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Amenities. Updated - 09 Apr 2015
About the Church. Updated - 09 Apr 2015
Ministry Arrangements. Updated - 22 Dec 2014
Tilshead Church Services. Updated - 04 Feb 2016
Tilshead Church Committee. Updated - 30 Oct 2015
Annual Report 2014. Updated - 30 Oct 2015
Tilshead is a village of some 140 houses and 350 souls, situated on the main A360 Salisbury to Devizes road and completely surrounded by military training land. There are a number of sites of botanical, scientific and archaeological interest in the area.
Amenities Updated - 09 Apr 2015
We have a Voluntary Aided Church of England primary school with over 40 children on roll. There is an active Parents' Association. Most of the children move on to Lavington School near Devizes. Both the Village Hall and the small but well-used playing field are run by a committee of volunteers and are the venues for much of the social life of the village. We have a post office, a garage with a shop, and a public house.
About The Church Updated - 09 Apr 2015
The ancient and beautiful Grade 1 Church of St Thomas à Becket was built in c 1100 AD so has stood in Tilshead for over a thousand years.
An extensive programme of repairs and redecoration was carried out during 2011, and as a result the architect's 2012 Quinquennial Inspection report showed the church building to be in good condition. The Ministry of Defence is our Lay Rector, and is therefore responsible for repairs to the chancel, and there is a well-supported and active Friends of Tilshead Church which helps with the maintenance of the fabric of the church.
The church is cleaned and decorated by a rota of volunteers, many of whom are not regular churchgoers. We are lucky to have a very good Willis pipe organ and an exceptionally gifted organist.
Ministry Arrangements Updated - 22 Dec 2014
The Rector of the Salisbury Plain Benefice is The Reverend Eleanor Rance, who is assisted by an Associate Priest, The Reverend David Walters, and a retired priest, The Reverend Canon Ian Chisholm. Contact details are as follows:
The Reverend Eleanor Rance Tel : 01980 620580Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
The Reverend David Walters Tel : 01980 620038Email : email@example.com
The Reverend Canon Ian Chisholm Tel : 01980 620579 Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Tilshead Church Services Updated - 04 Feb 2016
January 2016 - March 2016
|3rd - Epiphany||10.30 a.m.||Family Communion|
|10th - Baptism of Christ||4.00 p.m.||Evening Prayer (CW)|
|17th - Epiphany 2||4.00 p.m.||Holy Communion (BCP)|
|24th - Epiphany 3||No Service|
|31st - Epiphany 4||No Service|
|7th - Sunday before Lent||10.30 a.m.||Family Communion|
|14th - Lent 1||6 p.m.||Evening Prayer (CW)|
|21st - Lent 2||6 p.m.||Holy Communion (BCP)|
|28th - Lent 3||No Service|
|6th - Mothering Sunday / Lent 4||10.30 a.m.||Family Communion|
|13th - Passion Sunday / Lent 5||6 p.m.||Evening Prayer (CW)|
|20th - Palm Sunday||6 p.m.||Reflection for Holy Week|
|24th - Maundy Thursday||No Service|
|25th - Good Friday||No Service|
|27th - Easter Day||9.30 a.m.||Easter Service|
Click to read the full Benefice Services Calendar at the
Salisbury Plain Benefice Website..
Tilshead Church Annual Report 2014 Updated - 30 Oct 2015
The parishes of Chitterne, Orcheston, Shrewton and Tilshead were merged on 1st January 2014 to form the Salisbury Plain Benefice, a single ecclesiastical parish with one Parochial Church Council (PCC). However the four constituent villages each retained a local church committee to attend to matters of local concern. These are subcommittees of the PCC. The Members of the Tilshead Church Committee can be found below on this page.
Tilshead Church Committee Updated - 30 Oct 2015
The Members of the Committee are :
Chairman The Reverend Eleanor Rance
Secretary Ewart Grant
Deanery Synod Rep Gillian Goldsmith
Elected Members Claire Cooper, Vix Mackay