Melksham United Church   


The Melksham Methodist Church  and the Melksham  United Reformed Church combined some 40 years ago along with other churches in the Mid-Wilts United Area.   In 2009 Mid-Wilts and West Wilts United Areas merged.  See details on the Home Page.  We are located in Melksham High Street in the centre of the town opposite Lloyds Bank and adjacent to the King's Arms.  There is parking behind the church, accessed through an archway, 20 metres to the left of the church.

The United Church building  was originally built as a Methodist church in 1872 and has an impressive frontage with giant Corinthian columns beneath a large pediment – and with Italiante decorations carved round the door.   The building is Grade II listed.  When the two denominations united the Methodist buildings were retained and the URC building sold, becoming the Rachel Fowler Community Centre.

A survey of the building revealed that substantial work was required to restore the roof and this was completed in July 2005, at a cost in excess of £22,000.  More recently the church has completed a comprehensive refurbishment project. Although complicated by its listed building status, the plans were all approved and a robust programme of fund-raising  was undertaken, substantial grants were generously donated by LANDFILL, the Methodist Church, the United Reformed Church and several other charitable institutions.

The finished building retains a peaceful and welcoming atmosphere with an added flexibility of use and modern technology. The entire area is available for hire (see below) and a warm welcome is given to our regular charitable users and all who come to the church for Worship.

The church is also, of course, available for all your spiritual needs from weddings, christenings and funerals and for more details of these please contact the minister. 

In a world of busyness and stress we seek to offer a sanctuary of peace and hope through our worship, our welcome and our offers of practical help. We are an inclusive fellowship where all are welcome and everyone is given a seat and a voice.



Revd. Cathy Arscott

Tel. 01225 702232


(Pastoral Responsibility for:-Melksham United, St. Aldhelms, Corsham, Whitely Methodist,and Monks Chapel)

LocationIn Melksham High Street in the town centre, opposite loyds Bank and adjacent to the Kings Arms.  There is car parking behind the church accessed through an archway 20 metres left of the church.

Address High Street, Melksham, SN12 6JU.    

Sunday Services are at 10.30 am every week

Junior Church for children. 10.30-11.30 am, first and third Sundays of the month.

LITTLE GEMS.     Parent/Child Minder and Toddlers Group every Thursday 9.45 to 11.30 (open all year round).    This is for children from 0 – 5 years.    We do not charge, but we do accept donations.   

If your child / children are not currently attending Church activities and you would like them to find out more about what it means to be a Christian. Staff, have a variety of fun activities day-to-day Christian living designed to support their understanding and increase their knowledge of what the Bible holds.

SAFE GUARDING  Click HERE for the church safeguarding policy

Dates for your Diary - 2017   

Other events may be arranged later, so please watch the Newsletters and Notices.  

Bible Fellowship dates for Lent and Easter 2017

We are meeting every Wednesday morning at Melksham United Church during Lent to study  “The Joy of the Gospel”.  We begin at 10.30 am     would love you to join us.

Date/Time (2017)


Wednesday 8th March     10.30 am Week 1:  The Joy of the Gospe
Wednesday 15th March    10.30  am Week 2:  Going Forth
Wednesday 22nd March   10.30 am Week 3:  Saying yes and saying no
Wednesday 29th March   10.30 am Week 4:  Proclaiming the Gospel

Wednesday 5th April      10.30 am

Week 5.  Making the Kingdom present in our world
Wednesday 12th April    10.30am Week 6;   Being filled with the spirit

Services during Holy week

Thursday 13th April        Passover meal at St Aldhelm’s 6.00 pm  (Booking will be necessary - more details to follow shortly.) 

Friday 14th April 1100am    Walk of Witness Meeting at the Town Hall and finishing at Melksham United for hot drinks and Hot Cross buns. 

Friday 14th April,  6.30 pm        Good Friday reflective service at Melksham United

Click on the picture on the left for more information about Melksham United and for background details of the refurbishment project now completed.

