How Caple: St Andrew w St Mary, How Caple

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Traditional English village church with Book of Common Prayer services, a newly restored organ and a lovely sense of calm. We warmly welcome couples who are seeking a venue for a classic country church wedding. We want to share our place of worship with you and allow you to make your vows before God in this most beautiful of settings. 

The parish was mentioned in Domesday and parts of the present church date back to 1210 AD. A side chapel was added in the late 17th century by Sir William Gregory, Speaker of the House of Commons. Look out, too, for a 1630 pulpit, a Jacobean screen (carved possibly by Grinling Gibbons) and a Parliament Clock. The clock, you will notice, has been placed opposite the pulpit - to stop priests talking for too long.

The diptych above the choir stall is 15th century Flemish. Its panels rotate. Recently the church agreed to act as guardian of the roll of honour from Oakley Hall school, Cirencester. A book containing the roll of honour will be found in the Gregory side chapel and a service of remembrance to Oakley Hall boys who were killed in the two world wars is held every autumn. Please contact us for details.

The church is, in addition to its regular services, proving popular for weddings. The Court next door is expert at organising wedding receptions and we work closely with the Court's owners, Roger and Vanessa Lee, whose family is remembered in numerous memorials in the church.

We use traditional liturgy because we cherish our English liturgical heritage and wish to keep alive the majesty of Cranmer's prayers.

Visitors are most welcome. Please come along and help us sing some hymns. Your voice can hardly be worse than some of ours'! 

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Quentin Letts
The Old Mill,
How Caple,
Herefordshire, HR1 4SR
(01989) 740688 (Deputy Warden - do please contact re: weddings) or 07713066689

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Holy Communion
Every first Sunday at 8:00 AM for 35 minutes
Book of Common Prayer
Holy Communion
NB There will be no service on the second Sunday of May (10th) as the pets service is being held at Sollers Hope that day. How Caple parish communion will instead be held on May 17 at 11.15.
Every second Sunday at 9:30 AM for 1 hour
Book of Common Prayer
Normally held on the fourth Sunday of every month. We tend to have a glass of sherry afterwards - all most welcome. Please note that in September the matins will be on the THIRD Sunday (ie Sept 20). This is because there will be a patronal service on Sept 27 at Sollers Hope. The service on Sept will be taken by our good friend the Rev Paul Barlow, whom we thank.
Every fourth Sunday at 11:15 AM for 1 hour
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Harvest Festival
Please come to our popular annual harvest festival service, followed by a splendid lunch with wine at How Caple Court (thanks to Roger and Vanessa Lee).
Sunday 22nd October 2017 at 11:15 AM for 1 hour
Change to service pattern - no 8am!
Once again we have no 8am communion. This time the reason is the patronal service at Sellack. We repeat our apologies for these interruptions to our regular pattern of worship. We are working to try to put a stop to these intrusions.
Sunday 5th November 2017 at 8:00 AM for ½ hour
Act of Remembrance and Change to service pattern
The act of remembrance for How Caple village and for Oakley Hall School, Cirencester, will take place at How Caple church at 5pm. There will be a short service followed by a reception. All are most welcome at what always proves an intimate and melancholy service.
Sunday 12th November 2017 at 5:00 PM for ½ hour
Change to service pattern - extra 9.30am communion
Owing to the benefice's patronal-services arrangements, we have been allocated an extra 9.30am communion, to be held on 19 Nov. All are most welcome to join us.
Sunday 19th November 2017 at 9:30 AM for 1 hour


Assistance dogs (eg guide dogs, hearing dogs, dogs for the disabled) welcome
Stained Glass Wall Paintings
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Priest in charge: The Revd Crispin Mark Rugman PEMBERTON
A Church Near You ID (venue number): 10569
Built: 1210
Style of worship: Book of Common Prayer
Our Patron: The Bishop of Hereford
Archdeaconry: HEREFORD (181)
Deanery: ROSS & ARCHENFIELD (18108)
Benefice: StowCaple (18/032BW)
Parish Legal Name: How Caple (180235 )
CofE Church Info: (618235 18/235)
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The current editor is: Quentin Letts

This page was last updated on Thursday 5th October 2017
How Caple: St Andrew w St Mary : Pilgrims' Way, How Caple, Herefordshire, HR1 4SX - Next to How Caple Court, which has gardens and a tea room. The court is found half a mile from the main How Caple crossroads, on the Hoarwithy road.

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