Growing in the Love of God

The Upper Wylye Valley Team

Welcome to the website of the Upper Wylye Valley Team. Whether you live here in this delightful part of Wiltshire, visit it for family, social or business reasons or are thinking of moving here I hope you will be struck by the friendliness of the people and the sense of community provided by our villages, the rural nature of our lives and the church - among the many other experiences here.

This site aims to inform and interest you, and to guide and lead you through our various parishes, activities and opportunities and I hope you enjoy the journey across this rich tapestry of life. The heart of our message is encapsulated in our Mission and the Vision set out below and all the links you will find on the site either lead from those or to them.

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New Priest in Charge for the Upper Wylye Valley Team


Revd. Alison Morley was raised on a small-holding in a rural area of the Isle of Wight and finishedschool there in 1985. She is married to Philip, a Plant Scientist, and they have three children, each ofwhom she schooled at home until the age of 16. Their elder daughter, a land agent, is married to another land agent and they have a young daughter. The younger daughter is at university in London,and their son is studying to be a horse trainer. In 2000 she was called to ministry in the Methodist Church, initially as a local preacher, and studying part-time at STETS in Salisbury for a theology diploma [with merit]. From 2008 she was the Minister of four churches in Wiltshire, two of which were rural; and she studied successfully for a MA part-time at Sarum College between 2009 and 2013. She entered the Church of England and was ordained Deacon in 2013 and Priest in 2014. She became a Curate with Revd. Canon Paul Richardson in Devizes in 2013, and has been seconded, while seeking an incumbency, to the Calne and Blackland Team to assist in rural ministry. In her spare-time she is studying a part-time PhD in Practical Theology at university.

It is clear that Alison has a strong vocation for the sacramental life of the Church of England, and is dedicated to pastoral care of people of all ages and worship in rural parishes. While home educatingher children on the Isle of Wight she gathered a group of over 60 families all engaged in home education, who worked together, with her leading, to ensure an excellent education and social life for their children. She has experience of leading a number of Methodist congregations, and the administration involved in a multi-parish benefice does not present any major challenge to her. She strongly believes that teams of rural churches, such as ours, can flourish. She enjoys rural recreations that include horse riding and dog walking, and her family is her greatest joy.

Richard Southwell, as the chairman of the Team Council, sends this message: ‘We are very fortunate that Alison Morley has found us. We are grateful to all those in the Team who have been involved in the process to advertise, attract and select candidates for this post, to everyone who has held the ring during the Vacancy and, latterly, to all those who prepared for, and helped host, Alison Morley’s visit. This has truly been a ‘team’ effort and we have the best of all possible results to celebrate. The focus for our prayers now shifts from our Team and its needs to Alison, Philip and their family as they settle in here.

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Rogation Service – 14 May 2017

16 May 2017

What a great morning! We had 44 people (and 1 dog!) come to the Big Breafast and a total of 50 came to the Rogation Service and farm walk around Sundial Farm. Gathering at Fane Hall in Corton, on a beautiful sunny morning, the room was soon filled with cheery chatter whilst people enjoyed a…

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Easter Flowers at St Mary’s Church

19 April 2017

Some wonderful pictures of some Easter flowers at St Mary’s Church, Codford.

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Easter Experience 2017

12 April 2017

Here are just a few pictures of some of the Upper Wylye Valley churches, which were transformed with storytellers recounting excerpts from the Easter story to small groups of school children for the Easter Experience.  

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The Valley Walk

04 February 2017

There is a lovely walk, put together by our Priest in Charge, The Rev’d Alison Morley around the churches in the Upper Wylye Valley Team. The walk is very enjoyable in all seasons and is highly recommended. Enjoy ! Details can be found here.

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The Rector’s Response to Donald Trump’s Inauguration

23 January 2017

The Revd Ali Morley’s response to Donald Trump’s Inauguration is on our Sermons page here:

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2017 Plough Sunday Service – Sun 15 Jan

06 January 2017

Meet at Sutton Veny Church at 11 am on Sunday 15th Jan and walk together to Pickle Paddock for the service to start at 1115 hrs led by the Rev Alison Morley Further details here.

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Sutton Veny Christmas Fair 1030 hrs 3 Dec 16

28 November 2016

NEXT SATURDAY MORNING, 3rd December at 10.30am in the VILLAGE HALL. The CAKE STALL would love homemade (or bought!) cakes or biscuits, breads, savouries or chocolates – please – to help fill a festive Stall. They can be gluten free and/or contain nuts but please mark accordingly. Please bring your delicious donations by 10.15am on…

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Christ The King Sermon

22 November 2016

A sermon from the Revd Jane Shaw on Christ The King is on our Sermon page. Click here for further information:

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All Saints Sermon

06 November 2016

All Saints Sermon at Norton Bavant All Saints Church 2016 by Revd Ali Morley – Priest in Charge of the Upper Wylye Valley Team  

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Transforming the Environment

05 November 2016

Transforming the Environment – a wake-up call for parish churches. On All Saints day, the Upper Wylye Valley team hosted a Deanery study day on the environment, exploring climate change and related issues from a parish church perspective. The day started with a Team Service celebrating Creation, with a special liturgy, and a sermon by…

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