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.


Clapping the NHS for the last time by the Bagmore Corner Stall!



With effect from Tuesday 23rd June, St. Nicholas Church, Silton, will be open on Tuesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for private prayer, 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 Churchwardens' Notes below and check on the 'Services' tab.  Please note that apart from the service of Holy Communion on 19th July, all other services listed on that page are provisional.


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).


It is good that we are now able to unlock the Church for private prayer.  St Nicholas is open every Tuesday between the hours of 10am - 4pm for this purpose.  Please observe the guidelines as set out in the notices you will find displayed.

We are planning to hold a Communion service at St Nicholas on Sunday 19th July at 10.30am.  In order to meet the demands of social distancing we will have to limit capacity, so we will be contacting everyone on the electoral roll separately to identify who will wish to attend.  If demand exceeds the 20 or so places (maximum capacity if we are to maintain 2 metres separation) we might have to draw lots.

The service will feel very different to normal in that, in keeping with present guidelines, there will be no singing and communion will be limited to bread/ wafers.   What happens on subsequent Sundays remains to be seen and will depend on such things as latest CofE guidelines, level of demand from members of St Nicholas' congregation, lessons learned from our 19th July experience, etc.

Do please check the website for any updates but also phone us if you need any help or information.   Stay safe,

Anne and Peter

Thank you to so very many members of the congregation, who have increased their Standing Orders, sent cheques or delivered their weekly Gift Aid envelopes to my house.  All monies are paid into the Church bank account every Friday through Bourton Post Office and the Churchwardens and I are all very grateful for your continuing support.

The little stall outside Bagmore Farm has raised nearly £2,000 so far.   This is all due to kind donations of plants and preserves and, in a huge way, to Sue Matthews for her continuous baking of quiches (to order), cakes, etc. which have become so popular that her goodies leave the stall sometimes within minutes!   Grateful thanks are due to her and many other people who have contributed most generously.

From the proceeds we have so far sent two lots of £100 to the food bank, £100 to the Women’s Refuge, and two lots of £100 to Alabare in Salisbury (they, by the way, had sent us some sunflower seeds which we grew and sold the plants on the stall), £100 to the Salvation Army, £200 to Crisis, £200 to Hope for Tomorrow Chemo Van and £100 to Médecins sans Frontieres.   We also made a donation of £250 to SOFOS as a gesture for having sold plants that might otherwise have gone to their Plant Sale.  If there is produce to sell the stall will continue well into August.  It is hoped that it will be possible to have a Christmas Coffee Morning as usual in November.

Ride + Stride will take place this year on Saturday 12th September 2020.  It will be a modified event to take account of Covid 19 restrictions.  This means that churches may not be open, and participants may have to self record their own efforts.   However, Peter Williams will do his usual dash around Dorset on his trusty bicycle and Mike and Michela Metcalf and David and Diana Masters will opt for striding.   Sponsors to either or both parties will be most gratefully received and remember that half the sum pledged will be gratefully used by the Trust to sustain our wonderful churches and the other half will be given back to the parish.

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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