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Being Called…

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)

Dear Friends,

At the start of May, the following message from the Venerable Alan Jeans, Archdeacon of Sarum, was read out in the churches of our Benefice.

“The interview panel is delighted to announce that, subject to the usual statutory process, the Bishop has invited The Rev Jonathan Plows to become the Priest in Charge of the Wylye and Till Valley Benefice.  Jonathan has accepted this offer.  Jonathan is currently Associate Priest at St Thomas’ Church Salisbury and has been the Interim Minister of this Benefice since July 2018. Please continue to pray for Jonathan as he prepares to move the family and begin his ministry.”

The date of the licensing service will be towards the end of July and will be taken by Andrew, Bishop of Ramsbury, further details of which will be published in the July edition of the magazine.

Debbie and I are very excited at coming to live in Steeple Langford and we would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their good wishes and kind messages.

I have been Interim Minister here for nine months and it has been a joy coming to know the villages, churches and communities of the Benefice. There is a remarkable sense of community here built on the strong ties of family, work, time and location. The magazines witness the depth and breadth of village life, the richness of the many activities happening month in, month out and to those who work incredibly hard in building the sustainable relationships which are at the heart of this valley.

It is a great privilege to become the Priest-in-Charge of this Benefice and to have the opportunity to build on the work of former incumbents, and to lead a strong team of clergy, lay ministers and an incredibly active laity. This is undoubtedly a challenging post (nine churches!) but one I feel deeply called to, confident in the supporting power and strength of the Holy Spirit and in the wisdom and experience of the ‘Benefice’ – for we are one community united in the power of that Spirit, or in St Paul’s words:

“There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all.” (Ephesians 4:4-6)

With every blessing,


Interim Minister

Sunday 30th June - St Peter’s Tide

Lower Wylye and Till Valley Parishes Magazine


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10:30am  Winterbourne Stoke

Holy Communion (CW)

Benefice Service with the Benefice Choir.

Acts 12.1-11

Psalm 125

1 Peter 2.19-25

Matthew 16.13-19

For future services visit our Services page

Licensing Service for the new Priest-in-Charge

Monday 22nd July

 7:00pm Wylye Church

Bishop Andrew Officiating

Prayer Page

Please visit this page for prayers for daily use. Currently displayed are the Benefice Prayer Grid for June, the Collects until June 2019 and the Lectionary until June.

These documents may be downloaded and printed out.

There are also links to other websites which support personal daily prayer and Bible reading.

Jonathan will be on Pre-Licensing Leave 1st – 21st July inclusive and will therefore be unavailable.

If any pastoral issues arise please contact your churchwarden in the first instance, and in extremis only, the Rural Dean,

Rev’d Canon Eleanor Rance.

A summary Service Sheet for this period will appear next week.  Thank you.

Safeguarding in the Wylye and Till Valley Benefice

The Wylye and Till Valley Benefice 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.

Our Parish Safeguarding Policies can be downloaded from our Safeguarding Page.

                                   Who to contact if you have a Safeguarding concern

                        Name                                                                     What do they do?                                                                          How to contact them

          Rev’d Jonathan Plows                                     Priest-in-Charge of the nine churches of the Benefice                                    rectorwtv@gmail.com

                                                                                                                                                                                                                     01722 331647


             Mrs Heather Bland*                                        Salisbury Diocese Safeguarding Adviser                                                             01722 411922

                                                                                            covering Wiltshire and Dorset                                                                        07500 664800                                                                                                                                                                                            heather.bland@salisbury.anglican.org

                Gill Brasher                                                        Contact for Berwick St James                                                                  brasherg100@gmail.com

               Daphne Smith                                                    Contact for Great Wishford, Stapleford                                                     mail@daphne-smith.com

                                                                                           South Newton and Winterbourne Stokes    


              Richard Hewitt                                                    Contact for Stockton and Wylye                                                                  rshewitt@btinternet.com,


              Neil Fox, Gill Leake                                           Contacts for Steeple Langford, Hanging Langford                                     foxneil41@gmail.com,

                                                                                               and Little Langford                                                                                      gillleake@aol.com

*Heather works at Church House, Salisbury, 9am-5pm Mondays-Wednesdays and 9am-1pm on Thursdays.

Heather is available Monday to Thursday, 8am-9pm, for urgent safeguarding discussions, via 07500 664800.