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by Michael Ford last modified 21 Dec, 2015 05:47 PM

The e-Bulletin is a weekly update from around the Diocese on Tuesdays. The items below are from its 'Announcements' section.

Click here for the e-Bulletin page, or here for the email archive.

Latest announcements

The Tablet has included Ian Cowley’s ‘The Contemplative Minister’ on their ‘books of the year’ list. Nicholas King rates it as follows:
"A book for our time, fit for reading over Christmas, before you head back into the maelstrom, to survive the pressures on your time. All of us are ministers; all of us need to be contemplatives. This book, by an evangelically-minded Anglican priest who has imbibed some of the riches of the Catholic tradition of spirituality, is for you."

CofE News
The January ‘In Review’ is out now, in three formats. Click here for the page

Funding News
Click here for the Wiltshire Community Foundation monthly newsletter featuring Bishop Edward.

Pioneer Ministry News
Click here for the latest from Fresh Expressions.

REMINDER: Erskine Muton Trust Fund
The closing date for applications from Dorset parishes wishing to apply for grants from the next distribution from the Erskine Muton Trust Fund is Friday 5 February 2016. Grants are available towards the cost of works to church buildings located in county of Dorset.
Further details and an application form are available from   or call 01722 438665
For other funding opportunities, parishes could also consider applying to
Dorset Historic Churches Trust
Wiltshire Historic Churches Trust
Devon Historic Churches Trust, or
Hampshire and the Islands Historic Churches Trust

Online music courses via Skype?
Apparently so. ‘Hymn Angels’ and other packages are available here<>

HM The Queen’s 90th Birthday
ChurchCare has launched a web resource to inform and equip churches, cathedrals and communities as they organise celebrations in June 2016. The official celebrations will take place in London between 10 and 12 June, including a thanksgiving service at St Paul’s Cathedral, a Birthday Parade on Horse Guards Parade and a street party in The Mall. Churches are encouraged to integrate their events into local community celebrations. See below for the schools competition. Click here for the main page.

HM The Queen’s 90th Birthday – schools competition
There is a competition for Church of England schools to design a logo that communicates the link between church, school and the birthday celebrations. Logo designs should fit on an A4 page. The name of the school submitting the entry, and appropriate contact details, must be written on the back. Postal address is:
For the attention of Jemma Adams
The Church of England Education Office
Church House
Great Smith Street
The closing date for entries is Monday 18 January 2016.

Wiltshire charities urged to apply for share of giant cash pot
Persimmon Homes Wessex launched its Community Champions fund last Spring, to support grassroots activities that improve the quality of life for local people. The scheme invites local groups and charities to bid for cash from a £750,000 national fund, with two donations of up to £1,000 being made locally every month. Simply visit this website and complete an online application form.

Love Britain and Ireland Awards
Created by Premier, these awards are given to outstanding projects and services that put Christian love into action within local communities. Know someone deserving? Click here to make a start.

Parish Buying aims to save CofE parishes £10m a year.
Progress has been made. £3m has been saved this year, compared with £2m saved in 2012-14. Click here for an infographic.

Success for CUF Advent Sleepout Challenge
Over £51,000 has already been raised – thanks to any who have contributed! Main site here. ‘Give It Up For Lent’ has also been launched. More here.

Red choir robes on offer
A member of All Saints Fittleton has two beautifully made red choir robes: one for an adult and the other for a child about 11. They are in excellent condition. If you are interested, please email Hilda Maunsell:

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