Arkesden: St Mary the Virgin, Arkesden

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On behalf of the whole parish of Arkesden may we welcome you most warmly. You can find our contact details and forthcoming services here at St Mary’s. We are, of course, the parish church not only for those who worship here but for everyone.


Whatever you seek – friendship, community, something to challenge and stretch you, something to give you comfort and peace, the love of Jesus Christ, or simply the satisfaction of curiosity – you are most welcome to step over our real threshold and see what we have to offer.

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History of Arkesden


  • Bell Ringing


You may have read in the press that there have been reports which say that bell ringing is a very healthy pastime as it improves core stability and helps keep an active mind.  Well, here in Arkesden the village not only enjoys listening to the church bells on Sundays and special occasions but everyone also has the opportunity to join a friendly and enthusiastic group of bell ringers.

The group meets every Wednesday night for an hour’s practice in the church tower.  Anyone who would like to learn about this ancient skill would be very welcome, from teenagers to pensioners.  Recently two new residents came along to find out more about bell ringing – they stayed, quickly learnt the ropes and are now ringing as part of the team on Sunday mornings.  We follow up our practice hour with a visit to the Axe and Compasses for refreshment, and we also arrange annual outing days to visit other towers around the area which include a good pub lunch half way through the day.

If you would be interested in finding out more about this enjoyable pastime please ring Anthea Boon (01799 550861) or our Tower Captain, Steve Elvidge (01799 550204).  Alternatively, just turn up at the church on a Wednesday evening at 8 o’clock.  Of course we would also love to hear from anyone who has already rung in another parish.

We look forward to meeting you soon.

History of bells and bell ringing at St. Mary’s, Arkesden

There have been bells and bellringing at St. Mary’s, Arkesden, for over three hundred years. The oldest four (bells 1 (the treble), 3, 4 and 5) were cast as long ago as 1701 by a bellfounder called Richard Keene from Royston. The second bell was cast in 1814 and the tenor (weighing about 5 ½ hundredweight – approximately 280kgs.) was installed in 1931, so making the present ring of six. Thanks to the efforts of the late Ray Newton, and the generosity of villagers, ringers and non-ringers alike, the bells were fully restored in 1999 in time for the millennium.

It was in the 1970’s that regular ringing re-commenced after periods when the bells were rung only intermittently. Dennis and Jean Hall, both originally from Kent and expert ringers, had moved to Builden End, Chrishall, and were looking for a tower to join. Fortunately for us, they chose Arkesden and over the next fifteen years or so, with enormous patience and perseverance, taught countless numbers from Arkesden and surrounding villages to ring.

  • Organist Richard Latham FRCO ARCM


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Rev Margaret Davies
The Vicarage, 54 Pelham Road
CB11 4PQ
01799 550703 (Vicar)

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Family Service
Every first Sunday at 9:30 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Refreshments
Holy Communion
Every second and third Sunday at 9:30 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Common Worship
Arky's Ark
Every fourth Sunday at 3:00 PM for ½ hour
Family Friendly
Holy Communion
Every third Sunday at 6:00 PM for 1 hour


Assistance dogs (eg guide dogs, hearing dogs, dogs for the disabled) welcome
Stained Glass Wall Paintings Floodlight
Church Open 9am to 5pm daily
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A Church Near You ID (venue number): 6245
Style of worship: Country Broad
Archdeaconry: STANSTED (587)
Deanery: Saffron Walden (58704)
Parish Legal Name: Arkesden (580546 )
CofE Church Info: (608546 8/546)
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The current editor is: Cathy Miles

This page was last updated on Monday 24th October 2016
Arkesden: St Mary the Virgin : Quicksie Hill, Arkesden, Essex, CB114HB

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