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

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

Church re-ordering plans

Ref: 2017-016586           Diocese: Bristol     Church:    Hardenhuish: St Nicholas    Archdeaconry: Malmesbury

Public Notice (general form) In the Consistory Court of the Diocese of Bristol
Church of Hardenhuish: St Nicholas In the parish of Hardenhuish

 NOTICE IS GIVEN that we are applying to the Consistory Court of the diocese for permission to carry out the following:

Convert temporary licence for removal of two pews to permanent disposal
Remove and dispose of two further pews at front of church
Introduction of 10 chairs.

Copies of the relevant plans and documents may be examined at
The Church or by contacting John Moncrieff email:
Date 24/11/2017

If you wish to object to any of the works or proposals you should send a letter stating the
 grounds of your objection to The Diocesan Registrar at
Diocesan Registry, Harris & Harris, 14 Market Place, WELLS
so that your letter reaches the registrar not later than 24/12/2017. A letter of objection must include your name and address and state whether you live in the parish and/or your name is entered on the church electoral roll of the parish or any other basis on which you have an interest in the matter.


Please note that the mid week Holy Communion services are now held at
St. Peter's Church,
Langley Burrell
at 10:00am

Please note there is no mid-week Holy Communion on Wenesday 20th or 27th December

 Chippenham Churches Together Carol Singing Events:

Chippenham Churches Together Carols at the Railway Station - Monday 18th December, 5pm
We will be singing carols from 5pm onwards, so please come and join in - the more the merrier!

Please note there is no Morning service at St. Nicholas on Sunday 24th December



Carols in Cepen Park – Tuesday 19th Dec, 6.15pm
Please see Judith for more details.


Advent 2 Isaiah 40: 1-11 & Mark 1: 1-8

Who has lost their way and is on a one-way train whose route is a single loop?

Isaiah 40 speaks of defeat being over, and the time for comfort being here, as the God who brings comfort claims

us for His own. Let this be your song. Let this be the song of the church.

The PCC decided at its half year financial review
to donate 10% of its last six months income to be shared between
Julia’s House, The Bible Society, Alabare and Wyclliffe.

Revelation Christian Resource Centre

The trustees of the Revelation Christian Resource Centre announced last June that, sadly, they would be closing at the end of January 2017, bringing an end to almost 33 years of involvement in Chippenham. A number of factors came together to bring about this decision. Not only are people reading less than they used to, but the increasing popularity of purchasing on-line has meant sales of books from the shop are at a much lower level than they used to be. In addition, many of the Christian gifts/Bibles are imported from the United States and have thus become more expensive as the value of the pound has fallen. It has also been difficult to recruit volunteers to run the shop and the lease is due to expire in the next few years with no guarantee that it will be renewed.

Given that the long-term position of the Centre appeared doubtful, the trustees felt that it was better to organise an orderly closure, while the shop was still solvent, rather than having it forced upon us and then not having sufficient funds for items such as staff redundancies. We therefore commenced consultations in June to see if any other Christian organisation would be willing to come forward to continue the mission. As none had come forward by the 31st August, we felt that we should proceed with our intention to close.

We plan to continue to trade normally up to the end of the Christmas period although there will be no bookstalls or sale or return facility offered beyond mid-December and no credit/account facility offered beyond Christmas. During January we will have a big sale of any remaining stock. The last day of trading will be 31st January 2018.

We would like to say thank you to what must be more than 200 local people who have been involved with the shop whilst we have been in Chippenham, whether as volunteers, paid staff or helpers in any other way.

We are very grateful to everyone for all their support of our evangelistic mission on our High Street, for their prayers for our town and our witness to the many non-Christians that we have served.

Please come and join us for our last Christmas and make it the best yet!

 01249 463227


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



From the Diocese of Bristol Diary

Churchwardens’ Forum Date:Tuesday 6 February 2018 Time:19:30 -21:00
Location:Diocesan Office, Hillside House, 1500 Parkway North, Stoke Gifford, Bristol, BS34 8YU
Organised by:Archdeacon’s Team Booking:EventBrite

Archdeacon’s Visitations Date:Thursday 10 May 2018 Time:19:30 –21:00 Location:St Cyriac, Lacock, SN15 2LB

