Yet again Christian Aid Week was celebrated in Middle Wylye Valley Parish by a Door-to-Door collection in the villages of East Clyffe, Steeple Langford, Little Langford, Hanging Langford, Wylye and Stockton. Over the week of 12th to 18th May our 7 hard working volunteers were instrumental in raising the grand total of £1,047.50. This will go some way to helping Christian Aid in its 2019 aim to help pregnant ladies in Sierra Leone. The residents of the Middle Wylye Valley Parish can feel reassured they have helped in this worthy cause.’
Jonathan’s Licensing Service 22nd July at Wylye
At a service at St Mary the Virgin’s Church, Wylye, on Monday evening 22nd July led by the Bishop of Ramsbury, Dr Andrew Rumsey, the Revd Jonathan Plows was officially installed as the Priest-in-charge of the newly formed Wylye and Till Valley Benefice.
Around 200 parishioners and well-wishers joined the Bishop and clergy of the Diocese of Salisbury in celebrating the new ministry at the church of St Mary the Virgin, followed by delicious refreshments and a chance to toast the future at Wylye Village Hall.
Jonathan has been supporting village churches as an Associate Minister at St Thomas’s Church Salisbury, then as Interim Minister for the Wylye and Till Valley since July 2018 so brings experience and empathy to the role of Priest-in-Charge.
He said: “To come and lead the wonderful nine churches in this valley has been a joy. Village life is a very special type of community; the mixture of the old and the new, tradition and change. Each of the nine main villages of the Benefice are all so different and starting to understand their particular needs and ways of life has been very rewarding.”
Recently moved to Steeple Langford to take up his new role Jonathan commented: “The countryside across the Benefice is stunning and to have the opportunity to walk the hills, follow the paths through woods or taking in some of the most stunning views in Wiltshire, if not England, has been reward enough for the chance to work with these churches. My wife Debbie and I look forward to exploring the valley during our time in the Benefice.
Bishop Rumsey introduces the service
Benefice Church Wardens form guard of honour for new Minister Rev Jonathan Plows
Bishop of Ramsbury and clergy after the service at St Mary the Virgin Wylye
Revd Jonathan Plows and his wife Debbie cutting the cake