Auction of Promises for St Mary’s roof appeal


7.30PM FOR 8PM

  1. A ride on the wild side. Mountain biking with Jamie Flannagan
  2. Shooting partridges. 1 gun end of Oct/early Nov. 100 bird day over the famous Bishopstone valleys with Henry Stoye
  3. Something that comes to us all. Your own bespoke will by Alan Taylor
  4. A week’s tuition with your own horse by maestro eventer Rodney Powell
  5. Sweet runner. Garden machinery service by Doug  Stevens
  6. Spotting orchids on the downs (up to 5 varieties) on a fine June evening + supper. 2/4 people with Penny and Richard Green at Glebe Cottage
  7. Award winning B&B and dinner for 2 by Roz Boot at Cheney Thatch
  8. Sandown races as an owner. Badges + lunch for 2 by arrangement with Peter Deal
  9. An hours real acrobatics experience (gentle or otherwise) with pilot William Moore in his Yak fighter plane at Draycott airfield, Swindon
  10. A track day at Castle Coombe (bring your own car) with other enthusiasts. c/o Royal Oak
  11. A squash lesson from a UK top No 10. c/o Royal Oak
  12. A morning on the gallops at Lambourn with jockey club’s Wil Riddle
  13. Helen Browning’s hotel B&B+supper+bottle of champagne. c/o Royal Oak

WI Grand Auction

Womens Institute Grand Auction – All Welcome

Wiltshire WIs are hosting a Grand Auction of goods and promises on Saturday 19th August at Lavington School SN10 4EB (near Devizes). Hundreds of lots are up for sale including silver, bone china, Bristol blue glass and art work, as well as free vouchers generously donated by Wiltshire businesses. Chippenham auctioneer Gordon Brockman will officiate and has generously waived his fee. Viewing from 11.00am; Auction starts at 2.00pm. The Auction Catalogue may be viewed on the Wiltshire Federation’s Facebook page:  Type in: “Wiltshire WI Auction” and there is a click link in the second post down. All of  the auction proceeds will go to support the upkeep of Denman College, the WI’s own educational college located at Marcham, Oxfordshire. Denman embodies one of the key aims of the Womens Institute – to advance the education of women and girls.  Today Denman is open to WI members, non-members and men; around 11,000 people attend courses there each year.

Vicars Letter June 2017

Dear Friends and Neighbours

As we come to the end of another football season we can reflect on some of the good matches and on where we have found ourselves in the league. Thoughts will also turn to what the future might bring. Back in the day, in certain towns and cities it was not unusual to see some of our heroes from the football league appearing in white for the county cricket team. There was a pride in representing the local area and in giving our family, friends and neighbours something to shout about.

Last year saw the Swindon 175 celebrations. A time to mark the birth of Swindon and so much that has been achieved by this town since then. Some have said that history is pointless unless you can learn from it. History is also a place where we can draw great motivation. In the same way as we will never know what’s possible unless we give it a go, the fact that we have gone on to achieve so much by stepping into the unknown is a point also worth bearing in mind. Heroes of a non-sporting kind are very much a part of our history too.

For nearly half of Swindon’s existence a lady called Jean Kent lived and worked and brought up a family in this part of the world. She supported her husband, loved the countryside and loved to sing. Jean was the back bone of our efforts to give thanks and praise to God in the Church Choir of one particular church; and helped it through the changes and challenges that amalgamation brought with it in later years. No stranger to the Wyvern Jean contributed to the dramatic side of life too. Last year we celebrated Jeans ninetieth Birthday together with her two boys. One has taken some of Swindon’s technical heritage to Canada where he lives and works as an electrical engineer.

The other carry’s the baton of Jeans love of music and stage. The fact that he works in a caring profession is another indication of the kind of inheritance that Jean has passed on. Jeans faith was very important to her and she was still singing with the church choir at Evensong until only a few weeks ago. With Jeans passing, there is a gap in the choir stalls that will forever be treasured. Heroes are formed when they make the seemingly impossible possible. They can appear in every walk of life and are a God given gift to inspire us all. There will be some heroics in examination rooms in our schools and colleges over the next few weeks and so we pray for them and all who are caring from them too.

With best wishes and prayers