Friends of St Bart’s

organise various events during the year both as social occasions for the parish as well as to raise funds.

Since being formed in 1981, the Friends have raised over £150,000 which has contributed to the renewal and restoration costs of this important Church building.  

Open the Book is a scheme run by the Bible Society in Swindon. Our ecumenical team of 17 members go into all five primary schools in Wootton Bassett to re - enact Bible stories at their assemblies.

We involve the children as much as we can as they love to dress up and take part. Our props and costumes are a sight to behold! The team was formed by members of St.Bartholomew's church in 2015 but now has people from all the churches in the town.

We hope to increase our membership so that we can visit the schools more frequently as requested.

Bassett Bellringers

We are a small but dedicated group who come together on Sundays and other important days such as weddings and civic services to ensure that the sound of the bells rings out across the town.

For further information visit our website

The Ladies Guild was formed by members of St Bartholomew’s Church. The group meet on a monthly basis in the Church Croft following a celebration of Holy Communion. The Guild is primarily for fellowship, friendship and fun of its members and to support Church events. Over

recent years it has evolved into raising much needed funds for local charitable bodies by organising social events throughout the year as well as inviting very interesting guest speakers to our monthly meetings.

The Children's Society is now in its 135th year of helping vulnerable children in England and Wales and we have our own parish committee that coordinates fundraising locally to support its work in fighting child poverty and neglect and in helping children to have a better chance in life.

We organise a number of activities each year, including the annual Christingle services, household collecting boxes, coffee mornings, and sponsored knits, typically raising between £2000 and £3000.

More information about the Children's Society can be found on its website, which is:


We serve at 8.00 am and 10.00 am services on Sundays and at other services.

We serve as Crucifer, acolytes, assist with distribution of Communion and occasionally we use incense.

We have a role of Lay Liturgical Assistant who sets up the Altar for Communion.

Pastoral Team

Our Pastoral Team comprises 14 volunteers, nine of whom are Authorised Lay Pastoral Assistants and one Licensed Lay Minister.

Our aim is to offer pastoral care to our Church Family and others. We do this by visiting, when asked, people in their homes or in hospital.

We also take communion monthly to all three Residential/Nursing Homes in Royal Wootton Bassett as well as to people in their homes on request.

We help with events within the Church including Marriage Workshops, weddings, baptisms and a party for those recently baptized,

together with various services in Church throughout the year.

Church Children at St. Barts are a happy group of primary & junior school children who meet most weeks during the 10am Sunday Service. Once a month, on the first Sunday of every month, we stay in church for the All-Age Service and get involved. All other Sundays we meet up in church, but spend most of the morning in The Croft next door, where we can be more noisy and have fun! We do a variety of things, including crafts, puzzles and games, and then rejoin everyone else in church. Some of our youngsters are members of the choir - we are not mutually exclusive! We also love cake & biscuits!

The Mothers’ Union (MU) is a well-supported group, linked with MU branches at Radcliffe in Manchester and Kitty, Guyana. As well as a monthly evening meeting at Church Croft, an informal afternoon group meets at a member’s home for prayer and discussion. In July the MU evening out involves a visit to another parish in the area, for a Holy Communion service and (pre-ordered) pub supper. In December we hold an afternoon social and tea for members and guests from our town’s other churches, with entertainment by children from a local infant school, who sing songs from their Christmas production. We enjoy links with the Methodist Women’s Fellowship. The MU's main focus is on families worldwide, and an excellent magazine, Families First, available to order, is posted to subscribers

The Church Croft is a coffee /  gift / bookshop run by a team of volunteers lead by The Croft Committee. Located adjacent to the Church & open to the public weekday mornings between 10am and 12 noon. It is also the venue for coffee after the 10am service each Sunday.It is used as a meeting place for church groups and for groups from the wider community,with one Saturday each month being dedicated to a Charity or other group for coffee/fundraising /awareness activities.As well as providing a meeting place for these groups it is also an established Swindon FoodBank Satellite Distribution centre providing food and support for those in our communities who find themselves in short term difficulties.

The Church Croft remains true to its vision of being a community space and welcomes all visitors from near and far

Little Stars is a local group for tots and toddlers run by a group of volunteers from

St Bartholomew’s Church. It takes place every Monday morning at the Church Hall from 10am until 11.30am.

The children have a lot of fun with playtime, craft activities, games and a singalong. At morning break, healthy snacks and drinks are provided. New members will be welcome and although there is no set charge, a donation will always be appreciated.

Here are summaries from active groups at St Bart’s…

For further information, please contact the parish office,

or of course just ask someone after a service or in The Croft.

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St Bartholomew’s Church Choir

We are an SATB (Soprano, Alto, Treble, Bass) choir, comprising 22 adults (5 part-time) and 10 trebles aged 8 to 16. We practise once a week; we lead the singing and sing an anthem every week at Parish Eucharist; we sing at a monthly Evensong; when required, we sing at weddings, funerals, Civic and other special services. There is mutual support within the several choirs of the Calne Deanery.We follow the RSCM Voice for Life Ribbon Award Scheme; tuition and support is open to all choristers.