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The Church of St Martin serves the village of Sandford St Martin and hamlet of Ledwell, and is part of the Benefice of Westcote Barton with Steeple Barton, Sandford St Martin and Duns Tew - and since 1st March 2015, also the churches of Over Worton and Nether Worton.  Interesting features of this 13th century church include the John Piper lancet window (showing St Martin dividing his cloak to share with a poor beggar), the Norman font, several fine hatchments, and at the back of the chancel arch, a panel displaying the Royal Arms of Queen Elizabeth I dated 1602 - that is, before the uniting of the Kingdoms of England and Scotland.

As part of the combined Benefice it shares with the other churches the Rector, the Organist, the Bartons Benefice Choir, and the Bell-ringing team.

SERVICES & EVENTS: Everyone is very welcome at our services, or to sit in the church for quiet and prayer. Because the six parishes share the one Rector, the services rotate around the Benefice and times and types of services vary from week to week.

Please check our web site for times of services and special events. A chart for Sunday services can also be found in the Pages & Links section of this ACNY website. 


At Sandford St Martin the pattern is as follows:

1st Sunday of the month:  11.00am  Matins

2nd Sunday of the month:  6.00pm Evensong (5.00pm Nov-Mar)

3rd Sunday of the month:  8.30am BCP Holy Communion

4th Sunday of the month:  9.30am Eucharist (Contemporary Language) with choir, followed by refreshments


Children are welcome at all services with toys, colouring-in and craft provided, and there is a "Minnows" Sunday School on the 1st Sunday of the month, which meets at 9.15am in Westcote Barton Church, to ring the bell and light the candles before the morning service at 9.30am. They join in for the first hymn and then move on to the Rectory for songs, story and craft.


In addition there is a Pram Service for the whole Benefice, called "Little Tiddlers", in Middle Barton at the Alice Marshall Hall (on the crossroads of Enstone Road and Worton Road). This takes place on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month, at 10.30am. It is very family friendly, gently structured with action songs, story, craft, drink and biscuit, and time to play.


We have a Bell-ringing team which rings for most 9.30/11.00am services in the Benefice. New ringers are always welcome! Bell-ringing practice is at Sandford St Martin Church on Thursday nights. Contact phil Sharman (Tower Captain) 01869-340626.

The Bartons Benefice Choir has singers from the whole Benefice, with a full choir of about 15 adults; a smaller choir sings at 9.30am and 11am services in the Benefice. Choir practice is on Monday nights at Jacobs Yard, Middle Barton. Come and join in! More singers always welcome. Contact Trevor Daniels (Choir Leader) 01869 340262.


Throughout the year we hold SPECIAL SERVICES involving the local Middle Barton School Choir and the Scout and Guide groups.  These include 5th Sundays and services such as Mothering Sunday, Harvest Festival and Pet Service.

There are also other special services such as at ADVENT & CHRISTMAS and HOLY WEEK & EASTER, Remembrance Sunday, and All Souls. Please look out for further details in the Pages and Links section or our web site nearer the time.


If anyone would like a home visit or Holy Communion at home, please contact the Rector.

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The Rev'd Graeme Arthur
The Rectory
29 Enstone Road
Westcote Barton
(01869) 340510

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(3rd Sunday) BCP Holy Communion
For services in the Benefice, see Pages & Links
Every third Sunday at 8:30 AM for ½ hour
Book of Common Prayer
(4th Sunday) Eucharist + coffee
Every fourth Sunday at 9:30 AM for 1 hour
Refreshments Common Worship
(1st Sunday) BCP Matins. For all Services & Events see our website:
Every first Sunday at 11:00 AM for 1 hour
Book of Common Prayer
(2nd Sunday) BCP Evensong (5pm Nov-Mar)
Every second Sunday at 6:00 PM for 1 hour
Book of Common Prayer


Midweek HC, Middle Barton
BCP Holy Communion at 15 Washington Terrace, Middle Barton, followed by coffee.
Every second Wednesday at 10:00 AM for ½ hour
Refreshments Book of Common Prayer
"Little Tiddlers" at Alice Marshall Hall
Every first and third Wednesday at 10:30 AM for 1½ hours
Family Friendly Sunday School
Midweek HC, Duns Tew
BCP Holy Communion at Dinghams, Hill Farm Lane, Duns Tew, followed by coffee.
Every fourth Wednesday at 10:30 AM for ½ hour
Refreshments Book of Common Prayer


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Incumbent: The Revd Graeme Richard ARTHUR
A Church Near You ID (venue number): 5980
Archdeaconry: Dorchester (274)
Deanery: WOODSTOCK (27411)
Parish Legal Name: Sandford St. Martin (270285 )
CofE Church Info: (627285 27/285)
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The current editor is: Graeme Arthur

This page was last updated on Saturday 14th October 2017
Sandford St Martin: St Martin : Ledwell Road, Sandford St Martin, Oxfordshire, OX7 7AH

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