Chaplaincy registered as a Charity

New Trust

We are delighted to announce that the Chaplaincy has now been registered as a chairty in its own right from the Charity Commission with the number 1160005. We thank God for the trustees and the breadth of experience and talent that they bring to thier role of oversight, guidance and support.

The trustees are:

Nigel Pierce - St Leonards, Oakley

John Saunders - St Mary's, Eastrop

Revd Kay Blackwell - United Reformed Church, Basingstoke & Tadley

John Davies - Baughurst

Liz Perry - St Mary's, Eastrop

Martin Perry - St Mary's, Eastrop

Bob Smith - Lifepoint Church, Rooksdown

Sanjay Sanil - Wessex Christian Fellowship

Revd Bob Bowskill - St Mary's, Eastrop & Chaplaincy









April 2014


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August 2013

New Chaplains!

We are delighted to welcome four new Chaplains who have joined the team in the last couple of months:

Mary Harris - a nurse with a wealth of experience both in the UK and overseas.

Chris Seymour - formerly a paramedic

Allan Gillings - was liaison officer for Basingstoke College of Technology and secondary schools

Sandy Welch - ex-head of RE in a local school

They bring a huge breadth and depth of exprience to the work of the Chaplaincy.


December 2012

Christmas at Festival Place

Festival PlaceBasingstoke Town Chaplaincy and the churches of Basingstoke are coming together with Festival Place again this year to provide five days of Christian activity on 15th, 16th, 22nd, 23rd and 24th December. Crafts, storytime, puppets and music will take place on each day in various locations in Festival Place. A Sheep Trail competition is also being run, with a number of Festival Place shops participating. Pick up a competition leaflet from the "Gift Wrap Tables" outside TKMaxx, search for the sheep in the shops, find the seasonal phrase and enter the competion for a wonderful prize!

The week will culminate with a procession from the Old Market Square to a live Nativity in Festval Square on Christmas Eve. The procession starts at 11:45am.

The Nativity will be followed by mulled wine and mince pies.

For more details of the events click here.


April 2012

Be Inspired

Be Inspired event

Basingstoke Town Chaplaincy took part in the Basingstoke 'Be Inspired' business event on the 19th April at Belvedere House, Basing View. The free event provided practical workshops and seminars for the growing business and was organised by Destination Basingstoke. The Chaplains joined over 50 local businesses exhibiting on the day. Nick Hewer from the BBC's 'The Apprentice' was the key-note speaker. Five of the Chaplains took part and the event proved useful in promoting the work of the Chaplaincy to the business community, building relationships and learning more about the challenges facing local business.

See video of the event:


March 2012

New Chaplains

Basingstoke Town Chaplaincy welcomes two new chaplains to our number. Tim Sanders and Peter Warne joined us in March. This brings our number up to sixteen - do look out for us out and about and say hello!


December 2011

Christmas at Festival Place

Festival PlaceBasingstoke Town Chaplaincy and the churches of Basingstoke got together with Festival Place to provide a week of Christian activity from Monday 19th December to Saturday 24th December. Crafts, storytime, puppets and music took place daily, all on the upper level of Festival Place near BHS.  Throughout the week a Sheep Trail competition was run, with many of the Festival Place shops participating - did you see any of our sheep in the shops!
The week culminated with a live Nativity on Christmas Eve at 11:45am.

For more details of the event click here.


September 2011

Basingstoke Town Chaplaincy move to new office in Festival Place

In the beginning of September we moved to new offices! Our new address is: Suite 1, Paddington House,  Festival Place,  Basingstoke, RG21 7LJ. Our telephone number stays the same - 01256 842232.
We are all very pleased with our new home  - drop in and see us, we are open Tuesday to Thursday mornings. 

July 2011

Presentation to Festival Place Retail Managers

At the end of July the Chaplains did a presentation to the Retail Managers of Festival Place. It was a great opportunity for the managers to see the chaplains and hear what we have to offer to the workforce of Basingstoke.

