15th October 2023



8am                       HOLY COMMUNION in Church

10am                     HOLY COMMUNION in Church and on YouTube



Tuesday 17th October                      9.00am          Morning Prayer – Vicarage

Thursday 19th October                     9.00am          Morning Prayer – Vicarage


Trinity 20

8am                        MORNING PRAYER in Church

                                Preacher:             Mark Tubey

                                Sidesperson:      Jean Reens and Christine Wrixon

10am                     HOLY COMMUNION  in Church and on YouTube

                                Preacher:            Dr John Godfree

                                Intercessor:        Andrew Francis

                               Reading:              Isaiah 45. 1-7

                               Reader:                Veronica Garside

                               Altar Servers:    Andrew Kirk and Judith Alexander

                               Sidesperson:      Alan & Kathy Gregory

                               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

 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!!)

Replastering the church

Our carpenter, Yarick, has been quietly working away at re-assembling the cupboards and wainscotting in the tower and the servery cupboard in the North aisle. It hasn’t been straightforward, the walls are in a different position without the old plaster(!), some of the wood has warped, a few bits have gone missing and he’s needed to make a number of modifications to ensure free flow of air behind everything (to combat the damp). He’s doing an excellent job but unfortunately this will all to the cost. And then the plumbers came to remove the radiators and we ended up with a small fire in the boiler house: a pump failed and the electric circuit didn’t automatically cut out, so the pump caught fire. Something else to go on the list of repairs…

All Soul’s Evensong – Sunday 29th October at 6.00pm

All Souls Day is the day in the church year when we particularly remember, pray for, and commend to God all those who have died. At this service we will be remembering by name some of those who have died. If you would like the name of your loved one remembered in this way then please add their name to the back of church. If you prefer, you can also email us at: office@wroughton.com or telephone 07193 812050 (9am to 1pm Mon, Weds, Thurs and Fri). All are welcome to join us for this reflective and moving service, please consider inviting anyone your know who has been affected by bereavement, whether recently or in the past. Tea and coffee will be served after the service.

Join in the mission – Pumpkin Party – Saturday 28th October

On Saturday 28th October from 11.30am to 1.30pm we will be having a Pumpkin Party in the Church Hall. This is a family event for the village as an alternative to Halloween and the organisers need more people to make it work. There will be crafts, games and food. All the craft and games will be set up but we need people to oversee them and we need people in the kitchen to set out food make drinks and wash up.  No special skills are needed but a willingness to chat would be good.  There is a sign-up list in church and nearer the time we will be asking for volunteers to supply some of the food.  Barbara

Welcome Andy Bissex

We’re delighted to welcome Andy to our church community. Andy is currently training part-time for ordained ministry at Ripon College, Cuddesdon whilst continuing to work in his ‘day job’ at the Bible Society. Andy will be with us for at least a year and hopes to be ordained in the summer of 2025. During his time with us he will play a full role in the life of the parish, including the public ministries of preaching and leading worship.

Casual Exam Invigilators wanted at The Deanery CE School

£10.90 per hour. Candidates should be flexible and have good availability during school hours during key examination and mock periods which will be published well in advance. Training for this role will be provided to ensure that all invigilators are fully aware of the requirements of the role and compliance. Closing date for applications is Monday 30th October. For further details follow the link:


10am Morning Worship service in November

Next month our more contemporary Morning Worship service will move from the second to the third Sunday, to accommodate Remembrance Sunday on 12th November.

New Rector of Liddington and Wanborough, Bishopstone with Hinton Parva

Bishop Viv has announced that Revd Steve Paynter has been appointed as the new Rector. Steve’s special interests are mountain walking, cycling, sailing, bee keeping and virtually all things to do with the natural world. He has served as the Creation Care Lead in the Willesden Area of London for the past few years. Our own Revd Chris continues to support the parishes whilst we await Steve’s arrival.

Coming soon to Wells Cathedral: eight million stitches expressing God’s love!

‘Threads through Creation’ is an astonishing, uplifting bible-based textile art exhibition, on show from 17th October to 27th November at Wells Cathedral.

(Some of your parishioners may have seen it at Bath Abbey early in the year. Now it’s reaching Wells on its national tour of twenty cathedrals. Many people will be keen to see it again and bring friends.)

It consists of twelve beautiful silk panels re-imagining the story of creation from the bible. They’re huge – nearly 3m high and up to nearly 4m wide.  It appeals to people of all ages and backgrounds, and is very family friendly.

You’ve read Genesis in black and white: now see the story in glorious colour, dramatic and complex designs  – truly breathtaking. You’ve never seen anything like it.  It’s one of the largest textile art projects by a single artist, ever.   It took Christian artist Jacqui Parkinson three years – and eight million stitches!   A number of churches have used it as an opportunity for a highly enjoyable group visit. This can create a lovely focus for a group of churches, maybe in the same benefice or town, maybe different denominations as a Churches Together initiative. (We can also provide some study materials).  It can also – importantly – bring in people at the edges of the church. See www.wellscathedral.org.uk

Admission to the cathedral is by recommended donation:  full price £8; concessions (11-18, 65+, students) £7; under 10s free; family £20; reductions on groups  See more at www.creation-threads.co.uk

Mike Awre and Family – Thank you

Mike & family would like to say a big thank you for the numerous messages of condolence and sympathy which they have received since Bridget’s death on the 6th September.  They also thank you for supporting them at Bridget’s Service of Thanksgiving on 2nd October.  It was a very special day and one they will long remember.

Filling Station – Thank You

“A huge thank you from the Filling Station for your wonderfully generous harvest gifts. They are already making a huge difference to what we can provide to our clients on the street.  Thank you once again.”

Harvest gifts – it’s not too late!

If you didn’t have the opportunity to bring harvest gifts for the Filling Station to church last week (or even if you did) you can still make a big difference to some of the most deprived people in our town by making a cash donation: Cheques to “the Filling Station (Swindon)”, cash in an envelope clearly marked ‘Filling Station’ or bank transfer to: Sort code 40-52-40 Acct. No. 00011788. Gift aid forms are available on request.


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

October – Keeping Warm

  1. Make sure your hot water tank is insulated with a thick jacket. It will save you lots of money not to mention reducing your carbon emissions.
  2. Has your loft got loads of insulation? It’s one of the cheapest and easiest ways to save energy and will pay for itself in hardly any time.


We are still having problems with the floodlighting due to a electrical fault.  We are unable to take any floodlighting requests until this has been rectified. We will let you know when this has been sorted.


We commend to God’s care and keeping those who have, died recently.  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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