19th March 2023


8am                     HOLY COMMUNION in Church

10am                   HOLY COMMUNION in Church and on YouTube

2pm to 4pm        WARM SPACE ON SUNDAYS  in the Church Hall



Tuesday 21st March                        9.00am          Morning Prayer in Church

Thursday 23rd March                      9.00am          Morning Prayer in Church

Friday 24th March                           12-12.45pm  Lent Lunches at St Joseph’s Church


SUNDAY 26th MARCH 2023


8am                     MORNING PRAYER in Church

Preacher:            Revd Barbara Abrey

Sidesperson:       David & Lynda Pell


10am                   HOLY COMMUNION in Church and on YouTube      

Preacher:            Revd Barbara Abrey

Intercessor:        Andrew Francis

Reading:              Nehemiah 12. 27, 43-47

Reader:               Veronica Garside

Sidespersons:     Colin & Jackie Ash


Small Groups

If you would like to join a small group, please contact the leaders of the groups below and find out where there is space. We would love to have everyone involved in a small group.

22 Kellsborough Avenue Mondays 10am-11.30


Lillian Wicks

Louise Bessent

12 Artis Avenue Tuesdays at 7.30pm Carolyn Kirk
Church Hall Alternate Tuesday evenings Nick Orman
The Vicarage Wednesday evenings during term time. Karen & Phill Harrison
Church Hall Saturday men’s breakfast Mike Mason


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/@WroughtonWichelstoweParChurch (or search for Wroughton and Wichelstowe Parish church) and press the ‘subscribe’ button.

‘Electoral Roll Revision 2023

Our annual church Electoral Roll revision runs from 27 Feb to 24 April 2023.  The roll is open to anyone over 16 years old, who is baptised and is either resident in the parish or who regularly attends our services. Being on the roll allows you to attend and vote at the Annual Meeting on 21st May and, if you are not resident in the parish it gives you certain rights otherwise only given to residents. If you regularly attend our services and are not already on the roll, we would like to encourage you to join the electoral roll. Application forms are available in church or from the Parish Office- tel 01793 812050 or email office@wroughton.com and completed forms should be returned to the Parish Office by 24 April.’


Lent Lunches

Soup ~ Bread ~ Cheese

Tea Or Coffee

Every Friday during Lent at St Joseph’s Parish Centre, Devizes Road, Wroughton

From Friday 24th February, 12noon to 12.45pm – Donations for Christian Aid/Cafod

Everyone Welcome

Easter Flowers

As usual we are asking for donations towards the Easter flowers that we have in the Church over the Easter period.  If you would like to give please place your donation in the box at the back of the Church.  Many thanks, Margaret Hurst

Litter Pick

We will be meeting on 15th April to collect litter from the edge of the village (including Brimble and Priors Hill). Please meet at the church Hall at 2 pm to join in. We will arrange another litter pick for the village centre in the near future .

Kelvin Dudley

The sight of Kelvin working in the churchyard will be familiar to anyone who finds themselves in the vicinity of the church during the week. Closure of the churchyard and the subsequent handover of maintenance responsibility to Swindon Borough Council means that sadly his services are no longer required and we have had to make his post redundant. For ten years he has kept on top of the ever-growing grass, emptied bins, tidied leaves, cut hedges and welcomed churchyard visitors. We are sad to see him go and wish him well for the future.

Exam Invigilators wanted

The Deanery CE school is approaching its fifth year, and therefore our first GCSE cohort of students, we are seeking a group of exceptional individuals to join our team on a casual basis as Exam Invigilators. This is a highly rewarding and valued role within our school and successful candidates will play a vital role in ensuring that exams run smoothly in compliance with set regulations. Closing date for applications: Monday 20th March 2023 @ 9am. See: https://www.eteach.com/job/exam-invigilators-1316651?utm_source=email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=etb2c059+system+generated+email+ETJB07

Easter Rocks

Our Easter family activity will be on Monday 3rd April  beginning  at 11.30 am. Many of you have already signed up to provide food,  we would also like as many people as possible to come along and help by looking after an activity or game and chatting to parents and children.  We will also need people to help with serving food and clearing up afterwards. We hope to share food at about 12.30 pm. If you are able to come please sign up on the sheet in church.  More information speak to Barbara.


Wroughton and Wichelstowe

Parish Church


Monday 3rd April, 11.30 am

Church Hall, Priors Hill, Wroughton

craft, games, story


Bring the family, we cannot look after unaccompanied children.

Parish Office 01793 812050



Nehemiah Chapter 8: 1-12 – questions for small groups and reflection

1.       Attempt to read aloud all of the Hebrew names in Nehemiah 8. When we stumble over the tricky pronunciations we are reminded that the bible was written by people living in a very different time and culture from our own. Apart from the names, what else might be different about the culture of Nehemiah’s world? What might be similar?

2.       The book (scroll) of the law was read and explained to both men and women and ‘all those who could understand’ i.e. everyone except the youngest children. Is this model of families learning together helpful in our 21st century context?

3.       When the people learn how far short they have fallen of God’s will for them they break down and cry. You might expect Ezra to be pleased at this reaction; why are the people instructed to celebrate instead?

4.       In Nehemiah 8, hearing and understanding the scriptures is the catalyst for spiritual renewal. To what extent do current presentations of the Christian faith promote understanding? (to Christians and non-Christians; in church, in books, in the media).




Brighter Futures Blanket  

This is our first blanket of 2023 which I delivered to GWH last week.

Thanks to all our knitters and also to Jean Ford who sewed it up.

It will go to the End of Life Unit to brighten the patients room.

The family are then able to take it home.

FAIRTRADE and Climate Justice

Did you know that coffee, bananas and chocolate could soon be more difficult to buy? Climate change is making crops like these harder and harder to grow. More people making a small switch to Fairtrade products will help support producers in protecting the future of some of our most-loved food and the planet.   And will provide extra income, power and support for vulnerable communities. Our church only uses fairtrade products, where we can.  Join us!  This short video tells you more…. https://youtu.be/0xQP6tVlcxg

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

March – Going shopping

  1. When you need to buy a large item research it carefully. Think about how long it could last, how much it costs to run, what it is made of, where it is made, can it be recycled at the end of its life. Better quality items often last longer and so cost you less over time.
  2. Tempted to buy in impulse when you are shopping? Get in the habit of coming back the next day or week when you have thought through if you really need to buy it. 


The Church will be floodlit on Saturday 25th March by Debbie Herring in memory of Dave Herring on his birthday. 


We commend to God’s care and keeping those who have, died recently, John Tennant and Peter Rice.  We pray for all those who mourn the loss of a loved one.

The Church Office

Just to let you know that my day off next week is Monday 20th March.  Janet                     

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

01793 812050  office@wroughton.com

Revd Phill Harrison – Vicar 01793 812301 vicar@wroughton.com

Revd Chris HunterCurate 01793 814987 curate@wroughton.com

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The Road to the Cross

The Salvation Army, Chapel Street,

Gorse Hill, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN2 8DA

Saturday 25th March 2023 at 6.00pm

Join us on a journey following Jesus and his disciples from Palm Sunday to Pentecost. This production clearly portrays the Gospel message of
God’s love to humanity.

Professional and self-contained, it features a visually striking set, costumes, sound and lighting. Suitable for ages 14+

Tickets can be purchased at the Salvation Army, Chapel Street, Gorse Hill, Swindon, SN2 8DA at a cost of £12 in advance and £14 on the night.

Tickets can also be purchased online at: 


Please note: There is a small booking fee per ticket when buying online. We encourage you to purchase your tickets in advance as the price rises to £14 on the day.