May 2011

Member of Hampshire Chamber of Commerce

In May the Basingstoke Town Chaplaincy became a member of the Hampshire Chamber of Commerce. This organisation provides leadership and support to the Hampshire business community. It is owned and led by its membership comprising of local business organisations of all sectors and sizes. As a private sector, not for profit Company they are independent and can therefore lobby effectively to make Hampshire the place to do business. It is hoped that membership of this organisation will aid the Chaplaincy in networking with local businesses, raise the Chaplaincy profile and help us be more informed in supporting the workers of Basingstoke.


Christmas at Festival Place!

The churches of Basingstoke have been given a fantastic opportunity to promote the Christmas Story at Festival Place this year. Our Lead Chaplain, Revd. Mandy Bowskill and a team of volunteers heralding from a range of churches in Basingstoke are currently in negotiations with the management of Festival Place. The churches are invited to present a week long mixture of activities during the week of 19th - 24th December to share the wonderful news of Jesus' birth with the thousands of shoppers. This is also a great opportunity for the churches of Basingstoke to work together and promote Christianity and the wealth of variety in our churches to the people of Basingstoke and its visitors. Mandy and her team are keen to hear from anyone who would like to join us in this venture. Current plans include daily themed craft workshops and characters to help the Christmas story unfold. Music and entertainment is planned from local groups and even a puppet team!

If you want to be involved, can spare some time, or have a talent that would work well for this event then please get in touch with Mandy. Contact Mandy at the Chaplaincy office on 01256 842232 or email here.


Good Bye Julie!

With sadness we said goodbye to Julie Evans, one of our most longstanding and highly respected Chaplains. Julie has been a regular and well liked visitor to many retail outlets in Festival Place in her capacity as Basingstoke Town Chaplain over the past few years. During that time she has built up good relationships with many of the workers and provided a listening ear or helpful hand to many more. Julie has moved to Wales to be closer to her family. We send her our prayers and best wishes for the future.

If you feel drawn to joining our Chaplaincy team, then please call us on 01256 842232 or email here. Mandy, our Lead Chaplain would be pleased to talk to you and discuss in detail what is involved.


April 2011


Over 55's Forum

Our Lead Chaplain, Revd. Mandy Bowskill was guest speaker at the Over 55's Forum at Carnival Hall in April. The forum participates in local affairs and promotes the views of the over 55's in the Borough. The forum found the presentation enlightening and interesting and were greatly heartened by the Chaplains commitment to help and care for the people of the town.

Good Friday Walk of Witness

Walk of WitnessThe Chaplains were out in force at the annual Good Friday Walk of Witness as they joined hundreds of Christians in the town centre. The Walk started with a service at the London Street URC  before proceeding silently through the town to culminate in an open-air service in St Michael's churchyard. Chaplains assisted in readings at the services and with the stewarding along the Walk. It proved a powerful witness to the town and it was encouraging to see the number of workers from the shops and passers by that stopped to watch.



February 2011


North Hants Expo

In February one of our chaplains, Revd. Bob Bowskill, attended the North Hants Business Expo at the Anvil. This event is an opportunity for businesses within the region to network, promote their business and strengthen their presence in the region. Bob made some very positive contacts which we are now pursuing.

Away Day with Richard Chewter

During February we had our first Chaplaincy Away Day at Hunters Lodge in Padworth Common. We were very fortunate to have Richard Chewter as our leader for the day. Richard heads up the Watford Town Chaplaincy and is founder of the Street Angels, Watford. Richard proved to be an inspirational speaker and encouraged the team in their vision for the town in the future.

January 2011

New Chaplains!

Chrissy Daly joined us in January and will be visiting shops in Porchester Square and Upper Wesley Walk. Revd. Bob Bowskill, a retired CofE minister and now a consultant in the insurance industry, also joined the team in January. Bob will be visiting the restaurants in Festival Place and also the business sector. We welcome Bob and Chrissy, do look out for them as they go about their chaplaincy work in town.


December 2010

New office opened by Mayor

Chaplains with mayor

Despite the very difficult weather conditions our two launch days were well attended. The Mayor of Basingstoke Cllr Keith Chapman officially opened the offices in May Place on 2nd December 2010.  Several church and community leaders braved the harsh conditions on the Friday and joined us for coffee and a chat during the day.

All are very welcome to call in and see us at any time on a Tuesday or Thursday morning – the kettle is usually on!


Mandy Bowskill
Lead Chaplain

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