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        St Andrew's Church           


A message from Kathryn

Dear all,

In this email you will find details of the services this week, as well as some notices about services throughout May. All Zoom details are below.

This Sunday

This Sunday's service will be on Zoom and there will be a separate service of Holy Communion at East Haddon, both at 10am. If you would like to come to the service in East Haddon but don't live in that parish, could you please just let me know so we can keep a track of numbers. The service sheet is the same for both, so please print a copy if you can if you are joining us in person.

Ascension to Pentecost

There will be a short service of readings and prayers to celebrate The Ascension onThursday 13th May at 12 midday. This will also mark the beginning of our 10 days of prayer leading up to Pentecost on the 23rd May. Churches will be open during this time with simple aids to prayer as we join in with the rest of the Church for Thy Kingdom Come. Check with your local church for opening times.

We will conclude this period of focussed communal prayer with a Pentecost praise service at 3pm in Harlestone churchyard on the 23rd. This will be in addition to the 10am HC service in Whilton Church on the same date.

Sunday Services in buildings in May

In addition to our ongoing Zoom services, Holy Communion will also be celebrated in person once a week on Sundays at 10am:

2nd May - East Haddon

9th May - Harlestone

16th May - Norton

23rd May - Whilton

30th May - Brampton

If you would like to attend one of these services, please let the Church Wardens know so they can monitor numbers.

Christian Aid 

Also, as promised on Sunday, I am including the link for Christian Aid Week and also the details of my sponsored walking.

I'm joining in with Christian Aid Week's challenge by walking (at least) 300000 steps in May. They support those suffering from poverty, climate change and covid. Please consider sponsoring me, which you can do here:

I will be doing some weekend walks in different parishes in the Benefice and I would love it if some of you wanted to join me. And I could do with some suggested routes!

The link to Christian Aid's website is here:UK charity fighting global poverty - Christian Aid

Zoom links

Sunday morning worship at 10am  

Simply click:

Or go to the zoom website and enter:

Meeting ID: 873 2183 4309

Passcode: 882020

Or by phone

Dial by your location

            0203 051 2874 United Kingdom

Meeting ID: 873 2183 4309

Passcode: 882020

If you are joining us by phone, please ensure the number is covered by your billing plan to avoid extra charges.

Wednesday Morning Prayer

This week's prayers: Morning Prayer (Contemporary) on Wednesday 5 May 2021 | The Church of England

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 879 8501 2082

Passcode: 667559

Or by phone (check your phone bill to make sure it's included)

       0203 481 5240 United Kingdom      

Meeting ID: 879 8501 2082

Passcode: 667559

Coffee and Chat, Mondays at 10:30am

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 838 0756 5255

Passcode: 747089

Revd. Kathryn Evans

Assistant Curate, Spencer Benefice of Churches


My usual day off is Monda

5 May 2021

Other Church News
Back in lockdown again, so little to report in terms of services and in view of the high infection rates we have kept the building closed just to be on the safe side.
Now infection rates falling and with people receiving vaccinations we will re-open for private prayer hopefully soon.  If anyone can help unlock and then lock up please let me know.  When we can, we will begin holding services on a regular basis – hopefully starting with one a month.  Last year we were able to hold socially distanced services quite safely so we look forward to being able to do this again soon.  In the meanwhile services continue on line.  Details are set out above.
Lockdown has also seen an increase in the number of people making use of the bookstall in the porch.  There is usually a good selection of paperback fiction plus some coffee table books so have a browse when you are passing.  We welcome any donations to refresh the selection if you have surplus books, but as space is limited please not too many at once!  If anyone would like to volunteer to help out by keeping the books tidy that would be much appreciated.  Please let Jon know.
There have been some problems with the clock over the past few months.  The Parish Council view the clock as a community asset so on your behalf we thank them for their financial support for this repair.
Our contact details are:

Jon Brierley on 07759 443178 or email

Linda Treacy on 07752 885900 or email


Jon (2 March)


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A message from the Rector

Andrea is still recovering from ill health but you can see her 15th May pastoral letter on coronavirus here.

Rev Andrea Watkins.

01604 771338

In the meantime, please contact Rev Kathryn Evans, Assistant Curate, 01604 842953 (email)

 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.