Benefice Newsletter


September edition


(Matthew 5:14: you are the light of the world)


Licencing and Installation service for Mark Wilson

Pauline Pettitt and Andy Fox-Boudewijn write:

St Mary’s Church, Kintbury is to host the Licensing and Installation service for our new Priest-in-Charge, Mark Wilson, at 7.30pm on 27th September 2017.

The service is deeply rooted in history and is rich in symbolism. The Licensing is ‘the admission by the bishop of a priest into the bishop’s spiritual oversight and care of a parish/parishes’.  In this case the Licensing will be carried out by the Bishop of Reading, the Right Reverend Andrew Proud. The Installation is ‘the formal placing by the archdeacon of a priest in his/her seat in the church’. This will be carried out by the Archdeacon of Berkshire, the Venerable Olivia Graham, who will also be preaching.

Together with the Patrons of the Benefice, all members of the clergy within the Newbury Deanery will be invited as will ministers of other Christian Churches in the local vicinity. The Head Teachers of the schools within the Benefice are also invited to attend.

Everyone is welcome at this Benefice-wide service for all six parishes in the Benefice.

During the service, a collection will be taken that will be given to the Bishop of Oxford’s Outreach Fund.

There will be refreshments after the service which will be a good opportunity to mix with, and talk to, people from across the benefice at this, the beginning of the next phase in our story.

Practicalities  Kintbury Churchwardens Pauline Pettitt and David Prout say: “Could we just remind people that parking space near the church is limited, and it would be very helpful if local people could walk if they are able to do so. If coming from further afield we would encourage you to allow plenty of time and share cars if possible.” 

The next opportunity to meet Mark will be on Sunday, 1 October, at the monthly Benefice service at West Woodhay at 10.30am; again refreshments will be provided afterwards.
If you have any questions, please contact one of the Churchwardens.

Kay Tuersley

It is with a degree of sadness that the Churchwardens say goodbye to Kay Tuersley as the Benefice Administrator. Kay will be resigning with effect from 30 September.

The Churchwardens, the Ministry Team and numerous others within the Benefice as well as clergy, companies and organisations the Benefice deals with on a regular basis will miss Kay’s quiet efficiency and cheerful demeanour.  The role is complex and demanding but Kay always made time to talk to people and help them, often at times when they were going through bereavement or high emotions.

During the vacancy period (April 2016 to September 2017) Kay’s workload has been higher than normal.  Throughout she has been supremely professional and never lost her sense of humour.  It has been a pleasure and a privilege to work with Kay and we will miss her.

We nevertheless have to continue to keep the Benefice functioning and we will be seeking a replacement administrator to start as soon as possible as we enter a new phase for the Benefice with the promise of exciting renewal within our parishes.

Walbury Beacon Benefice Churchwardens.

All Age Worship in Kintbury in August took the form of ‘Songs of Praise’.
writes Penny Fletcher.

All the hymns requested were biblically based and all but two on the Old Testament. It was fitting therefore that the readings came from the Psalms and exhorted people to ‘Praise God’.

In the words of Psalm 95, we did indeed ‘make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation’.
The service ended with a stirring Voluntary by Herbert Parry, beautifully played by Chris Lambert, Kintbury’s organist.

News of Johnny Stevenson and family.
Hallam Goad writes:
The Stevensons have been very touched by the village (Hamstead Marshall) response to the fire and wanted to send on their thanks to all for their kindness. They have found some temporary accommodation and are hoping to use a building on site to live in during the rebuilding over the next couple of years. It will be a long journey... but they are a resourceful family! Our thoughts and prayers are with the family that all will go well.


Walbury Beacon Benefice Administrator

16 hours per week, £8.50 per hour.

The Administrator is the principal point of contact for all enquiries and services. This includes arrangements for Weddings, Funerals and Baptisms. The Administrator together with the Priest-in Charge coordinates all routine services and occasional offices.  The Administrator also liaises with the six parishes that make up the Benefice together with the Oxford Diocese. The procedures laid down by the Oxford Diocese must be followed and the Administrator will advise the Parishes to ensure they fulfil their requirements. The Administrator is responsible for the receipt and payment of fees and expenses on a day-to-day basis.  This forms a significant part of the role.

The Administrator also maintains the Benefice Website.

The successful candidate will be well organised, have excellent inter-personal skills and be able to solve problems on their own.  Utmost confidentiality must be maintained at all times. The candidate should be computer literate and able to use the Microsoft Office suite of software.  An understanding of Safeguarding and Health and Safety legislation as it applies to the Church, its staff and volunteers is desirable but training will be available through the Oxford Diocese.  The Administrator is employed by the Walbury Beacon Churchwardens but will be managed on a day-to-day basis by the Priest-in-Charge.  The candidate will need to be DBS (Disclosing and Barring Service) checked before taking up the appointment.

Closing date for applications 29 September 2017.

Apply in writing (email) together with a brief description of experience relevant to the job to: marked for the attention of Mark Wilson and Andy Fox-Boudewijn.

All-Age Worship & Brunch Kintbury September Leila Cox writes the All-Age Worship service on Sunday 17th September (at 9.45am at St Mary’s Church, Kintbury) will see the return of the after-service brunch being served after the service.  All welcome at this inclusive, relaxed service that has lots of interesting elements to appeal to children and adults alike.The post-service brunch is open to all, with a selection of savoury and sweet pastries, cakes, tea, coffee and hot choc, and a chance for a friendly natter and time for the children to play – please do join us!
(October's All Age Harvest Festival Service at Kintbury, on 15th October will also be followed by a brunch.)

祝賀Meg Atkins. Zhùhè Meg Atkins.
Congratulations to Meg Atkins from Inkpen who has achieved a Grade A in her GCSE Mandarin Chinese exam. Well done Meg from everyone in the Benefice. (Headline translated by Google Translate – we hope it’s OK!)

Coffee Morning on Monday 25 September at The Old Rectory, The Croft, Church Street, Kintbury, RG17 9TS). From 10am till 12noon.
Guest speaker Olivia Whitworth (nee Colman), telling us Stories from The  Rectory. All invited to join us. No charge, donations welcome.

For more info. please contact Katie Wallis on 07879 884491 or

Save the date: 23rd Sir Gordon Richards concert. St.Mary’s Church, Kintbury. 28th October 2017 at 7.30 pm. International singer and raconteur Jonathan Veira with an unforgettable evening of songs and tales. Proceeds to Friends of St.Mary’s.

Parish register news is not available at time of going to press but will be included next month.

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