Partnership News Letter

In Partnership, October 2018

Looking outwards and growing together

A stylised sunrise. Your mercies are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23.

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Bad Habits

Over the next few weeks you'll be hearing a lot about habits, if you haven't already. It prompted me to think about my habits. I know its important to develop habits and behaviours that are helpful to my relationship with God, and helpful to the Kingdom of God. Over my years I have even developed a few of them. When we get chance to look at the 10 habits, I will be more confident about some, than others. Looking forward to it all.

I also have other habits, not all of which are holy. I wondered what I could learn about myself if I looked thoughtfully at my other, not-holy habits. So I made a list

That was a bit depressing.

So I made another, much shorter list, of the habits I could think and talk about without being too embarrassed.

I chew. I used to chew my finger nails. Painful and nasty looking. Most people who know me were disapproving, and kept saying so. One day I decided to stop. Now I chew pencils and stirring-sticks from coffee outlets. Still nasty, but not painful. Apart from that one time when I bit too hard on a stick and broke a tooth.

Iím lazy. I do tend to go out of my way to avoid having to do work. It stands me in good stead, as an engineer. Most of what engineers do is figuring out better ways of doing things. In my case if it takes less effort, itís a good thing.

Many years ago, I used to take too much sugar in coffee (I donít drink much tea). One day I noticed I was getting overweight for my height. First I put it down to being less tall, but thatís not the case. I could have taken more exercise, but then Iím lazy. So I simply decided not to take sugar anymore. It hasnít worked yet, but I donít take sugar anymore…

I doubt thereís anything you can learn from any of this, which will be useful in your consideration of the Holy Habits. Mostly because you're not so afflicted as me by the bad habits.† But Iím going to try and bear the following in mind.

And of course, there's the work of the Holy Spirit. He is more interested in the Holy Habits than in what I chew. I have a sneaky suspicion He'll prompt people to remind me, and may well prompt me directly. I must remember to listen (perhaps even get into the habit of listening). I know that He'll give me the strength to change my habits, if I ask.

I should probably get into the habit of asking.

I hope and pray you do too.


Holy Habits  theme. Starting January 2019 till June 2020.
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Regular activities.

EventTime, @Venue
2nd Sunday each month
Messy Church14 Oct 4-5:30pm @Shaw
Every Monday
After School Youth Group Restarting 10 Sept
4:30 - 6:00 pm @ Holy Trinity Shaw
Every Tuesday
Bell ringing7-9pm, St Mary's Bell Tower
2nd Wednesday of each month
Mothers Union10 Oct. 2pm @St Mary's Stable Room
Every Thursday
Toothill Tinies10-11:30am @Toothill
HTS Homegroup led by Sue GreenThursday 7:30 pm
Toothill Homegroup led by Jan Partridge3rd Monday of each month 2:30 pm
Westlea Homegroup led by Pete GilderAlternate Tuesdays 8:00 pm

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Memorial Service. St Mary's Lydiard Tregoze. Sun 4 Nov at 2pm.
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Emerge Youth Project update.

Fun, friendship and Learning

We have settled back to term after the summer, during which we did 3 holiday sessions, two half days at Lydiard Park and a visit to TWIGS community gardens.

The summer workshops were great fun, with 18 young people attending overall. This included two new girls whose families contacted us through Aiming Hi. It was also lovely to welcome our Curate, Teresa, to the first workshop to come and see what we do and have fun with us! The young people enjoyed learning about the trees in Lydiard Park, using a ‘Tree I-dial’ which they made to help identify them. We also did lots of arts and crafts, eg tye-dye bags; T-shirt printing; Mosaic tiles; clay sculptures; cookery. Games in the park were led by Maddy, one of our young people who is training to be a Leader with us.

Our visit to TWIGS on a beautiful Autumn morning ( was to present our cheque for £150.00 which the young people had raised at our end of term Summer Show. Alan Holland, the Manager, gave us a fantastic tour around this amazing garden. It was very inspiring to see and hear about the therapeutic work carried out there through art and gardening. Afterwards we headed over to the ‘Olive Tree’ cafť, an offshoot (no pun intended!) of TWIGS, which trains and employs people with learning difficulties; two of our oldest group members have placements there.

Autumn term has started well on Mondays and Saturdays, with the two new young people from holiday club joining us and we are also expecting another two to start shortly. We have a mixture of children from mainstream and special needs schools. This term we are basing some of our activities on the film ‘The Greatest Showman’ and thinking about what it means to be unique, loved and special to God. In the words of Hugh Jackman, the central figure, ‘Nobody made a difference by being like anybody else.’

We will also shortly start preparations for our annual Christmas Show which the young people are this year putting together themselves with support. This is our major charity fundraiser of the year, so it would be great to see you there!

Date: Saturday 8th December

Time: 4pm onwards

Venue: Shaw Church

Please remember all the young people and leaders in your prayers.

