St John the Baptist, Holywell
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St John the Baptist is the parish church of the villages of Needingworth and Holywell; there has been a church on this site since 990 AD. The present church dates from the 13th century (the tower was added in the 16th century, reputedly acquired from Ramsey Abbey). In the churchyard stands the Holy Well, the spring which gives the surrounding village its name, venerated for its healing properties since pre-Christian times. Every year on the weekend before 24th June (Feast of St John the Baptist) the centrepiece of our Patronal Festival is the Well-dressing, one of the very few examples of this art form to be found south of Derbyshire.
In the last three years we have completed major restoration projects on the church roof and heating system,ensuring that our Grade I listed mediaeval building will be around for worshippers for a long time to come. We still need to install modern facilities and we have an active programme of local fund-raising.
Our Rector is Revd Sheila Anthony. With her encouragement we have launched new children's worship initiatives and are increasingly working with our sister churches at Colne and Bluntisham in fulfilling God's plan for this part of the world.
Ours is a very friendly church and the regular congregation is increased in the summer by visitors to this picturesque village, many of them arriving by boat along the nearby river Great Ouse. We can assure you of a very warm and friendly reception at our services.
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