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

Dick says:-
Thank you to everyone from St. Nicholas' Church that made it posible to open the church for the 'Heritage' open day.

It was a delight to see so many visitors - some of whom were able to answer some of the questions that I have regarding 'heritage'!

There were two special delights for me. The first was to meet one of my trainers from the mid 1960s when I started as a technician apprentice at Westinghouse Brake & Signal Co., so a special thank you to Robin and his colleagues for helping me through a brilliant apprenticeship scheme! A company of 5000 or so employees covering 35 acres was a bit daunting at first!

The second special delight was to meet Mandy & Duncan of - they have a brilliant collection of photographs of Wiltshire churches on their web site and their web site has helped me with my family history over the years! Hopefully some pictures of St. Nicholas will make it on to their site shortly.


Please pray for Julia as she is licensed as an LLM to the Greenways Group of Churches at Bristol Cathedral on 21st September.

Julia is married to Nick who will be starting his Formation Training in October 2019 with the expectation of becoming an LLM in 2020. She runs her own painting and decorating business alongside her church and family commitments. She is a member of St Paul’s Church in the Greenways Benefice in Chippenham.

“My licensing marks the end of a long journey of training to get to this point, and the start of another adventure ahead. I’m excited to be serving the church in this ministry, and I look forward to seeing what lies on the path before me!”

Concert in St. Andrews Church, Market place

Chippenham Male Voice Choir & The Harmonics
will be singing
in St Andrew's church on Sat. 21st September @ 7.30 pm. In aid of the St. Andrew's Organ Restoration Fund

Admission is free with a retiring collection.

Congratulations to Sue and Lucy who took part in the great cycle ride
They would be very happy to accept any sponsorship monies.

Special congratulations to Sue as when she had finished her ride she 'manned' the church for the last hour of the day too!

Congratulations to the Rev. Mary Gubbins on her appointment as an associate minister with the Bybrook Team Ministry.
Photo shows Rev. Sally Wheeler (Area Dean), Bishop Viv, Rev Mary Gubbins and Rev Marc Terry (Bybrooks Priest-in-charge)

We thank God for Mary's ministry among us. Please pray for Mary as she starts this new phase in her ministry

Photo copyright - Bybrook Team

We have had a busy few months at Chippenham Foodbank, with a high number of families needing our support. As we head towards the summer holidays we are anticipating that we will be in high demand over that period and as such will need to stock up on the items listed below in order to meet that demand. If you would like to donate items some churches already have donation points or items can be dropped off at the Salvation Army, Morrisons supermarket, Co op Broomfield or the Hearing Centre (High Street Chippenham). 

Tinned fish
Tinned potatoes
Tinned vegetables 
Rice pudding

Thank you in anticipation of your support!

Miriam Dann
Community Assistant
Chippenham Corps
SN15 1HB
Tel  01249 655458




The Archbishop of York has today announced the appointment of the Venerable Sam Rushton as the new Archdeacon of York.
The Archbishop said: “It is with joy and gladness that I can announce the translation of Archdeacon Sam to be Archdeacon of York. It seemed good to us and to the Holy Spirit that Sam’s translation was the right thing to do. Please pray for her, and for the appointment of her successor to the Cleveland Archdeaconry.”

Sam Rushton first came to York Diocese in 2015 when she took on the role of Archdeacon for Cleveland. Prior to that she was in the Diocese of Bristol where she was the Diocesan Adviser for Licensed Ministry, Warden of Readers, Area Dean of Chippenham and Associate Minister of the North Chippenham Group of Churches.

Dick says:-

St. Nicholas' school is a purpose built specialist school, it is for young people with a wide range of problems.

It is currently under threat of closure. Could you please pray for all those affected by the loss of this valuable resource to Chippenham.

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

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 2019 - 2020 consists of Churchwardens Paul Davis and Derek Boulton; Treasurer Jane Woodman, Secretary Suzanne Boulton and Deanery Representative Angela McClean. Other members are Judith Eckersley and Cynthia Smith. Rev Simon Dunn is Chairman. The team clergy are also members. Electoral roll officer is Mary Clarke.

To see the minutes please ask Suzanne.


Dates for your diary!

18 September 2019 - PCC meeting 7:45 - 9:15
20 November 2019 - PCC meeting 7:45 - 9:15
Please note items for PCC meetings need to be submitted a week before the meeting date.

Dates of Future Deanery Synods: 
7 November 2019

24th November 2019
CONFIRMATION SERVICE with Bishop Viv, will be at St Andrew’s Church on Sunday 24th November at 4 pm

Women’s Union



2019 Dates

No Meetings in August

03 October 2019


Harvest Celebration

17 October 2019


Favourite Music + Bring'n'Buy

31 October 2019


Ugandan Adventure with Brenda & Richard

14 November 2019


Paul Evans Entertains

28 November 2019


Games Afternoon

12 December 2019




Meetings will be held in St. Paul's Church Hall at 2:15


Details Barbara Wood 655413