Where are we?

The Marden Vale Team Ministry is part of the Salisbury Diocese of the Church of England.

It comprises the villages of Derry Hill, Bremhill and Foxham and the town of Calne.  These are set in attractive countryside in the North of Wiltshire.   The team was formed in 2010 and is made up of the parishes of Derry Hill, Bremhill, Foxham being joined with the parish of Calne and Blacklands (see http://www.parishofcalneandblackland.org.uk/).

Calne is situated astride the A4 main road to the west of the Marlborough Downs.  Derry Hill lies further along the A4, to the west and the two very rural villages of Bremhill and Foxham are spread out to the north.  There is a good bus service to Chippenham and Marlborough and there are excellent rail links from Chippenham (6 miles) to London and the West Country and the M4 motorway to the north (12miles).  Salisbury lies 25 miles to the south.  Bowood House is situated next to Derry Hill.

There is much open farmland and many of the village inhabitants are still employed in farming and other rural activities.  However, many of the population commute to work in Swindon, Bath, Bristol and London.  There are many activities and social clubs thriving in all parts of the Benefice.  More information about what goes on in the rural areas around the town of Calne can be found by visiting www.calnerural.org.

Calne Deanery

Lying just south of the M4 motorway, Calne Deanery is one of the most northerly deaneries in the diocese.  It has a rich and diverse social mix and is an interesting place to live and worship.  The deanery consists of five benefices: the Marden Vale team ministry at Calne, which includes the growing village of Derry Hill and the smaller villages of Bremhill and Foxham; the market town parish of Royal Wootton Bassett; two rural multi-parish benefices of Oldbury and Woodhill and the large village parish of Lyneham.  Lyneham was home to the famous RAF base that brought a particular and poignant focus for the deanery, as we regularly honoured repatriated servicemen and women.