Information Sheet


Three Valleys Team


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Information Sheet 13th September 2021 

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13th September 2021

Prayer for the Day

God, who in generous mercy sent the Holy Spirit
upon your Church in the burning fire of your love:
grant that your people may be fervent
in the fellowship of the gospel
that, always abiding in you,
they may be found steadfast in faith and active in service;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.


Keep us, good Lord,

under the shadow of your mercy.

Sustain and support the anxious,

be with those who care for the sick,

and lift up all who are brought low;

that we may find comfort

knowing that nothing can separate us from your love

in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Compline Worship & other service details for this forthcoming week


Monday 13th September @ 6.00pm


Compline/Evening prayers - Every Monday 6pm Compline via Zoom. Please email George Moody for link. 

Starting 13th September at St.Andrew’s Church, Yetminster and via Zoom link.



Wednesday evening – 15th September

We are gathered again after the holidays hopefully having had a time of rest over summer.  So, we are due to meet again on Wednesday at 5.00 pm for the Tea Room via Zoom, followed by Celtic Night Prayer at 6.00 pm.  If you want to, please bring mug of tea and cakes, sandwiches etc to eat.  You can come to either or both, so please do not feel compelled to come to Celtic Night Prayer unless you want to.

If anyone would wish to read, then please do volunteer.  It really is lovely to hear various voices at the Service, and not just me!!

With blessings and looking forward to seeing you again.


Revd Richard Kirlew

House for Duty Team Vicar – The Three Valleys Team

The Rectory





Tel:  01963 23570

Mobile:  07966 754110

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Sunday 19th September


Holwell – Holy Communion 10:00am

Leigh – Holy Communion 10:00am

Thornford – Holy Communion 10:00

Yetminster – Choral Holy Communion 10:00


Sunday 26th September


Batcombe – Holy Communion 10:00am

Chetnole – Harvest Service 11:00am

Folke – Harvest Service 10:00am followed by refreshments after service. All welcome!

Holwell V.Hall – 4th Sunday

Leigh – Community Spirit 10:00am

Thornford – Village Communion 10:00am


Yetminster – Evensong 18:00




(Please note that these Services are subject to Covid Restrictions)

All the above dates are Provisional and may have to be changed according to circumstances/events nearer the time.




Clergy Contact Details

Team Rector: Tony Gilbert: 01935 873 044

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Team Vicar: George Moody: 01935 873 214

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Team Vicar: Richard Kirlew: 01963 23 570

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Assistant Curate: Jenny Nelson

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Benefice Office Contact Details

Jubilee Hall, Church Street, Yetminster DT9 6LG

Tel. 01935 872600            

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Church Notices

Benefice Consultation Day

Saturday 23rd October 2021@ Thornford School Hall (9.30-12.30)

Church Video links

Please see the links below. 5 churches in our benefice so far!

These are made by Nick Swann who makes videos of churches as a hobby.

He has a YouTube channel, England’s Old Churches.

Video of Balcombe St Mary Magdalene

Here is a link to a video made of of Batcombe  church Easter 2021.

Video of Beer Hackett St Michael   

Here is a link to a video made of of Beer Hackett  church in October 2020.

Video of Chetnole St Peter

Here is a link to a video made of Chetnole church in September 2020.

Video of Thornford St Mary Magdalene

Here is a link to a video made of Thornford church in September 2020.

Video of Yetminster St Andrew

Here is a link to a recent video made of Yetminster church after the service on Easter Day 2021.


(If any details have changed for opening of churches please let me know at the office)

St Andrew's Yetminster:

St Andrew’s church remains open daily, from 8am to 6pm, with restricted access for personal prayer following a service.

St Andrew’s, Leigh

The church will be open for private prayer daily from (10.00am – 4.00pm).

‘Tuesdays Together’ 9am every week in St Andrew’s, Leigh

Batcombe, St Mary Magdalene  open 24/7

Chetnole St Peter's - As of June 1st church will be open every day again! Books and puzzles still available for swap/small donation (now located in the north east corner by the children's area). Food bank drop off still in church too.  Please continue to use hand sanitizer and maintain social distancing.

