St. Nicholas Church, Silton, Dorset

   St Nicholas Church
   Silton, Dorset
   SP8 5PR

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Welcome to the website of St Nicholas Church, Silton, Dorset, in the Gillingham, Milton-on-Stour  and Silton Benefice.


Revd Canon Peter Greenwood

01747 822435


Revd Eve Pegler

01747 825289


Revd Tim Heaton

01747 841076



Anne Bridge

01963 31983


Peter Williams

01747 840275

Parish Office (situated off Queen Street, next to Vicarage School Room)

Open: Tuesday to Friday 9am to 1pm
Administrator:     Mrs Carole Blackmore
Postal Address:  The Rectory, High Street,
Gillingham, SP8 4AJ

01747 821598

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 click here.


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 - 4.00 p.m. subject to the Guidance Notes which may be read here.


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 risk.


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.

his annual meeting is open to all members of the congregation.  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 meeting.


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.



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 click here.


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 communal worship’. 

•   There is no numerical ‘cap’ on other services, but physical distancing and Public Health requirements must be met. 

•   The two-metre ‘rule’ applies for public worship except in situations where closer contact cannot be avoided; extra Public Health precautions must then be taken. 

•   Consideration should be given to keeping numbers below the maximum possible to further minimise risk. 

•   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 theirs alone. 

•   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. 

In 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. 

We 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.

Now 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.

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 Refuge.

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.

Please 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

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 information
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 very grateful.

The Silton Village website is up and running – (which includes a link to the Silton Church website).   It is worth a browse to see what is going on in Silton.

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