Wiverton in the Vale Parish and the churches of St John The Divine & St Mary’s

St John's Church

St John's Church

St John The Divine is situated on Church Gate, with the tall steeple visible from most points of the village. It is one of six worshipping churches in the parish of Wiverton in the Vale. Further information can be found at www.wivertoninthevale.co.uk and the regular services that are held throughout the year are listed on the noticeboard just outside the entrance to the Church. There are also regular bell ringing sessions that are sure to welcome you into the village too!

There is a memorial plaque on the wall inside the church to those villagers who fell in defence of their country during the 1914-18 War and another memorial in the church grounds commemorates those who fell in the 1939-45 conflict. The Annual Remembrance Day Service held each November is always well attended and to mark the centenary of The Armistice in 2018 the local Royal British Legion arranged for Silent Soldiers to stand duty at the various areas around the village that had been homes to The Fallen.

Of interesting note is that most villagers are not buried at St Johns, but rather take their final rest up on the hill overlooking the village in the grounds of the now-derelict St Marys. Well worth a visit too, St Marys can be accessed easiest off New Road (about 200 metres on a decent hard track) or via about a half-mile walk if you decide to take the (often muddy after the foot-bridge over the Smite) Public Footpath running off half way up Church Gate (just north of St Johns) that then runs along the field edge, behind the Cricket Pavilion and finally up the hill to St Marys.

St Marys, the resting place of many villagers and also well worth a visit to get a feel of the village history, the local village families and for the magnificent views.

Any enquiries in respect of the two churches in Colston Bassett (St Mary’s and St John the Divine) should be directed to;

rector@wivertoninthevale.co.uk .