Growing in the Love of God

The Upper Wylye Valley Team - Men's Fellowship Breakfasts

The Upper Wylye Valley Team Men’s Fellowship breakfast continues to be well attended with about 60 at each event. The breakfasts are held at the Bishopstrow House Hotel. It is a good venue with plenty of space; they provide an excellent breakfast with friendly and helpful service.

These events give an opportunity to meet new people and for us to share fellowship and prayer at the beginning of each month. A sum of money is collected at each event for a Charity of the Speakers choice. The Breakfasts are held at the Bishopstrow House Hotel and start at 8.15. They are normally complete by 9.30. The cost is £10 of which £1.50 is donated to a Charity of the Speaker's choice.


The Breakfasts this year will continue at the Bishopstrow House Hotel (BA12 9HH) starting at 8.15. The cost remains £10 of which £2 goes to a charity of the Speaker's choice. After an excellent Breakfast, the Speaker will be introduced and we end with prayers.

Monday 2nd October. Nick Jellicoe is our speaker. Nick is the grandson of Admiral Sir John Jellicoe, the commander of the British Grand Fleet at the Battle of Jutland in 1916.

His recent book titled 'Jutland: The Unfinished Battle’, provides a fresh insight into this controversial and misunderstood battle, which historians continue to fight to this day. Through its publication and his involvement in other commemorations of the battle’s centenary in 2016 he has sought to ensure that the events and their context are better understood - particularly in regard to his grandfather, who was unfairly cast in a poor light in many historical accounts. 

Monday 6 November - Francis Cornish - Long and fascinating diplomatic career

Monday 4th December - Robin Appel - Owner of Warminster Maltings (and Maris Otter barley)

Tuesday 9th January 2018* - Bishop Ed Condry - Warminster resident Bishop of Ramsbury and keen cyclist and rower (*NB This is a TUESDAY)

We much look forward to seeing you at these Breakfasts which are lively, fun and a chance for fellowship and friendship.


Through the good offices of Revd Adrian Pollard, a lifelong friend, the guest speaker at the final breakfast of the 2016 winter session was Rt Revd and Rt Hon The Lord Carey of Clifton who, as George Carey, had failed his 11-Plus exams but was to go on to gain his 0 and A Level qualifications during National Service in the RAF.  He was ordained in 1962, became Bishop of Bath and Wells in 1987 and in 1991 took up the post of the 103rd Archbishop of Canterbury.  He came to a Church faced with the challenge of the ordination of women to the priesthood and steered it successfully through that difficult period of adjustment.

He was head of 70 million Anglicans worldwide, travelling extensively throughout the provinces and taking a major lead on interfaith matters.  At home, his time saw some notable national events: the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales, in 1997, leading worship for the nation in the Dome for the new Millennium, tributes at the funeral of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother in 2001 and the Golden Jubilee of the Queen in 2002.  He retired in 2002 at the age of 66.

The Archbishop took ‘Hope’ and ‘Faith’ as his central themes in the Bishopstrow House Hotel.  He acknowledged that Great Britain was in danger of forgetting it was a Christian country, that ‘batty nationalists’ might be winning over ‘conservative pragmatists’ and that the gradual move from the Church’s heyday of the War and Post-war period had unravelled in the 70s and 80s when everything was questioned to the present days of ‘crisis’ or ‘challenge’, depending on one’s viewpoint.  He qualified his concern by urging everyone not to lose heart.  He asked what outsiders might think of our churches and questioned how visible they and our Church schools are today.  He concluded by listing the eras in which Christianity might have died – the crumbling of the Roman Empire, Feudalism, the Reformation and the Marxist-led 19th and 20th centuries and mused that whenever it was mooted that ‘Faith had gone to the dogs’, it was always the dog that died.

It was a scholarly and neatly tailored address that was inspiring and pragmatically optimistic.  We enjoyed it greatly and it was a fitting way to end what has been a most interesting series of Fellowship breakfasts.  The new season starts on 3 October 2016.

David Shaw