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Church Officers

Minister  Revd. Cathy Arscott
Worship Leaders Mrs. Margaret Henry,  Mr Frank Arscott.
Church Secretary Mrs. Pamela Packer
Church Treasurer Mrs. Val. Asselbrough
Gift Aid Secretary Mrs. Geraldine De'ath
Church Council Revd. Cathy Arscott (Chairman) P. Packer(Sec.)  V. Asselbrough, (Treas.)   D. Asselbrough,  M. Packer (Property), Mrs Patsy Samm  F. Arscott. Mrs. Geraldine De'ath   D. Henry. 
Area Meeting Reps Mr. D Henry, Mrs. V. Asselbrough
Worship Committee  Revd. Cathy Arscott (Chair)  Mrs. M. Henry (Sec'y) Mrs. V. Harrold,   Mrs. V. Llewellyn, Mrs. N. Austin,  Mrs. G. De'ath.  Mr F. Arscott.  Mrs P Packer.
Junior Church Leaders Mrs. N. Austin, Mrs M. Bennetts, Mrs Sue Coe, F. Arscott, Mrs. P.Packer
Lettings Mrs Val Asselbrough (Commercial lettings coordinator)   D. Henry
Organists Mrs. Margaret Henry. Mrs. Helene Pieczko.     Digital Hymnal when required.
Choir  Mrs. Margaret Henry (Leader), Mrs. Valerie Harrold (Secretary) 
Property Committee  M. Packer (Secretary)    Mrs. V. Asselbrough (Church Treasurer)   S. Harrold,      G.Knapp      D. Shufflebotham,  Mrs. P. Packer,   D. Henry.
Women's Fellowship  Mrs. M Elliott (Secretary)  
Cradle Roll Secretary Mrs. M. Bennetts
World Mission Group Vacant
Flowers  Mr David Asselbrough
Christian Aid Rep. Vacant
Publicity Mrs Natalie Willis
Newsletter/Directory Mr Derek Henry
Pastoral Carer's Co-ordinator and Prayer Circle Mrs Patsy Samm
Action for Children Mrs. Geraldine De'ath
Methodist Homes for the Aged Mrs. Valerie Harrold
Communion Preparation Mrs J.Bowery
Communion Stewards Messrs G. Knapp,  S. Harrold, D. Mann,    G. Jamieson, Mrs. Mollie Perraton. M. Packer. 
Vestry Stewards Messrs. G. Jamieson, D. Mann, D. Roderick,  Mrs. P. Packer, Mrs. G. De'ath.       
Welcome Stewards Mrs J. Crundell.  Mrs. G. De'ath,
Book Stewards Mr. & Mrs. Harrold, Mr. & Mrs. Packer, Mrs. Llewellyn, Mrs. E. Thompson, Mrs. P. Samm,  Mr. & Mrs. Elliott.
Notices Mrs. G. De'ath,  Mr. & Mrs D. Henry,  Mr & Mrs M Packer  and Mr. S. Harrold
Social Functions & Fundraising Mrs M Henry (Convenor) V & D Asselbrough,  G. De'ath,  J & P Samm, S. Coe,  M. Elliott,    V. Llewellyn,  P & M Packer, E. Thomson, M. Bennetts, D Henry
Melksham Family of Churches Revd. Cathy Arscott

Regular Church Meetings

Church Congregational Meetings take place twice a year and Church Council Meetings take place five times per year.




Alternate Monday afternoons at 2.30 pm

Women's Fellowship

Mrs Margaret Elliott

1st and 3rd Wednesday.  Meet in the lounge at 2.30 pm 

Bible Study

Mrs Molly Perraton

 Alternate Wednesdays at 2.30 pm.  Meet in the lower hall

Crafts Group

Mrs Margaret Henry



Melksham United Church, having recently been substantially re-furbished, offers the building for hire to other organisations.  Please click HERE for a poster  for hiring purposes with  details of accommodation and hiring costs. 

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