Parish of Upper Stour - within Heytesbury Deanery, in Salisbury Diocese

Groups

House Groups

We believe that one of the best ways to grow as a Christian is through meeting with other people,  and learning from one another as we study God’s word together and share our experiences of our Christian journey.

There are regular house-groups in Bourton, Kilmington and Zeals. Some meet weekly in term-time, others fortnightly through the year. For details, request information via the contact page or the Parish Office.

We also run courses at various time in the year, such as:

  • Alpha (an introduction to the Christian faith),
  • E100 (an overview of the Bible), and
  • Lent courses before Easter.

We believe that it is important to pray together for the world, the church and those in need. There are opportunities to pray with others in each church through the week:

  • Mondays 9am in Bourton,
  • Wednesdays 5pm in Zeals,
  • Thursdays 9am in Kilmington and
  • Fridays 8.30am in Stourton,

as shown in the calendar here.

Our churches' bells

The parish has three churches with bells hung for ‘full circle’ ringing.

St. George’s church, Bourton has six bells just above the ringing room in the tower with the heaviest bell, the tenor, weighing 12cwt +.

St. Peter’s church, Stourton has six bells with a new tenor bell weighing over 13 cwt. The bells are rung from the ground floor.

St. Martin’s bells, Zeals that were renovated in 2010 are rung from a gallery. The heaviest bell weighs over 10cwt.

The bells are regularly rung for Sunday worship, special celebrations, and where requested for weddings and funerals.

Ringers from the parish and adjoining parishes make up the band and also help to keep the bells ringing at Mere church. All the ringers are members of the Salisbury Diocesan Guild of Ringers.

Practices are held on Wednesday evenings at 7.30-9.00 in rotation – Zeals, Mere, Stourton.

‘Silent’ practices are held on Mondays for learner ringers. The clapper is tied so the bell can move but cannot ring, therefore no sound is heard from the tower.

The fourth church in the parish, St. Mary’s at Kilmington has one bell hung for chiming.

Churchyards' maintenance

St.Martins, Zeals, is maintained by a small group of ‘mature’ volunteers, currently:

  • Mr J Waterfield
  • Mr R Pitt
  • Mr C Pattie
  • Mr G Jackson
  • Mr A G Kemp

extra help for 2-hour sessions always welcome, please contact us here.

St. Peters, Stourton, is maintained by the National Trust, under a specific agreement.

St.Mary’s, Kilmington, is maintained by  a local contractor in conjunction with members of this church’s LCC.

If you have any question regarding the above churchyards, please contact us here.

Bourton graveyard is managed and maintained by Bourton Civil Parish Council.

Upper Stour PCC © 2017
Charity Commission registration number: 1131161