Whitley Methodist Church
The church was originally built in 1867, extensively remodeled in 1985 and redecorated throughout in 1997 following a large damp-proofing project. Storms the following January caused damage to the roof but insurance monies enabled the repairs to be satisfactorily carried out. Although small in number we have a sound and attractive building and we work closely together as a fellowship, and are committed to maintaining a Christian witness within the village.
Click HERE for an extract from an account of Methodist history in the Melksham area, written July 1857.
Revd. Cathy Arscott
Tel. 01225 702232
Location; From Melksham take the Bath road for approximately 2 miles. At traffic lights take right fork signposted Corsham. Proceed past two left turnings, take the third left into Top Lane. Continue for approximately 300 yards and Church is on the left, set back a little from the road.
Sunday services are at 10.30 am.
|Minister with Pastoral care||Revd. Cathy Arscott|
|Senior Steward and Secretary||Mrs Gill Fletcher|
|Church Treasurer||Mrs Brenda Tate|
|Organist||Mrs Geraldine Mann|
|Property||Dr Derek Tate, Mr Eric Fletcher|
|MHA||Mrs Geraldine Mann|
|Publicity||Mrs Cecily Brownrigg|
|Action for Children||Mrs Brenda Tate|
|Communion Preparation||Mrs Cecily Brownrigg|
|Communion Steward||Dr Derek Tate, Mrs Elaine Greatwood|
|Welcome||Mrs Joan Jackson|
|Area Representatives||Mrs Elaine Greatwood, Mrs Gill Fletcher|
|Lettings||Mrs Gill Fletcher|
|Pastoral Carers||Mrs Cecily Brownrigg, Mrs Gill Fletcher, Mrs Geraldine Mann Mrs Geraldine Mann, Mrs Lyn Powell.|
Although small in numbers we extend a warm welcome to all visitors who care to join us at our 10.30 am Sunday Service, followed by coffee/tea and biscuits..
Click on the following link for the news item which has appeared in the Wiltshire Times:
Whitley's Development Plans
Since the coming together with previous congregations of Broughton Gifford and Melksham Forest Churches when their church buildings were sold, Whitley’s congregation has quadrupled, not only by these two additional congregations but ‘newcomers’
The premises themselves are also being used more both for church and village activities, all ages 4-94 yrs. are coming thro’ their doors. However the facilities are not fit; more space and better conditions are needed. Preliminary plans are now progressing rapidly and most of the necessary funding is available.
Click HERE for a more detailed newsletter and watch this space as the redevelopment proceeds.
The following paragraph appeared recently in Methodist “Property Matters” circulated to all UK Methodist churches. It summarises the Whitley project and is an example of the encouragement and financial support that we have received from every level of the Methodist Church, at national and district levels with matching grants, and from within the Area, alongside grants from Landfill, Community First and from a variety of other sources. We have had a positive response from all but one of the organisations approached
The Connexional Grants Committee: One example of the grants awarded was £8,000 to Whitley Methodist church in Wiltshire, whose congregation has grown from 6 to 25 in the past three years, and whose building was inadequate as a resource for mission and outreach to the community they serve. The vision for the £93,000 project was to extend, overhaul and refurbish the buildings in order to enable the church to accommodate a wide variety of community-focused activities and to reach out effectively. The impact will give the church a greater visual presence in the village; it will act as a springboard for the church’s mission to the community, and will enable the people to be welcomed in the church effectively and accommodated comfortably. It will also generate income for the church through hiring out the hall for use.
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On Saturday 7th December 2013 Whitley Methodist Church celebrated the completion of the new extension and refurbishment of the building with a special re-dedication Service. This was conducted by Rev. Cathy Arscott, (Church Minister) Rev. David Ellis (Area Chairman) as Preacher, and Rev. A. Ward-Jones, (Methodist District Chairman) conducting the Re-dedication.
The church was full of guests from the community and key people who have helped bring this large project to fruition.
The Service brought a mixture of emotions with the serious business of re-dedication to humorous reminiscences of the project, and the realisation that we, as a congregation, have survived the experience and become an even closer Church family. After the Service everyone enjoyed tea and cake with a rolling slide show of the project.
Whitley Methodist Church now has a warm building with a kitchen and disabled toilet fit for purpose in this 21st century, where we hope to develop more activities towards making Whitley a community where people will want to live.
Gill Fletcher, Church Secretary.
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AREA QUIET DAY
"Treasure of Creations"
At Whitley Methodist Church , Saturday 26th July, 10.00 to 4.00 pm
Click HERE for a poster
Book Swap and coffee morning
Every first Saturday in the month between 10.00am and 12 noon.
Bring along a book you have read and swap it for one you haven’t!
Enjoy a coffee and biscuit/cake whilst you browse.
How does BOOK SWAP work? Just bring a book that you don’t need any longer and exchange it for one that takes your fancy. People are very generous and have donated our large collection which now suits most tastes.
Does it only have to be one book? No. Bring as many as you like and swap them for a similar number. People have been so generous and brought bagfuls of books and taken only a few away, there is a steady flow of different reading material. If we know your preference for a subject/author we can sometimes guide you to your choice.
How long should I keep the book? As long as you like there are no late fees!
How much does it cost to use the Book Swop? Nothing. This is a service to the village. However if you wish to sit and skim through your latest book, you may like to enjoy tea or coffee with a piece of cake (£1.00 inclusive), and possibly a chat with a fellow villager. We also sell whole cakes!
What kind of books are there? Fiction, non-fiction, biographies, children’s, magazines, DVDs, and videos.
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Click HERE for a poster to tell you about the new Monthly Craft and Chat Afternoons
Please note, the craft and chat afternoons now also have a new time. It is from 2.30pm – 4.30pm
A Message from Maureen ! :-
I have just spent a most enjoyable 2 hours at our monthly "Craft & Chat" at church. There were seven of us in total, sitting in a cozy circle at the front of the church. Three of us did some knitting, one some useful handiwork, while the remaining three just "chilled out" and chatted. No, that's not quite true - we all chilled - and chatted, drank tea - and chatted, ate cake - and chatted, for the entire two hours!
There is something very therapeutic about being in a comfortable environment, exchanging views, teasing one another, having a laugh together. We did all of these things, covering very disparate subjects, some froth, some substance. We call it "Craft & Chat" but no-one actually has to do anything. Just come and enjoy the companionship once a month for a couple of hours, with friends. You will be very welcome.
PS. It was a treat this month having cake - usually its biscuits! Maureen.
Following pictures taken after recent installation of chairs and at harvest.
|Pictures kindly supplied by Gill Fletcher|
set of pictures was taken at a remembrance service for Lyn Hawkins, held
on 18th February 2011, with friends of Lyn, and others, from
Melksham United Church.
Kindly supplied by Patsy Samm.