Welcome to ST BARTHOLOMEW AND ALL SAINTS CHURCH,

Royal Wootton Bassett

   A Christian presence at the heart of the community for over 750 years.

“We seek to grow through prayer and share Christ’s love through engagement with all”



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Here at St Bartholomew and All Saints Church we take our responsibilities surrounding the safeguarding of children, young people, and adults who may be at risk very seriously.

Our Parish Safeguarding Policy can be downloaded [here]

If you have any Safeguarding questions or concerns you can contact our Parish Safeguarding Officer, Geoffrey Woodhouse, on 01793 854143

Alternatively you can contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser on 07500 664800 or email heather.bland@salisbury.anglican.org

Parish Office: 01793 853272


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 1 Church Street

Royal Wootton  Bassett

Wiltshire

SN4 7BQ





Vicar of Royal Wootton Bassett

Reverend Jane Curtis

01793 977395





Assistant Curate

Reverend Oliver Blease

01793 855756





Steadfast Love











In times of uncertainty, old insecurities can come to the fore. But the people of God are no stranger to major upheavals: slavery in Egypt and the exodus into the wilderness; the invasion of the Babylonian Empire and the time of exile; the occupation of Roman colonial forces.

And perhaps most startlingly: finding God loves us so much that he came into the world as a vulnerable child and emptied himself of power to bring peace for everyone. Humanity killed the Christ, yet he lives on and on, welcoming us home into his arms of love.

And it is this steadfastness of love in the face of human chaos which is celebrated in Psalm 136:

 “O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures for ever…”

The phrase “his steadfast love endures forever” occurs twenty-six times in this hymn of praise, an echo of every line in the song, which describes God’s faithfulness throughout the history of the Hebrew people.

This faithfulness of God is our inheritance. We experience huge upheaval in life, perhaps in starting at a new school, job, or going to university in getting married, having a baby, or perhaps in being unwell, or losing a loved one. It is easy to feel that things are out of our control. But in God’s steadfastness there is an anchor in the storm, a safe harbour, in the open arms of our loving God on the cross.


It is for this reason that the letter to the Hebrews says:


“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and for ever...it is well for the heart to be strengthened by grace…”

 (Heb 13:8-9).

I was recently asked the very reasonable question ‘How can you believe in all this [salvation in Christ] when there are so many bad things in the world?’ It is a very healthy question and one which should come to us all at times.

Thinking about this, I later imagined Mary, Jesus’s mum, standing in the cold wind on the hilltop as they nailed her boy to the cross. Despite her agony, her hope and faith was that God could transform even the worst thing to have ever happened into the very best – the gateway to salvation. God flips over the plans of evil in the world, not interfering in our human will, but by faithfully and steadfastly loving with the great Divine love.

Our response at church is to simply receive that love. To be open to it and share in it as a community of faith – not embattled in theoretical or philosophical argument, but loving God and the people among whom God has placed us.


St. Bartholomew’s Church is a testament to long-term faithful love. When people began worshiping on this site in the thirteenth century, the Magna Carta was the major issue of the day, and King John was the political leader making the headlines (or tavern songs!). Yet the steadfast love of the Lord remained, and Christians received strength and grace from God, singing praises and receiving the sacraments.


Standing shoulder to shoulder with Mary and all the saints throughout the ages, the Church will continue, whatever the weather, to celebrate God’s love here in Bassett and around the world.


Yesterday, today, and tomorrow we “give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures for ever.”


Rev’d. Oliver Blease




‘A map is only as accurate as the day it was made.’ This was the mantra in my Map & Compass classes in the army cadets. If you use an old map, don’t be surprised to find a new road right where you didn’t expect one! This seems an appropriate metaphor for the political and social landscape of today – every time I read a printed newspaper it is already well out of date and unprecedented new things have happened in Westminster and around the world.