Dear Villagers, we are sorry to say that the church is now to be kept closed on the instruction of the Government. We look forward to re-opening the church soon and do remember, God isn’t in lockdown!

During the current crisis it is essential that we look out for each other. We have several people in our village who the NHS classifies as “vulnerable” i.e. they are more at risk if they catch the coronavirus.

Accordingly there is a group on WhatsApp – Scaldwell Helping Hands – which has over thirty people who have volunteered to do what they can in the event of need. Every house in the village has received a leaflet with the name of the person who is the first point of contact in the event of problems.

What does help look like? Well, if you are self-isolating perhaps you need someone to go to buy food for you? Collect a prescription? Perhaps there is a dog that needs walking? Whatever the issue, if you are vulnerable, or self-isolating please do not hesitate to reach out. There is a Helping Hand waiting to help you – at a distance, of course, of 6 feet!

Following guidance from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York that ‘our usual pattern of Sunday services and other mid-week gatherings must be put on hold’, I am really sorry to say that there will be no Sunday services or other mid-week gatherings in our churches until further notice.

This does not mean that we are ‘shutting up shop’! The Church of Jesus Christ is the people, not the buildings, and so we will find new ways of being Church by supporting our communities and sharing the love of Jesus. 

The church buildings themselves, in Walgrave, Hannington, Old and Scaldwell, will remain open for quiet prayer and reflection, as they normally are during the day, and we will endeavour to provide resources for people to use at these times.  

We have a website for the benefice on which we plan to upload Church Services, a daily ‘Thought for the Day’ and other general updates. 

Do visit our website www.walgravebenefice.org

I’ll finish with some words of Jesus:

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.
I do not give to you as the world gives. 
Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
 (John 14:27)

God Bless


We have sadly taken the decision, following the Government’s announcement today (16th March) to close the Club and bar until further notice.

The Snail Racing Night is cancelled.

Looking forward to re-opening when the world regains a little bit of sanity.

At the Club we’ve noticed that attendance on Saturday nights when we are not running an event is dwindling away. We just wanted to let the village know that we are thinking about changing the opening days and closing on a Saturday unless we have a specific event on. Nothing is going to change until the end of May but unless we see an uptick in usage we cannot really see the point in someone taking time away from their family to work behind an empty bar. We’ll keep you posted. Best wishes, the Club Committee

The Village Hall was transformed into a nightclub for a swish party on New Year’s Eve. Casino Royale played on the big screen while Eddie Cochran and his band played two superb sets. A fun casino also provided entertainment to guests enjoying champagne and canapés. A great evening was had by all and the Club Committee would like to thank everyone who worked so hard to put the event on, those who served on the night and last but not least the bleary-eyed crew that turned up the next morning to clear up!

Scaldwell Club would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who donated so generously to our main fund raiser. There was a good sized crowd at the shared lunch and auction; the “kids-only” lots attracted particularly fierce bidding. Thank you to everyone who came, bought and endured the auctioneer’s dreadful jokes, raising some £1,300 in the process.

Join us for a traditional service of carols and lessons at the church at 4pm!

A good-sized crowd came to the park on Sunday 3rd for the hastily rearranged fireworks display. Many thanks to the large team of volunteers who put on another spectacular and entertaining event