Bratton Wins - Best Kept Village

08 Sep 2019

Bratton Wins the Best Kept Village in West Wiltshire

Luccombe Mill

08 Sep 2019

Luccombe Mill: millpond restoration project Bratton’s last remaining millpond at Luccombe Mill is to be restored this autumn. The lake will be drained and...

Temporary Closure of: B3098 Edington

08 Sep 2019

Temporary Closure of: B3098 Westbury Road (Part), Edington (Ref: TTRO 6192)

PHASE 2 - A350 Westbury Roadworks
22 Sep 2019;
12:00AM
St. James Services
22 Sep 2019;
08:00AM -
Tea Time songs of praise
22 Sep 2019;
04:00PM -
Takeaway PIZZA from The Duke 830 242 Every Night except Mon.
22 Sep 2019;
06:00PM - 09:00PM
PHASE 2 - A350 Westbury Roadworks
22 Sep 2019;
12:00AM
New Pilates Class
23 Sep 2019;
09:30AM - 10:20AM
Emma Edmondson's exhibition @ Pondcroft Workshops
23 Sep 2019;
09:30AM - 04:00PM
Short Mat Bowls Club seeking new members
23 Sep 2019;
02:00PM - 04:00PM
The Revive Cafe
23 Sep 2019;
02:30PM - 04:30PM
PHASE 2 - A350 Westbury Roadworks
22 Sep 2019;
12:00AM

Events Calendar

RIDE AND STRIDE
Saturday 14 September 2019, 09:00
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RIDE AND STRIDE – SATURDAY 14th September

CHURCH VIEWS
How well do you cope in a crisis? For some people the natural reaction is to behave a bit like Lance-Corporal Jones in “Dad’s Army” and run around shouting “Don’t panic! Don’t panic!” Or maybe we bottle those words for fear of embarrassment and just feel the panic within ourselves. There are other people who simply cannot cope and, when the time comes for decisive action, they find themselves in total denial, ignoring the threat and burying their heads in the sand like the ostrich. Others may have a more measured approach to a crisis situation, taking time to work out possible solutions to the problem facing them and then using this methodical and reasoned approach to find the best way forward.
In over thirty years of ministry, I have come to know people in all of these categories. I like to think of myself as someone who can rise to the challenge of getting through a crisis, yet, if I’m really honest with myself, I know that when the chips are down I will probably need some help and support from others as well. A problem shared may not always result in it going away, but sharing ideas about how to get through a crisis will often lead to a resolution.
As you read this, the United Kingdom is almost certainly in the midst of a full-blown potential crisis about “Brexit”. Boris Johnson has promised to get us out of the European Union by 31st October 2019 “do or die”. Opposition parties within Parliament are threatening various ways to try to stop a “no-deal” Brexit, including bringing down the Government. All three of the ways of dealing with the crisis described above are being displayed by politicians as well as by the public. The sad thing is that communication, the sharing of ideas about how to get through all this, seems also to have broken down. The Government is blaming the EU and the EU is blaming the Government, and no-one is prepared to negotiate and compromise in order to find a reasonable way out of this crisis. Many of us ordinary voters are so fed up with it all that we are just wishing it would all go away, whatever the outcome. Yet we must not be like ostriches.
When times are really tough, another way to help each other to get through it all is to turn to God in prayer. Prayer helps to bring people together in a new sense of belonging. Remember the way people came together in prayer following the tragic death of Diana, Princess of Wales, in 1997. Those of you who are older may remember the existential dangers facing Britain during the Second World War – another time when people turned to prayer, as well as working together as never before to defeat a common enemy. Now, as much as ever we need to pray for the future of the country, and for those serving in Government and for all who represent us in Parliament.
Revd Andrew Sinclair, Rector
A great chance to get out and about for the day and to support two very worthy causes: the Wiltshire Historic Churches Trust and the Friends of St James’. Visit as few or as many church churches as you choose; every participant counts. Two options for walkers – a rural route conducted by Malcolm Wieck (830256) gathering in the Duke car park at 9 am – a slightly different route this year heading off towards Edington and then towards Marston


and Worton finishing up in Bulkington – or an urban route visiting churches in Devizes (a list is available with sponsor forms). Riders and cyclists do their own thing and select own route. Whatever choice of route or means
of travel it is hoped that as many as possible will make to the Well in Bulkington (SN10 1SJ) for 12.30 for a well-earned drink and lunch or just to meet up – all welcome, participants, supporters or even those able to offer a lift
home to some. Further details: Steve Walters 830723 (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Peter Sharland 830176 (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or in St James’s Church.

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