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Church Council Members: Janet Molland, Sheila Gover, Charles
Pam Dewey, Diane Robinson, Robert Hunt-Grubbe, Ian
Nikki Goves, Rosemary Burton, Steve Dewar, Michael Pratt
my name is Ali Bridewell and I am pleased to be coming to serve you as the new
priest-in-charge of the newly formed Wellsprings Benefice and the churches of
Potterne, Worton & Marston, Bulkington, Seend and Poulshot. My husband Stu and I are really excited to be
called to join you at this exciting time in the life of all your communities.
I once heard a theologian say “a
church is not defined by its edges but by its centre. It is like a farm with no
fence where all are welcome”. I pray that our churches will continue to be
places like this, where people will be welcomed to come, share, and eat with
us. Where we will rejoice with those who come, and seek to understand, to walk
alongside and ask what we can do for those who are not yet familiar with the
one whom we love and serve. I pray that we will be faithful and really listen,
so that we can hear the things that God is concerned about within our
communities. I was asked recently what is my favourite bible text; what is the
one you would always want to take with you? My answer would be the one that
talks about loving God and loving your neighbour (Mark 12:30-31). I think these
are the most important things we need to do to fulfill our calling to the
Kingdom of God.
we are really looking forward to exploring what God is doing amongst you as
vibrant, caring and outward looking communities at the heart of the villages
you serve. As I write this it looks like we will be moving sometime in October
and my Licensing will take place in November (date to be confirmed).
a family we are familiar with the beautiful country villages of the Wellsprings
benefice, and are looking forward to being immersed within your rural
communities and to share in the life of all the villages. Stu does have a previous link to Potterne,
Devizes and the surrounding villages. His Grandfather built and installed the
organ loft in St. Mary’s in 1937. His other set of Grandparents owned the local
shop and bakery in Potterne. It will
feel like a bit of a homecoming for him.
I’m looking forward to meeting you all and to listening and discerning
the exciting plans that God has for us as we develop our ministry within the
benefice together. If you see me out and
about do come and say hello and introduce yourself. I will probably be walking
my Golden retriever dog called Gracie, she is very friendly and loves meeting people
A little bit more about me and my family..
I am currently working
for three churches in Salisbury within the Bemerton Parish. We are very blessed to have three extraordinary
daughters (Emily, Beth and Hannah), two wonderful son-in laws (Dave and Ben), and
two amazing little grandchildren (Freddie and Jemimah).
Prior to serving my
curacy and ordination training, I had a career with the MoD and worked in a variety of roles. I worked in
scientific research, before moving into
business development and marketing, human resources, education outreach and
learning and development.
When I am not working I
love to cook and spend time with family and friends. I like to walk and cycle
in beautiful countryside. I like camping, body boarding, table tennis, musical
theatre, canoeing and standing under wonderful waterfalls. I love to read and
set up a book group a few years ago, which is still running. I particularly
love to read books about spirituality, scripture, culture, mental health,
theology and community.