Chilton

The building

Since Norman times villagers have worshipped God on this spot, and perhaps even before that, as there was a village here in Saxon times, mentioned in the Doomsday Book as Ciltone. All traces of the Norman church have disappeared except for some stones in the northern wall of the nave and a fragment of 12th century work over the doorway in the south transept.

Chilton church is unusually interesting on account of the curious development of its plan, and because there are examples of all the main architectural styles of Mediaeval times.

Inside the church, looking east up the nave
Tomb of Sir John Croke and his wife, Elizabeth

Where we are...


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Returning to church based worship

The good news is that we are allowed to return to worship in churches under strict rules.

However, the rules require that we maintain social distancing within the church.  This limits the size of the congregation and how we can conduct the services.

Given this situation we are not advertising our services on the web (for once, we do not want to encourage large congregations).

For details of services around the benefice, please see the current edition of the Bernwode News, contact the local churcharden(s) or talk to Jenny.



The vacancy

As you will be aware, Priscilla has now retired and has left the benefice.

With that, we have now started 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.



Churchwardens

Bertie Aubrey-Fletcher
(01844) 265 201
Brian Lloyd
01844 238 009