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Click HERE to read 'Four churches' statement on Syria' (2 Dec 2015)




          Click HERE to be taken to their website





During 2015-2017 St Andrew's will be raising money for the three charities below.  Click on each to learn more about them.

The Samaritans



The Turning Point Trust


Click HERE for the latest Turning Point News from Jo Parsons

(daughter of Jean & Michael Simmonds)


Devizes Food Bank


Emergency food for local people in crisis

at St Andrew's on Thursdays 10.00 a.m. - 12 noon

Foodbank clients bring their voucher to be redeemed for three days emergency food.  Volunteers meet clients over a cup of tea and can signpost people to agencies able to solve the longer-term problem.

The Devizes Foodbank is a Christian charity and part of the Trussell Trust Foodbank Network.  It works with supporters and beneficiaries regardless of their faith or lack of faith.  As a result of the growth in its activities throughout the Kennet area and the retirement of some long-standing volunteers it is now seeking people for the following roles:

·            Trustees to join the Board of Trustees to provide strategic direction and use their skills and knowledge to ensure that it meets its responsibilities as it seeks to expand its operations.  They will have a desire to help people in crisis through dealing with food poverty. People with communication/IT skills and experience in fund-raising activities will be particularly welcome.

·            Volunteer Administrators. Ideally they will have a knowledge of using spreadsheets and simple databases.  Training will be provided.

Anyone wanting more information or considering the above position(s) should contact Peter Brearley (Chair of Trustees) see 'Contact' page for link to email. 

Devizes Foodbank has a new store

The Foodbank has moved its store to the Community Hospital.

Claire Perry, MP, who had helped negotiate with the GWH Trust, cut the ribbon. Gaiger Brothers, who had housed the store, helped with the move providing transport.

Churches Together in Devizes


The photo was taken at the signing of the new Constitution

on Thursday 29 January 2015 at the Church of Our Lady.

(left to right)  Revd. Gary Gotham, (St Andrew’s), Revd. David Fiddy (The Rock), Lawrie Smithson (St James’), Revd. Vincent Perricone (St Peter’s), Liz Overthrow (St John’s and St Mary’s), Jacky Thomas (Quakers), Fr. Philip Baptiste (Church of Our Lady), Revd. Paul White (Sheep Street Baptist Church).



Devizes Youthy

This open youth club meets at Southbroom Centre (next to the Leisure Centre) on Wednesday evenings.  Although it is a secular club, the leaders are keen to build up a Christian ethos and would really appreciate two or three more adults joining the team.  Some leaders like to be there every week, others prefer fortnightly.

Please contact Annica if you think you can help 07810 837787 - email: devizesyouthy@hotmail.com 




From THE PASTORAL SECRETARY - Jennifer Brearley



A Safe Place is somewhere you can go if anything goes wrong when you are out and about.

 Safe Places are often public buildings or shops which are open to the public. They will have a Safe Place sticker in their window.

Staff there will take time to listen to you, help you make a telephone call, provide you with somewhere to sit.

Safe Places are offered by people who care about those in their community and would like to be able to help anyone who needs unexpected support.

You might wish to use the Safe Place because you feel upset or unwell.  Perhaps you have forgotten the number of the bus you need to catch, where the bus stop is or you may have lost your purse or wallet and need somewhere to go to sort things out.

If you have an information card (e.g. ICE or alert card) you could show this at a Safe Place so they know you have additional needs and can help you get the right support. Your card may include who to contact in an emergency or how people can help you in a Safe Place. 

Safe Places in Devizes

Any place that is open and showing the safe place logo will be happy to help. 

Age UK Wiltshire

Coral Cove

Devizes Library


Lloyds TSB

Rangebourne Pets

Strakers Estate Agents

The Crown Centre

Wiltshire Council

Alzheimer's Support

Costa Coffee

Devizes Town Council

Kennet & Avon Canal Trust

Marks & Spencer


Walter Rose & Son

Wiltshire Heritage Museum

Boots the Chemist

Devizes Leisure Centre

Hare & Hounds

Lansdown Surgery

Morrisons Supermarket

Sainsburys Supermarket

The Bear Hotel


Wiltshire Sight

This information comes from the Wiltshire Safe Places Website: www.wiltshiresafeplaces.wordpress.com



Services Offered by Wiltshire Sight

(from their website www.wiltshiresight.org)


Access to information:

Their telephone helpline or a visit to their Sight Centre is often the first port of call for people who are affected by sight loss.  They provide information and advice to callers on issues such as services available at Wiltshire Sight and other organisations that may be able to provide support.  Trained staff are available to demonstrate a wide range of equipment and low vision aids.


Early Intervention Support:

They run an early intervention 'drop in' at various locations and also support the volunteer Helpdesk at the Eye Clinic in the Great Western Hospital in Swindon.


Community-based Support:

They run monthly Eye Contact 'drop-in' sessions and Groups at a number of community locations across the county, offering support, information and advice.


