24th September 2023



8am                       MORNING PRAYER in Church 

10am                     HOLY COMMUNION in Church and on YouTube

                                CREATION – ‘NEED NOT GREED’


Tuesday 26th September                 9.00am          Morning Prayer in Church

7.30pm         Pray and Bless Wroughton and Wichelstowe – Church Hall

Wednesday 27th September           12noon         Funeral Service for Margaret Fisher

Thursday 28th September             9.00am          Morning Prayer in Church



8am                        HOLY COMMUNION in Church

                                Preacher:             Revd Barbara Abrey

                                Sidesperson:      Pat Lewis and Dee Vincent


*** Harvest Breakfast in church ***

between the two morning services.

 Do stop late or come early to share croissants, toast, fresh fruit etc.

10am                     HOLY COMMUNION  in Church and on YouTube

                                Preacher:            Revd Barbara Abrey

                                Intercessor:        Janet Henderson

                                Reading:              Deuteronomy 8. 7-18

                                Reader:                Lorna Robinson

                                Altar servers:     Petrina Kingsley and Jean Ford

                                Sidesperson:      Sally Parker and June Bradley


6pm                       EVENSONG in Church

                                Preacher:            Revd Phill Harrison

                                Intercessor:        Dr John Godfree

                                Reading:              Deuteronomy 28. 1-14

                                Reader:                Keith Bassett

                                Sidesperson:      Tony & Julia Edmonds

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.

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


Dates to remember

Here are a few dates for your diary, things you may be

able to help with too.

Harvest Festival

on 1st October will include a Harvest Breakfast in church

between the two morning services.

Do stop late or come early to share croissants, toast, fresh fruit etc.

Pumpkin Party

Halloween alternative in Church Hall from 11.30 and including lunch on Saturday 28th October.

Christmas Activity

Craft, fun and games in the Church Hall from 11.30 and including lunch on Saturday 25th November.

More details of how to help to follow.  Barbara



Harvest gifts

Our harvest celebration will take place on Sunday 1st October. As in previous years, we will be collecting items for The Filling Station, a charity with which we have long-standing connection. The Filling Station serve some of the most needy people in Swindon and for that reason they have a very specific list of things that they need, which you can find on the back page.

Tear Fund Quiz

The TEAR Fund Quiz  is running again this year on Saturday October 7th. Doors open at 6.45pm and hot food will be served from 7.  Teams of 6-8 people may be entered by giving names to the Church Office or email office@wroughton.com from where tickets priced £10 may be obtained.   All proceeds towards TEAR Fund. 

Welcome service for the new Bishop of Swindon

Bishop Viv is delighted to announce that this will take place on Advent Sunday, 3 December 2023 at 6.30pm in Christ Church Swindon. All are warmly invited to attend to welcome Neil as he begins his new ministry as our suffragan bishop. Bishop Neil will then visit many parishes over the course of 2024.

Replastering the church

The failing gypsum plaster on the lower half of the walls at the western end of the church was removed during lockdown in July 2020. A significant (and very expensive!) amount of work was then done on the outside of the walls replacing cement based mortar with lime mortar, which allows the wall to breathe. After waiting for the walls to dry out, and a couple of false starts with architects and builders, we are now ready to put lime plaster back on the inside. This work will take a number of months, as each layer of plaster needs drying time before the next can be applied. There will be some mess and disruption, but we’re hopeful that this work will be finished before Christmas. Replastering will cost circa £34K and will use up all of the remaining money in our church building fund. Any further work (e.g. replacing the South aisle roof, interior decoration, accessibility improvements) will require fund raising.

Pastoral Care

September is always a good time for new beginnings and assessing what we are currently doing. As a church, one of our priorities is ensuring that every member of our community feels appreciated and valued. In the gospels, Jesus always takes the time to recognise each individual, their needs and their situations, never skimming over people or overlooking them. We want to be the same.

Part of this is provided through small groups: We would love everyone to be part of a small group, where they can explore issues of faith more deeply than is possible on a Sunday morning and can engage in regular bible study alongside other Christians. We also have a pastoral visiting team, whose primary aim is to make sure people who are not able to attend worship regularly are visited and still feel included as part of the community.

