Ashendon

The building

St Mary's church stands on high ground on the southwest side of the village. The earliest part of the church is the nave, built in the 12th century and having, at that time, a narrow south aisle that was lengthened, together with the nave in around 1200. About 90 years later the chancel and the old part of the south aisle was widened. Towards the close of the 15th century the west tower was built and a clerestory added to the nave, which had, at that time, a northeast chapel. The chancel was rebuilt in the 19th century.

In the 800 years it has stood here, many changes have taken place in our national history: plague, civil war and industrial revolution have all played their part and during all that time people have turned to it for spiritual comfort.

 

Looking up the nave

Where we are...


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Returning to church based worship

Good news! We are allowed to return to worship in churches under strict rules.

However, the rules require that we

  • maintain social distancing within the church. 
  • wear a face mask
  • do not linger in church before or after the service

These rules limit the size of the congregation and how we can conduct the services.

Since the situation can change overnight, it is strongly advised that you keep an eye on this web site or a local village facebook page for last second changes.

For further details of services around the benefice, please contact the local churcharden(s) or talk to Jenny.



The vacancy

As you will be aware we in a "vacancy" and have no full time priest.   We have now started the process of finding a new priest to fill the vacancy and have advertised the position in the Church Times and on line.  

In the meantime Jenny, supported by Peter and other lay members will be supporting the benefice during this time.

If you have a question, we recommend that a Churchwarden should be the first port of call, if appropriate to your circumstances.  You can find the list of Churchwardens in Who's Who.



Opening churches for private prayer

The ability of churches to open for private prayer is now become irregular.  This is because of the rules affecting churches that are now returning to services in Church. 

These rules mean that churches have to be locked for 72 hours either side of a service.

Ashendon, Brill, Ludgershall and Wotton will have days where they will be open for private prayer.  But this will change as the return to church based worship evolves.   Please talk to your local churchwarden or to Jenny for more information.



Benefice Compline on-line

Please join Jenny and Peter for a short service of Compline

Each Sunday at 6pm.

You can join either using the internet or by telephone.

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 565 217 9673
 
You may be held in a virtual waiting room until we can let you in.
 
Or by telephone dial either
020 3481 5240 or  020 3051 2874
When asked, enter the meeting id on your phone keypad: 565 217 9673#


Forthcoming services

Sunday, 1st November

9.00 am

Morning Prayer (CW)

Sunday, 8th November

4.00 pm

Service of Remembrance

Sunday, 15th November

9.00 am

Holy Communion (CW)

Churchwardens

Peter Smettem
01296 651 598
Imogen Holbrook
01296 651 453

Local activities

Coffee morning: 1st Tuesday of the month in the Village Hall between 10.30am and noon. Contact Jenny for more details.