Palm Sunday Urgent Update

Dear Friends

If you were thinking of joining us for the Palm Sunday walk from Silchester tomorrow please read on as we have had to change the start point!

We have assessed the level of groundwater on the route and decided the puddle (lake!) between the Village and the start of the drove is now too deep to cross and unlikely to recede before 9:30 am tomorrow. 

To keep everyone safe (and hopefully dry) the start of the walk has therefore been moved to the walls car park (Wall Lane, Silchester)    

We will meet at the walls car park at 9:30 am to begin the walk.   A steward or two will be at the Village Hall to direct/transport anyone over the walls car park who hasn’t got this message.

The Walls car park offers plenty of parking and the path from the car park to the drove is relatively wide and well drained.    It would still be worth wearing wellies or walking boots and bringing a waterproof coat or umbrella, although the forecast for tomorrow now looks more encouraging!

Just to confirm arrangements:

9:30  – Palm Sunday walk with Bobby the donkey from Silchester Walls Car park

10:30 – Palm Sunday service in St. Mary the Virgin with hot cross buns served after the service.

Do pass on this message to anyone who you know was planning to join us for the walk

I look forward to seeing you tomorrow Steve

Charles Lewis – Outstanding Service Award

Earlier in the month our Licenced Lay Minister Charles Lewis received the Basingstoke and Deane Mayor’s award for his outstanding service to the Tadley community and Air Cadets. Here are the photos.

Presenting the award Cllr Cubitt said: “Charles and his wife Marilyn are dedicated hardworking, supportive, resourceful, and exemplary in all they do for our wider community and the cadets.”

Congratulations to both Charles and Marilyn!

28 Feb 2021 – Leaving Service

Dear friends at St Mary’s,
It’s hard to believe that this day has come and that today’s service is the final one for Steve and I before we move to Shepton Mallet in the coming week. It has been so lovely to share conversations with many of you this week, to be reminded of things from almost 3 years ago which seem much further in the past because of the pandemic year.

We’ll gather some threads together in our worship and celebrate and give thanks for God’s steadfast keeping and hopeful future. It is at least a consolation to be moving knowing that vaccines are plentiful, restrictions will lift before long, and that the spring is coming and the way is opening up for us. For some there are many challenges still and I know you’ll continue to care for each other well and be bold in seeking out the lonesome and struggling in our church family and beyond.


It has been a privilege to serve here at St Mary’s and we’ll miss you very much. We’ve been shaped by your faith, your love and care, your interests, and stories and we look forward to hearing how God continues to build this community through you because each one of you has a significant part to play.

With all love and prayers,
Gill and Steve