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Isle Valley Benefice

Welcome to the website for the parishes of

Ashill, Broadway, Donyatt, Horton, Ilton,

Isle Abbots, Hambridge and Isle Brewers

CORRECTION: February 26th Horton Church Communion Service is at 9.30am and not 3.00pm as it incorrectly appears in the magazine centrefold

Leadership Team Meeting - Wednesday 15th February 2.00pm at the Church Room, Horton

Morning Prayer

MORNING PRAYER in FEBRUARY will be at Reverend Philip's home every Monday at 9.15am




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Who we are ...

Rector: VACANCY

Curate: Revd Philip Albrow

Reader: Greg Hoare

Reader: Sonya Clarke

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Our Parishes

Ashill

The Church of St Mary

Ashill

Ilminster

TA19 9LZ

Churchwarden:

Brenda Pyle


01823 480017

Broadway

Broadway

St Aldhelm & St Eadburga

Broadway

Ilminster

TA19 9RX

Please contact:

Revd Philip Albrow

01823 480273

Donyatt

St Mary's

Church Street

Donyatt

Ilminster

TA19 0RW

Churchwarden:

Trisha Hands

01460 249734

Hambridge

Hambridge

St James the Less

Hambridge

Langport

TA10 0BG


Churchwarden:

Gill Dunster

01460 282913

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Horton

St Peter's

Church Lane

Horton

Ilminster

TA19 9RN

Churchwarden:

Jan Allen


01460 57702

Ilton

St Peter

Church Road

Ilton

Ilminster

TA19 9HR

Please contact:

Revd Philip Albrow

01823 480273

Isle Abbotts

St Mary the Virgin

Abbotts Way

Isle Abbotts

Taunton

TA3 6RH


Churchwarden:

Tony Habberfield


07967 802058

Isle Brewers

All Saints Church

Isle Brewers

Taunton

TA3 6QN


Churchwarden:

Delia Pearmund

01460 281554

Monthly Sunday Service Online

Every 4th Sunday - 26th February 2023


Evening Worship

The service is held using Zoom. For those without access to Zoom,

you may like to join in lighting a candle during a minute’s silence at 6pm


Isle Valley Benefice Prayers


Every Monday 9.15am Morning Prayer in person

at Revd Philip's home in February



For access to the Zoom sessions please contact Revd Philip (01823 480273) or

Chrissie O'Neal (Administrator 07919 075283)


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What's coming up...

FEBRUARY

1 Horton Warm Space in the Church Room 1.30-4pm

2 Ashill Coffee & Chat 10.30-12

3 Ashill Seniors Lunch Club 11.30

6 Morning Prayer 9.15am

8 Horton Warm Space in the Church Room 1.30-4pm

8 3Cs at Ashill Baptist Church 10.30am

8 Hambridge & Westport W.I. Meeting 7.30pm

9 Ashill Coffee & Chat 10.30-12

11 Horton & District W.I. Meeting 7.30pm

13 Morning Prayer 9.15am

14 Ilton Coffee Pot 10.30am

15 Leadership Team Meeting 2.00pm at Horton


16 Ashill Coffee & Chat 10.30-12

20 Morning Prayer 9.15am

22 Donyatt Tea Cosy 2.30pm

22 3Cs at Ashill Baptist Church 10.30am

23 Ashill Coffee & Chat 10.30-12

25 Hambridge Big Breakfast 9-12

25 Horton Lent Lunch 12.15pm

26 Zoom Online Service 5.50pm

27 Morning Prayer 9.15am

28 Ilton Coffee Pot 10.30am

28 Keeping Company 3.00pm at St Peter’s, Ilton

For more information on any of these events please see the latest edition of Isle Valley News

