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     St Andrew's Church

 

Services in January
                         
6th 11.00 am   United Eucharist (at Brington)
13th 11.00 am   Worship for All
20th 11.00 am   Eucharist (at Brampton)
27th 6.00 pm   Eucharist
     
      Full details of all services and locations for January here               
     
Services in February
     
      To be advised
     
Church News

(1st December)

Christmas will be a busy time for us. We will be holding our Christmas Tree Festival again this year. This has built up in recent years and we invite the many groups and societies of the village to help decorate the church with their own themed trees. It helps to get more people involved in church activities in the lead up to Christmas. Some of the displays in the past have shown really inventive and skilful tree dressing and we are sure that Christmas 2018 will live up to this!

The trees will be on display from 3.00 pm on Saturday 15 December.  We are a bit tight on time this year as we have a service for Pre-School on the Friday.  We will be providing tea in the afternoon to give everyone a chance to admire their efforts.  The trees have become a central feature in our annual Carol Service which will be at 6.00 pm on Sunday 16 December.  This will be a great opportunity to get Christmas off to a good start with a traditional service of carols and readings accessible to all.  We will be serving fizz and mince pies after the service which is always a lively and sociable occasion.  It creates a feeling of the Christmas spirit and is a great opportunity to meet village neighbours and friends so we do hope you will be able to join us.  Everyone whether a regular or occasional churchgoer will be most welcome.

On Christmas Day our main Christmas service this year will be a Communion at 11.00 am and again we look forward to welcoming you to our church.

For many years we have arranged for the church to be lit in the evenings over the Christmas holiday until 6th January. A number of people comment each year how much they enjoy seeing this and we give you the opportunity to sponsor the lights to mark a special occasion, birthday, anniversary or in memory of a loved one.

Linda and l are always open to suggestions about future services, events and how we can help the community.
Our contact details are:

Jon Brierley on 843380 or email

Linda Treacy on 07752 885900 or email

Churchwardens

 

 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.