If you would value being visited, or you know someone who would, please let me know. Also, if you don’t know about the pastoral visiting team or would like more information, or if you think we can improve how we think about pastoral care, I’d love to talk to you. I am always happy to have a chat about this area of our ministry, either after a Sunday service or over coffee during the week.


On Saturday 23rd September from 12 noon there will be an anniversary event at Willow-Brook Gardens, focussing on growing and eating seasonal food. Our church’s Eco group will be taking displays about our new gardens at the church hall, and others of our members will be helping with children’s activities. Do come along and support us.  If you have any unwanted gardening book or magazines, suitable for beginners, that we could give away, please see Joan Orman.

Autumn  Ramble

Come and join our Eco Church group on an autumn walk on Saturday 14th October at 2pm, meeting at the Church Hall, Priors Hill. The walk will be no longer than 3 miles, with tea & cake after.  This is a lovely opportunity to take in the autumnal beauty of our local surroundings, in good company and with time to chat.

(The leader has assured us that the route will have been planned and walked beforehand – and that there will be no nettles!!) 

Mission to Seafarers knitting 

I have had a message from Mission to Seafarers asking for more knitted hats as the weather gets colder. There is lots of spare wool and some patterns in the box by the choir vestry if you would like to get knitting. Many thanks Janet Henderson 525856

Summer steps challenge for Dementia UK

A huge thank you to those of you who supported me in this challenge. I personally raised £540 and the challenge as a whole raised an amazing £236,587.37 for Dementia UK.  Janet Henderson. 

Book & Jigsaw Swap

As part of Creationtide we’re encouraging ‘Recycle & Re-Use’ with a book and jigsaw swap.  Please bring any unwanted books or jigsaws and place them in the plastic containers near the bookcase in the Baptistry.  There will be a table set up to browse the donations on the next few Sundays (for all services).  Please take any that appeal.  All leftover books and jigsaws will be donated to a local charity or sent to the ‘Books for Africa’ charity.  Enjoy!  Eco-Church Group

Bookcase in Church

The bookcase in Church is now overflowing as Christian reading books have been transferred there from Legge House.  In 2012 The Diocese had been intending to use Legge as a local resource base for ministers, ordinands and lay although it never formally happened due to a change of leadership in The Diocesan Board of Education. Please feel free to take home and borrow.  Mark

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

September – Lighting your home

  1. Turn your lights off when you’re not using them. If you switch a light off for just a few seconds, you will save more energy than it takes for the light to start up again, regardless of the type of light. energysavingtrust.org.uk/home-energy-efficiency/energy-saving-quick-wins
  2. If you have lights in your garden use solar powered lights that charge during the day and don’t require electricity.

Funeral of Bridget Awre

Bridget’s funeral will take place on Monday 2nd October in Church at 11am and afterwards at the Fox and Hounds. If you’re attending the funeral then please feel free to wear bright colours! Please continue to hold Mike and the family in your prayers.


We commend to God’s care and keeping those who have, died recently Margaret Fisher, Bridget Awre and Anna Codrington.  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

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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feeding the hungry on the streets

Registered Charity No 1072429



Please put yourself in the position of a person sleeping on the streets, or living in a bedsit with limited, if any, cooking facilities. Consider whether it can be eaten from the can, heated simply, and opened easily (ring pull)

Peaches or Fruit

Baked Beans with sausage

Rice Pudding

Tuna Chunks

Corned Beef


Baked Beans / Spaghetti / Ravioli 

(NOT, tinned tomato or any other vegetable, or tinned pies.

Please think ”Can I eat it now!)  


The life style of most of the clients is such that they need everything, every week. Surprisingly, soap is one thing we don’t need, as there is limited access to water to use it, and the toilets they use supply it anyway! Again we have listed some suggestions. Small and many is better than big, as they will get lost quickly!


Roll-on Deodorant


Shaving Cream

Loo Rolls

Household Candles