The monthly magazine of St Andrew’s, Devizes; Marston Chapel;

and Trinity, Market Lavington

April 2018


From the Church Secretary

We are about to reach Holy Week in this journey through Lent, so I take this opportunity to remind you of the events at St Andrew's that week.



On Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday 26th - 28th March

a Meditation in the Church at 7.00 p.m. for half an hour


Maundy Thursday 29th March

a simple meal shared together at 7.00 p.m.


Good Friday

a Meditation at the Cross at 7.00 p.m.


Easter Day

begins with Holy Communion at 8.00 a.m., followed by breakfast (please sign on list in foyer).

Morning Worship with Holy Communion at 10.30 a.m. led by Revd Ray Adams.

There is a service with Holy Communion at Marston Chapel at 6.00 p.m. led by Revd Gary Gotham.



You may remember that St Andrew's decorated a tree at St John's Christmas Tree Festival.  A few weeks ago, Carol Hams & I were invited to a Presentation Evening at the Church, where we received a cheque for £100 as the winner of our section, so I have ordered ten more Singing the Faith hymn books using that money.


I thank Richard Heath for arranging the 'Big Clean' and also thank all those who helped on those days.  It was good to be working together and to see the walls and floors gleaming again!


Thank you, too, to all those who regularly welcome people on Sunday mornings; give out hymn books;  make and serve coffee; receive the offering and count it.  Also all those who arrange flowers; play the music; read lessons plus all the 'behind the scenes' tasks that make us the Church and the people of St Andrew's.


It is reaching the time for the BIG BREAKFAST and PLANT SALE - Monday 7 May from 8.00 a.m. - 11.00 a.m.

Do come along and tell your friends and neighbours.  It is always a well supported event well fixed in the Church calendar.


Just to remind you that the Church AGM will be held on Saturday 12 May at 10.00 a.m.  We hope the weather conditions will be more favourable than out last Church Meeting.




Ruth McGregor





Women's World Day of Prayer

Sadly, due to the snow, we felt it necessary to postpone this service.  It will now take place on FRIDAY APRIL 6th at 10-30 at St. James Church.  Although we will not be meeting at the same time as the rest of the world, we will still share the same service, written by the Christian women in Suriname, 'All God's creation is very good.' 


We invite women and men to share in this service as we consider Suriname's concern for the environment.





 Following the day that many of us shared in at Swindon, you are all invited to a gathering at 


10.00 a.m. on Saturday, April 14th

in Rooms 1 & 2 upstairs


to continue our discussion and ask ourselves as a Church and as individuals, 'Where do we go from here?' 

We see this event as the beginning of a journey and we invite you all to be part of that.  Please come and share together.








On Tuesday 6 March we had a Celebratory Evening to acknowledge 60 years since the formation of our group.

Ruth McGregor explained her involvement since the original Methodist Young Wives group was formed in 1957 by the then Minister’s wife, June Lunn.  Dora White gave her reminiscences and humorous anecdotes from the time she joined in the 1970’s and Eileen Robinson said how delighted she had been when she first moved to Devizes, to find a friendly church group she could join.  Some earlier traditions still continue, e.g. our annual Christmas Celebration with Carols & Readings; New Year Meal and Outings.  Pauline Hawkins gave an interesting picture-show of photographs taken over the years, which led to much input when ladies recognised either themselves, or those no longer with us, together with remembrances of past events.


We were joined by a number of ladies who are not always able to come now on Tuesday evenings.  Of these, Joyce Weston (a founder member), cut the celebration cake made by Ann King and decorated by Alana Mitcham. It was delicious!!!

Our April meetings on Tuesdays at 7.30 p.m. in the Church Hall are as follows: -

 Apr 3rd     TEARS OF THE DRAGON (affordable hand-made pearl jewellery) with Frances Benton. Tears of the Dragon sets out to enable everyone who enjoys the delight of wearing beautiful pearls to do so in affordable style.

 Apr 17th   DAD’S UNDERGROUND ARMY – Bill King. The Auxiliary Units (British Resistance Organisation); the formation, organisation and activities of this secret organisation which, with its Headquarters at Coleshill House, would have come into action if Britain had been invaded by the Nazis in World War 2.

If you would like to give us a try, just come along and if you would like a programme, please email using the 'Contact' page of this website.


Cynthia Crocker




     When I first wrote about the A Rocha project to become an Eco church, I listed the five key areas that we would be judged on. These are:-


                 Worship and Teaching

                 Management of the Church Buildings

                 Management of Church Land

                 Community and Global Engagement



Unlike many Anglican churches, we have very little church land but I want to thank the Gardening Group for keeping our front flower beds so tidy and vibrant. It has been a great joy to see the spring flowers emerging. I feel sure passers-by have been cheered by them.


I have also seen Richard on the roof of the rear shed surrounded by a mountain of foliage that he had cut down from encroaching vegetation. The recent cleaning days have brightened up the inside of our buildings too.


                Gary tells me that we have already "ticked enough boxes" to earn a bronze award but he is aiming for the silver before submitting his findings.


                Congratulations to one and all.


                     Christine Madigan





Breakfast@St Arbucks Coffee House

with Les & Janice

1 Church Street, Market Lavington, SN10 4DT




9.00 a.m. - 1.00 p.m.

Saturday 7 April








Do you have a sewing machine, or sewing materials you no longer need?  Tools for self reliance can use these, as well as carpentry tools, engineering tools, to make kits for people in African countries to help them earn a living.  Neil and I take tools over to Holt where they are reconditioned before being sent off.  Speak to Neil if you think you have anything that might be useful.




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