Ramsbury

Our churches are, sadly, still closed for public services/groups due to Covid-19 until further notice. Nevertheless, the Church will continue to serve and pray for our communities during this crisis.

Churches re-opened from the 15th June – for private prayer and reflection only

You will have seen information, in the press and elsewhere, that churches are now allowed to open for private prayer and reflection. This is wonderful news, and our churches (with the exception of Axford) are open (see below for days and times) – but please do note that this is for private prayer only – we’re not yet in a position to hold services or facilitate groups. We have made the buildings as safe as we possibly can – but please help us to keep things that way, both for you and for everyone else, remembering that many of those caring for our churches are themselves vulnerable! So, please:
• Observe social distancing;
• Use the hand sanitiser provided on entry and on exit;
• Touch as few surfaces as possible.
In some of the churches you’ll be asked to leave a “this seat has been used” label on the seat you’ve used, so that we can try to keep everyone separate.
Church opening times will be as follows:
• St Michael’s, Aldbourne Daily, ~9am – 5pm, except when the church is being cleaned.
• St Nicholas Baydon Daily, ~8.30am – 4.30pm.
• St Mary’s Chilton Foliat Wednesdays and Sundays, 11am – 3pm
• All Saints Froxfield Daily, ~ 10.30am – 2.30pm
• Holy Cross Ramsbury Daily, 2 – 3 pm.

We’re all also looking forward to the resumption of public worship, which will happen as soon as we can do this safely – hopefully, within a couple of weeks – (see the weekly News Sheets for progress reports); please do join the “phone-in” or recorded services in the meanwhile. We’re always here to support you; please contact one of the clergy or churchwardens (see the lists in church porches) if we can help in any way.

Going forward, we’re consulting on how we retrieve the good things that have been lost during lock-down, while still retaining the new skills and ways of communicating that we’ve learned over the past three months. The “Zoom” Parish Meeting on the 27 June has given useful food for thought – watch this space! If you wish to contribute to the discussion, email pcc@whittonteam.org.uk with your suggestions, or talk to a member of the clergy or your Local Church Council.

We keep our Services and For Families pages up to date with the latest information and links for ‘virtual’ services. 
Pastoral Care: We are here to support you during this difficult time.
Please email pcc@whittonteam.org.uk if you’d like to be added to our mailing list for resources.
More contact details, please get in touch if you need or can offer help:
The Revd Sue Rodd 01672 541571 revsuerodd@btinternet.com
The Revd Rhona Floate 01672 540523 rhonafloate@aol.com
Parish Administrator 01672 520963 teamoffice@whittonteam.org.uk
or email: helpline@whittonteam.org.uk
Please be aware of people who may be very lonely under lock-down, and keep in touch wherever you can! Please continue to pray for our search for a new Team Rector. We hope to interview after the end of lock-down.

News & Notices

Services for the Whitton Team of Churches

Links

Holy Cross, Ramsbury – A Church Near You

Ramsbury & Axford Village Website

Ramsbury Primary School

How you can help Holy Cross Church, Ramsbury

It costs well over £1,000 a week to keep our two churches (Ramsbury & Axford) ticking over – even with the doors currently closed due to COVID-19.
Over 80% of the income for our running costs comes from donations so if you would like to support our churches, you can do so by:
1.       Giving direct to our bank (sort code 40-52-40, Account name Ramsbury & Axford LCC, account number 00017797) either as a one-off donation or as a regular gift
2.       By on-line giving through our CAF (Charities Aid Foundation) page – click here for details (Please note that CAF payments are paid to us net of a small administration fee)
3.       By cheque made out to Ramsbury & Axford Local Church Committee and delivered to The Hon Treasurer, Ramsbury & Axford LCC, c/o The Church Office, Ramsbury Marlborough, Wiltshire SN8 2QH
4.       Contacting The Hon Treasurer by telephoning 01672 520659 or via the Church Office email: teamoffice@whittonteam.org.uk

All gifts, small and large, are very much appreciated.  Thank you.

Ramsbury Graveyard Memorial Details

The recording of the information of the nearly 1900 memorials in the village churchyard has been collected by Ronny Price over the last 40 years. This includes both the Old and New Churchyards and both burial and cremation memorials.
There is also now an alphabetical paper register produced by Jane Handford which is inside the church (in the Darrell chapel) for visitors to locate a memorial.
This information from Jane’s careful data entry is now also on the Ramsbury web page of findagrave.com. This is searchable by name or surname.
Included is the reference to a site number, the approximate position of which can be found from a summary map, which is also on the web page.