or contact: islevalleybenefice@outlook.com 07919 075283

FEBRUARY

SERVICES

ASHILL

BROADWAY

DONYATT

HAMBRIDGE

HORTON

ILTON

ISLE ABBOTTS

ISLE BREWERS

5th 1

3rd before Lent G

9.30 John

COMMUNION

9.30 Greg

MORNING PRAISE

10.00

PARISH SERVICE


3.00 Philip

SERVICE OF LIGHT

11.00 Deborah COMMUNION


No Service

Big Breakfast

9.30 Mervyn

COMMUNION

12th 2

2nd before Lent G


11.15 Philip

FAMILY SERVICE

9.30 Jo

COMMUNION


9.30 Philip

COMMUNION

No Service

3.00 Philip

EVENSONG


9.30 John

COMMUNION


19th 3

Sunday next before Lent G

22nd

Ash Wednesday

P

10.00

PARISH SERVICE


9.30

PARISH SERVICE


9.30 John

COMMUNION


9.30 Philip

FAMILY SERVICE


10.30/11 Philip

HORTON P/SHIP FAMILY SERVICE

10.00am Philip

COMMUNION WITH ASHING

3.00 Sonya

SONGS OF PRAISE

6.30pm Philip

COMMUNION

WITH ASHING

9.30

MORNING PRAISE




26th 4

First Sunday of Lent

P



11.00 Philip

COMMUNION


9.30 Judith

COMMUNION


9.30 Philip

COMMUNION

9.30

PARISH SERVICE

March 5th 1

Second Sunday of Lent P

9.30. John tbc

COMMUNION

9.30 Greg tbc

MORNING PRAISE

10.00

PARISH SERVICE


9.30 Sonya

EVENSONG

11.00 Philip COMMUNION

9.30

PARISH SERVICE

9.30 Philip

COMMUNION

MARCH

SERVICES

ASHILL

BROADWAY

DONYATT

HAMBRIDGE

HORTON

ILTON

ISLE ABBOTTS

ISLE BREWERS

5th 1

2nd Sunday of Lent P

9.30 John

COMMUNION

9.30 Greg

MORNING PRAISE

10.00

PARISH SERVICE


3.00 Sonya

EVENSONG

11.00 Philip COMMUNION


9.30

PARISH SERVICE

9.30 Philip

COMMUNION

12th 2

3rd Sunday of Lent P

11.15 Brenda

FAMILY SERVICE

9.30 Tim

COMMUNION


9.30 Mervyn

COMMUNION

10.00

PARISH SERVICE

3.00 Sonya

EVENSONG


9.30 John

COMMUNION


19th 3

Mothering Sunday P

26th 4

5th Sunday of Lent P

10.00 Deborah

PARISH SERVICE


9.30

PARISH SERVICE


9.30 Simon Hill

BCP COMMUNION

11.00 Philip

COMMUNION

9.30 Sonya

FAMILY SERVICE


10.30/11 Simon

HORTON P/SHIP FAMILY SERVICE

9.30 Philip

COMMUNION

3.00 Sonya

SONGS OF PRAISE


9.30 Ian

COMMUNION

9.30

MORNING PRAISE


9.30 Sonya

PARISH SERVICE

APRIL 2nd 1

Palm Sunday

R

9.30 John tbc

COMMUNION

9.30 Greg tbc

MORNING PRAISE

10.00

PARISH SERVICE


9.30

UNITED SERVICE AT ST PETER’S/BHMC

11.00 Philip

COMMUNION

9.30

PARISH SERVICE

9.30 Philip

COMMUNION

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If you would like to speak to a member of the clergy about ...

Weddings

Wedding Church
Baptism: Baby Boy

Baptisms

Funerals

White lily flowers

... please contact: Revd Philip Albrow 01823 480273

General Enquiries: islevalleybenefice@outlook.com

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To find out more about what has been going on in the benefice, see the latest edition of Isle Valley News.

Copies available inside churches or from Horton Post Office £1.


Annual subscription is available for just £7p.a. - 12 issues delivered to your door!!

Contact islevalleybenefice@outlook.com

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You are welcome to join us for

Keeping Company

an invitation to everyone who has been bereaved, whether recently or long ago.

Offering the opportunity to share feelings

over tea and cake in an informal setting.

The afternoon will include a short reflection on the loss of our loved ones.

Keeping Company is on the last Tuesday of each month from 3.00-4.00pm.

The venue alternates each month between

St Peter’s Ilton and St Peter’s Horton.

Further information from

Sonya Clarke 01460 394919 or just turn up on

Tuesday 28th February 2023 at St Peter's Ilton at 3pm


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A little bit about us...

Our Parishes

The Isle Valley Benefice , consisting of eight parishes, Ashill, Broadway, Donyatt, Horton, Ilton, Isle Abbots, Hambridge and Isle Brewers is situated in a beautiful part of South Somerset. The borders of Devon and Dorset and the coast are nearby. The M5 and A303 provide direct routes to the rest of the country.

The benefice has a population of just over 4000 with communities ranging from 150 to over 800 people.

Our Communities

The four largest communities have primary schools, one of which is a church school but all welcome the clergy on a regular basis. Broadway, Ilton and Horton have a broad range of organisations for all age groups and new and proposed housing is found in these villages. The smaller communities rally round for rural celebrations and the congregations are often at the centre of these.

Our Churches

Each church community has loyal wardens and PCCs who deal with the day to day running of the building.

The church buildings across the benefice are all loved and cared for. Some are looking at installing facilities and finding more uses for the building. There are three other churches in the benefice, Ashill Baptist Church, Broadway Hill Methodist Church and Monks Yard Church. Each year there are a number of joint Christian services, courses and prayer meetings.

Safeguarding policy - Isle Valley Benefice


The Church of England, in all aspects of its life, is committed to and will promote the safeguarding of children, young people and vulnerable adults. It fully accepts and endorses the Children Act 1989 & 2004 & The Protection of Freedoms Act 2012. The Isle Valley Benefice has adopted the Church of England's "A Safer Church" as its safeguarding policy.