Thornford, St Mary Magdalene open on Sundays & Wednesdays – 10.00-4.00pm.

Bradford Abbas – now open every day 9-5pm (or dusk). They also have a café area where visitors are welcome to make tea/coffee.

Beer Hackett, St Michael’s – 10.00am-4.00pm Sundays & Wednesdays

Folke, St. Lawrence’s – Tuesday & Saturdays 10.00am – 4.00pm

Glanvilles Wootton – Open everyday 10.00-4.00pm

Hermitage - open all day, everyday.


Holnest Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary open daily.

Howell, St Lawrence’s – this will be opened by appointment – phone numbers on Church notice board and porch gate.

Pulham, St Thomas A Beckett - will be open every day between 10.00am -4.00pm for private prayer.

Hand sanitising gel and disposable face masks will be available at the entrances to most of our churches.


Updated Guidance

Updated guidance and information around the unlocking of our churches and moving to a ‘new normal’ – is being issued regularly. You can contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information

Forthcoming Diary Dates and other announcements!

Folke Church

Harvest Festival

and Thanksgiving

Sunday 26 September at 10am

Family Service.     Everyone Welcome

Refreshments after the service

Donations to Sherborne Food Bank

Please. No fresh goods please

Batcombe Jumble Sale

Saturday 9th October at Leigh Village Hall. Doors open at 2.30pm. All proceeds to the ‘Bolster the Beams’ fund.

Leigh Art Show @ Leigh Village Hall on Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th October from 10.00-4.00pm each day – fresh coffee, tea, soft drinks and delicious cakes will be available for visitors to buy throughout the exhibition.

The Wriggle Valley Mothers' Union

If you would like further information about The Mothers' Union or our branch, do contact Anne Reason (873726). We would love to have some new members to join us.





Bishops Caundle Church

The public meeting to discuss ways in which the church

is to move forward within the community,

postponed from 27 September,

will now be held in the church on Thursday 7th October at 7.00 pm.

The Archdeacon will not now be in attendance.

For further information, please contact:

Rev. Richard Kirlew, Team Vicar – 01963 23570



Art Adventures Course for Adults starts on October 5th in Thornford with Adrian Whittlesea: contact Adrian on  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or ring him on07787 027933 .



(Please read through - help is needed).

What is Agricultural & Rural Chaplaincy?

Sherborne Deanery organise a chaplaincy across in the market in Salisbury, which a number of farmers from this area go to. Also, we work in the Deanery, covering 41 parishes. We cover all this with just three chaplains.

Chaplaincy is about walking alongside people in the everyday ups and downs of life.  It is all about:

  • Being part of the fabric
  • Being available to all who are part of that community
  • Being immersed in everything that happens
  • Being a listening ear
  • Being a signpost where needed
  • Being a regular and predictable presence
  • Being a strategic presence
  • Being part of the ordinary so that if the extraordinary happens you are already there

We work in the market and in the Deanery, visiting farms and rural business and giving support where needed. Farming has the highest rate of male suicide of any profession and therefore needs support. The church really does get involved in this, in many cases just listening, but sometimes passing the case on to specialists, such as medical, financial, farming or matrimonial just to name a few.

Market Chaplaincy is about being that presence in the livestock markets. Market Chaplaincy is in many respects very little different in nature from other chaplaincies, except perhaps that its contact group is broader.  In a market the farmers, the dealers, the hauliers, the agents, the caterers, the vets and regulatory officers are as much part of the picture as the staff of the markets, and those who operate within them.  Through Market Chaplaincy, the team are reaching out far and wide into the very rural, often isolated, agricultural community by means of a central place where many fleetingly come and go, week by week.

However, all this takes some managing and finances are need in terms of travel. All our chaplains are not paid but need to claim travelling where appropriate.

We need your help.

There are two ways you can help us.

Firstly, online via Online Banking. Our details are:

Account Name:    Sherborne Deanery Synod

Sort Code:          60-19-12

Account No:                05518997

Reference:         Rural Chaplains

Or you could send a cheque, made payable to Sherborne Deanery Synod to:
Revd Richard Kirlew

The Rectory




Telephone enquiries:   07966 754110

We really do need your help! Thank you.

