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


Proudly it stands upon a hill, this little church of ours.

It has no stained glass windows, or tall and loft towers.

But it stands in a lovely churchyard green,

Where for miles it can be seen.

Built in 1779 the many plaques around the church tell of its history.

In the Rectory across the road the poet Kilvert was born

And watched the sun-rise over its roof on many a summer morn.

We love to gather every week and join in prayer and praise.

To hear the word and happy voices raise.


Muriel Dighton 1920-2018


Ven Christine Froude retired as Archdeacon of Malmesbury on 30 September 2018.

Revd Canon Graham Archer is being seconded from his role as Director of Ministry at CPAS as Acting Archdeacon of Malmesbury until Easter 2019.

Ven Michael Johnson continues as Acting Archdeacon of Bristol until summer 2019, by which time a substantive Archdeacon of Bristol will have been appointed.

The new Archdeacon of Malmesbury
is to be the Revd Christopher Bryan,
who is currently Rector of Gauzebrook and Area Dean for North Wiltshire. He is to take up the post in the Spring.

Licensed Lay Ministry

Kunnagh Scott and Revd Dr Janet Anderson Mackenzie are delivering the LLM Formation Year training, while the LLM Formation Plus training will be overseen by Revd Chris Dobson.

Revd Becky Waring, as Warden of Readers, continues to offer support to our LLMs.

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


Saturday December 8th - in support of Dorothy House Hospice

with Jonathan Veira
"An unforgettable evening with the international singer and raconteur"
 Sheldon Road Methodist Church, Audley Road, Chippenham. Wiltshire. SN14 0DU

Time: 7.30 start Tickets £10

Tickets from or Tel 01249 657927


Message from our treasurer, Jane Woodman.

“It’s not too late to make a donation (of any amount!) towards the cost of our new carpet. Please use an envelope. Mark it ‘Carpet Fund’ and then either put it in the collection or give it to Jane. If you are a taxpayer please say so that the church can claim Gift Aid”


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

Early Notice!

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!

Dates of Future Deanery Synods: 

7 March 2019
6 June 2019
7 November 2019

Women’s Union


2018 Dates


13 December 2018



Meetings will be held in St. Paul's Church Hall
2019 meetings begin on January 10th - with a party!


Details Barbara Wood 655413



As we approach the season of Advent, Revd Christopher Bryan considers where Christians find their hope:


It is dark inside the church, and hushed, but with the background rustling and breathing of many people waiting in silence. A match is struck, and at the same time a soloist sings forth ‘Come Lord Jesus’. As candles are lit from one another, the choir sings, and light blazes through the building.

This is one of my favourite times of the year – the beginning of the Advent Carol service. Listening to readings and singing together, we celebrate the dawning hope of Jesus’ coming. The Bible readings speak of God’s relationship with his people, of his faithfulness over the centuries, and the promise that one day everything will be made new. It is a wonderful story of hope.

We live in a world where spiritual things are often conveyed by physical means; human beings are creatures within time. So we need signs of hope – the tangible things and occasions which help us to look beyond the immediate situation. We need stories to tell which change the narrative, moments of encouragement which renew our energy.

Such incidents strengthen hope, yet we do not base our hope on them. Christian hope is grounded on the character of God – a God who, as we hear in Advent, keeps his promises and is faithful. Advent calls us to believe that history belongs to God, that the Kingdom of God will come, and that the whole world will be healed and renewed. So Christian hope is not fleeting or uncertain (I hope I will win the lottery!) but firm because it is based on who God is. Even when the way ahead is unclear, or troubled, Christian hope makes the decision to trust in God. As a Cardinal once said:

To hope is a duty, not a luxury.
To hope is not to dream but to turn dreams into reality.
Happy those who have the courage to dream dreams
and who are ready to pay the price
so that dreams take shape in other people's lives.