Benefice Services & Events

This section of the web site describes the services and events which have been arranged for the whole Benefice.

Ride+Stride - 9th September 2017

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The Wiltshire Historic Churches Trust (WHCT), which helps to preserve churches across the county, has an annual fundraising event. ‘Ride and Stride’ is a sponsored ‘tour’ of selected churches, coordinated at the parish level across Wiltshire. The purpose is to raise funds for the Trust, and also to promote enjoyment of our historic churches and the countryside in which we find them. As the name suggests the event can be undertaken mounted (bicycle, horse or whatever) or dismounted, at walking pace or faster for the more energetic.

This year, on Saturday 9th September 2017, walkers from Semley will be visiting our Benefice churches at Sedgehill, East Knoyle, Donhead St Andrew, Donhead St Mary and Semley (with the more energetic possibly also taking in Ludwell). The planned route will cover 15 miles, but there are options to shorten it along the way.

Anyone from Semley or other parishes in our Benefice would be welcome to join the walk, which will start from St Leonard's, Semley at 10am. Alternatively, you may wish to plan your own route around churches of your choice to raise money for this worthy cause. WHCT returns half of any amount raised to each participant's own church. Anyone who would like to contribute but cannot take part on the day would be very welcome to sponsor those that can!

Further details, including sponsorship forms and a map of the route are available from Andrew (tel: 01747 853 747). To contact Andrew by email, click here, and when the new window opens, click on the ‘Contact Form’ tab, and then complete the form.

Please come and join us on 9th September 2017 or sponsor us to support our beautiful churches!

To read more about the Wiltshire Historic Churches Trust, click here.

Harvest Festival in the Benefice - 2017

HarvestHarvest will be celebrated at churches throughout the Benefice at the following services and events:

Donhead St Mary & Donhead St Andrew

A combined Donheads, Charlton, Ludwell and the Cooombes Harvest Family Service will be held at St John’s Church, Charlton, on Sunday 17th September 2017 at 11.00 am. The Harvest Supper will be held on the previous evening, 16th September, at Ludwell Primary School. For more details, click here.

St Catherine’s Church, Sedgehill

The Harvest Service will be held on Sunday 24th September 2017 at 6.00 pm.
The Harvest Supper will take place in Sedgehill Village Hall on Saturday 23rd September.  Click here for more information.

St Mary’s Church, East Knoyle

Harvest Evensong will be held on Sunday 1st October 2017 at 6.00 pm. The service will be followed by Harvest Supper in East Knoyle Village Hall. For more details, click here.

St Leonard’s Church, Semley

Harvest Festival Eucharist will be held on Sunday 8th October 2017 at 9.30 pm. The Harvest Supper will take place on Saturday 7th October at the Barn, Grove House, Semley. Click here for more information.

Please do come and join us - all are most welcome.

Prayer Cycle and Prayer of the Month - September 2017

Do keep your prayer requests coming. We do not always know what is going on but we are always ready to pray for you if you just let us know: The Rev’d June (telephone 01747 828427, Julia (telephone 01747 829166) and the Rev’d Richard or the Benefice Office (both telephone 01747 830174).

This Prayer about our journey through life is by Canon Frank Topping:

Lord, you spent your earthly days travelling on foot.
Your greatest journey was on a donkey,
But you left behind a trail of hope, and love and peace.
At least I know that it is not the distance travelled that matters,
but the quality of the journey.
In all my travels,
Christ be before me,
Christ be behind me,
Christ be beside me,
Christ be at mine end and at my departing.

Benefice Pastoral Visiting Team

We have a trained team of visitors, both ordained and lay, who are available to visit anyone who would like a visit, a chat or some company

For more details, please telephone Sandra, the Pastoral Visitng Team Co-ordinator, on 01747 830471, or the Beneifce Office on 01747 830174.

Midweek Services in the Benefice


The following services are normally held on weekdays in the Benefice:

a.  Morning Prayer at 8.45 am:

  • In St Mary's Church, East Knoyle, on Monday mornings
  • In St Leonard's Church, Semley, on Tuesday mornings, followed by coffee
  • In St Mary's Church, Donhead St Mary, on Wednesday mornings
  • In St Andrew's Church, Donhead St Andrew, on Thursday mornings

b.  Midweek Eucharist at 10.00 am on Wednesdays in St Leonard’s Church, Semley

Please do come and join us at these services - all are most welcome.

Benefice Choir

singing choir sThe Benefice Choir is based at St Andrew's Church, Donhead St Andrew, but membership is drawn from across the Benefice. The Choir sings for six services a year and rehearses on the four Fridays before each service. Since its inception, it has grown to around eighteen adult singers. The repertoire is wide-ranging from early music to living composers.


Prayer Circle

Praying HandsThe Prayer Circle meets about every six weeks for one to one-and-a-half hours hours. Our meeting starts with a Prayer, a Bible Reading and some thoughts on the text. Then we review the Prayer List and bring it up to date. We end with a short Prayer and the Grace. We have tea and coffee so that we are sharing in every way. Our commitment is that we all pray regularly for the people on our list. One of us takes the annotated Prayer List home and updates it for the coming period of time.

Each month, we ask for information of need in the Parish Magazine. We also furnish The Prayer of the Month item for the Parish Magazine with a note of why the particular prayer was chosen. On occasions, we publish an extra article in the magazine and, with the person's permission, we tell of answers to prayer.

If you are interested in finding out more about the Prayer Circle, wish to join the group, or would like to submit a prayer request to the Circle, please contact Rev'd June, telephone 01747 828427. Alternatively, you can send Rev'd June an email from this website - to send the email, click here and when the new page opens, select the 'Contact Form' tab, and then complete the form.

Benefice Monthly Magazine - 'Parish News'

parish news sNews and events from around the Benefice of St Bartholomew are published in the monthly magazine 'Parish News'. If you wish to write a piece for the magazine or submit an advert for the publication, please contact the Editor, Suzanne, telephone 01747 830456. If you prefer, you can send an email via this web site to the Editor - click here to open the contact form to send the email.


Articles must be with the Editor by 23rd of each month to ensure publication in the following month's edition.

Partnership between Chalke Deanery and Diocese of Cueibet, South Sudan

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The Benefice of St Bartholomew is part of the Chalke Deanery. In 2012, the Deanery established a partnership with the Diocese of Cueibet, one of the Dioceses in the Episcopal Church of South Sudan. Click here to learn more about this Partnership, and find out about the visit to Cueibet made in November 2014 by a team of five people from the Deanery, including our former Curate, Rev'd Alice Goodall.