Lammas Service, East Knoyle - 13th August 2017

Lammas LoafThe Benefice will be holding a special service on Sunday 13th August 2017 to celebrate Lammas, the beginning of the harvest. Details of the service are as follows:

  • Where: The Barn at Moors Farm, East Knoyle, Shaftesbury, SP3 6BU (by kind permission of the Reading family)
  • When: 10.30 am on Sunday 13th August 2017

Come and thank God for our Daily bread.

Click here to see a map showing the location of Moors Farm.

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

Christian Aid Week - 14th to 21st May 2017

Christian Aid WeekJust a reminder about the Christian Aid Week taking place over the period 14 to 21 May 2017, and to say that a special carrier bag is hanging near the tills in Wrens Shop, East Knoyle, to receive any filled red envelopes you may kindly wish to donate to this cause. I will collect them up after that week and send the donations off to the Christian Aid office. I hope to put a similar carrier bag in St Leonard’s Church, Semley.

Thank you in advance

Suzanne Sandford

Ascension Sunday Service - 28th May 2017

pentecost sWe shall gather as a Benefice to celebrate the Ascension of our Lord at a special Eucharist to be held on Win Green (911 feet above sea level - the highest point in Wiltshire) on Sunday 28th May 2017. The service will begin at 11.00 am.  Please bring a picnic for after the service.

The Guest President and Preacher will be The Rev'd Canon Chris Savage.

If you are not familiar with the location of Win Green, click here to see a map showing how to find it.

Should it be very wet, the service will be held at St John's Church, Charlton.

Please do come and join us at the service - all will be most welcome.

Rogation Sunday - 14th May 2017

Beat the Bounds

and Bring Your Hounds!

HoundRogation days are days of prayerful supplication before God. In years gone by, it was common for the Church to gather on Rogation Days to ask God to bless the crops being sown, to send rain and to give a good harvest later in the year. Often prayers would be said as the church processed around the boundary lines of the parish.

We will be celebrating Rogation Day on Sunday 14th May 2017 by beating the bounds - the traditional walking of the parish boundary - consisting of a three mile walk around Sedgehill. Dogs are very welcome - the more the merrier (and louder!).

We will meet at Lower House Farm, Sedgehill, SP7 9JF, at 9.00 am and at 9.15 am, we will set off. The walk will be 'buggy friendly' and 'dog friendly' so that all may manage it.

The walk will be followed by the Rogation Eucharist at 10.30 am, in the barn at Lower House Farm. Refreshments will be served after the service.

Click here to see the location of Lower House Farm.

All are most welcome.

Bereavement Service - 30th April 2017

candles2There will be a service at St Leonard’s Church, Semley on 30th April 2017 at 3.00 pm to remember those we have loved. The service will consist of a quiet time of reflection with music and candles, followed by refreshments at the Rectory.


Any offer of scones or cakes will be gratefully received.

Visit by Mr R Lees from Goa Anglican Centre - 30th April 2017

Last year, we were visited by Mr Richard Lees, founder of the Goa Anglican Centre. We had great feedback from his talks. He will be with us again on April 30th; he will speak at the 9.30 am Sung Eucharist at St Catherine’s Church, Sedgehill, and the 11.00 am Family Service at St John’s Church, Charlton.

All are most welcome.

To find out more about the Goa Anglican Centre, click here.

goa anglican centre

Palm Sunday & Holy Week 2017

Palm Sunday and Holy Week will be celebrated at services in the Churches throughout the Benefice as follows:

EasterSunday 9th April - Palm Sunday
9.30 am: Palm Sunday Service with procession behind a donkey - St John's Church, Charlton. Click here for more information.
11.00 am: Sung Eucharist - St Mary's Church, East Knoyle

Monday 10th April
10.00 am: Eucharist CW1 - St Catherine's Church, Sedgehill

Tuesday 11th April
10.00 am: Eucharist CW1 - St John's Church, Charlton

Wednesday 12th April
10.00 am: Eucharist - St Mary's Church, Donhead St Mary

Thursday 13th April - Maundy Thursday
7.30 pm: Holy Communion followed by Watch of Passion - St Leonard's Church, Semley. The evening will begin with Holy Communion, and following this will be a Vigil until Midnght, finishing with Compline.

Friday 14th April - Good Friday
2.00 pm: Good Friday Liturgy - St Mary's Church, East Knoyle

Saturday 15th April - Easter Eve
8.00 pm: Holy Saturday Vigil and first Eucharist of Easter - St Andrew's Church, Donhead St Andrew. The service starts soon after dark with the lighting of a bonfire. It is the most moving and beautiful of the Easter services. The Benefice Choir will lead the singing.

Sunday 16th April - Easter Day
9.30 am: Easter Service - St Catherine's Church, Sedgehill
9.30 am: Sung Eucharist - St Leonard's Church , Semley
11.00 am: Sung Eucharist - St Mary's Church, East Knoyle
11.00 am: Sung Eucharist - St Mary's Church, Donhead St Mary

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

Lent Study 2017

lent course 2017 sAre you interested in attending a Lent Study Course?

The course will be held at two venues:

  • At Barkers Hill, Donhead St Andrew, on Wednesday evenings at 7.30 pm beginning on 8th March 2017.
  • In East Knoyle on Tuesday afternoons at 2.30 pm beginning on 7th March 2017.

The course is called “Receiving Christ in Five Different Ways”.

If you would like to attend or require more information, please contact Jo in the Benefice Office for more information - click here for her contact details.



Annual Parochial Church Meetings 2017

The 2017 Annual Parochial Church Meetings (APCM) in the Benefice will be held on the following dates:

  • Semley: Sunday 5th March 2017 at 10.30 am in the church
  • East Knoyle: Sunday 19th March 2017 at 11.00 am in the church
  • Sedgehill: Sunday 26th March 2017 at 4.30 pm in the church
  • Donhead St Mary with Charlton: Sunday 2nd April 2017 at 12.00 pm in St Mary's Church, Donhead St Mary
  • Donhead St Andrew: Sunday 23rd April 2017 at 11.00 am in the church

Everyone on the Electoral Roll for each Church is entitled to vote at the APCM for their Church, so please do come to your meeting and make your views known to your PCC.

Lent Lunches - 2017

lent sA Lent Lunch will be held every Tuesday during Lent on the following dates:

  • 7th March 2017 at Semley Grange
  • 14th March 2017 at The Rectory, Semley
  • 21st March 2017 at Hart Hill Farm, Semley
  • 28th March 2017 at Hart Hill Farm, Semley
  • 4th April 2017 at Donhead St Mary Village Hall

Each lunch will begin at 12.30 pm.

All welcome - please do come and join us.

Mothering Sunday - Sunday 26th March 2017

daffs sMothering Sunday - 26th March 2017 - will be celebrated at services in churches throughout the Benefice as follows:

  • 8.30 am: St Mary's Church, East Knoyle - Communion (Book of Common Prayer)
  • 9.30 am: St Andrew's Church, Donhead St Andrew - Mothering Sunday Service
  • 9.30 am: St Mary's Church, Donhead St Mary - Sung Eucharist
  • 11.00 am: St Leonard's Church, Semley - Mothering Sunday Sung Eucharist

All are most welcome - please come and join us at one of these services.