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 a 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.
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
The AGM of the Parochial Church Council takes place On Monday, April 10th in the church starting at 7.00pm. Nominations for churchwarden and committee members need to be passed to Susan Harrison at 8 St Michael's Close by April 3rd.
Current members of the 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.
Once again we are looking forward to another concert by students of Rosa Mannion. This will be on Saturday July 1st when hopefully the weather will be kind and the interval picnic can be held in The Old Parsonage garden. These wonderful concerts have been much appreciated by all who have attended in the past so tickets are usually taken very quickly. In order not to miss being part of this special evening, please telephone Jill Wright on 01373 813641 as soon as possible with your request for tickets or for further information.
Meanwhile, don’t forget to come to our next coffee morning, on Saturday, April 15th. These are very popular as our picture show so why not drop in for coffee (or tea if you’d prefer it), some wonderful home-made cakes and a chat. It starts at 10.30 and goes on till midday.