C2: Safeguarding Leadership
C2 Leadership Safeguarding is mandatory training for all those with Permission to Officiate,
Licenced Lay Ministers, Churchwardens, Parish Safeguarding Officers and leaders of activities for children and vulnerable Adults.
Organised by:Diocesan Safeguarding Team Booking:EventBrite
Date: Saturday 12 May 2018 Time:10.00 –13.00 Location: St Peter’s, Chippenham

C5: Safeguarding Refresher
This is a short course to bring your safeguarding knowledge up to date with current practice and guidance.
This course is for anybody whose training needs to be renewed (i.e. after 3+ years) whatever the previous level of safeguarding training undertaken was.
Organised by:Diocesan Safeguarding Team Booking: EventBrite
Date:Tuesday 22 May 2018 Time: 16.00  – 18.00 Location: St Peter’s, Chippenham


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 2017 - 2018 consists of Churchwardens Paul Davis and Mark Sheppard; Treasurer Angela McClean, Secretary Deborah Loveday and Deanery Representative Helen McCann. Other members are Brenda Bird, 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!
3rd December Patronal lunch at Langley Burrell Village Hall
9th December 10:00am until noon Coffee Morning at 54 Bristol Road
19th December 6:15pm Carols around Cepen Park

Women’s Union

December 14th




2018 Dates

January 4th


New Year Party

January 18th



February 1st


Celebrate Scotland

February 15th


Children's Society

March 1st


Annual General Meeting

March 15th


Bring Summer into Winter

March 29th


Maundy Thursday service


Please Note - when the hall is unavailable meetings will be held in St. Paul's Church


Details Barbara Wood 655413



As the Rt Revd Mike Hill prepares to retire as Bishop of Bristol on 30 September 2017, he has written a final letter to parishes in the Diocese of Bristol.

The letter, which can be read below, sets out his commitment to resourcing new ministers, calling for churches to pray for, equip and release a new generation of workers into the harvest field and specifically those to lead our churches:


“The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest therefore to send out workers into the harvest field.” Luke 10:2

As a convert to the Christian faith, my passion has been to see people come to faith in Jesus Christ. In parish ministry, I sought to lead churches where people could hear the Good News, deepen their faith and transform their communities. I have tried to encourage our churches to do the same in their tradition and their context.

Our society is in desperate need of God. Like the crowds Jesus encountered, people are “harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd”. As I retire, the Church of England is rediscovering its mission to the nation. The harvest is plentiful and we have hope for the future. But we must face our challenges if that harvest is to be reaped.

The particular challenge I want to leave you with is to pray for, resource and release a new generation of workers into the harvest field and specifically those to lead our churches.

A growing and hopeful Church needs ministers, lay and ordained, with a deep faith who can lead in a changing and diverse world. It needs a wide variety of people and gifts to lead in different ways.

But it also needs more ministers: the workers are few and are getting fewer.

As a Church, we have underinvested in praying for and seeking out this new generation. We have also underinvested in funding their training and ministry.

In this Diocese, our previous approach to Parish Share, the way we resource ministry, intensified this. As parishes did not receive clear and equitable direction on how much to give, many unintentionally deprioritised their responsibility to fund ministry. The gap between Parish Share and ministry costs widened to £1m. To redress the balance, all parishes are now being asked to give at new levels to provide the ministry we need, both now and into the future.

How can you play your part?

Jesus tells us to ask God to send out workers. All vocation is the gracious call of God. We need to pray for Him to renew all vocations among the body of Christ.Encourage others
Who do you see with the faith, character and gifts who God might be calling to ministry? Encourage them to use their gifts and explore their vocation.

Respond yourself
How are you responding to Jesus’ call to follow Him? How are you following Jesus in the spheres of your life, loving God and serving others? Is God calling you to ministry?

Put simply, parishes need more financial resources and to give more of them to Parish Share to invest in the ministry we need – an increase of £1m between 2015 and 2020.

  • Every Christian can give sacrificially to their parish.
  • Clergy and church leaders can teach about generous giving as part of discipleship.
  • PCCs can review their approach to stewardship using Giving for Life, adopt a programme like Giving in Grace and maximise their income through effective Gift Aid processes and joining the Parish Giving Scheme.
  • Finally, PCCs can respond to their Parish Share request in the light of the need, taking responsibility, being generous and having faith.

The Diocese of Bristol has a hopeful future. It has been a privilege to serve this diocese. As I work out the next chapter of my vocation, I will be joining you in praying, encouraging others and giving so that the plentiful harvest might be reaped.

Yours in Christ,

Rt Revd Mike Hill