St Leonard, Bledington

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Much loved Norman village church with a service every week (currently excluding the 1st Sunday of each month. Mid-morning services on the 3rd & 4th Sundays cater for families, as this and youth work are high priorities. The benefice now has a Families & Youth Work Curate living in Bledington Vicarage.
There is also a very regular older congregation which enjoys the Prayer Book services at 8 am and 6 pm.
The village has a Prayer Group. Independently there is a Mothers & Toddlers Group, and the well-established Bledington Care Committee.
There are 44 on the Electoral Roll.

History & architecture: St Leonard's dates from 1170: 12th century work includes the nave, pillars, tub font & sanctus bellcote: 13th century south aisle; 14th century windows; 15th century tower, stained glass & tiny Chantry chapel: open bell-chamber & ring of six bells.
The pulpit & vestry screen were made around 1904 by the then churchwarden.
The church is one of around 170 in England dedicated to St Leonard, a 6th century French bishop (friend of Clovis) & later abbot (near Limoges) - prayers to whom were believed to have brought about the safe release of the 12th century Norman crusader Bohemunde, sometime Prince of Antioch.

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Jeremy Gould
(01608) 658503
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3rd & 5th Sunday Holy Communion at 8 (at 9 November-March)
Prayer Book service with homily & hymn
Every second fourth and fifth Sunday at 8:00 AM for 50 minutes
4th Sunday Family Service
Shorter Service with children participating, talk, hymns & refreshments
Every fourth Sunday at 11:00 AM for ¾ hour
Family Friendly Refreshments
2nd Sunday Evensong
Prayer Book Evensong with sermon & four (well-known) hymns
Every first Sunday at 6:00 PM for 1 hour
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Christmas Service of Lessons & Candles
A traditional, candlelit service followed by wine
Sunday 17th December 2017 at 6:00 PM for 1 hour
Christmas Eve Crib Service
A service for younger children & their families - & anyone else who would like to attend
Sunday 24th December 2017 at 4:00 PM for ¾ hour
Family Friendly
First Communion of Christmas
Sunday 24th December 2017 at 11:00 PM for 1 hour
Christmas Morning Family Service followed by Communion
A 45-minute family service with carols for all, incorporating a shortened service of Holy Communion
Monday 25th December 2017 at 11:00 AM for ¾ hour
Family Friendly Christmas Carols
Fete on the Green
lunches from 12, opening at 1, stalls & games until 4.30, teas & barbecue from 3: 10 stalls including books, cakes, china, plants, videos/dvds: 12 games including bowling, coconuts, fishing, jousting, skittles: plus maypole dancing, youth jazz band, ice creams all day
Saturday 9th June 2018 at 1:00 PM for 5 hours
Family Friendly


Stained Glass Wall Paintings
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Incumbent: The Revd Richard John RENDALL
A Church Near You ID (venue number): 14372
Built: 1170
Archdeaconry: CHELTENHAM (162)
Deanery: North Cotswold (16209)
Parish Legal Name: Bledington (160354 )
CofE Church Info: (616354 16/354)
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The current editor is: Jeremy Gould

This page was last updated on Friday 15th September 2017
St Leonard : Church Road, Bledington, Oxfordshire, OX7 6XD

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