Coombe Bissett: St Michael & All Angels, Coombe Bissett

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We have a lively and welcoming church in Coombe Bissett, with a service in the church every Sunday at 11.00 a.m. except for the third Sunday. As part of the Chalke Valley benefice, a ribbon of churches following the course of the Ebble River through the Wiltshire countryside, we are one parish with Homington. The Team Rector is the Reverend Catherine Blundell. Our Team Vicar is the Reverend Jenny Taylor. Both our Church Warden and the Sidesmen all live in the village.

For over 900 years our church has stood on the same site. The earliest mention was in the Domesday Book, AD 1086, where we read that ‘The King holds Cumbe …. Leuric a priest holds the church of this manor with half a hide, which is worth 20 shillings’. As Leuric is not a Norman name it is likely that there was a wooden Saxon church on this site although no trace of it remains. The oldest part of the church dates from c.1100 when it consisted of a nave, chancel and a chapel or tower to the south of the nave. The present chancel was built in the mid 14th century, whilst the tower, north aisle and transept are 15th century. In 1552, on the order of Edward VI, all surplus plate was taken to London with only one chalice and paten being left. In the mid 19th century the church was closed for a year whilst it was extensively restored. In 1961 the chancel was re-ordered and the choir stalls and rood screen were removed.

The family of Byset or Biset gave Cumbe its present name in the 13th century. The village did not escape the Black Death and work on the church in the 14th century was almost halted as the population was ravaged. For several centuries the village was a farming community. Until 1847 Coombe Bissett and West Harnham was one of the parishes which were under the ‘Peculiar Jurisdiction’ of the Dean of Salisbury and not subject to the Bishop or Archdeacon. In 1881 West Harnham became a separate parish. Today St Michael and All Angels Church is, with St Mary's Homington, within the Chalke Valley Benefice.

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Parish Communion
Coffee afterwards
Every first Sunday at 11:00 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Refreshments
Family Service
A popular service attended by all ages
Every second Sunday at 11:00 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Refreshments
Choral Mattins
We have a good organ and this is an opportunity to sing hymns and with psalms and canticles follow the music
Every fourth Sunday at 11:00 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Refreshments


Coffee morning
All and anyone is welcome. Ground coffee, tea, a welcome and chat. Second hand books on sale and in summer lovely and cheap veg
Every Wednesday at 10:30 AM for 1½ hours
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Carol Service
Sunday 17th December 2017 at 6:00 PM for 1½ hours
School Christingle
lovely candle lit affair
Monday 18th December 2017 at 6:00 PM for 1 hour
Midnight Service
Sunday 24th December 2017 at 11:00 PM for 1 hour
Family Christmas Service
Monday 25th December 2017 at 11:00 AM for 1 hour
Easter Sunday
Sunday 1st April 2018 at 11:00 AM for 1 hour



Wheelchair accessible toilets
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A Church Near You ID (venue number): 9522
Built: Before 1086 for earliest parts
Archdeaconry: SARUM (343)
Deanery: CHALKE (34303)
Benefice: Chalke Valley (Team Ministry) (34/071DK)
Parish Legal Name: Coombe Bisset with Homington (340382 )
CofE Church Info: (634382 34/382)
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The current editor is: Rupert van der Horst

This page was last updated on Monday 13th November 2017
Coombe Bissett: St Michael & All Angels : A354 3 miles S Salisbury, Coombe Bissett, Wiltshire, SP5 4LR - Junction Homington Road with main Blandford Road A354

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