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

Dick says:-
The present Parish Church of St. Nicholas was consecrated 240 years ago on November 4th 1779. The preacher was Dr. Frampton. His sermon was later printed. The sermon was 18 A5 pages long....(not an invitation to our present clergy or LLMs!)

Since then there has been 8 Monarchs, at least 32 clergy, several wars. The church has seen more than 1600 burials and an even greater number of funerals and thanksgiving  / memorial services. Also at least 12,000 sermons.......

At the Book of Common Prayer service held on the 3rd November we even had a share of a birthday cake thanks to Jane and Raymond!

The pastoral letter from our Priest-in-charge Rev'd Si Dunn can be found here
If you wish to make any comments please talk to any of our leadership team



A prayer for the 2019 General Election.
God of grace and truth,
send your Spirit to guide us
as we discover your will for our country.

Help us to discuss the issues before us
with courtesy, truth and mutual respect,
and grant that all who stand for parliament
will seek to serve the common good,
through him who came not to be served but to serve,
Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

From:- The Church of England Facebook page


At the end of the year I will be stepping down from Shine and so  our services will not include a Shine service. It has therefore been proposed that we adapt some of the things we like about Shine for use in our regular Sunday Morning Worship .
I have asked some people " What are the things you like or don't like about Shine"
Replies have been , " A friendly Service " ,  " I like the interaction with the congregation"
 " I like to see the children"  " The Bible used on a more simple level"
Please could you let me have more ideas so that all may be considered.
Thank you

For many years, a group of volunteers collectively known as Bath Open Christmas have been organising lunch on Christmas Day for nearly 200 people in the area who would otherwise spend Christmas alone.  However, this year we have a problem because we are without an experienced chef to run the kitchen at our regular venue, Kingswood School.  So, if anyone knows, or might know somebody who knows, of someone with the capability to cook 80 turkeys with all the trimmings (!) please contact or speak to Mark Shipley at St. Nicholas on Sundays.


"Looking Forward" at  Emmanuel Evangelical Church, Goldney Avenue, Chippenham, SN15 1ND,
A free event on Saturday 23rd November 10am – 2pm for anyone who is wanting to inform themselves and to receive practical advice about the issues involved in getting older.
It’s suitable for younger and older alike to help with forward thinking or a check-up, as well as for those who are (or are likely to be) responsible for an older relative who might be needing support.
Just come on the day - or it would help with catering to book via

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!

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.

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

12th December 2019
We will be Carol Singing in the foyer at Morrisons
Thursday 12th December Meet at 6.15pm for 6.30–7pm singing, At 7pm we may go on to The Gardens
it will be followed by Coffee/Mulled Wine & Mince Pies Contact Judith 443317 or just turn up

Women’s Union



2019 Dates

No Meetings in August

28 November 2019


Games Afternoon

12 December 2019




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

Please note that the Carols afternoon will take place in St. Paul's Church - because the Church Hall is to be used as a polling station on that day (12th December)



Details Barbara Wood 655413