Christian communities should be places where all people feel welcomed, respected and safe from abuse. The Church is particularly called by God to support those less powerful and those without a voice in our society. The Isle Valley Benefice is working towards creating a safe and non-discriminatory environment by being aware of some of the particular situations that create vulnerability. Issues which need to be considered include both the physical environment and the attitudes of workers and volunteers.

A person (adult or child) who might be considered vulnerable has the right to:

  • Be treated with respect and dignity.
  • Have their privacy respected.
  • Be able to lead as independent a life as possible.
  • Be able to choose how to lead their life.
  • Have the protection of the law.
  • Have their rights upheld regardless of their ethnicity, gender, sexuality, impairment or disability, age, religion or cultural background.
  • Be able to use their chosen language or method of communication.
  • Be heard.

In any situations where there may be a difference of opinion about priorities, the welfare of any child or vulnerable adult should be the paramount concern.

The Isle Valley Benefice will foster and encourage best practice within its community by setting standards for working with children, young people and vulnerable adults. It will work with the Diocesan Safeguarding team, statutory bodies, voluntary agencies and other faith communities to promote the safety and well-being of children, young people and vulnerable adults.

We are committed to acting promptly whenever a concern is raised about a child, young person or vulnerable adult or about the behaviour of an adult in a position of trust, and will work with the Diocesan Team, and the appropriate statutory bodies when an investigation is necessary. We are also committed to the support of those who have been abused and to listening to the voices of survivors, who can help the church learn lessons from the past.



This statement of principles applies to children, young people and adults.

We are committed to:

  • The care, nurture of, and respectful pastoral ministry with, all children, young people and adults
  • The safeguarding and protection of all children and adults
  • The establishment of a safe, caring community which provides an environment where there is a culture of informed vigilance regarding the dangers of abuse, and where victims of abuse can report or disclose abuse and find support.
  • The promotion of best practice that contributes to the prevention of abuse.

The safeguarding and protection of children, young people and vulnerable adults is everyone's responsibility, not just parents or those who have formal leadership or caring responsibilities. Procedures and formal processes alone, though essential, will not protect children and adults. The community, including all its members, needs to be aware of the dangers and be prepared to report concerns and take action if necessary.

We will carefully select and train all those with any responsibility for children, young people and vulnerable adults within the church in line with safer recruitment principles, including taking up references and the use of criminal records checks.

The suitability of an applicant or nominated volunteer for work with children, young people or vulnerable adult should not be solely dependent upon Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) disclosures and vetting checks. Someone whose DBS disclosure is clear may still be unsuitable. Hence the need for an interview and references to assure ourselves, as far as we can, that someone is suitable.


As part of the Safer Recruitment process, it is the policy of Isle Valley Benefice that:

  • All those who regularly work with children, young people and vulnerable adults including those who work on a rota, should have enhanced DBS checks if they reach the criteria;
  • Those who work only occasionally will be asked to apply for a DBS check if they reach the criteria;
  • Those who manage or supervise people who work with vulnerable groups will be required to be DBS plus Barred List checked if they reach the criteria.



The Isle Valley Benefice accepts that, through its workers and volunteers, it is responsible for children, young people and vulnerable adults when in a church building, on church property and other premises being used by the church and during church activities. Responsibility extends to travel between places, when it is organized by the church. However, a church is not responsible for private arrangements.

The term ‘complaint' can cover an allegation, disclosure or statement, something seen or something heard. The complaint need not be made in writing but once received it must be recorded and acted upon. Complaints can be taken from alleged victims and third parties.

If a child, young person or vulnerable adult comes to notice as having suffered abuse in the past, church officers will notify the Diocesan Safeguarding Team and appropriate authorities to ensure that the matter is on record. Support will be offered to adult survivors of child abuse, who will also be encouraged to make a statement to the Police if they have not done so before.

We will seek to offer informed pastoral care and support to anyone who has suffered abuse, developing with them an appropriate ministry that recognises the importance of understanding the needs of those who have been abused, including their feelings of alienation and / or isolation. We recognise that anyone can be a victim of abuse in any setting, including in their own home, and in a church environment, and will work hard to make our church a safe place for people to disclose any concerns they have and receive appropriate support. We will seek to protect survivors of abuse from the possibility of further harm and abuse.

We will seek to challenge any abuse of power, especially by anyone in a position of trust and responsibility, where they are trusted by others.

We will seek to offer pastoral care and support, including supervision, and referral to the appropriate authorities, to any member of our Church community known to have offended against a child, young person or adult who is vulnerable. We will support them in continuing to attend church services whilst supervising their attendance to reduce the risk of further harm.

The Isle Valley Benefice agrees to follow the Practice Guidance from the House of Bishops on safeguarding matters, and to adopt the Diocese of Bath and Wells Safeguarding Policies.

There are people within the church who take responsibility for keeping our congregations safe. Their details are below.


Safeguarding Officer

Trisha Hands

Tel: 01460 249734

Email: trisha122@btinternet.com