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This Sunday is Palm Sunday


We offer a warm welcome to worship with us this Sunday. 

Palm Sunday Procession at Faulkland


On Sunday 13th April  we are meeting at The Playing Fields in Faulkland10.30am.There will be a Live Donkey  to walk with us.Come and join the disciples as the walk to Jerusalem goes through the village to The Village Hall for refreshments. 

Rector’s Reflection

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Caroline    Rector Hardington Vale   carolinehwalker@btinternet.com 01373 834258



Holy Week

Do make time to go to at least one of the services during this week as we lead up to Good Friday. Full details are in the diary below. There are whole parish compline services in different villages at the beginning of the week. This quiet, short service is very moving and a good preparation for the commemoration of The Last Supper on Maundy Thursday, which will be in Norton St Philip.  

Holy Communion Services

On the Tuesday following the 3rd Sunday Service a spoken Holy Communion will take place in the village where the 3rd Sunday Together Service took place.

The next 3rd Sunday Together Service is on May 18th in Norton St Philip so the service will be at St Philip & St James pn Tuesday 20th. Both services precede social meetings; Rode coffee morning and the Drop-in at Norton.   

Church Electoral Roll - Hardington Vale

If you are a baptised member of the Church of England aged 16 or over, you are resident in the parish and are not on the electoral roll, perhaps you would consider completing a form. This then entitles you to vote at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting.  Parishioners who have already completed forms need take no action. Forms are available from Churchwardens, Sharman Flindall at the Parish Office, or myself 01373 831139 or patbanwell@hotmail.com

Pat Banwell, Electoral Roll Officer

Annual Meeting of Parishioners and the Annual Parochial Church Meeting

This year the Annual Meeting of Parishioners and the Annual Parochial Church Meeting will be held in Norton St Philip First School at 7:30 pm on Monday 28th April 2014. (Not 9th April as originally advertised.) 

   Tea and coffee will be available from 7:00 pm.

The Annual Meeting of Parishioners will elect the churchwardens for Hardington Vale for 2014.  There is currently a vacancy for a churchwarden which is open to anyone who has been baptised, is on the electoral roll, is over 21, consents to being appointed and has taken communion at least three times in the past year.  If you are interested in becoming a churchwarden or a deputy warden (learning the job with a view to becoming a churchwarden in future) please speak to one of the current wardens, Caroline our Rector, or Faith Butt, Secretary to the PCC.  Nominations will close on 30th March 2014.

The Annual Parochial Church Meeting which follows will elect new members of the Parochial Church Council – there are currently four vacancies – who normally serve a three year term of office and retire by rotation. Parishioners are eligible to stand if they have been on the electoral roll for 6 months, are over 16, consent to being appointed and have taken communion at least three times in the previous year.  If you are interested in joining the PCC please speak to either Caroline or Faith.

The Reports for 2013-4 are published in Hardington Vale News which can be downloaded here.

There is also one vacancy for a Deanery Synod member to serve for the remainder of the Synod (approximately 2 years).  All Deanery Synod members are ex officio members of the PCC and attend the Frome Deanery Synod. Again more information from either Caroline or Faith.

Sunday 25 May

Rogation Walk 2014

Hemington – Hardington – Laverton *

Everyone is invited. Walk both stages, or just one 

3 pm      Depart Hemington

3.30 pm  Refreshments in St Mary’s Church, Hardington

4 pm       Depart Hardington

5 pm       Tea in Laverton

6 pm       Evensong St Mary’s Church, Laverton  

* part of the Hardington Vale Trail click here for route details and map

a.  If you leave a car at Laverton before the walk, there will be transport to Hemington.  Please arrive by 2.30

+b.  If you leave a car in Hemington, there will be transport back afterwards


 Service times and places for April to June


In the News

Vacancy for House for Duty Associate Priest

(2 days and Sundays)

We are looking for someone to join our staff team

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Job Advert

Parish Profile 


Moving to Norton St Philip? 

Moving to Fortesque Fields or one of the other new or existing houses in the village 

Download our welcome booklet.  

Young People

The two larger churches at Norton St Philip and at Rode have special activities for young people and children who live within Hardington Vale. 

Hardington Vale Children’s Clubs

P&J Club meet on Monday night at 4:30 pm in Norton St Philip Church. Stories, craft and tea provided.

The Sycamore Club meets on Tuesday 18th March in Rode Chapel  at 4:30 pm, stories, craft and supper.

During the school holidays, on 8th April  Marina Mannings has planned a special event for children aged 6-10 from 2 pm – 6 pm. Look out for flyers with details of this and other events for children. 

For all children’s work contact: Marina Mannings – Child & Families’ Worker for the Parish

Tel: 01373 834892 / 07745 455 595 marina985@btinternet.com 

click here for more details.. 

Get-Sported – 3 day Multi-sport Camp


This club are offering a huge choice of sports together with crafts, music and dance for children aged 5-12 at Frome Community College on 14th-16th April. For more information and to book go to their website: www.getsported.org 

Men’s Breakfast Sat 12th April 2014

English Breakfast nic.jpgThis will be from 08:30 – 09:45 at Cross Keys, 20 High Street, Rode BA11 6NZ. The cost is £7.00. Our guest speaker, Stephen Gilbert, will talk on 'Rudolf Hess – A Hospital Visit' Please email Fred du Plessis at jfhadup@aol.com by Thurs 10th April to reserve a place. If you have a problem with email access let Sharman know and she will pass on your booking. 

Christianity in the Holy Land

Rev Jack Sara, who is the new President of the Bethlehem Bible College in succession to Bishara Awad is in England in May. All Saints, Weston are hosting a mini-day-conference on Christianity in The Holy Land on the Monday, 12th May. Barbara Day is going if anyone wishes to attend. 

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