Services During Lockdown

St. Giles will be open for public worship whenever government and Diocesan directives allow, see Services Page

A booking system has been set-up to manage the numbers able to attend each service, as well as meet the Government's track & trace requirements. Please click 
and select the service you wish to attend.

I hope you will appreciate that with limited numbers able to attend each service this will be done on a 'first come, first served basis'.  Please only contact the Parish Office as a last resort if you do not have internet access and, therefore, cannot use the on-line booking system. 

Click Here for a step-by-step guide to booking on-line.

See also  Covid Safe Services

In the event of more people wanting to attend the Holy Communion services than we can accommodate on a particular Sunday then we will ask people to make their Communion on the following Sunday.. 

Please bear with us as we continue along this new learning curve.  If we are to maintain our Church as a safe place for the resumption of public worship, communication will be crucial.  So do expect regular notices and updates from the Parish Office and remember you must book in for services as detailed above.


The following comments are to be read in conjunction with the guidelines:

* Holy Communion will be in one kind, bread only.
* The wafers will be consecrated in a sealed container so no words are spoken over exposed elements.
* People will be asked to remain in their pews and come out into the aisle after previous communicants have returned to their seats.
* Holy Communion can be brought to people in the pew.
* There will be is no laying on of hands for healing.
*  Unfortunately we will not be able to have the use of our wonderful servers and chalice assistants.
* There is no permission for the singing of hymns.  Organ and piano music will be available ·
* People are welcome to bring their own prayer books if they have one.
* The peace is not allowed to be shared.
* Please place your offering in bowl on entering the Church. Thank you.
*  You are invited to light a candle, please bring your own matches or lighter.  Single matched will also be available.
* People are welcome to attend the service without receiving Communion if they would prefer.
* At the Open Air service Communion will be administrated in a line so that social distancing can be maintained. 
* Sadly, we will not be able to have our wonderful choir or our bells rung and we look forward very much to the return of these important aspects of our Church’s life.
* Sidespeople/Verger/Churchwardens will be on hand to guide and assist people in safe conduct.
* Refreshments will not be served.  

Can I emphasise that this is something of an experimental opening to help us understand the practicalities and challenges involved in the re-opening of St .Giles.  Can I also emphasise that the safety of all of us is of paramount importance.   I look forward very much to seeing you again.  

Public Worship

Updated 25st February

Following the Prime Minister's recent announcements. St Giles will re-open for public worship on Sunday 14th March, (Mothering Sunday) for the following:  

8.00 a.m. Holy Communion.  BCP
10.00 a.m.  Holy Communion.  Common
6.30 p.m.  Holy Communion/said Evening Prayer.  

10.00 a.m. Holy Communion. BCP  

Please note that numbers are limited to 30 per service and social distancing, face masks and all Covid safety requirements will remain in place. 

Please pre-book using our online booking system. See panel to the left.

Pariah AGM

The Diocesan Office has notified us that this year's AGM must, as is usual each year, take place by the end of May, However there is a possibility that the central Church of England office may review this and give further advice about AGM's following any update in government guidelines.

Parish Fete

To date it is still not certain whether we are going to be a position to hold this year's Parish Fete, this is because its organisation does require a good run in and currently we are not allowed to move far from our homes, let alone collect items to sell. We will, of course, update you just as soon as we know. 

Even though there is this uncertainty, I am grateful to those of you who are making marmalade.  Now is definitely the time for Seville oranges, so if you are suffering from lockdown boredom then you are welcome to make some marmalade.  Last year even without the fete I was able to sell it to passers-by and it certainly helped contribute to our ‘Save the Fete Fund.’

The Revd. Graham Shaw 

As I am sure many of you will know our former Rector, Graham Shaw, has been battling cancer for a number of years.  It is with great sadness that I have to report that a recent prognosis of the cancer has not been good. 

I know that many of you will wish to write to Graham and he will, of course, be very appreciative of your love and support.  Graham has communicated that sadly he will not be able to reply to any letters or cards.  

Please remember Graham in your thoughts and prayers at this time.  If you would like an update on Graham’s situation then please contact Julia Hoadley on 01689 853632 or

Parish Magazine Update

Last year was one of transition and we are delighted that the magazine is now back in its A4 printed form and available to be delivered to your door. If you wish to subscribe for either the printed delivered version (£30 pa) or a pdf of the printed magazine (£10 pa) via email, please contact Adèle Cooke on 07789467093 or email  

Our readers are always interested to hear about local events and community news.  We also like to include notices, articles, photos and interesting anecdotes about the area. 

If you would like to send items for the magazine please email them before 6th of the previous month to:

See also National Magazine Awards



Charity in Focus:

Film Evenings

Charity Film Evenings are suspended until further notice.

Events Calendar:.

Important Note:

All Social Events are cancelled until further notice.

Carol Fryer
01689 855468 / 07951 725069

Revd. Bill Mullenger to Retire

Bill has decided not to renew his License with Permission to Officiate.  This means that Bill is going to be finally ‘retiring’ from all public ministry.  Therefore, it is with great sadness that Bill’s time of ministering amongst us at St. Giles will come to an end in March 2021. 

It is Bill's wish for a discreet end to his time at St. Giles with no special service, or social event.  It would be nice, however, to say thank you to Bill for all he has done for us.  To this end I will write to him conveying our love and gratitude and if anyone would like to contribute to a ‘thank you present’ then please let me have your gifts, (cheques made payable to St. Giles PCC please) at your earliest convenience.  Thank you. 

Bill has been a huge support to me over the course of my time at St. Giles and he will remain a trusted colleague and dear friend, along with his wife Sue.  I am sure that on occasions we will continue to see Bill and enjoy his company at St. Giles.

Prayer Group
Sundays 8:30am

Thank you to those who have joined in our Prayer Group which meet 'at home' on Sunday at 8.30 a.m. 

Please let me know if you participated in this so I can let the ‘group’ know. 

Matthew Hughes