Church of England Diocese of Hereford Llangrove

Facilities and features

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Accessibility

Village Hall car park is nearby for a small donation or cars can be parked on the roadside.

Our building is wheelchair friendly

Hearing (induction) Loop

We have some large print material

Assistance dogs are welcome with their owners


Our Building

From Sunday 29th November, Christ Church will be open every day as it is the Season of Advent when we are preparing to celebrate Christmas.

From outside, Christ Church appears neat and well proportioned. The walls are of local sandstone with Bathstone corners and arches, and the roof with its single-bell tower has plain tiles. Step inside, however, and you are soon aware that this is not just another Victorian church.
It is spacious and understated and has none of the clutter and over-decoration typical of its period. It is in fact the first complete church to be designed by George Frederick Bodley (1827-1907), at that time a pupil of Sir George Gilbert Scott. Bodley, who went on to become one of our leading ecclesiastical architects, did not favour Victorian interpretations of classical styles but looked back five centuries to the simplicity of fourteenth-century English Gothic. This was an inspiration to the movement which later became famous as Arts and Crafts, although that name did not appear until the 1880s, thirty or so
years after Christ Church was built. Bodley did not look upon himself as an Arts and Crafts exponent and neither did his contemporaries consider him as such, even though he was a friend and sometime business partner of William Morris, the
radical Socialist, designer, painter and writer, and cooperated with him in the planning and production of church furnishings, decoration and stained glass. The east window, a typical mid-Victorian style, was probably by Thomas Baillie (1815-83). The possible date of manufacture and fitting was 1856, which suggests that it could have been commissioned specially for Christ Church in time for the opening. The World War I memorial inside the church is a typical Arts and Crafts piece, with the simplicity of the sheltering tree and the freehand lettering. The painted screen behind the altar, with its panels of angels, is
considered to be a worthy Pre-Raphaelite work. It can be attributed to Charles Lane of Amberley, Sussex, but it is not clear whether he painted the whole screen or just the centre panel. The wooden framework, already in position,
was reduced in height by about one foot to accommodate the paintings which themselves cost fifteen pounds overall. The faculty (diocesan permission) for this work was granted on 31 December 1897 and we are told that the money was already in hand.
The screen, dated 1898, commemorates Mrs Catherine Marriott, Lady of the Manor of Goodrich and resident at Sellarsbrook, who endowed the church by giving the land and meeting the overall cost of £1500. It was built between 1854 and 1856 by Roberts, a Monmouth firm. Mrs Marriott paid for the adjacent school and master's house which opened in 1875.


Music and Worship

The organ was built by Arthur Caldwell (1895-1924) of St Helens, Lancashire (not by Messrs Ainscough as the plate
suggests) and was installed first in St Luke's Church, Eccleston, Lancashire. It came to Llangrove in 1970, bought
for £525 from Childwall Methodist church in Liverpool, with the interesting suggestion - confirmed by the National Pipe
Organ Register - of a connection with Sir Thomas Beecham's family firm. It is believed that the instrument stood in the reception area of Beecham's factory in St Helens; it was loaned to the town hall there so that Sunday
services could continue after the parish church burned down. It is still in regular use in Christ Church, Llangrove.


Groups, Courses and Activities

We had started a Toast and activities session for our young people of secondary school age on Thursdays after school but this has had to be suspended for the time being.

Members of Christ Church run a Pebbles Club after school at the Primary School next door. As this is not able to run at the moment due to covid restrictions, we are emailing out information to families which they can use to help make Sunday Special.

We joined in the Benefice Alpha Course held two years ago.

There is a group which used to take place at the village hall but which is now meeting on line.

There is a zoom Bible Study on Tuesdays at 10.30a.m.

Brownies are meeting on zoom at the moment.

Christ Church normally runs Coffee Mornings at the village hall once a month but these have had to be postponed at the moment.

Walkabout Nativity on Sunday 13th December from 2p.m. until 4p.m., starting at Christ Church, for anyone who would like to come along.

Cubs normally meet at the village hall but at the moment they are meeting on line.

A summer holiday club is organised for primary aged children.

Rainbows are meeting on zoom at the moment.

Scouts are meeting online at the moment.


Help for Visitors

There is information about the church and significant happenings in the area on display in church including information about a plane crash which happened opposite the church in the second world war.

From Sunday 29th November, Christ Church will be open every day as it is the Season of Advent when we are preparing to celebrate Christmas.


Other Features

We support Ross Food Bank. Items may be left inside the church.