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Clergy

Our church is one of thirteen in the Chalke Valley Team Benefice in Chalke Deanery in the Diocese of Salisbury.

Details of the Clergy can be found on the Chalke Valley Churches website but their tiles, names and telephone contact details are listed below:

Team RectorReverend Catherine Blundell01722 780262
Team VicarReverend Jenny Taylor (responsible for Bishopstone)01722 503081
Team VicarReverend Anna-Claar Thomasson-Rosingh (from 16 July 2018)07419121822
Team AdminstratorMrs Emily Broomhead07826024984

Other clergy assist with services and their details can be found in the monthly magazine ‘Chalke Talk’.

Friends of Bishopstone Church

Why not become a "Friend of Bishopstone Church"?

The Friends of Bishopstone Church was established in 1974 to assist the Parochial Church Council in raising funds to preserve and maintain the fabric of the church, its beauty and traditions.

Immediate repairs were carried out over the first five years:

  • the Chancel roof was stripped, wooden timbers replaced, felted and the tiles replaced;
  • similar repairs were carried out to the Nave roof;
  • the majority of the windows were replaced, as were sections of the mullions;
  • masonry was re-pointed and repaired.

In 1995 a careful restoration of a medieval pew in the Chancel was carried out. In 1997 it was the turn of the tower when roof members were replaced and the roof recovered.

In 2002 the nave was closed for 12 months whilst the ceiling was replaced because of death-watch beetle infestation.
Fortunately there was considerable financial support from English Heritage.

We are inviting help to increase our funds so that the work of conservation can continue and a unique church preserved. Will you help? Gifts of any size, regular donations by standing order, donations by CAF, of shares or by leaving donations in a Will are all welcome. Some of these may have tax advantages. We would be happy to provide information (see contact details on forms).

The application form to become a Friend of Bishopstone Church is available on the link below, together with Gift Aid and Standing Order Mandate forms. Simply print off and send to the address indicated.

CHANCEL REPAIR LIABILITY

Recently, there has been mention in the media of property owners discovering that they have a responsibility for paying for repairs to their local church. This is known as Chancel Repair Liability whereby a parochial church council can require owners of former church land to meet the cost of repairing the church chancel. The Bishopstone Parochial Church Council has undertaken research regarding the question of Chancel Repair Liability in the Parish of Bishopstone and Stratford Tony. This is information which might be of interest to potential buyers and sellers of property. Further details may be obtained from the PCC Secretary, Geoff Taylor – 01722 503081, taylorgeoffreyc@gmail.com