22nd October 2023



8am                       MORNING PRAYER in Church

10am                     HOLY COMMUNION in Church and on YouTube


Tuesday 24th October                      9.00am          Morning Prayer – Church

Thursday 26th October                     9.00am          Morning Prayer – Church

Saturday 28th October                     11.30am        Pumpkin Party – Church Hall



Bible Sunday


8am                        HOLY COMMUNION in Church

                                Preacher:             Revd Phill Harrison

                                Sidesperson:      Pat Lewis and Dee Vincent


10am                     HOLY COMMUNION  in Church and on YouTube

                                Preacher:            Revd Phill Harrison

                                Intercessor:        John Henderson

                                Reading:              Nehemiah 8. 1-4a, 5-12

                                Reader:                Lillian Wicks

                                Altar Servers:    Kathy Gregory and Petrina Kingsley

                                 Sidesperson:      Rose Humphries and Pat Herring

6pm                       ALL SOULS EVENSONG  in Church and on YouTube

                                Preacher:            Revd Chris Hunter

                                Intercessor:        Dr John Godfree                               

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 01793 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.

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

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…

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.

Open the Book

Teams of people from our church visit Wroughton Infants and East Wichel schools to tell dramatized Bible stories in assemblies. At the moment we visit each school about once every half term. The children love our visits, particularly when they can dress up and join in!

It would be good to have a few more people who could join our teams. There are no lines to learn, and you may not even have to dress up. If you’d like to know more, please speak to Barbara Abrey or Joan Orman.

Upper Churchyard Working Parties

Thank you to everyone who’s been helping with maintaining the upper churchyard ….. and of course also to our lovely community volunteers who do such a great job in the lower churchyard.  Over the winter we’re going to try and have a working party once a month for the upper churchyard – on the first Saturday of each month from 9am to approximately 11am.  So the next one will be on Saturday 4th November from 9am.  Followed by 2nd December, and 6th January. You don’t have to come regularly, and you don’t have to use a mower or strimmer – there are always other jobs to do…… and there’s usually tea & cake 😊  Dates will only be cancelled if the weather is blowing a gale or very heavy rain…..!

Run The World in 80 Days for ‘Doctors Without Borders’

As some of you know, my daughter Nicola is travelling slowly back from Kazakhstan to England overland…….she’s currently in Albania after travelling & exploring 9 countries along the way. As a response to the current humanitarian aid needs, she’s challenged herself to run 5kms every day for 80 days – wherever she is in the world – to fundraise for the charity ‘Doctors Without Borders’ (Medecins Sans Frontiers) – who provide medical aid wherever it’s required – often in challenging & dangerous situations. Many of you will of course have responded to emergency aid requests, but if you feel able to support her fundraising efforts you can donate at:  N Thomas is fundraising for Medecins Sans Frontieres / Doctors Without Borders (MSF) (justgiving.com)  Once back in the UK (mid December hopefully), I’m sure she’d be happy to come to church & chat with anyone who’s interested in her experiences!  Many thanks, Helena

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 Colin Ash.  We pray for all those who mourn the loss of a loved one.

Church Office

Just to let you know that I have changed my day off to Friday this week due to attending a funeral.  If you have anything for the notices please let me have them by 9am Thursday morning.  Many thanks Janet Burchell


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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