Our church today
The beautiful and ancient Grade 1 listed church of St Thomas à Becket has stood in Tilshead, in the heart of Salisbury Plain, for over a thousand years.
The village has a population of about 350 people. There is a filling station with shop and a pub with a Post Office outreach service.
There is a strong sense of community, and many of those who help with church cleaning, flower arranging and church events are not regular churchgoers.
An extensive programme of repairs and redecoration was carried out during 2011, and as a result the 2012 Quinquennial Inspection report has shown the church building to be in good condition. The Ministry of Defence is our Lay Rector, and is therefore responsible for repairs to the chancel, and we are lucky enough to have a well-supported and active Friends of Tilshead Church which helps with the maintenance of the fabric of the church.
The interior of the church was redecorated in 2011
Our expanding Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School has 58 pupils, and weekly assemblies are held in the church. A new classroom was blessed by The Right Reverend Dr Edward Condrey, Bishop of Ramsbury, in April 2013 (see below).
Church location map