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        St Andrew's Church           

 

All services in the Church are suspended for the time being but there are online alternatives:-

Get the Church Facebook page here.
 

The church is now open although limited to private prayer.  I will leave the building unlocked during the day when I can although it will not be possible some days if we are away from the village.

If you do use the building, please do follow the guidance in the church porch.

Jon (21 June)

THE CHURCH IS NOW OPEN FOR PRIVATE PRAYER

FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY PLEASE :-

1) USE HAND GEL ON ENTRY

2) MAKE SURE THE DOOR IS CLOSED BEHIND YOU TO KEEP THE BIRDS OUT

3) OBSERVE SOCIAL DISTANCING AT ALL TIMES

4) IF YOU SIT AT A PEW PLEASE MARK THE LOCATION BY PLACING A KNEELER ON THE AREA

5) CLOSE THE DOOR WHEN YOU LEAVE

THANK YOU AND STAY SAFE!

 
A message from the Rector
 

See Andrea's 15th May pastoral letter on coronavirus here.

 Rev Andrea Watkins.

01604 771338

 
 
Church News
There is very little news from St Andrews.  Although it seems that churches will be allowed to open for private prayer soon, the latest information is that access must be supervised and with full cleaning after a visit; so for the moment and until we have more practical operating instructions the church building will have to remain closed.  We will keep you updated.  We are maintaining contact through confracall services and a weekly video chat.  If you are interested, details can be found above.

One thing that has proved popular during lockdown is the bookshelf in the church porch which is like a mini charity book shop and reflects the wide range of reading interests of villagers.  Currently there is also a selection of History, Photographic and Wine magazines plus a huge stack of National Geographic back issues.

You can also use it like a lending library to swap books.  Fresh stock is always welcome so bring some of your books down and check out what is available.

Hopefully here will be more to report soon.

Our contact details are:

Jon Brierley on 07759 443178 or email

Linda Treacy on 07752 885900 or email

Churchwardens

Jun 2020
 
 History of the Church

Dedicated to St Andrew, the parish church is one of six within the Spencer Benefice of the Diocese of Peterborough. Built in the 12th/13thcentury the only original parts of the building remaining are the base of the tower and parts of the nave. The remainder of the nave and the upper parts of the tower were built in the later part of the 18th century. A ring of 6 bells was given in 1777 by the patron of the time ~ William Lucas Rose ~ who also paid for their installation and the building work. In 1779 he also gave a gift of communion vessels which are still in use today.

Considerable restoration work was carried out in 1878/9 when the chancel was reconstructed and the vestry and organ aisles added. Most of the existing windows were also restored. The tower and nave roofs were restored in 1957/8.

The east window contains the only stained glass in the building – the subject is Christ’s Crucifixion and dates from 1878. It is believed to be the work of Burlerison and Gryll – the purple/blue colouring being typical of their work and the stained glass designs used based on those of Germany and the Netherlands around 1500.

The Reredos behind the altar is a picture in mosaic depicting the Last Supper – a copy of the painting by Leonardo da Vinci, with the inscription beneath “Do this in remembrance of me”. The mosaic continues on either side depicting on one side ears of wheat, and on the other a grapevine.

The church clock is unusual as it was originally a one handed clock divided into ¼ hours and therefore does not have 60 minutes.

The church is surrounded by a churchyard of 0.649 acres with lovely country views looking eastwards. The earliest known gravestone is that of Thomas Embry Woolwinder who died in 1687.

In April 1994 the 6 bells and the frame were removed. The bells were taken to Whitechapel foundry in London, recast, and 2 new bells added to make a ring of 8.Tenor weight 13-1-5.

All the bells have inscriptions on them. The treble having “The Rose Bell, in memory of William Lucas Rose who gave the original six bells in 1777”. The new bells were rung for the first time on August 13th for a village wedding and were dedicated by the Bishop of Peterborough at a special service on September 29th1994.

The Bellringers practise on Monday evenings 7.45 to 9.00 pm.  Anyone from 10 years can learn to ring – contact Justin Baker on 01327 844263 (e-mail) or Janet Bowers on 01327 842851 (email).

Visiting bands of ringers please contact the tower correspondent Janet on 01327 842851 (email).

St Andrew's is a small church with a friendly atmosphere which welcomes you to any of the services.

Special services include Pet Blessing, Christingle and others which rotate around the Benefice.