The Parish of St. Nicholas Hardenhuish - The Church on the Hill  

News from our Insurers
Ecclesiastical Insurance is celebrating its 130th anniversary. Anyone taking out a new home insurance policy with them before 31st December 2018 can nominate the church to receive a donation of £130. There are terms and conditions. Ask Jane or visit
Celebrating the valuable work of church volunteers is the theme of a competition with a top prize of up to £10,000. To enter you have to nominate a volunteer, or group of volunteers that have made a big difference to the church and community. The closing date is 31st August 2018 and Jane has details or visit


Update on recent PCC discussions and other on going work



You may remember some time ago we discussed the existing pews and following a consultation it was decided that we would apply for a faculty for the permanent removal of the two pews that had been removed and stored in the shed some years prior.

This application also included the request for the removal of a further two pews (1 row)

This faculty application has now been granted by the chancellor.

As an alternative to the pews that are proposed to be removed, we discussed the possibility of chairs, although the chancellor is minded to approve the chairs we are still awaiting confirmation on this item.

The removal from the shed of the existing pews has been agreed as they are of no historical significance to the church.


The potential to include a toilet with the church building has also been discussed at PCC meeting.

You view on this would be greatly appreciated to any PCC member.



St. Nicholas PCC         (27th May 2018)


Her Majesty the Queen has appointed the Very Revd Vivienne Faull, currently Dean of York, as the 57th Bishop of Bristol.

Speaking at the Barton Hill Settlement in Bristol following the announcement, Viv said: “This is where my family comes from, and so coming here feels like I am returning home.

“It was 24 years ago that Bristol was the first diocese to ordain women as priests, and I want the Diocese to continue to show that pioneering courage.

“I look forward to leading a church that shows the love of Christ to everyone, whoever they are.”

Viv will be consecrated Bishop at a service at St Paul’s Cathedral on 3 July and installed as Bishop of Bristol at Bristol Cathedral in the autumn.

Harvest supper is taking place in St. Paul’s Hall on the 29th September.
Further information to follow


8th September 2018 Wiltshire Historic Churches Ride ‘n’ Stride

8th September 2018 Heritage Day Celebrations – St Nicholas Church


St. Nicholas Church is now open for prayer / coffee each Tuesday morning 10.30 - 11.30
All welcome.

Music at St Nicholas

Is there anyone with keyboard or musical skills interested in expanding the team to help lead the

music in services at St Nicholas Church?
Please get in touch ... Geoffrey Woodman 01249 657532 or Barbara Wood 01249 655413. Thank you


Stuart Townend is coming to Cirencester Baptist Church on Saturday September 29th, a venue on his Courage September Tour with his band.

He is a leading songwriter, In Christ Alone being one of his many compositions. Doors open at 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start, tickets are £12 in advance, £14 on the door


Mary says a 'big thank you' to everyone who supports the work of the Children's Society

The collections from the Children's Society 'boxes' raised £1062.87

If you are interested in having a collecting box - please see Mary


St. Paul’s Church are organising a trip to the
Holy Land 29th Nov—6th Dec 2018.

Full details are available from Rev. Simon Dunn



Please remember …

Our churchyard is a lovely, peaceful place, despite its proximity to the road.
Many people come to tend the graves of those they have loved and lost, and spend a few moments remembering them.
Sadly, recent visitors have been distressed to find the area being inappropriately used by someone exercising a dog.
We welcome everyone to come and visit the churchyard, but please remember that for many it is the last resting place of someone they loved, and they regard it as a sacred space.



If you would like to help with floral decorations for St. Nicholas please see Mary Clarke


The Parochial Church Council
(PCC) for 2018 - 2019 consists of Churchwardens Paul Davis and Mark Sheppard; Treasurer Jane Woodman, Secretary Deborah Loveday and Deanery Representative Angela McClean. Other members are Brenda Bird, Chris Scott, Judith Eckersley and Cynthia Smith. The team clergy are also members. Electoral roll officer is Mary Clarke.

To see the minutes please ask Deborah.


Dates for your diary!

Women’s Union


2018 Dates


06 September 2018


September Service

20 September 2018   

Poetry & Prose 

04 October 2018    

Harvest celebration

18 October 2018    

Diana Watts - Parish Nurse

01 November 2018

Crafts or board games & Bring & Buy 

15 November 2018    

Joe McNeilage - Slides

29 November 2018

Crafts or board games

13 December 2018



Meetings will be held in St. Paul's Church Hall


Details Barbara Wood 655413



Revd Kat Campion-Spall, Associate Vicar of St Mary Redcliffe Church, Bristol, considers the blessing of living in 'ordinary times'.

The church has now entered the long season of “ordinary time” which will see us through the summer and well into the autumn.After the wonder of Christmas, the solemnity of Lent, the darkness of Good Friday, the joy of Easter, and the fire of Pentecost, it’s now, just… ordinary.It does seem a little strange to have a dedicated period of ordinariness, a kind of default season with no particular theme.But that’s how life is too – we have highs and lows, but a lot of the time, things just tick along.For many people living through suffering, stress or sorrow, ordinary is what they yearn for.You’ve probably heard of the traditional Chinese curse, “may you live in interesting times” – with the unspoken flipside of that, which we can presume would be given as a blessing, “may you live in ordinary times”.The second collect at Evensong, in a similar vein, prays that we “may pass our time in rest and quietness.”

But ordinary time isn’t about nothing happening.The liturgical colour for the season is green – a colour of life and growth.Although times of challenge and change in our lives do cause us to learn and grow, we also need times of rest, of quietness and ordinariness for the slow and steady rooting of our lives in God, and growth as Christian disciples.Ordinary time isn’t a time to stop, but a time to steadily attend to the daily necessities of our lives of faith.

May we all live in ordinary times.