With love and blessings

Claire Camm

Emerge at Twigs

Visit to Twigs Gardens
Holiday Club group outside Stable Room

Emerge Holiday Club at Lydiard Park
Holiday Club group at a table

Emerge Holiday Club at Lydiard Park

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A Pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

19-28 February 2019

With Rev Denise and Mr Maurice Hargreaves

10 days based in Jerusalem and Galilee

The cost of this tour is £1,895 sharing a twin-bedded room with private facilities. We stay in two family owned and managed hotels. ln Jerusalem, the three star Colden Walls Hotel overlooks the Old City walls and is within walking distance of the Holy Sepulchre. ln Tiberias, we stay at the four star Ron Beach Hotel in a wonderful situation right on the lakeside. The tour is on a full-board basis with buffet breakfast, lunch and table d'hote evening meal included daily.

Touring is by air-conditioned coach and we will be accompanied by a local guide who will share leadership responsibilities and look after the formalities of hotel check-ins, etc. All entrance fees and gratuities are included.

Flights are with EL AL between London Heathrow Airport and Tel Aviv and all airport and security charges are included. A complimentary visa is issued on arrival in lsrael. We have included most expenses in the tour cost but some items are listed separately: the travel insurance premium is £59 to age 75 and £89 if older. No medical screening is required. Travel insurance is essential but you may have annual or another suitable insurance.

The optional excursion to Masada and the Dead Sea costs £70.

Single rooms are available at a supplementary cost of £475. Please see our note ‘Travelling Alone’. Any special requests should be noted on the booking form. A deposit is payable now with the balance payable eight weeks prior to departure. Your final travel documents will be posted to you approximately two weeks before departure.

Please contact Rev Denise Hargreaves on Tel: 01594 825662 Email: for more information.

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Diary of a Momentous Year: October 1918.

October 1918 was the month when both sides, in their different ways, decided that they had had enough war. The Germans, following their defeat at Amiens, no longer had any hope of a strong negotiating position in peace talks, let alone victory. Their economy was struggling, and morale was low. The Allies, now sure of final victory, wanted it all over without further disastrous casualties. The politicians, fearful for their own futures, wanted time, but the generals were now calling the shots. The time had come for a ceasefire, then let the negotiating begin.

The military won this battle, at least. The word ‘Armistice’ was banded around: not a treaty, but simply (as the Latin word suggests) as a laying down of arms. The three most influential national leaders on the Allied side agreed, and the Germans and their dwindling band of associates had no choice but to go along with the solution. An Armistice was agreed for a memorable date: the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of the year. Following preliminary discussions, a negotiated treaty would be finalised at Versailles in the following January. Compared to Brexit, that is express progress!

The Armistice was, in some ways, simple. The guns would go silent, killing would cease from that designated hour. The Versailles negotiations, on the other hand, would be complex, though somewhat simplified by the fact that the Germans came naked to the table. They were desperate to save their land from occupation, whatever the cost. In fact, it cost them £6.6 million in reparations (probably about six billion pounds today).

Each of the Allies had important items for the peace agenda. France wanted Alsace-Lorraine restored to French sovereignty, and the Rhineland demilitarised. Britain wanted German military power negated and problems in the Middle East solved. The Americans wanted democracy restored and the will of the people recognised throughout Europe. The three leaders Ė David Lloyd George and Presidents Clťmenceau and Woodrow Wyatt agreed about most of the agenda, including the carving up of The German colonial empire in Africa.

Peace would come at last, but not, as one wise man observed, the ‘kiss of peace’.

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Church Services in the Partnership.

St Mary’s, Lydiard Tregoze.

7 Oct10:00 amMorning Service
14 Oct10:00 amCommunion
21 Oct10:00 amFamily Service
28 Oct10:00 am??? Service

Holy Trinity Shaw.

7 Oct10:30 amMorning Service
14 Oct10:30 amAccessible Worship
4.00 pmMessy Church
21 Oct10:30 amMorning Service
7:00 pmEncounter
28 Oct10:30 amAccessible Worship
8:45am Morning Prayer on Fridays during term time


7 Oct10:30 amCommunion
14 Oct10:30 amMorning Service
21 Oct10:30 amMorning Service
28 Oct10:30 amMorning Service

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7 Oct10:00 amMorning Service
14 Oct10:00 amMorning Service
21 Oct10:00 amCommunion
28 Oct10:00 amMorning Service

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The schools of West Swindon are coming together to commemorate the Centenary of World War One. The Commemoration is going to take place in the Theatre in Lydiard Park Academy. The story of Victor Newman, one of the soldiers named on the St Mary's Roll of Honour, will be dramatized by LPA students. Poems and songs will be shared to remember and reflect on the ordinary people whose lives were changed forever.

A candle and poppies. West Swindon Schools Commemorate Together. Lydiard Park Academy. The afternoon of 7th November

Please pray for this event.

