Chris joins the Marlborough and Minal parishes from his former parish in Sevenoaks.
Make a note in your diary for that special Christmas event - Carols by Candlelight in St John's at 4.00 pm on Sunday 15th. This is always a magical service, with the church beautifually decorated and the traditional and familar carols that we all know so well. Minced pies and mulled wine will also be served after the service.
Music and Movement for the Mind meets in the village hall in Minal every Tuesday from 10.30am to 12noon.
It is for people living with dementia and a family carer to enjoy together and the group alternates each week between singing and gentle exercise sessions. Both are led by experienced trained leaders supported by volunteers. It’s a very friendly group and everyone does as much as they feel comfortable doing, so there is no need for prior experience or expertise.
To find out more or to come along please call Alzheimer’s Support on 01380 7399055 or go towww.alzheimerswiltshire.org.uk/movement-for-the-mind
The sound of our church bells is something perhaps we take for granted. Imagine no bells for Sunday services or weddings and Christmas. But our stalwart team of bell ringers are is need of new recruits. Already a banner has been put up on the top of Church Lane as the team urgently need to increase their numbers to ensure that the bells of St John the Baptist's church continue to ring in the village.
According to a long term bell ringer, Tom Otley, "No previous experience is needed and you do not even have to be a churchgoer. However, you will be fully trained. Also, ringing is fun and a sociable experience as well as providing a much needed service to the village.
"We are a very friendly band so if you might be interested, please get in touch - without any commitment."
Over 300 people it was estimated attended the welcome return of Minal's Bonfire Night. Thanks to our reinvigorated Sports and Social Club's endeavours, the evening was considered one of the best ones for years, as young and old thronged to the sports field from both the village and beyond.
A magnificant bonfire and fireworks display, was made even more entertaining with scrumptious offerings of burgers and hotdogs, thanks to Steve from Sumblers. While soup and refreshments, including a barrel of Minal Tap beer, also helped the evening go with a buzz. So well done all Minal folk who helped with manning the entrance gate, serving the food and drinks as well as the brave team who let off the fireworks.