Aldbourne

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

Community Contacts, Aldbourne in the Current Crisis

A small group of us are working to try and coordinate village responses to the current crisis and share information about what is available to support you. At present, the group includes:

  • Alison Edmonds, Parish Council M:07932 008116
  • Joanna Hobart, Community Contacts M:07774 577730 T: 540418
  • Deletta Heasman, Meals-on-Wheels/LINK M:07709 235361
  • Sue Rendell, Aldbourne Post Office T: 540255
  • Carey Wallin, Lunch Club M:07799 110801

How you can help St Michael’s Church Aldbourne

It costs over £1,000 a week to keep our church ticking over – even with the doors currently closed due to Covid-19. Over 90% of our income comes from donations. If you would like to support our church, you can do so:

1. Directly to our bank account, either as a one-off donation, or as a regular gift – please email  treasurer.smc.aldbourne@gmail or phone 01672 540788 for details

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 “Aldbourne Local Church Committee” and delivered for the attention of  Treasurer, St Michael’s Church Aldbourne, c/o The Church Office Back Lane, Ramsbury, Marlborough, Wilts SN8 2QH

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

Links

St Michael’s Church, Aldbourne – A Church Near You

The Methodist Church in Aldbourne – opens a link to the North Wiltshire Methodist Circuit website. Contact details are also on the the new version of the Aldbourne Net village website

The Aldbourne Net Village website – home page

St. Michael’s C of E (Aided) School, Aldbourne

Aldbourne Combined Churches Fete

“We are sorry to inform you that this year’s Aldbourne Churches Together Fete [in June] has been CANCELLED. We take this step with great reluctance, but given that the whole spirit of the fete is to bring people together, have concluded that it is simply not compatible with any sort of social distancing we are likely to see in the next few months. We would like to thank the whole village for the wonderful support you have given to the fete in the past and assure you that we will be aiming for an even bigger and better fete next year.” Aldbourne Combined Churches Fete Committee (25/5/20)

Friends of St Michael’s Church

The Friends of St Michaels Church are a village charity dedicated to ensuring the future of our heritage church building and churchyard for the benefit of the whole community. If you wish to find out more, or become a member, then please pick up a leaflet in the church or contact us at friendsofstmichaelschurch@gmail.com You can also download our information leaflet, with membership/subscription form, HERE. (7 meg PDF opens in new window.)

St Michael’s Churchyard Heritage Project

The St Michael’s Churchyard Heritage Project, carried out in 2017 and 2018, has sought to record, as far as possible, the inscriptions on each visible gravestone, building on key details captured in the Wiltshire Family History Society survey carried out in the early 1980s, and the information in St Michael’s Churchyard Burials file, located in the church.

Thanks to the efforts of project volunteers, we now have a comprehensive digital record of burial plot information dating back to the second half of the nineteenth century, including plots for which there are no headstones, as well as photos of each gravestone (from 1677), with full inscriptions, to the extent that these are legible. This digital record is available through the Aldbourne Community Heritage Group website, at http://aldbourneheritage.org.uk/village-history/aldbourne-monuments-digital-record A book is available for reference in the church that looks at, among other things, various aspects of the project, the history of the churchyard, interesting features of some of the stones and the people that they remember.