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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The vacancy

As you will be aware, Priscilla has now retired and will be leaving the benefice at the beginning of February.

At that point we will start the process of finding a new priest to fill the vacancy.   It can take time to find the right candidate for the post (before Priscilla arrived, the previous vacancy had lasted  some 15 months).

In the meantime Jenny will be supporting the benefice together with an array of retired and visiting clergy to take our services.

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.



Forthcoming services

Sunday, 23rd February

4.00 pm

All Age Service with Holy Communion (CW)

Sunday, 1st March

11.15 am

All Age Service

Sunday, 15th March

9.00 am

Holy Communion (CW)

Sunday, 22nd March

4.00 pm

All Age Service with 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.

Home group: Every two weeks on a Thursday evening at 8pm. Contact Jenny for more details.