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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

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.



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


Action on Hearing Loss

(from their website www.actiononhearingloss.org.uk)


How can I tell if I have hearing loss?

Ask yourself:

  • Do I turn up the TV louder than your family wants it?

  • Do you find it hard to follow conversation in pubs and restaurants?

  • Do you struggle to hear on the phone?

  • Do you often ask people to repeat what they say?

  • Does your partner complain that you don't listen to them?

  • Do you find others mumble?

If you answer 'yes' to any of these questions, take a quick and easy Hearing Check and make an appointment to see your GP.


Check your hearing:

The Action on Hearing Loss Check isn't a full hearing test but it will indicate whether your hearing is in the normal range or if you should have further tests.


The benefit of taking the Hearing Check is that if it does suggest you have hearing loss, we'll send you a statement of the results that you can take along to your GP - this might make it easier for you to get a referral to an audiologist (hearing specialist) for further tests.


Take the Hearing Check over the phone on 0844 800 3838 (local rate) or online at actiononhearingloss.org.uk/hearing check.


Factsheets and leaflets:

These factsheets and leaflets will tell you about a whole range of issues related to the ears and hearing.


If you think you might have a hearing loss, our leaflet 'How's your hearing?' is a good place to start.  It explains how you can get your hearing tested and gives you an overview of the many things that can help you to hear and communicate better.  Our leaflet 'Ear problems and treatments'  gives an overview of how your ears work and the ear-related problems that can cause hearing loss, balance problems or tinnitus.


You can order free factsheets and leaflets from free helpline 0808 808 0123.


You can email the Information Line on informationline@hearingloss.org.uk





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


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 Andrewís), Revd. David Fiddy (The Rock), Lawrie Smithson (St Jamesí), Revd. Vincent Perricone (St Peterís), Liz Overthrow (St Johnís and St Maryís), Jacky Thomas (Quakers), Fr. Philip Baptiste (Church of Our Lady), Revd. Paul White (Sheep Street Baptist Church).



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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