Bishop praises new graveyard mapping project

The Bishop of Ramsbury has praised a new Church of England project that will create a free digital map of every grave and feature in every churchyard in the country.

Bishop Andrew, who is a lead Bishop for church buildings said: “This impressive national project will make a huge difference to those researching family history, as well as easing the administrative burden on parishes. 

“It will improve management of burial grounds, and make information more fully accessible than ever before, supported by additional services by subscription for those wishing to go further.  

“It will soon be possible to visit almost any Anglican burial ground in the country and see in real time the location of burial plots. For those researching at distance in the UK or overseas, the digital records will place detailed information from churchyards at their fingertips.” 

Church by church, and diocese by diocese, it is hoped that all Anglican churchyards will be surveyed over the next seven years. As well as capturing details of burials, the online interactive map will detail biodiversity in churchyards, including ancient trees and plant-life, as well as green technology such as solar panels.

The project includes around 19,000 churchyards, and the ancient churchyard of St Bega on the shores of lake Bassenthwaite in the Diocese of Carlisle is the first to be scanned by surveyors, using sophisticated laser equipment as part of the national programme.

A new website will go online next year giving free access to the map, which is expected to be of special interest to local community groups, conservationists, and those researching family history. The website will also enable the charting of biodiversity and green technology. 

The Church of England has partnered with Cumbrian-based surveying company Atlantic Geomatics who will use backpack-mounted laser scanners to map churchyards quickly and accurately. They will also photograph all the visible headstones.

The ambitious scheme will aim to digitally survey the majority of the 19,000 Anglican burial grounds in England over the next seven years. Data on burials will be combined with other information, such as the National Biodiversity Network Atlas, to present the most complete picture of churchyards to date.

The project will come at no cost to parishes or dioceses in the Church of England, and parishes will have free access to the map through a new web-based record system which is set to launch in Spring 2022. There will also be the option to subscribe to additional services.  

Substantial funding for the programme has been given by Historic England, with the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Caring for God's Acre supporting the pilot phase, as well as support from genealogy research websites, all of which has allowed the basic service to be made available to parishes free of charge. 

Use of the latest surveying equipment and bespoke software built by Atlantic Geomatics has made the national-scale survey a possibility for the first time. Operatives will aim to survey around nine or ten sites a day using back-pack mounted laser scanning equipment, GPS and cameras. Taking tens of thousands measurements every second, the surveyors will then process the data to create accurate maps of each churchyard.

For more information please see link below: -

The National Burial Grounds Survey | The Church of England

The Parish Giving Scheme

Please see below the message from Bishop Karen, at the start of the Diocesan weeks of prayer and encouragement to us all on Generous Giving we are all encouraged to give whateverwe can to our church, on a regular basis, especially via direct debit, standing order, or the excellent Parish Giving Scheme on 0333 002 1260:

The House of God needs a regular income to manage its housekeeping bills in just the same way as we do at home!

Whether we are weekly church goers or very occasional - or anticipating a family wedding or baptism, or indeed the sad burials of our loved ones in our peaceful churchyards - we ALL need to support our local churches here in our benefice now, and for future generations in our villages.

News of this year’s Sudans Day

This year's Diocesan Sudans Day, the main update on the current social and political situation in Sudan and South Sudan, and on the work of the Deaneries and the Sudans Committee, takes place at St. Francis' Church, Beatrice Road, Salisbury SP1 3PN on Saturday 9 October.  Entitled 'Hope and a Future', the programme runs from 9.30 am to 4.00 pm.  To book, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 01963 23726.  The booking fee of £8, or £6 for the unwaged or where three or more people share one car, is payable on arrival.  Speakers will include Agnes Oswaha, Ambassador of the Republic of South Sudan in London, and Jane Backhurst, Senior Adviser to South Sudan Christian Aid.


Please remember to share the Pew Sheet with others in your benefice, who may not already be receiving a copy from the office. Finally, if there is anything that you would like for me to mention in the Pew Sheet please email the office This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. asap. I am hoping to continue working at the office on Monday, Tuesday & Wednesdays (3 hours per day) for the foreseeable future. Best Wishes – Jeanette