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As the new Rector of the Oldbury Benefice I am keen to find out how we can best serve the people in our villages. I would really welcome hearing from you and value the opportunity to receive information from you, particularly at this stage of my appointment. You can answer as many or as few questions as you like, and all responses are anonymous.

Please click on this link and fill out the questionnaire. Thank you.

Blessings Matt


St Swithin's Church fund raising concert

A Fund Raising Concert September 29th September

Lingmara World Music Choir love to sing songs from around the world, from many cultures and in many languages. Lingmara love performing and put on many concerts every year, also taking part in exchanges with choirs form other countries, most recently Lithuania and Germany.

Join us in St Swithin's church on Saturday 29th Septemeber 2018 at 7.30pm

Tickets: £8 each, to include admission and refreshments after the performance

Ticket Sales: 01249 814157

Matthew Earwicker

The New Rector of Oldbury

The Rev'd Matthew Earwicker

On Sunday 1st July we were able to welcome the whole benefice to St Swithin's for the Benefice Communion service, and Matt's first service since his licencing.

The church was full and Matt was entertaning, enlightening and uplifting in equal measures and will, I feel sure prove to be very good for the Benefice in the months and years to come.

Matt was very keen on involving the congregation and called several of the younger members of the congregation up to illustrate his interpretation of the reading. There was a certain amount of reluctance to volunteer the first time around but the offering of sweets as a reward for the volunteers was enough to bring a much keener response the second time. Although one poor lad seemed a little less than enthused when the only part left was that of the woman. So we had two of the man and Matt was the woman. Had I realised that sweets were on offer I would have thrown caution to the wind and volunteered immediately.

As is usual on such events, afterwards we were treated to a selection of nibbles and juices whilst we were able to mix and make new friends and renew old friendships.

St Swithins

St Swithin's Fundraising events - Autumn 2018

We have two very different events this Autumn, which we hope you will find enjoyable and interesting. Both are being repeated by popular request.

On Saturday 29 September, The Lingmara World Choir will be performing a varied and uplifting selection of choral arrangements at 7:30pm in St Swithin's church. This Chippenham based choir proved highly popular when they last visited Compton Bassett and we are looking forward to welcoming them back. The ticket price will include nibbles and drinks, which will be served after the choir's performance.

We are incredibly pleased to announce that Professor Andrew Reynolds, Professor of Archaeology and Medieval Studies from the University College London

We would be hugely grateful of your support for these events; please put both dates in your diaries.

A Fabulous Cheese and Wine Fundraiser at The Freeth!

Friday night's (10th November) fundraiser in aid of the maintenance and preservation of St Swithin's, our beautiful village church is on course to raise an astonishing £4,243.80! What a wonderful amount and what a wonderful evening. Many thanks to Louisa and Charles for hosting the evening and welcoming us all to their beautiful home. Huge thanks to our auctioneer Clive Farahar who did a splendid job with good humour and aplomb, dealing with diverse lots including giant chocolate buttons, a Robbie Williams bomber jacket and portrait of Nelson. Many, many thanks to everyone who so kindly donated truly stunning raffle prizes and auction lots. Libby's beautiful Christmas cake drew gasps of admiration. From the hard working bar tenders to raffle ticket sellers, Diane and Pat deserve a very special mention , everyone who brought delicious nibbles for us all to share, Isabel, Amelia and Daisy who did a great job with their marshmallow and spaghetti competition, this was a tremendous effort by everyone involved.

A massive THANK YOU from the St Swithins fundraisers and the Parochial Church Council to everyone from Compton Bassett and beyond who bought tickets, made donations, supported the raffle, bid extravagantly in the auction, drank wine and ate all those delicious nibbles!

Wishing you all a joyful Christmas and a happy New Year.

Roof problems.

Looking after a grade one listed medieval building is never going to be easy but we were not prepared to be faced with some quite expensive roof repairs at the Church. Over the years frost has taken its toll of the stone work and the roll top ridge tiles are crumbling away together with many of the ordinary stone tiles. We have stopped the rain coming in but it looks as if we are going to be faced with a bill in the region of £15,000. The work has got to be done "a stitch in time".

