August 2019 News


What's on in August - Services and Events

All items at St Andrew's, North Swindon unless marked otherwise

Saturday 3rd August 

10-1pm Open Church morning - tea and tranquility

Sunday 4th August: 7th after Trinity

10am Children’s Service Followed by refreshments and Introduction to Baptism
6:30pm Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer)

Sunday 11th August:  8th after Trinity

10am Holy Communion with children's activity
4pm Summer Special Fun and games at Tadpole Farm CE Primary Academy followed by barbeque (See notices)

Monday 12th August

10am-12 noon, Prayer Walk in Tadpole Garden Village. Meet on Greene Street outside Tadpole Farm Academy.

Tuesday 13th August

7:30pm PCC

Wednesday 14th August

11am Coffee, Prayer and chat - children welcome

Sunday 18th August: 9th after Trinity 

10am Morning Prayer with children's activity Followed by refreshments
6:30pm Evening Prayer (Book of Common Prayer)

Wednesday 21st August

1.30pm Coffee, Get together at Kingdom Coffee House in Redhouse

Sunday 25th August: 10th after Trinity 

10am Holy Communion with children's activity

Wednesday 28th August

11am Coffee, Prayer and chat

Sunday 1st September: 11th after Trinity

10am Children’s 'Back to School' Service Followed by refreshments and Introduction to Baptism
6:30pm Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer)


Summer Special at Tadpole Farm

Instead of an All Age Service we’ll be having Fun-and-games on Sunday 11th August from 4pm. Please bring a picnic.

Summer Appeal for Swindon Women’s Refuge

Please bring your stationery donations to church by 11th August.

Are you well-prepared?

Though it may not be our favourite topic for discussion, it makes sense to give our own death some thought, to make sure we are properly prepared. During August and September Sally will be running a 4-week course to discuss the practicalities of dying (e.g. wills and funerals); the process of dying (palliative and spiritual care) and what happens after death. If you are interested in taking part please contact Sally

How many days ’til Christmas?

I hope you are not too shocked to discover that PCC has already decided on the dates of our Christmas services. In case you like to plan ahead the key dates are:

  • 8th December 4pm Christingle at Tadpole Farm.
  • 15th December 10am Children’s Carol Service at St Andrew’s.
  • 22nd December 6.30pm Carols by Candlelight at St Andrew’s.
  • 24th December 4pm All Age Nativity at Tadpole. 
  • 11.30pm Midnight Communion.
  • 25th December 10am All Age Communion.

National Prayer Weekend (NPW): 27-29th September 2019   

What is National Prayer Weekend? CWR (a charity focused on applying God's Word to everyday life and relationships) believes that prayer is powerful, and we want to respond to God’s call to love our neighbours and the people around us. The concept is simple – ask people in your local area in schools, businesses, MPs, neighbours, etc, whether they would like prayer. Gather the prayer requests together and pray for them. You can pray as an individual, in small groups, or the whole church. We can host a prayer event such as a morning of prayer or 24/7 prayer room, prayer walks, gazebo of prayer in the local community, or any other ideas that are creative and can introduce people to Jesus.

After the weekend there are follow-up cards to let people know we have prayed and it is time to gather any stories to share as a result of the prayer.

We want to involve everyone in this event as everyone can pray. Please would you pray even as we organise this event for wisdom and favour in our community.
If you would like to be part of a team to organise the event, please contact Deborah Donohoe on 07960 255 831 asap and we will gather to discuss ideas and pray.

Care for the Family ‘Free to be’ event for Christian women at Steam, 15th October, 7pm

This event will explore how we can see ourselves from God’s perspective and get a clearer vision for what God had in mind when He uniquely created ‘me’. Free to Be is an event for all Christian women to come together, whatever circumstance or season of life you are in. Tickets are £4 before 31st July. Contact Sally if you’d like to go.


Please pick up the new prayer cycle and particularly pray for wisdom to know how to grow Church at Tadpole Garden Village (TGV). Please join us to pray around TGV on Monday 12th August from 10am-12 noon. Please also pray for the PCC as it discusses St Andrew’s potential logo.

From the Vicar

For booking of Christenings (Baptisms), reading of Banns, weddings or to talk to the Priest-in-Charge in confidence, please contact the Reverend Sally Robertson on 07588 594410

Around the Parish

We would love to see your contributions!

This online newsletter will be launching fully in September. Before then we would love to have your contributions. You could write about your faith, the church building and history, community events - anything of interest to the parish. Please email contributions to Brian: – we’d like get as many as we can in by the end of August.

An oasis of calm on Saturday morning

From the bustle of the Orbital Centre to the buzz of Tadpole Garden Village, somewhere to reflect and enjoy a spot of peace in North Swindon may seem hard to imagine, but St Andrew’s Church, tucked away in a green oasis off Tadpole Lane, is a secret surprise.

This lovely ancient church, with parts dating back 900 years is open from 10am to 1pm on 3 August, 7 September and 5 October. Visitors are welcome to look around the building, including the beautiful 1940s stained glass by Douglas Strachan, to have a cup of tea or coffee, or just to enjoy the tranquillity.

Find us

Getting in touch


Reverend Sally Robertson
15 Rackham Close
Tadpole Garden Village
SN25 2QT
07588 594410

Parish Office (including Christenings (Baptisms), Banns and Weddings

07588 594410


Karen Vermeersch 07443 522620

Deputy Churchwardens

Peter Smith
Barry Luffman
Paul Zukiewicz 07778 016843

Hon. Pastoral Assistant

Susan Smith 01793 706970

Parish Safeguarding Officer

Nicola Wilding 07900 016639

Deputy Safeguarding Officer

Sarah Soady 07989 744909

Items for Notice Sheet

Helen Allen

Items for Online News (here)

Brian Clegg

Church School

Tadpole Farm CE Primary Academy
Greene Street
Tadpole Garden Village
SN25 2QS
01793 729740
Headteacher: Mrs Jane Leo


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