Deanery Summer Camp 2016

Calling all boys and girls in school years 6 to 9 and aspiring youth leaders – years 10 to 12...

Early in 2015, I told you about the 2015 Deanery Summer Camp. I’m pleased to confirm that we will be holding a camp again this year (we are now calling it Pulse Camp), from late afternoon of 8th July 2016 to Sunday afternoon,10th July 2016. As before, it will be held at the Girl Guide Centre, close to the pretty village of Berwick St. James - between the A36 Wilton Road and the A303 at Winterbourne Stoke ( There will be a range of activities, including: Lasertag ( on one of the days; camp fires; music; story telling; group discussions; a variety of games; a midnight hike. I will let you know later more about the weekend, together with booking arrangements.

deanery yth camp tastBefore the main camp, we decided to organise two ‘Taster Days’, when you can come and meet members of the organising team and sample some of the summer-camp’s activities. The first of these, on Saturday 16th January and based in the garden of St. Mary and St. Nicholas Church in Wilton, was attended by thirty-four children and several helpers; all the children said they had a great time.

There’ll be another Taster Day on Friday 8th April 2016, also at the same location; click here to read full details of this event. pdf logo

You can book a place either through me, or using the contact details on the poster at the link above.

Gerry Purdue
On behalf of the Organising Team
Click here for Gerry's contact detais

PS. We now have a web-site – - do have a look; you’ll find there a video taken during last year’s camp. I’m looking forward to helping at the next taster day and the summer camp; I’m sure you won’t be disappointed if you come. Gerry.

Calling all Barts Youth Group Members…

Deanery Summer Camp

You all know there's been a pause in our youth activities since Rev'd Steve and Jemma left us for pastures new, but we hope to get back soon to our regular programme of activities. In the meantime, I'm pleased to be able to invite you to our Deanery Summer Camp*; it will be held at the Girl Guide Centre close to the pretty village of Berwick St. James, between the A36 Wilton Road and the A303 at Winterbourne Stoke. For details of the Girl Guide Centre, click on this URL:

Youth Camp 2015 logoThe Camp, which is for boys and girls aged between 10 and 17, will run from Friday evening, 10th July 2015 to Sunday afternoon 12th July 2015. Registration will be between 4.30 and 6.00 p.m. and activities will end at 4.30 p.m. on the Sunday. There'll be a barbecue at the close, which your parents are invited to enjoy as well. You can bring your own tent but we'll have enough space for you if you don't have one.

So – what's on offer? Well, you won't be disappointed. It may be your first opportunity to camp in the open air; you'll make new friends; and there'll be a range of activities, including:

  • Lasertag ( on one of the days;
  • Camp fires;
  • Music;
  • Story telling, which will include a talk by Rev'd Alice Goodall and Dr. Elizabeth Hockney about their recent visit to Cueibet Diocese in South Sudan;
  • Group discussions;
  • A variety of games;
  • ...and we'll all go on a midnight hike.

We are asking you to contribute £25 each, which will include seven meals and the closing BBQ. We expect high demand for the eighty places available this year, so early application is advised; please contact Gerry for a form - telephone 01747 830 419. If you prefer, you can send Gerry an email from this web site - click here to open the contact form for Gerry to send the email. We'd also be pleased to hear from any mums or dads who would like to help. Just let Gerry know; it doesn't have to be for the whole weekend.

*Some of you will have been to last year's camp at Bruce Dunton's Home in Barford St. Martin. Bruce, who is still leading this year's event, has moved it to the 2.5 acre Guide Centre in order to accommodate larger numbers. The site has excellent, modern facilities so you won't be 'roughing it' too much!

Barts Summer Activities

bartsAre you 10 to16 years old, or do you know someone that age? Fancy walking the Ridgeway to Win Green for the Pentecost service, watching the sun rise and cooking breakfast on the way?

Would you be interested in other Barts activities over the Summer? If so contact Bob, telephone 01747 829 035. If you prefer, you can send Bob an email from this web site - click here to open the contact form for Bob to send the email.

Barts Programme for Remainder of 2014


Sunday 16th March 2014 - 2.15 pm to 5.30 pm: Beach Trip
Sunday 13th April 2014 - 5.00 pm to 7.00 pm: Incredible Stories - Put on A Play
Sunday 18th May 2014 - 4.00 pm to 6.00 pm: Bike Treasure Hunt & Hot Dog Feast
Saturday 21st June 2014 & Sunday morning - 7.30 pm to 11.00 am: Cake & Biscuit Bake, Sleepover, and Cake Sale after Semley Family Service
Friday 11th July to Sunday 13th July 2014 - All weekend: Youth Camp 2014
17th to 21st Augst 2014: Barts Summer Residential Sailing on Morning Star
Sunday 14th September 2014 - 5.00 pm to 7.00 pm: BBQ & Silly Games, Chill & Share Summer Stories
Sunday 19th October 2014 - 1.00 pm to 6.00 pm: It's a Knock Out - silly team games !
Sunday 16th November 2014 - 3.00 pm to 5.00 pm: Bulb Planting & Hot Chocolate Heaven
Sunday 21st December 2014 - 2.00 pm to 6.00 pm ish: Hit the (Dry) Slopes

You can see and/or download a detailed version of the programme in PDF format by clicking here.pdf logo s

If you have any queries about the Group, or to tell us you want to come, call Jemma on 01747 830174. If it's easier to do either of those by email, use TBD.

Our Weekend in Whitton

By Sophie Beaven

In February 2012, a group of young people from the Benefice took an amazing trip to Whitton Church, in London, to sing in their choir. We were with a group of Whitton children for the weekend and together we rehearsed some of their songs to sing on Sunday morning in their service.

Also we took a trip to St. Paul’s Cathedral and had a guided tour with a member of staff; it was absolutely incredible. The Cathedral was a beautiful building with lots of statues and monuments. As a group we all got the opportunity to go up and have a go in the Whispering Gallery; it really worked!

We all had a sleepover in the Church Hall and together everyone enrolled in lots of different activities, including a Talent Show! Even Whitton’s Rev Stephen joined in. As well as this we made flavoured puddings and drank hot chocolate in the evening, before tucking up and listening to Chris Lawton’s long ‘Monk’ story. It was a fun weekend enjoyed overall by everyone.