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Sunday 18th September

9.30 am                Harvest Festival Family Service at Colerne

10.30 am             Harvest Service at Box

10.30 am             Morning Prayer at Ditteridge

6 pm                      Rejoice & Praise at Colerne



Lord God, the source of truth and love,

keep us faithful to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship,

united in prayer and the breaking of bread,

and one in joy and simplicity of heart,

in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Please pray for those who are ill

Karen Goodall Brown

Harry Barstow


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 and friends of those who have died.



St Thomas à Becket Weekly Calendar



Wednesday 21st September  

10.30 am             Holy Communion at Box


Thursday 22nd September

9.45 am                Holy Communion at Colerne


Saturday 24th September

9.30 am                Churchyard Autumn Clear-Up


Sunday 25th September

9.30 am                Holy Communion at Colerne

10.30 am             Holy Communion at Box

6 pm                      Evensong at Ditteridge

6 pm                      Taizé at Colerne

6 pm                      Harvest Evensong at Chapel Plaister



Ride and Stride sponsored walk for Wiltshire’s Historic Churches Trust

Our walkers (and two dogs!) walked a 12-mile circuit around all the churches in the Lidbrook Benefice last Saturday 10th September. But it’s not too late to sponsor them! Half the money raised goes to Wiltshire Historic Churches Trust and the other fifty percent comes direct to the Benefice to help maintain the fabric of our church buildings. You can donate through a Justgiving page:


or we are happy to accept cash – for further details please contact Pam Farmer 01225 744171 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .



Autumn Clear Up 24th September and 15th October

We would love to get our church, both inside and out, looking its best to welcome the candidates coming for interviews. James Symons has kindly volunteered to co-ordinate the outside clear up, which will be on Saturday 24th of September, from 9.30 am for about an hour.  For further details, please ring James on 07763 906855.


List of Outside Fun is likely to include:

  • Sweep leaves from the valleys between the south aisle and nave roofs, and between the nave and north aisle.
  • Clear leaves and wood from the ditch on the south side (again) and from around the west end of the building.
  • Trim a few bushes in the churchyard in support of the grass cutting done by the council.


We are also planning to give the inside of the building attention too – on Saturday 15th October, starting at 10 am. List of Inside Fun is likely to include general tidying, as well as polishing silver and brass. Please could you let us know if you are able to assist in this – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Harvest Sunday 18th September

The Sisters of the Community of the Church at Bristol have written to us:


Dear Supporters,

Once again it is that time of year when we think of Harvest. As ever, we are so grateful for your loyal support - and even though we are aware that more of us are struggling financially, we ask for your continued help with the following:


Our basic food parcel includes:

  • Tinned: meat, fish, baked beans, soup, vegetables, custard, rice pudding, fruit.
  • Plus: cereals, rice, pasta, tea bags, long-life milk.
  • Toiletries: We offer men’s and women’s toiletries, and nappies (all sizes)


  • Our cafe: we serve coffee/tea and sandwiches, so jars of coffee and bottles of squash are very welcome.
  • Gas and Electric top-ups: We all know that those on pre-pay systems pay the highest tariffs. This also applies to utilities payments. Most weeks we spend up to £300 to help our clients with their electric bills. Any help that you are able to offer towards the items above is, as always, hugely appreciated.
  • Please continue to pray for our work, as we pray with thanksgiving for you.


James will be taking all our contributions to the Sisters on Monday 19th September, probably leaving about 9 am.


Harvest Lunch Sunday 18th September

We will be sharing a Harvest Lunch on Sunday 18th September after the service, We will be having a simple meal, consisting of platters of cheese, patés, breads etc, with apple pie and custard ? Please bring your own drinks, we will provide everything else. There will be a donations box, which we hope will cover the costs of the food. If you are thinking of coming, can you let John & Alison know so they approximate ideas of numbers for catering.

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01225 742260.


Advance Notice: Colerne’s Big Green Week

Colerne’s Big Green Week will be running from 24th September until 2nd October 2022. The Big Green Week is organised by Wild Colerne which is a group of nature/ecology enthusiasts, including the Eco Church group at St John’s. It will feature a range of events: Bat walks; tree walks; advice on sustainable and energy efficient homes; Josh Rogers from Wiltshire Wildlife Trust talking about how we can help nature thrive in our parishes.  More details to follow.

Save the Date: Talking Climate Justice event Saturday 1st October – a Lidbrook Benefice Event

The Church will be hosting a Talking Climate Justice event on Saturday 1st October, from 6pm - 8pm, in conjunction with Christian Aid and we’d love you to come along. This will be held in the church. To register please contact Karen - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  It’s free but you need to book.  We’re still looking for eco warriors from across the Benefice to help us host the talk so please let us know if that’s you.  This is a Lidbrook Benefice event!



Quiz for Ukraine Saturday 29th October

There will be a Quiz for Ukraine on Saturday 29th October at 7 pm at Box Methodist church. Proceeds will be sent to Save The Children Ukraine Fund. There’ll be a Ploughmen’s Supper and raffle prizes. Teams of 4, and tickets are £8 per person, to include supper. To book please contact Helen Cain: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 07757 667278


Regulations around Public Worship Please don't enter the building if you have symptoms of COVID-19 and sanitise your hands when you enter.  The area in the Hazelbury Chapel will continue to be a 'lower-risk' zone during Sunday services where face coverings should be worn, this is to provide an area for those who are vulnerable or wish to exercise more caution. Communion will be distributed by the president by intinction.






Angela M. Dew

Parish Administrator for the Lidbrook Group The Benefice of Box with
Hazelbury and Ditteridge and the Parish of Colerne

Telephone: 07842 129161