Pray for all the young people who are dramatizing the story, reading poems or singing. Please pray for all the children and their teachers who will take time to attend this Commemoration.

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Pray for our Schools and community
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Lord, we pray that our community will come to know that you are here with us and that your love surrounds us.

We pray for:

Relationships and friendships

Love and care

Joy and hope

Teaching and Learning


Lord God we pray your blessing on all who work in education, that they may see the kingdom come; We pray your blessing on all who influence education, that they may see your will be done; We pray for all who are receiving education, that they may receive their daily bread; We pray for all those who have received education, that they may share their gifts with all your children; Send us out to live and work to your praise and glory, in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.


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Mama Mia Night. Sing and Dance along to the movie. Sat 20 Oct. Christ Church.
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Annivesaries to celebrate

Toothill Church 40th.

Anniversary of the building.

Sunday November 25th 2.30 pm

There will be a special service called “Yesterday, Today and Forever” at 2.30 pm on Sunday 25th November to mark 40 years since the building of Toothill Church.

This is a chance to meet and catch up with past ministers and people who have been instrumental in bringing the Good News to the people of Toothill. All are welcome.

For further information please contact David on 487661 or Email:

Gayle and Ian's 25 year anniversary. You're invited to a Ceilidh. Sat 8th December 7pm, at HTS
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Mad March Hare Quiz 2018. Thu 1 Nov, 7:30 at Swindon Town Football Club
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We want to PAT test a bunch of equipment across the partnership. We've got a machine, we need drivers. One or two per church would be nice.

We want to hear from you.

For the avoidance of doubt, the Health and Safety Executive (and IET) guidelines say portable appliance test (PAT) should be performed by someone with the necessary knowledge and experience to carry out a test and interpret the results. So weíll have a group therapy practical with the machine and some portable appliances. Sound like fun?

Contact Chris on

Christmas with a difference!

Christmas hosting.

Can you make some room for an international student to learn what true British Festive hospitality can mean? Should you like to add that international element to your Christmas, learning another countries traditions and enjoying the connection and friendship that such sharing brings?

HOST UK arranges for international students to enjoy brief homestays with UK hosts, one day, a weekend or, over the festive period-a three day visit. We need more hosts so that a smile such as Marine's can spread across many more faces…and across our fragile world


If you should like to know more, please go to our website or leave us a message on

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Our Partnership Nativity takes place on Sunday 16th December. We will be having an early morning service with breakfast at 9am for everyone in the Partnership.

The children who are taking part in the Nativity Workshop Day will then begin to arrive from 10.15am.

Nativity Workshop. HTS. Sun 16th Dec.

We need a fantastic team of helpers from each of our Partnership Churches to make it super day of Celebration.

The Special Delivery Nativity will take place at 4.30pm, it will be wonderful to have the Church overflowing with our friends and family from our whole community.

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From the Registers.

2 September 2018Finn Charlie Eoin Cassidy
16 September 2018baby Gilbert
14 September 2018Simon Peter Bennett and Emma-Jayne Casey


The 200 million believers in the 50 countries where it is most difficult to be a Christian experiencing high levels of persecution because of their faith.

Emerge Annual Christmas Show preparations

Week beginning 7.10.18 - Swindon Community Church meeting at Bridlewood School

Week beginning 14.10.18 - Kingdom House Ministries meeting at Redhouse Community Centre

Week beginning 21.10.18 - St Andrews Anglican Blunsdon

Week beginning 28.10.18 - United Apostolic Church meeting at Christ the Servant Abbey Meads

And finally…

Thank you for all your help and support over the years, I have really enjoyed my time here. From now on your editor will be Graham and I know you will give him all the support you have given me.

Thank you


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Contact information.

The Partnership office is open:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 1pm to 5pm.

Wednesday Closed.

The office number is 01793 874221.

There will always be an up to date message on the Partnership Office telephone giving any changes.

The office e-mail is:

To publicise any News or Events in the next edition of Partnership News, covering November please send them to the office no later than 21 October.

The address for correspondence is:

The Partnership Office, Holy Trinity Church, Shaw Village Centre, SWINDON, SN5 5PY.

The editor’s email address is also

Events advertised may not, on occasion, fully represent the views of the Partnership

The Partnership web site is

Partnership Minister;: Revd Capt Clive Deverell

Email: Clive Tel: 877111

(Anglican Priest, CofE Swindon Area Dean. Authorised to Serve in the Methodist and the URC Church)

Assistant Minister: Rev Trevor Day

Email Trevor Tel: 875373

Mobile: 07918 125826

(Anglican Priest)

Partnership Curate: Rev Teresa Townsend

Email Teresa Mobile: 07464 272894

Partnership Youth Missioner: Claire Camm

Email Claire Tel: 07981 951381

Partnership Schools Missioner: Gayle Bryon

Email Gayle

Methodist Minister mainly at Toothill: Rev Rachael Wilson

Email Rachael Tel 750095

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