Aldbourne

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

We have updated our Services and For Families pages with information and links for ‘virtual’ services during Holy Week; plus resources for ways to celebrate Easter. Email pcc@whittonteam.org.uk if you’d like to be added to our mailing list for resources, or if you need (or can offer) help.
We are here to support you during this difficult time.
Please contact us:
The Revd Sue Rodd 01672 541571
The Revd Rhona Floate 01672 540523
The Revd Karen Rizzello 07882 055878
Parish Administrator 01672 520963
Jesus said: “Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not be afraid.” John 14: 27

News & Notices

Services for the Whitton Team of Churches

Community Contacts

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
Deletta Heasman, Meals-on-Wheels/LINK M:07709 235361
Sue Rendell, Aldbourne Post Office T: 540255
Carey Wallin, Lunch Club M:07799 110801
Every household should have received a note through their door with a phone number of both their community contact, and also Joanna, if you need help at this time.
If you have not received one, please contact/message
Joanna on M: 07774 577730 or T: 540418
If you are someone, or living with someone, who has been asked to stay at home for at least 12 weeks, or are self-isolating and need help, please do let us know. Text message where possible if you can. Please let us have your name(s), address and phone number.
You may need delivery of food and other essential items such as prescriptions to your doorstep if other arrangements aren’t in place – or you may just want a daily friendly phone call to check you are OK. If you are stuck at home yourself you could be that friendly caller.
If you are well and would like to volunteer, please let Joanna have your contact details and preferred method of communication. As our usual organised and other social activities in the village aren’t available, you may have a range of skills and ideas you can offer to help us all deal with feelings of social isolation as time goes on. It’s an ideal opportunity to find out what’s out there to keep us all connected!
We will be maintaining contact lists for both groups so we can match people together to keep it local and minimise travel as much as possible. You can ask for your details to be deleted or amended at any time.
By working together and keeping each other safe, we will become a better and stronger community. Let’s do this!
SHOP LOCAL – both the pubs and PO cafe are offering take away services. The Co-op has daily chilled deliveries. The PO stores can take daily orders for bread, fresh fruit and veg boxes from Fisher of Newbury, and meat from Sumblers in Marlborough.
KEEP YOUR DISTANCE – 2 metres (6ft 6 in) apart, especially in shops
STAY AT HOME – only go out for essential purposes
IF SELF ISOLATING AND LIVING WITH SOMEONE – follow the NHS advice to keep away from each other and avoid shared spaces as much as possible; don’t share a bed if possible; don’t share any towels; open windows in shared spaces if possible; use a dishwasher if you have one or dry everything thoroughly if hand washing; and clean shared surfaces every time you use them
PROTECT THE NHS
SAVE LIVES
23 March 2020

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

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.