Welcome to the Upper Kennet Parish

Welcome to the Upper Kennet Parish.  Comprised of 8 villages and their churches, our parish is blessed by being in a  National Landscape which includes the UNESCO World Heritage site of Avebury.  As Christians we are working out what it means to follow Jesus and we invite you, whatever your situation and wherever you are on your journey, to join us.

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Each Day as a Worship

A day by day of prayer ( inspired by a Bishop Friend in USA)

On Rising

May the bird song of the morning be a hymn of praise to you Oh Lord
May my feet on the floor and the first daily step be a sign that I Walk In Your Way
May the water that washes my face and body be a sign of you washing away all that is not good in my life
May the towel that dries me be a sign of your forgiveness

On Hearing

The news that causes my heart to tighten and my soul to ache
May this be the Kyrie –
Lord Have Mercy

On Speaking

Words of hope, support encouragement, singing along to a favorite song or Radio 2
May this be
A hymn of Praise

On Feeling Despondent

Low spirits, tears, soul aches, loneliness, anxiety
May these and more be prayers in your eyes

On Working

Endless emails, uncertainty on furlough, fearful for the future, swamped by the present, longing for a holiday, or time with my loved ones, working from a noisy kitchen while teaching the kids May these be times when I hear your Word ‘BE STILL AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD’ as you preach

On Eating

In the prepping of a meal, the sitting at a table, the aloneness or in company, May I remember to value each bite, and taste and texture, grateful for creation, and in it find Eucharist

On End

As my head hits the pillow and I stretch out my limbs May all I have done and said and thought be for you a Vesper Hymn


The LCCs of the Upper Kennet Parish have formally adopted the House of Bishops’ Promoting a Safer Church; Safeguarding Policy Statement and reviews this policy annually at APCM .
This is the  Parish Policy Statement

We take the Safeguarding of Young People and Vulnerable Adults very seriously and are committed to providing a safe space for all to gather for worship and community fellowship. All PCC members, post holders and licenced Clergy and Lay ministers are trained to appropriate levels under the Diocese of Salisbury Safeguarding Policies. A copy of these can be found in each of our churches along with a list of helpful contacts and phone numbers for national and local help organisations.

Parish Safeguarding Officers

Children and Young People

Mrs Elizabeth Daley

01672 539277 


Mr Rod Palfrey

01793 731067



01672 539643

Diocesan Safeguarding Team

Mrs Heather Bland

01722 411922
07500 664800

Who's Who



Graham kitchen

pastoral assistant

Graham has been a Licensed Pastoral Assistant for over 7 years and lives in East Kennett. 

His ministry includes providing pastoral support for people who are ill, bereaved or house bound and leading Worship, especially Taizé and Evening Prayer at East Kennett.  


Claire StIles


Claire has been a Licensed Pastoral Assistant for over 7 years and lives in Winterbourne Bassett.  

She is also a Lay Worship Leader and leads a service of Morning Prayer regularly at Winterbourne Bassett, and helps occasionally at Celtic Morning Prayer at Avebury. 

Claire is also involved with Prospect Hospice, Wroughton, working alongside both patients and carers, an aspect of ministry she enjoys greatly .


Sibella Laing

Licenced Lay Minister

Sibella joined the team in late 2019 and brings a wealth of experience in serving in the Diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf and in academia.

While living in the old family home in West Overton , she will exercise her ministry across all the churches of the Benefice, contributing to the development of prayer, leading of services and pastoral care of all.

Anne Robinson & Sophie roberts

Benefice administratorS

Anne shares the role of Benefice Administrator with her colleague Sophie. 

Anne has offered valuable support for over 20 years to all who contact the office. Sophie joined the team in August 2018 and comes with a wealth of experience including working as Clerk for the local Parish Council. Anne and Sophie may be your first point of contact to book a baptism or a wedding or make general enquires about our Benefice – you are assured of a warm welcome and every assistance they can offer.





Letter from the previous Rector

We are ordinary people from 8 villages that make up the Upper Kennet Parish.  We are blessed to live in a National Landscape and together we are working out what it means to follow Jesus.  Our pilgrim history runs deep and we welcome thousands of visitors each year from all nations and all faiths visiting the World Heritage Site of Avebury and environs.

Whatever your situation and wherever you are on your journey, you are warmly invited to join us on ours alongside Him to where he will have us walk together.

As followers of Jesus we want to share the Good News of Jesus Christ to ALL and be ‘good news’ by serving and loving those around us.  We welcome you if you come to give thanks or because you are facing difficult times, if you would like your child to be christened, or you would like to get married or to arrange a funeral, if you have a strong faith or are not sure you have any.  Our vision is to be the heart of the church sharing God’s love in and around the community.

I hope you will find in each of the churches of the Kennet Valley a place of welcome, safety, joy, and peace- a place where we can accept and meet each other, just as we are, in God’s presence and within Gods love.  Come with an open mind and in the knowledge that we are all pilgrims together, searching, seeking and questioning.  Come not because you must but because you can, come not because you are good but because we are all imperfect, come in quiet solitude, or to a festival, come often or less than often, come because you are grieving or because you wish to give thanks, come expecting to find others just like you, looking for meaning and purpose and searching for that something more some of us find easier than others to call God. 

These are YOUR churches, whatever your age, background or beliefs, from all church traditions or a newcomer to Jesus, an enquirer; a doubter; a struggler with life’s complexities; someone who is thinking about coming back to church after a while; or just someone who wants simply to come and sit quietly at the back.  However you come to be here, Welcome Pilgrim. Welcome home.

Rev Maria Shepherdson

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