.  (Thanks to those who have already done so). Myself and a friend will complete the blankets and get them to the hospital. If possible a crocheted butterfly should be added to each completed blanket. For further details go to brighterfuturesgwh.nhs.uk.  Thank you Janet Henderson 01793 525856

This is a photo of the first blanket for GWH made from donated wool. Several people have recently donated a  total of 142 squares. Thank you all very much. The next job is to decide how to arrange the squares and join them up. Please keep knitting and if you don’t t knit but would like to take part balls of DK wool

( not glittery) can be left in the box by the choir vestry at church.

Swindon Youth For Christ

For the past 70 years, Swindon Youth for Christ has been working to take the good news about Jesus Christ to the young people of Swindon. The methods have changed over the decades from large evangelistic rallies to work with individuals in schools or on the streets.

The Covid pandemic has brought most of the current work to a halt. The pause has provided an opportunity to review the best way to work in the future.

It has been decided that rather than SYFC working independently, but being supported by the local churches, instead the churches should lead on the work, whilst being aided and resourced by SYFC.

Locally, there are two projects taking place in Wichelstowe. One is a weekly football session for 16 and 17 year olds, and the other is part of the enrichment activities held after school at the Deanery Academy.

Please pray:-

  • For wisdom and discernment as opportunities are researched, and new ways of working put in place.
  • That the teams working with young people will be enabled to share God’s love with them.
  • That churches will be open to working together and with SYFC to reach young people.

Eco Top Tips – practical ways to take better care of God’s creation

February – Be informed

Are you responsible for more or less than the average UK carbon footprint of 12 tonnes CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalent)? Challenge yourself to reduce by 1 tonne this year. Climate Stewards have an easy to use carbon calculator www.climatestewards.org

Find out how to reduce your carbon footprint: listen to the New Year’s Solutions 15 minute guides on Radio 4’s. Go to BBC Sounds and search New Year’s Solutions 

Photos for the notices

Don’t forget ou are still able to send me photos of any interesting pictures you take on your travels to put in the notices.  Janet 


The Church will be floodlit on Friday 11th February by Mrs Lopes in memory of her husband,

William Arthur Lopes.


We commend to God’s care and keeping those who have, died recently Sandy Wharton, June Marriner and Pauline Martin.  We pray for all those who mourn the loss of a loved one.


The Parish Office, Priors Hill, Wroughton, SN4 0RT Open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 9am to 1.30pm

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Safeguarding and Training: Looking after each other.

It is the responsibility of all members of the parish of Wroughton and Wichelstowe to give paramount importance to the nurture and care of children, young people and vulnerable adults in a safe and secure environment. It is about preventing harm to children and adults wherever possible.

Photographs and videos: It is the policy of the parish of Wroughton and Wichelstowe that no one should take photographs of children or young people without the written consent of that child’s parent or carer and the consent of that child where they are old enough to give consent.

All photos and videos taken for the parish of Wroughton and Wichelstowe should be stored securely on devices belonging to PCC. No photo or video should be left stored on personal photography or videography equipment.


Parish Safeguarding Officer (PSO) ·     Respond to all safeguarding allegations and concerns according to policy and guidance

·     Monitor and report to PCC regarding adherence to policy and practice

·     Arrange safeguarding training and maintain records

·     Process DBS disclosures for the church and maintain records


Incumbent (Vicar) ·     Act as a point of contact should there be any safeguarding allegation or concern regarding a PSO
Church Wardens ·     Take part in the allegations management procedure when required

·     Take part in an ‘agreement’ as per ‘ministering to those that may present a risk’


Activity Leaders ·     Follow the Safeguarding policy and associated good practice guidance

·     Ensure that activities are run according to good practice guidance

·     Report any safeguarding concerns as per policy

·     Ensure all volunteers are safely recruited

·     Ensure all volunteers have in date training and DBS check as required

·     Ensure all new volunteers receive agreed induction

·     Supervise agreed volunteers


Staff and Volunteers ·     Follow the safeguarding policy and associated good practice guidance

·     Report any safeguarding concern as per policy

Church members ·     Be aware of the safeguarding and associated policies

·     Report any concerns as per policy


What to do if you are concerned that abuse or neglect may be happening

You may see or hear something of concern or someone may tell you something of concern (a disclosure).  If a child, young person or adult tells you that they have experienced abuse, are experiencing abuse or are concerned that they may be at risk:

Do Don’t
Listen. Try to move to a quiet space if possible Don’t Tell them to speak to someone else
Let the person talk at their own pace and say what they want to say. If you need to clarify points ask open questions like:

Tell me.. what happened,

Explain … about the incident

Describe …where it was/what happened

Don’t Investigate.

Ask leading questions e.g. why did they do that, was it ‘name’, did it hurt you?

Take it seriously Don’t Try not to react as though unbelieving or shocked
Reassure. Confirm they are doing the right thing by telling you. Don’t Tell them not to tell stories
Tell them you need to share the concern with the right people e.g. Parish Safeguarding Officer, police, social care Don’t Promise to keep a secret or tell people who don’t need to know.
Record what was said and the facts as accurately as possible as soon as possible Don’t Try to just remember it
Contact authorities/Parish Safeguarding Officer (Mark Tubey). Don’t Contact the person the allegation is about


Types of abuse & brief definition.

Physical: Non-accidental harm to the body. Unlawful or inappropriate use of restraint/ physical intervention.

Sexual: Direct or indirect involvement without capacity /or consent. Pressure into consenting.

Emotional: Wilful infliction of mental suffering, abuse of trust or power.

Neglect:  Failure to provide amount and type of care / treatment responsibility to provide.

Financial: Unauthorised taking, deprivation or misuse of money and assets without informed consent.

Discriminatory: Where values, beliefs or culture result in misuse of power denying opportunity.

Slavery: Forcing another into a life of abuse. Servitude and unacceptable treatment.

Self-Neglect: A wide range of behaviour neglecting and harming self.

Domestic Abuse: Incident(s) of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour by a close relative or partner.

Spiritual Abuse: Misuse of religious doctrine to control and coerce another detrimentally.