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.


Salisbury Cathedral Choir, September 2019


Many of you will know that Peter died on the 9th September.  There was a private cremation service at the Mendip crematorium and notice is now given of a Memorial service. This will be in St Nicholas Church, Silton, on Sunday, 17th November at 2.30 pm.


Bell ringing. There will be 'Open ringing' for half an hour before the service and a band will ring a quarter peal afterwards.


Peter was born in Silton on the 24th January 1938 and lived in the village all his life. 


As a young lad he would keep his elder brother company to stoke the Church boiler late on Saturday night, see to it again on Sunday morning, pump the organ for the service and attend Sunday School.


He learned to ring the bells and rang for Christmas in 1949.  His interest in bell ringing stayed with him all his life and he taught many people to ring. He was Tower Captain for many years and was given life membership of the Guild. He looked after Silton bells to the end.


Always helpful to the Church he layed the hedge and dug the ditch at the back of the churchyard, fixed the kissing gate, edged the path, assisted putting up the sundial. He grew giant pumpkins for Harvest Festival, put up the Christmas tree, supplied the moss for the Easter Garden and much more.


A long standing member of the PCC.  He will be sadly missed.


Thank you to everyone who very kindly provided fruit, vegetables, flowers, foliage and dried foods for harvest festival, and a very special appreciation to those who decorated the Church so beautifully.

                                                                        Sally Kennedy.

As usual presents of toys, cosmetics, toiletries - anything suitable to welcome poor women and children who arrive with nothing at the Women’s Refuge, will be very gratefully received.   They can be left under the Christmas Tree in the church or given directly to David or Diana Masters who will be delivering them to the Committee on Sunday 15th December.

Our Christmas Coffee Morning will be in the Village Hall on Saturday 16th November from 10 a.m.-noon. There will be the usual stalls for Gifts, Christmas food and other excellent items of Baking and Produce, Preserves, good Bric a Brac, Plants, Raffle etc.   Always worth coming, and bringing your friends, and all proceeds are in aid of the PCC Charity Giving.

Peter Williams cycled to an amazing 42 churches and Diana and David Masters and Mike and Michela Metcalf walked this year.  The total raised was 1,160 and they are all very grateful for your generous support.  This was topped by 750 raised at the Salisbury Cathedral Choir evening making a grand total to go the Dorset Historic Churches Trust of 1,860, half of which they will send back to our PCC.   DHCT are very appreciative of our efforts, and a huge thank you to all those generous people who sponsored and/or came to the concert.

The latest newsletter may be viewed by clicking here.

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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