CHURCHES TOGETHER in PILTON will be holding a

on Saturday 26th November: 12noon – 2.30pm. There will be cakes to buy and a Raffle.

Do come along and enjoy a delicious home-made soup lunch, mince pies, cake, tea and coffee. Buy some special Christmas presents from local stall holders and listen to the handbells.


if you still need some more original ideas on the following Saturday, 3rd December, there will be more stalls displaying the wares of artisans from the local area. Pilton Village Hall.
Free entry for both events

Remembrance Sunday and a Special Service

Services in the four parishes
In Pilton starting at 10.55am there will be a formal Act of Remembrance at the War Memorial; at the same time there will be a similar act in the Parish Church for those who would find the hill difficult; these will be followed immediately by a Remembrance Service in the Parish Church.

In Croscombe there will be an Act of Remembrance in the Parish Church, starting at 10.55am and this will be followed immediately by a Remembrance Service.
At North Wootton there will be a Family Service at 10,55amappropriate for Remembrance Sunday but prepared and led with the thought that there may well be people of all ages at the service. This will begin with a short Act of Remembrance.
At Dinder there will be a service of Holy Communion for Remembrance Sunday at 6.30pm.
Everyone is welcome at any of these services in the parish churches.

to commemorate
Recently details of a pilot who crashed his plane at the back of the Old Rectory, Dinder in the Second World War have come to light. He was Thomas Middlebrook Horsfall RAF, who crashed on 3rd July 1942. The railings are still bent where the plane fell down and there are two people alive in Dinder who remember this event. He may have not bailed out in order to steer his plane away from the buildings and the school. The details have only recently been discovered by Mike Jones, lately a regular visitor to Dinder.

A commemorative plaque in honour of Thomas Middlebrook Horsfall will be placed in Dinder Church. On SUNDAY 20th NOVEMBER at 11.00am the plaque will be dedicated in the church service. Members of the pilot’s family will be present and the service will be followed by a lunch in the Village Hall to which everyone is invited. We would like as many as possible to come to this village occasion.

Please let Ros and Michael Comer (679468)know if you intend to come to the Lunch
to enable the food to be organised.


We are meeting in North Wootton on alternate Mondays at 10.30am. People from all our parishes are welcome to come regularly or as you are able. To make sure of dates or for more details please contact Andrew Pugh on 890535.


We will be starting a series of confirmation classes next year for anyone who is thinking about being confirmed. You can be confirmed at any age.

Do please get in touch if you would be interested or you would just like to find out more. Rev. Chris


We were so sorry to cancel Forest School session in October!

We will be meeting on November 6th in Dinder Village Hall. Please bring as many jam jars as you can and wear clothes that do not matter if they get glass paint on them!
YOS is open to children of all parishes in Year 6 upwards. We meet in Dinder Village Hall on the 1st Sunday of each month 6.00pm-7.30pm. For further information please contact Sandra Kirkham 342221 or Becky Gilbert 676739.


The end of November starts the beginning of the season of Advent. As well as being the countdown to Christmas, it is an important season in its own right. In the Christian Church it is a time of waiting and watching. Some people buy an Advent candle which marks each day of the Advent season.

Our shops are also full of Advent calendars, but alongside those calendars, why not do something different this year? Find an empty box and through Advent put one item of non-perishable food in it each day. Then by the end of Advent you will have a full box of goods to give away. Further details can be found in this magazine (See Reverse Advent Calendar page 5).

Also, do come to our Advent Carol Service. The carols are not Christmas carols but are beautiful in their own right and reflect the longing and hope of the Advent season.

Finally, in all our churches there will be a series of activities over Advent to reflect the season. They are designed to help us take some time out and think about the meaning of Advent and Christmas.

Further details of all of these can be found in our magazine and below:



An opportunity to celebrate the season of Advent before the rush of Christmas begins.
Sunday 27th November at 4.00pm in Pilton Parish Church.
Come and join our Advent Carol Service. These will not be Christmas Carols, you will have to wait until 18th December for them. Instead we will be singing traditional Advent carols.

Do come along and help us celebrate the beginning of Advent and listen to Pilton Village Voices as they bring us some anthems as well.


Many of us enjoy or remember enjoying opening the little boxes on our Advent Calendars.
Why not join us to give something back as well?
Find an empty box or basket and each day put something inside to give away. By Christmas Eve or a few days before you will have a box full of items to donate to a local charity. If you are unsure what to donate each of our churches will have a list of items and details of where and when to deliver your box; this will also appear in next month’s magazine and on the church website.

Time and space to think
During Advent we will be creating time and space in our Churches for you to just come and be, or to pray.

Each week a new activity (suitable for children and adults) will appear to help you.

Do come along whenever you can and take time out of the busy-ness durung the run up to Christmas – more of that next month.

Rev. Chris