St Michael's Church
The interregnum is over - we have a new vicar, or priest in charge to give him his proper title.
Fr. Clive Fairclough has now been officially installed and is now settling in, with wife Jo, in the Rectory at Mells.
He said, “I relish this opportunity to be your parish priest as we journey together sharing God’s love. My faith is founded on the Rule of St Benedict whose motto is Orando Laborando meaning ‘by prayer by work’.”
Fr Clive is a dairy farmer’s son and was brought up on a farm near
Trowbridge. He served for twenty years as British army officer in the Royal Artillery in the UK, including two operational tours in Northern Ireland and Western Germany (as it was then).
This was followed by a successful career as a professional fundraiser in a variety of charities, including the Prince’s Trust in Scotland.
He was ordained into the Church of England in 2004 and, following his curacy in Tisbury in the Diocese of Salisbury, he served as a parish priest to twelve rural churches based in Bishampton in the Diocese of Worcester.
Most recently, he served in Moscow as Chaplain to St Andrew’s Anglican Church, the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Apokrisarios to the Patriarch of Moscow and Russia and Chaplain to the British Ambassador in Moscow.
Fr.Clive is married to Jo and he has six children from his first marriage and six grandchildren. His interests are rural theology, mountaineering, British politics, singing and field sports.
On On Sunday 29 January 2017 there will be a Group Service held in St Andrew's Mells, to welcome and introduce Clive and Jo. They would love to greet people from all villages and we expect a joyful service as we end our "vacancy" and once again have a resident vicar.
Please come and join us at 10.00am for this family communion service - coffee will be available afterwards.
You can contact him via email on firstname.lastname@example.org.
There's more information about the five parishes in the group on www.achurchnearyou.com/mells-st-andrew/.
Further info contact Debbie Cary on email@example.com
The Church of St. Michael is situated in the middle of the village - a little to the side of the main road. Parts of the church date back to around 1200 while the north chapel was added in 1325 and the tower in 1480. The church was restored in the late 19th Century to its present form.
The Parochial Church Council
Members of the Parochial Church Council are Jill Wright who is in the chair and is also Churchwarden, Secretary Susan Harrison, Treasurer Sara Corbett, all supported by Rosemary Williams, Debbie Cary, Jane Morgan and Stuart Harrison The PCC meets several times a year to discuss the general running of the church, services, maintenance of the building and how to increase the congregation!
We have in the past few years held festivals and concerts in our church in an effort to raise funds for the church.
We welcome new ideas and new people.