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St Thomas à Becket Parish Weekly News Sheet

Sunday 28th March 2021 - Palm Sunday


10.30 am             Morning Zoom service


The church building is open for private prayer as usual on Sundays 12.00 noon – 4.00pm and Wednesdays 10.00am – 12.00 noon




True and humble king,

hailed by the crowd as Messiah:

grant us the faith to know you and love you,

that we may be found beside you

on the way of the cross,

which is the path of glory. Amen.



Please pray for those who are ill

Darrin Harris

Karen Goodall Brown

We remember those whom we know,

who are suffering in sickness or adversity,

and those who especially need our prayers at this time.

Also the families of those who have died.




St Thomas à Becket Weekly Calendar

Sunday 28th March – Palm Sunday

10.30 am                   Morning Zoom service


Tuesday 30th March


11.00 am                    Zoom Tea with the Vicar



Wednesday 31st March


10.30 am                      Holy Communion

4 pm                              Zoom Tea with the Vicar




Thursday 1st April Maundy Thursday


9.45am                           Holy Communion at Colerne                         

Midweek thought for the day on YouTube, the link will be shared on Facebook

7.30 pm                          Reflective Zoom Service



Friday 2nd April – Good Friday


2 pm                              Hour at the Cross – reflective service in Box

2 pm                              Hour at the Cross – reflective service in Colerne



Sunday 4th April – Easter Sunday


09.30 am                     Holy Communion at Colerne

10.30 am                      Holy Communion at Box

10.30 am                       Service in Ditteridge Churchyard

6.00 pm                        Zoom Compline

6.00 pm                         Evening Prayer at Chapel Plaister


Please pre-book for all services on Easter Day, so we can ensure you get a place.

Please contact the churchwardens or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Tea with the Vicar!

There will be two ZOOM ‘Tea with the Vicar’ slots next week, Tuesday 30th at 11.00 am andWednesday 31st at 4 pm. This has been organised in response to the current “lockdown”, and is an opportunity to catch up with Janet and friends. The Zoom link can be found in the Zoom Link email, which is sent out each Saturday.



The Parish of St Thomas à Becket Welcome Pack


I wish to remind villagers of the availability of the Parish Welcome Pack and suggest that when you see new people moving into the village you collect a pack from me, Pam Farmer 01225 744171 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and offer it to the newcomers as a welcome to Box. Pam Farmer



Box Pageant


The Box Pageant, scheduled for October this year has been postponed until 2022, or later.



Message from Christian Aid


As more of our family, friends, and neighbours receive their COVID vaccinations, we rejoice and are glad that our loved ones are protected. We give thanks for all the NHS staff and key workers who continue to save lives across the UK.


For the poorest and most vulnerable communities across the world, there is little hope of a vaccine rollout. These people already face a lack of water, food, and healthcare.


Some are homeless. Some are living with underlying health issues such as HIV.


Christian Aid is already on the ground, helping keep people safe from coronavirus with practical support – but with your gift of thanks we can do more.


Have you or your loved ones had your vaccine? 


Please give thanks with a donation to help protect our global neighbours while the vaccine is out of reach.


The Great Big Christian Aid Village Walk


A group of us met to discuss Fund raising for Christian Aid this year. It was felt that door to door collections would not be appropriate, so instead we are going to offer people the opportunity to walk the Peacock and Heritage Trails in the local area, as a sponsored walk.


You could try to do all of them, or you try to do just a few or even one, all of them is 55.5 miles.


You can walk them on your own, or join with some of the organised groups who will be walking.


The routes are listed below, if you think you could lead a group of six (between 1st and 16th May) or a larger group during the rest of May, please get in touch with Janet.


We will be following all the COVID guidance that is in place at the time.


We will have a just giving page for each village similar to last year.


The routes are as follows:


These Peacock Trails are essentially day walks

  • Corsham to Colerne Peacock Trail 9.88 miles (Can start at Colerne)
  • Corsham to Box Peacock Trail 9 miles
  • Corsham to Biddestone Peacock Trail 10.3 miles


These Heritage trails and the Corsham Red and Blue trails are shorter

  • Biddestone Heritage Trail 6.6 miles
  • Colerne Heritage Trail 5.7 miles
  • Box Heritage Trail 4.5 miles
  • Corsham Red Trail 5 miles
  • Corsham Blue Trail 4.5 miles


There are leaflets for each walk, which can be downloaded from the Colerne Parish Council website:

https://colerne-pc (


We will send out a list of dates and times for the organised walks, but you may choose to walk separately but report in to us and that will be lovely.


We are still fine tuning the details and they will be available soon, but especially if you would be happy to lead a group please contact Janet on 744458 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Sisters of the Community of the Church

The Sisters of the Church have had to close 82 Ashley Road for the time being.  Sister Teresa has recently contracted Covid and is slowly recovering.   They are also very sorry to inform us that one of their key daily volunteers died a short while ago after contracting the disease.  For this reason, they are currently unable to accept any deliveries of food or bedding, although they are managing to make food available to those in need.

All being well, they hope to re-open on Monday 12 April.  There will be no Easter Appeal this year, but if people wish to donate Easter Eggs, they will be happy to accept them after that date so that they can be given out during Eastertide.

Please note that their email address has now changed toThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..   Emails are being accessed remotely and will be answered in due course.

The Sisters want to thank you all for your continuing support.


James Symons is planning to take any Easter Eggs donated to the Sisters on 12th April. It would be lovely to be able to spread some Easter cheer!



Local elections

On 6th May registered electors will have the opportunity to vote in parish, unitary (Wiltshire), and police & crime commissioner elections. In advance of this, we are inviting parishioners who meet the criteria to consider standing as a Parish Councillor in the Box and Rudloe Wards.


We welcome enthusiastic people of all ages, backgrounds and experiences who would like to represent our Parish and contribute to the community.  


All of our councillors will be happy to talk to you about the role, or get in touch with our clerk.  Details are on our website  or telephone 01225 742356 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Nomination forms must be completed and handed in to Wiltshire Council by 8th April.  




Our church building is open for private prayer and public worship

Whenever you come to our church building, for private prayer or a service these are the things we need you to do to keep safe and within the guidelines.

  • Sanitize your hands on entering the building and wear a face covering unless you are medically exempt.
  • Go straight to a place which is marked for sitting and stay there until you leave the building.


  • Observe 2m social distancing at all times from those who are not in your household.
  • Please use the slip of paper to record your presence at the service for test and trace, details will be given on the slip and in the notices
  • Enter the building through the South Door and leave the building via the West door.
  • Follow instructions on the distribution of communion, stay in your seat.
  • When you leave the building don’t block the exit door and other people’s paths (maintain the 2m social distancing). Do not pause in the church or the churchyard to speak to people, or take part in any other form of ‘mingling’.