to the website of St Nicholas Church, Silton,
Dorset, in the Gillingham,
Milton-on-Stour and Silton Benefice.
Canon Peter Greenwood
Revd Eve Pegler
Revd Tim Heaton
(situated off Queen Street, next to
Vicarage School Room)
to Friday 9am to 1pm
Administrator: Mrs Carole Blackmore
Postal Address: The Rectory, High Street,
Gillingham, SP8 4AJ
On this site we hope to provide you with all the
news and information about St. Nicholas Church
and the Parish of Silton in Dorset. If anyone
wishes to post relevant information on the site,
please could they e-mail their material to one
or other of the Churchwardens, who will be responsible
for the content.
To find St.
Nicholas Church, please
Peter Williams - Ride & Stride September 2019
Please note that until further notice
the opening time of the Church for Private Prayer
is on Wednesdays 12 noon -
subject to the
Guidance Notes which may be read
For full details of the Risk
Assessment that has been carried out, please
click here. Please note that this
is a multi-page PDF file and may take a short while
to download and open. You will need a suitable
PDF file reader.
For details of proposed services,
please see the notice below below and check
on the 'Services' tab.
Canon Peter, Eve and Tim are working extremely hard
to fulfil everyone’s needs and, of course, some of
the retired clergy are unable to help them with
services at the moment because they might be at
You will be made very welcome at St. Mary’s,
Gillingham, and at Milton
if you wish to attend any of their services shown
within the attachment.
If there are any queries, or
you require further advice please contact either of
our Churchwardens , Anne Bridge (01963 31983) or
Peter Williams (01747 840275).
The annual PCC AGM, Vestry Meeting and First
Meeting of the new PCC,
postponed since April, will be
held at 3.00 p.m.
on Tuesday 22nd September.
In order to comply with social-distancing
rules, it will be held in
Bourton Village Hall.
annual meeting is open to all members of the
Please let Sheila Williams
/ 01747 840220)
know if you wish to attend,
so that a seating plan can be drawn up in advance of
The funeral of Rachel Welch will be held on Friday
25th September at 12 noon. Because of the
COVID-19 restrictions, family members only will be
able to attend.
PLEASE NOTE: The church will not be open
for private prayer on Wednesday 23rd September.
Revd. TIM HEATON's LOCKDOWN
You may recall that Revd. Tim produced a series of
daily thoughts during lockdown. He has now
collated these and published them in a book.
For details please
It is now five
months since the start of the COVID-19 lockdown and
with it the total upheaval in all our lives, which
includes worship at St Nicholas.
We continue to review the most up-to-date Church of
England guidance on the conduct of church services
as we are aware that members of Silton’s
congregation are missing their regular weekly church
services. The salient points relevant to our
situation are as follows:
An advisory ‘cap’ of 30 has been set for weddings
and other ‘stand-alone’ services such as baptism and
confirmation if not conducted during ‘routine
There is no
numerical ‘cap’ on other services, but physical
distancing and Public Health requirements must be
• The two-metre ‘rule’ applies for public worship
except in situations where closer contact cannot be
avoided; extra Public Health precautions must then
• Consideration should be given to keeping numbers
below the maximum possible to further minimise
• Wearing of face coverings by all those attending
a place of worship, including ministers and
worshippers, where there may be other people present
is mandatory. There are exemptions to this,
including for those leading a service, detailed in
our guidance on face coverings.
• While those at extra risk and the ‘clinically
extremely vulnerable’ should be advised of the risks
of attending public worship, a decision to do so is
Government guidance includes a request for names of
attendees to be recorded and kept for 21 days to
assist ‘track and trace’ if required (further
details from the government are expected to help
parishes and cathedrals who wish to do this).
Singing, chanting and playing of brass or woodwind
instruments are not recommended, but a further
update will follow soon.
Public worship guidance includes surrounding grounds
(including churchyards, car parks and courtyards);
meetings in other places should follow other
guidance for people meeting in public spaces.
view of this guidance, in particular the need to
maintain two-metre separation, we are managing
attendance at services carefully. Ours is a small
church and with the majority of our congregation
deemed ‘clinically vulnerable’ (ie. over 70 years of
age) adopting a more relaxed attitude, by ignoring
the two-metre rule, would incur unacceptable risk.
Hence, we have the booking-in system; without this,
there would be the possibility of disappointment
should we have to turn members of the congregation
away due to space limitations inside the church.
will therefore be maintaining the process, being
managed by Sheila, whereby those wishing to attend
each successive church service, let her know so that
we can ensure safe attendance in line with our duty
of care towards all members of the congregation.
that the summer holidays are drawing to a close, we
do hope that it will be possible for the number of
services held at St Nicholas to be increased to two
each month, until the cessation of COVID-19
restrictions when obviously we envisage reverting to
our previous pattern of worship.
Anne and Peter W.
PCC CHARITY FUND
The stall at Bagmore Farm is still up and running,
having raised over £3,000 over the last 5 months.
It will probably continue until later in October,
after the sale of Harvest produce. Meanwhile, so
very many thanks to all those who have contributed
hugely towards its success
with cakes, preserves, plants and garden produce.
You know who you are! Further donations have been
made including in particular £250 to the Women’s
St. Nicholas Church,
Silton, takes its responsibilities
surrounding the safeguarding of children, young
people, and adults who may be at risk very
seriously, and works in partnership with the Diocese
of Salisbury to ensure that we work in accordance
with best practice at all times.
click here to
read our Parish Safeguarding Policy.
If you have any Safeguarding questions or concerns
you can contact our Benefice Safeguarding Officer,
Carol Hall on 01747 823480.
Alternatively you can contact the Diocesan
Safeguarding Adviser, on 07500 664800 or email email@example.com
The personal information we collect may include your
name, date of birth, postal address, email
address and telephone numbers.
We collect your personal information when you apply
for enrolment on the church Electoral Roll, ask to
receive information by post or email, or avail
yourself of any of the services of the church such
as christenings, weddings and funerals.
How we use your
We use your personal information to contact you and
to process your applications. We do not share your
personal information with other organisations.
How long we hold your information
We hold your personal information for three years.
This enables us to keep in touch. If we wish to
continue to keep in touch after three years we will
ask your permission.
There is always a collection box in
the Church porch for donations to the Food Bank
in Gillingham which is regularly emptied (there
are some lists inside it indicating what they
are most pleased to receive) and they are always
SILTON VILLAGE WEBSITE
The Silton Village website is up and
www.siltonvillage.co.uk (which includes a
link to the Silton Church website). It is worth a
browse to see what is going on in Silton.