Trussell Trust shoe boxes

Please also remember that the deadline for Christmas shoe boxes for Bulgaria, being organised by the Trussell Trust, is 26th November. Your Trussell Trust rep. will be happy to take receipt of your box or, alternatively, leave your box with me, Paul Taylor. Details of the scheme are available on the Trussell Trust website
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Russell Trust shoe box poster

Local artistic talent

It’s a Wonderful World
Salisbury Plain Benefice’s art display, September 2014

Last month saw a gathering of local artistic talent exhibited in St Mary’s. It is quite stunning how skilled and diverse people are. Exhibits varied from drawing and painting to sculpture and an amazing patchwork quilt. We also had some excellent entries from our local children. All in all the church was filled with colour and cake! You can’t have a church and not cake, can you?

We hope to host more cultural events in St Mary’s in Shrewton. Remember, each of our churches is an integral part of village life, not simply a place of worship. It’s everybody’s church whether you’re religious or not.

So, stay tuned for more culture next year, including, I hope, Shrewton’s 1st year in the Wylye Valley and Plain Arts art trails.

Sean Ashton

Exhibition taking shape

Final preparations

Some of the exhibits


‘My godfather, Steve’

Artist with her rainbow

Some contributions from Appleford School

Contributors ranging for 4 to 80 years

Cakes for the visitors

Relaxing in the Children’s Corner

And our youngest visitor…

Parking at the Cathedral

Parking in the Cathedral Close

Before the formation of the Salisbury Plain Benefice the Orcheston PCC raised a complaint with the Dean and Chapter of Salisbury Cathedral that one of our parishioners, who was attending a service in the Cathedral, had been charged £6 to park in one of the disabled bays. We have correspondence dating back to November 2012.

I am pleased to report that following yet another chase I have had a telephone conversation with the Floor Manager, Mark Bonner, that parking, whether disabled or otherwise, is FREE for anyone attending a service in the Cathedral. I am assured that the parking attendants have been reminded that this is the case. Should any of you experience similar difficulties in the future Mr Bonner has asked that you contact him direct and refer the attendant to my conversation with Mr Bonner.

A small but encouraging success for the tenacity of the Secretary of the former Orcheston PCC.

Finally, I am pleased to report that the ORCHESTON HARVEST LUNCH yesterday went well, with 24 guests who contributed generously to the raffle and to the success of the event.William Ashton lead the Grace before lunch and thanks are due to all the helpers and those who contributed salads, puddings etc.

Paul Taylor, Churchwarden, St Mary’s Orcheston.

Sudan Lunch in Shrewton


this is just a quick message to let you know/remind you that there will be a lunch in support of South Sudan this coming week (8th October), at the Methodist Hall in Shrewton at 12.15pm. Please do come if you are free; and tell your friends and neighbours who may not use the internet!

kind regards,