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St Thomas à Becket Parish Weekly News Sheet Sunday 13th November 2022


Sunday 13th November

9.30 am                Holy Communion at Colerne

10.45 am             Joint Act of Remembrance, Box War Memorial – please see below

4 pm                      HEART 4 Rudloe – please see below

6 pm                      Compline at Ditteridge

6 pm                     Evensong at Colerne




Heavenly Lord,

you long for the world’s salvation:

stir us from apathy,

restrain us from excess

and revive in us new hope

that all creation will one day be healed

in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.



Please pray for those who are ill

Karen Goodall Brown

Harry Barstow

Roger Bolton


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


Tuesday 15th November

7-8 pm                  Carol Service Choir Rehearsal – please see below              


Wednesday 16th November 

10.30 am             Holy Communion at Box


Thursday 17th November  

9.45 am                Holy Communion at Colerne


Sunday 20th November

9.30 am                Family Service at Colerne

10.30 am             ZOOM Service

6 pm                      Holy Communion at Ditteridge

6 pm                     Rejoice & Praise at Colerne

6 pm                    Evensong at Chapel Plaister


Joint Act of Remembrance at Box War Memorial Sunday 13th November 10.45 am

There will be a Joint Act of Remembrance at Box War Memorial Sunday 13th November, starting at 10.45 am, and everyone is welcome. Please note there will not be refreshments afterwards in the Methodist Church.



Our New Priest-in-Charge of the Lidbrook Benefice!

The Bishop of Bristol is pleased to invite the Rev’d Matthew Stone to be the next Priest-in-Charge of the Lidbrook Benefice. Matt will be starting his new ministry early in 2023.


Matt started training for ordination in 2016 at Trinity College Bristol and served the majority of his curacy in the Woodbridge Group, North Wiltshire. For the last year Matt has been Curate in Charge in the villages of Pucklechurch and Abson, also in the Bristol Diocese.

Before ordination Matt studied English Literature and Creative Writing and worked for a few years in the arts, including at Greenbelt Festival. Matt then studied Human Rights before working in community development.


Matt says: “I’m delighted to be appointed to this exciting role in these beautiful villages and staying in the Bristol Diocese. I am keen to get started, meet the people in churches and communities and getting to know the area with my children, Reuben, Clara and Kit.


HEART - Sunday 13th October 4pm - 6pm

Heart 4 Rudloe meets on the second Sunday of the month, between 4pm and 6pm.  On Sunday 13th November our theme is ‘The Good Shepherd’. Everyone of any age is welcome (children must bring an adult to look after them). The afternoon includes craft, tea drinking and Lego building. This is followed by prayer, a story and songs.  We round off the afternoon with some food (a light meal). This activity is free and is being run as part of the work of the Church of England in Box Parish.  Please do come along and join us as we make, pray and eat in the MOD Corsham Community Centre on Leafy Lane.


Warm Spaces and Soup in Box!

The Box Methodist Church Thursday Café are offering new extended autumn/winter hours!  They are keenly aware of the need to support everyone during the hard months ahead. Their Thursday Café regularly attracts 15-20 folk (of all faiths and none!) who enjoy meeting up throughout the year for a chat. As the colder autumn/winter months approach, the Café opening hours are being extended to 9.30 - 2.30 pm. Also, on alternate Thursdays they are offering home-made soup and a roll! Everyone is welcome ? and they would welcome volunteers to support this very kind and worthwhile venture. The next Soup Days are 3rd and 17th November.

Also on Mondays between 9.30 – 12 noon, the church will again be heated and everyone is welcome to come and enjoy the Warm Space.


Christmas Choir!

We are planning to gather a choir together to sing at the St Thomas' Christmas Carol Service on Sunday 18th December at 6pm. Rehearsals will take place in the church on Tuesday evenings 7-8pm starting on 8 November. If you would like to sing in this, then please get in touch with Andrew Clark: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Tel: 01225 742128.



The Community of the Sisters of the Church Christmas Appeal

It has been a difficult couple of years, and Christmas may not be something that all of us are looking forward to. For those who come to us for help, Christmas is often difficult. With the price increases on everything, life can be particularly hard on those who are on benefits or a very low income. So with your help we would like to be able to offer our visitors something to make Christmas more celebratory.

As we have done over the past couple of years, we will be (and have already started) gathering food items that will amount to 3 large bags of ambient food per household. We are asking if you could once again help by providing the following for each of our callers:


*GIFTS for both men and women please: toiletry sets, gloves, warm scarves, hats and socks


*£15 ARGOS VOUCHERS for children: either donations towards £15 vouchers or the vouchers themselves, so that we can give one per child to all the families that we know are in need, as we have done in previous years


James Symons will kindly take our gifts to the Sisters in Bristol on Monday 12th December.



Are you alone this Christmas?

Join us for Christmas Day Lunch at Corsham Scout Hall!

(The Laggar, Corsham SN13 0DE)

Pre-booking essential, as limited spaces.

Please advise of any dietary requirements Transport to/from this Lunch can be provided.

To book this free event, please phone us on 07467 248273

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



Renew, Refresh Resource - Lee Abbey Weekend Women's Retreat. (20th-22nd January)

This has been planned by the Colerne Women’s Homegroups, but is open to all women in the Lidbrook Group.  To book your place just click on the link below.  We would LOVE you to join us for some time together, time with God and time to yourself in a beautiful place on the Devon Coast.  Lifts may be available.


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