Calne Partnership of Churches

Calne Partnership of Churches

Calne Partnership of Churches is an ecumenical organisation which supports links between the member churhes.  The member churches are Calne Baptist Church, Parish of Calne and Blackland (CofE), Dayspring, Calne Methodist Church and St Edmund's RC Church.  The AGM for 2015 is being held on 22nd January.


Report for Calne and Blackland Parish

APCM April 2014

Representatives for Church of England on this group are Clergy and three lay representatives. At APCM in 2013, lay representatives were confirmed as Morcia Booton, Kathryn Miller and one vacancy (Bob to seek representative).

As usual four meetings were scheduled for 2013/14 as listed below. At APCM 2013 the future of the Partnership was in doubt because no one had been found to take on the role of Secretary. At the April meeting, Lynda Bosworth (from Baptist Church) was appointed as Secretary so Partnership is still in operation.


We were represented as follows:

Apr 2013 - BK, KM (MB stood down)

Jun 2013 – no CofE rep (BK sabbatical, KM governors meeting clash)

No resolutions were made at this meeting because it was not quorate without a CofE representative (clergy rep had urgent parish requirement)

Oct 2013 – EP, MB (KM absent on pilgrimage to Holy Land)

Jan 2014 – EP, MB, KM


The current Chairman is Sam King from Baptist Church. Jan Darts and Lynda Bosworth continue as Treasurer and Secretary. There are several vacancies for representatives from other churches.


The partnership discusses and supports progress of local initiatives such as Open Blue Bus, Food Bank and Doorway and other sources for ecumenical publicity or community action including Calne Springs Website and Heart for Calne.

Wiltshire Churches Together continues to publicise ecumenical events arranged locally. The contribution requested to support WCT for 2013/14 was £50.


Open Blue Bus did not operate during the Spring 2014 termtime because funding had not been found. Anyone interested in this work with Calne young people should talk to Kevin Wells or Partnership representatives. Kathryn recommends a visit to the Bus on a Friday evening.


Food Bank has an increasing use. The supplies are now stored at the Methodist Church where racking has been placed in a suitable locked room. Eleanor Bujalska and a new person from the Methodist Church now operate Calne Food Bank.


Bob raised discussion relating to the area to be included in Partnership. He is considering whether one of the lay representatives may come from among those who regularly attend one of the other Parishes within the Benefice, because the Parish of Calne and Blackland is now part of the Benefice of Marden Vale. No further mention was made of this discussion in June, October minutes.


Events publicised included:

Saturday 27th April - Gospel Generation Choir afternoon workshop 7.30 concert

(raised £550 for Alzheimer’s)

Baptist Church on Saturday 11th May from 10-4 will be a Spiritual Foundation, a range of traditions within the church with various activities.

Raise the Roof on 15-16 June, held at Tiverton, a Family Father's Day event. 

Northumbria Community – at Baptist Church - Spiritual Formation

Baptist Church - Community BBQ on Saturday 6th July

Coffee morning on Saturday 19th October at the Methodists, raising funds for Syria

17th March 2014 Quiet Day at Ivy House in Warminster,


Events organised in 2013/14 included:

Display of photographs, held in conjunction with Calne Music & Arts Festival

Taize service planned for the autumn was cancelled (leader unwell)

Christmas Service publicity is combined

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (January)

Stanley Abbey remains Friday 21st March

Lent study groups

United Good Friday Service


Minutes from June meeting indicated that an evening meal in January 2014 (similar to successful event in 2013) would be discussed at October meeting. October minutes do not show any further progress and Stations of Cross around town at Easter is waiting for Bob to lead planning.


Meetings for2014 AGM January 2015

Tuesday 6th May 2014 to be held at the Methodists Church @ 7.30 pm

Thursday 10th July 2014 to be held at the Roman Catholic Church @ 7.30 pm

Wednesday 8th October 2014 to be held at the Baptist Church @ 7.30 pm

AGM Thursday 22nd January 2015 to be held at St. Mary's Church House, 7.30 pm


Three representatives from the Parish need to be elected for 2014/5

            Kathryn Miller and Morcia Booton are willing to continue. Anyone interested in becoming a representative should talk with these or any of the clergy.


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