Withamside United Parish – celebrating all that is good and of God within our community.

Welcome to the Withamside United Parish, named for the River Witham,  which meanders through or around our eight villages. We are home to six formal churches in Aubourn, Bassingham, Carlton le Moorland, Norton Disney, Stapleford and Thurlby, and one informal cafe-style church in Witham St Hughs.

Whether you are looking for the times of church services or to enquire about baptism or a wedding we hope that you find what you are looking for on this website.  If not, please feel free to get in touch via email or phone (01522 788652).       www.withamsidechurches.org.uk

PLEASE NOTE that because of the the rapid increase in Covid 19 cases the PCC has decided to ask all members of the congregation to wear masks during services if they are able to. This is for personal protection and to protect others. Thank you.


Sunday 5th December: 10.30am: Holy Communion: St Michael’s Church, Bassingham


 From everyone in the Withamside United Parish

We have produced a You Tube Video message featuring the Christmas Song

Mary’s Boy Child

With visual images of all the churches in the Withamside United Parish.

To access the video, go to You Tube and select

Ellengowan Media Publications and select Mary’s Boy Child.

Available from December 1st  2021



We are having to make some changes to our Christmas programme of events mainly caused by an increase in Covid 19 cases in our local primary schools but also because of the unknown impact of the new Covid variant. Bassingham Primary School have cancelled their Christmas concert in St Michael’s Church and are now holding it in school.

The two events that cause the most concerns are Christingle and the Pop Up Nativity. Both of these services involve mixing children who do not wear masks with parents and grandparents in the confined space of St Michaels Church with often up to 150/200 attending. This is a lethal mix for spreading the virus.

Jon and Ingrid have organised for a shortened version of the Christingle service to be held outside which will be much safer.

We will have to cancel the Pop Up Nativity as there is no way this could be held outside.

As it stands, all other services and Carol singing events will continue as planned. The Carol singing is all outside and the Christmas services are no different to our normal Sunday services. We are continuing to ask people to wear masks or face visors in church as we have done now for the past few weeks. The Bassingham Choir concerts will also continue as planned.

Unless there is further advice and guidance from the Government we hope that the above arrangements will stand.

Would you please do your best to make these changes and arrangements known to your local communities.

Thank you

Best wishes

John Rowland



5th December          Christingle 4-00 p.m. St Michael’s Church, Bassingham

                                     In aid of The Children’s Society


11th December       Bassingham Choir Carol Concert 7-30 p.m. St Peter’s Church

Norton Disney


12th December       Carol Singing round the Christmas Tree7-00 p.m. St Mary’s Church, Carlton le Moorland

Joint Event with Carlton Parish Council. 



16th December       Carol Singing Outside 7-00 p.m. St Peter’s Church, Aubourn


18th December       Bassingham Choir Carol Concert 7-30 p.m. St Michael’s Church Bassingham


19th December       Carol Singing with Nativity Figures 3-00 p.m. Tony Spray’s Barn, Middle Farm,Thurlby


19th December       Praise and Pizza Christmas Special (including Christingle)     

                                  4.00pm, Witham St Hughs Village Hall.                      


22nd December       Carol Singing round the Christmas Tree 7-00 p.m. Path entrance to the Church, Beckingham Road Stapleford



24th December       Pop up Nativity 4-00 p.m. St Michael’s Church, Bassingham


24th December       Midnight Mass 11-00 p.m. St Michaels Church Bassingham




25th December       Christmas Day Communion 9-30 a.m. St Germain’s Church, Thurlby



26th December       Parish Holy Communion Service 10-30 a.m. All Saints Church, Stapleford 

Please Note that from Monday 1st November St Mary’s church Carlton-le-Moorland is closed for preparations for the building work to create a kitchen area and toilet to begin on 15th November.



As you know our Rector, the Revd Dee Freeman, has now retired. Dee has made a tremendous impact on the Withamside United Parish over the past five years. We are very sad to lose her and her husband Michael who also worked hard to support the life of the Parish.

The Withamside United Parish now moves into what is known as an interregnum. We will probably not get a new Rector for some time. However, our worship of God and our care for each other in our communities continues. We have re-introduced a pattern of services which now includes a Morning Prayer each month and Communion services at Thurlby and Norton Disney once a month on a rota basis between the two churches. Please look very carefully at the services for the month to ensure that you do not miss the ones you wish to attend.

There are certainly challenges ahead but we have a faithful team of people who will do their best to ensure that the life of the Church continues to meet the needs of our local communities and that the Christian message and the love of Christ is made available to all.

All the main contacts for the Withamside United Parish are listed so please do not hesitate to contact any of us if you have a particular need or enquiry.

John Rowland

Lay Vice Chair for the Withamside Parochial Church Council



The UK’s presidency of the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) which was held in Glasgow this year continues until the next COP to be held in Egypt next November. The COP26 summit brought parties together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. 192 world leaders gathered in Glasgow to discuss how to tackle the climate crisis.

The decisions they made will affect everyone, but will have the biggest consequences for those experiencing and battling the devastating impacts of the crisis. 

Please continue to pray for those who are carrying out changes of policy that were agreed and also take a moment to consider what action we can take ourselves. Each one of us can make some simple changes to reduce our own environmental footprints.

Prayer is essential!

The former head of the UN talks wrote an open letter of thanks after the Paris COP, which started “For those who prayed …”  recognising the role prayer played at those talks, so …

A Prayer for the COP26 climate summit and it’s ongoing work:

Loving God,
We praise your name with all you have created.

You are present in the whole universe,
and in the smallest of creatures.

We acknowledge the responsibilities you have placed upon us
as stewards of your creation.

May the Holy Spirit inspire all political leaders at COP26 as they
seek to embrace the changes needed to foster a more sustainable society.

Instil in them the courage and gentleness to implement fairer solutions
for the poorest and most vulnerable,
and commit their nations to the care of our common home.

We ask this through Our Lord Jesus Christ your Son.




The Sunday services are streamed live on our Facebook Bassingham Church page.

  • St Michael’s, Bassingham is open daily for private prayer. Please enter by the chancel door. 
  • St Peter’s, Norton Disney is open daily for private prayer.
  • NB St Mary’s Carlton-le- Moorland is not currently open due to building works.