Somerford Keynes A Parish in the Cotswold Water Park
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The Church in the Benefice

A tale of two churches with the same dedication

The Parish of Somerford Keynes is one of nine parishes within the Thameshead benefice served by one Rector, assisted by a curate and lay readers. Until 1826 the Parish was in the Diocese of Salisbury. Since then it has been in the Diocese of Gloucester. The Parish moved from Wiltshire to Gloucestershire in 1896. Shorncote was united with Somerford Keynes in 1881. They joined Poole Keynes and Kemble to form the Upper Thames benefice in 1977. In 2001, the parishes of Coates, Frampton Mansell, Rodmarton, Sapperton and Tarlton were included to form the Thameshead Benefice. Somerford Keynes parish is within the Cirencester Deanery and the Diocese of Gloucester. The church is dedicated to All Saints.                                          The activities of the church in the parish take place under the guidance and decision of the Parochial Church Council, normally chaired by the Rector, and consisting of the Churchwardens, a Secretary, a Treasurer and several regular members. Meetings of the Council are private. The Council has an Annual General Meeting open to the public in April each year. The parish maintains an electoral roll, membership of which qualifies parishioners to vote at the AGM. If you wish to join the electoral roll, ask a church warden.
All Saints Church Shorncote

Parish News

Parish News, the Benefice news sheet, is published 10 times a year and is available for £5. Contact Muriel Watkins or a churchwarden if you would like a new subscription. If you want to put something in the Parish News, please send it before 12th of each month as plain text  to parishnewsthb@ googlemail.com
Rector: Rev Trevor Kemp Coates Rectory 770550 Associate Priest Rev David Austin Kemble Vicarage 860692 David is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays for Pastoral Surgery. Please ring for an appointment Churchwardens Vacant
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