The Ampneys, Driffield with harnHill and poulton


Contact us:

Vicar:    The Rev’d John Swanton


Home No: 01285 851309

Address: The Rectory

                Ampney Crucis



                GL7 5RY

Curate    The Rev’d Lynn Hayler


Home No: 01285 711698

Address: 5 Pips Field Way



                GL7 4FG


Ampney Crucis:



Ampney St Peter &

Ampney St Mary:

Mrs Chris Copley

Mr Michael Eliot

Down Ampney:

Mr Derek Skinner

Mrs Adrienne Stokes

Driffield with Harnhill:

Mrs Sue Philips

Mr James Lockhart


Mrs Rosie Arkwright


Please find attached the Annual Report for our Parishes:

APCM Annual Report 2016.doc


Welcome to our website for five rural parishes - with seven beautiful and historic churches - in the South Cotswolds near Cirencester. 


The Rev’d Lynn Hayler has been appointed Vicar in the North Wingfield Team Ministry with special responsibility for Pilsley, in the Diocese of Derby.  She will be taking up her new appointment in April 2018; and leaving the South Cotswolds Team in early March 2018.

Each Tuesday

9.15am          Informal Prayers with coffee           Poulton

Each Tuesday and Thursday

9pm               Compline                                                 Harnhill

Saturday 25th November

   2.00pm        Down Ampney Christmas Bazaar    Down Ampney

                                                                                              Village Hall

Sunday 26th November

Christ the King

   8.00am        Holy Communion                                  Harnhill

10.00am        Parish Communion                              Poulton

    6.00pm       Evening Prayer with Meditation      Ampney Crucis

Friday 1st December

   6pm-9pm     Pub Night with all the Trimmings  Ampney St Peter

   7pm                Entertainment and Carols with

                            Eric Partington and the Cirencester

                            Male Voice Choir                                                                             

Saturday 2nd December

   2.00pm         Ampney Crucis Christmas Bazaar   Ampney Crucis

                                                                                              Village Hall

For Christmas Services and events please click on this pdf:



Dear Friends and Neighbours

Keeping up to date with new rules and regulations is a real challenge in the age of the computer.  In 2018, new rules about computer records and what data organizations can hold on computer – and for how long - are being introduced.  At present, I understand, some bodies are required by their insurers to keep records for 50 years; whilst regulations require data to be deleted after a certain period.  Apparently, the right to be forgotten’ is being introduced (ie have old data about you deleted, if you so request).

The idea of the ‘right to be forgotten’ struck a cord with me in the run-up to the season of Remembrance.

I have said to my family, that I am not sure I want to have a headstone on my grave, when the time comes – over the years the lettering fades, the stone degrades, and people stop leaving flowers.  There was a time when few people could afford a headstone, so many plots in our churchyards are unmarked – though some suppose these are areas that have no burials.  I think the open green spaces in churchyards are particularly lovely. 

And yet, the headstones provided by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission for those who died in the service of their country stand as a moving tribute to those whose sacrifice we promise to remember.  Many of these graves have headstones with no name - as it was not possible to identify the deceased - and bear the inscription “Known but to God”.

Whether we want the ‘right to be forgotten’, or take time once a year to ‘Remember Them’; I know that God will always remember each one of us - whoever we are, wherever we are - “See, I have written your name on the palm of my hand” (Isaiah 49:16) for we are all his children and his love extends beyond our imaginings.

Rev’d John Swanton, Team Rector

If you would like a member of the clergy to visit or bring you home Communion please do let the Rector know – 01285 - 851309


The Parishes of Ampney Crucis, Ampney St Peter & Ampney St Mary, Down Ampney,

Driffield with Harnhill and Poulton

in the South Cotswolds Team Ministry