Living with Sight Loss Workshops:

Their 'Eye Can' workshops provide people with friendship, the skills and information to adjust to life with sight loss.


Assistive Technology:

They can offer one to tone demonstrations and workshops of the latest technology devices in their Assistive Technology suite.


Support and Friendship for Families and Carers:

Coffee mornings provide friendship and fun for family members and carers, as well as information and support.


Children and Families Support:

Zoom Club provides friendship support and fun for families.



They run a weekly craft club in their Sight Centre in Devizes and a Living Painting monthly book club.


Keeping in Touch:

They provide large print and audio newsletters and have a CD lending library.  They are the local agents for the National Wireless for the Blind Fund, which provides accessible audio equipment on loan.

St Lucy's Sight Centre

The Beeches


Bath Road


SN10 2AT

(open Mon to Fri 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.)

Telephone 01380 723682 (Mon to Fri 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.)

email: info@wiltshiresight.org 




Life is for Living Handbook

(Wiltshire Council)

Supposedly supplied to people aged 70+.  Ask at the library if you would like a copy.  






It would be lovely to know about and remember everyone’s special dates. Our information is incomplete so your pastoral visitor will be asking for yours soon.




Memory Books

Have you made a record of the events in your life? Memory books help to make it easy to capture all those stories for your family to treasure. We could start a project if enough people are interested. Let me know if you are.  I can show you an example of what we might use.  


Favourite Hymns

Gary would like to know some of our favourite hymns for use in future services.




Click HERE to see the latest books added to our Church Library in 2017.

Do browse and borrow and when you have a few minutes whilst you are on the church premises. I guarantee you'll find something of interest.

The Library can be found in the Church near the Foyer.

 Eileen Robinson




There is a Traidcraft stall at St Andrew's after the service on the first Sunday of the month.

Don't expect things to be cheap!  Being fair to the producers means paying more - but you can enjoy your purchases with a good conscience!

Why not take a look at the catalogue for craft items as well as food, or look at their website -  www.traidcraftshop.co.uk  


Items not on the stall can be ordered through the church and not incur any delivery charge.




Market Lavington



Coffee House, White Street, Market Lavington

(Arguably the best coffee in Market Lavington!)


Tel: 078 7669 3620

Opening hours

Mon:   1.30 p.m. - 4.30 p.m.

Tue:   10.00 a.m. - 4.30 pm.

Wed: 10.00 a.m. - 4.30 p.m.

Thu:   Closed

Fri:    10.00 a.m. - 5.00 p.m.

Sat:     9.30 a.m. - 12.30 p.m.


Parking is available at the Community Hall.


Tables & chairs can easily be moved to accommodate pushchairs and wheelchairs

The shop on the corner of Church/White Street in 1904  

and in 1914  

and 2014

Ready to serve you!

     Lunchtime Menu

Mug of Soup & a Bread Roll.

Toasted Sandwiches.



Rowdey Cow Ice Cream


AGED 13 - 17 ?

Want somewhere to meet friends?

THE FOOD CAVE at St Arbucks

13-17 year olds are very welcome to join 'The Food Cave' which meets Tuesdays during term-time from 4.30 p.m. to 6.30 p.m.  It's a session specifically for young people to socialise, enjoy the free wi-fi and subsidised refreshments.

We have a responsible adult seeing to safety and also providing training for those additionally looking for work experience, who are welcome to learn how to use the machinery and serve refreshments to the other young people.

If interested, just turn up, or call 01380 816145.

link from David Lamb





I can order sweatshirts for £15 and short-sleeved polo shirts for £12.50.  

Available in many colours & all sizes.

     Christine Madigan



Devizes Opendoor continues to support the vulnerable and homeless of the Devizes area. It offers three drop-in sessions on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at St John's Parish Rooms. At these sessions our service users receive meals, fellowship, counselling, personal hygiene (showers) and the use of a laundry which is just to be upgraded thanks to a grant from The Gannett Foundation.  We see around 20 people at an opening.  These will be homeless, sofa-surfers and those struggling to keep a roof over their head.

Devizes Opendoor could not operate without the strong support of the Christian community of Devizes team, particularly on the Friday shift from 16.30-19.00.  These volunteers have the key roles of cooking or counselling (sometimes both).  We are always looking to strengthen our team.

A key worker as Acting Co-ordinator for many months has been Christopher Sloane from Sheep St Baptist Church.  Without his stalwart work recently, when our Co-ordinator moved on to take a promotion, it would have been difficult for us to continue without his organisation and front-line skills.

To strengthen Opendoor we particularly need people with the confidence and skills to be Team-leaders at and run openings to support our new co-ordinator Nadia Mitchell.  If you are interested in supporting the work of Devizes Opendoor please send an email to recruitment@devizesopendoor.net or text the Chair, Eddie Sims on 07968983660.  And please continue to support our work with your prayers.




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