Some new initiatives.

We fully appreciate that not everybody in the Village wishes to be actively involved with the Church but we do know that many, who are not regular Churchgoers, have a real interest in keeping this fantastic old building, with all it stands for in the community, in business as a going concern. Regular Churchgoing members are becoming fewer and fewer and those that remain cannot continue to bear the full burden and so, although we are seriously confident that this trend will be reversed in time, we must look to the wider community for help; not just financial and practical help with Church maintenance, but also with the preservation of the Church as a centre for Christian outreach to those of our neighbours who might be in need. To further these aims we are looking at setting up some sort of group of 'Friends of St Swithin' and part of their purpose will be the creation in Compton Bassett of the 'Care in our Community' package being sponsored by the Oldbury Benefice of which we are part.

We would be seeking a number of volunteers to look out for any who might be in need as well as to report on the arrival of newcomers so that they can receive the 'Welcome Packs' which are not, at the moment, being distributed. JR

Money Matters

St Swithin's is a beautiful church and a part of Compton Bassett life; unfortunately it is also expensive for the congregation to support and maintain. In 2014 the average weekly cost was £ this includes repairs and maintenance, heat and light, insurance, and shared costs from the Benefice and the Salisbury Diocese.

The income to cover these costs comes from a variety of sources; the collection at our Church services, fees for weddings and funerals, retiring collections and donations, and fund raising events such as the annual Church fete.

It is always a struggle to match our annual income and expenditure. St Swithin's has been fortunate to have some reserves, but these will be further depleted in the
coming months with the capital expenditure to install a hand rail along the church path, significant repairs to the roof stonework and tiles to keep out the rain, and the installation of a toilet.

We can maximise our income from donations if they are gift-aided. Any UK taxpayer can use the Gift Aid scheme, which increases the value of a donation by 25%. The only requirement is that you must be paying an amount of tax at least equivalent to the amount of money we will be claiming from the taxman in respect of your gift (i.e. the extra 25%). It doesn't cost you a penny - Gift Aid means that the Inland Revenue refunds to St Swithin's the tax you already pay on that part of your income.

So do please use the Gift Aid envelopes if making a donation at a church service, or contact Malcolm Seymour (Treasurer: 01249 814157) for a Gift Aid Declaration Form if you are considering a separate donation. MS

The Benefice Office

oldbury benefice office

Well, after three years of planning from a small sub-committee of the Benefice Council, assembled by Gib Hancock, Perry Chadwyck-Healey, Anthony Wilson, John Reis and the Rector, discussions and dreams were finally realized on 1st June, 2014, with the blessing of the new Benefice Office in Heddington by Bishop Edward of Ramsbury.

The project would never have come to fruition had it not been for the hard work of that group and the generosity of David Tyler and many others to provide the site and necessary financial resources. David spoke movingly that his father-in-law Stan Mattock, would have wholeheartedly approved of seeing the garages, once his workshop, now used to benefit the ministry of our local churches in the Benefice.

Perry Chadwyck-Healey organized the garage's conversion, and others helped enormously by decorating and fitting, particularly John Humphries who is now an expert with Ikea furniture. Thanks to Derick Eadon lots of people have now been well and truly pigeon holed. The office has a small kitchenette and an environmentally friendly composting loo as well.

The new office will provide a shared resource for the five parishes of the Oldbury Benefice and provide a base for our Administrator, Rector, assistant clergy and lay leaders to work from. Because it is a generous size, there will now be opportunities to use the Office as a Meeting room. If you would like to use the space for a meeting, please ask Lorraine Mackie to find the most appropriate time.

Lorraine Mackie will be working Tuesdays and Thursdays,
8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Benefice Office telephone number is 01380 850789.

Do pop in!

Every blessing. Rev Philip Bromiley.

St Swithins Compton Bassett

Thank You.....

If anyone would like to join the flower rota please contact Jenny Jackson on 816232.

and Thank you

The PCC would like to thank all those who polish the brass and clean our beautiful Church. It has been cared for for nearly a thousand years and it is our privilege to look after it for future generations. If anybody would like to be included in the rota do contact Sally Reis on 01249 760219.

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