Saint Laurence, to whom this Church is dedicated,
was one of the seven Deacons of Rome during the
Pontificate of Sixtus 11 (257-8) and suffered
martyrdom in A.D. 258 during the reign of Emperor
Valerian who published edicts against Christians
in the year 257. The Church dates from the late
12th Century. It holds 250 people comfortably. The
organ, a two manual electrically blown instrument
mainly by Vowles of Bristol underwent a major refurbishment
by Keith Jones of Ruardean, in 2009. The bell tower contains
six bells which are rung regularly by an enthusiastic and talented
team of Ringers. Today the Benefice of Eas
Harptree is linked with that of St. Mary, West
Harptree and St. Margaret, Hinton Blewett, the
three forming one United Parish with a central
Parochial Church Council made up of elected
representatives from the three villages in equal
numbers. There are two Churchwardens for each of
the Churches as they are all Parish Churches.
The present Incumbant, The Rev'd Karen Spray
<span style="font-size: 1rem;">part-time </span><span style="font-size: 1rem; -webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;">Vicar of the United Parish. The Parish Office</span>
is located in the Memorial Hall at West Harptree
(Telephone 01761 221 239).
Link to Church Services in the United Parish:
www.eastharptree.org (click on "Church, then "Show Church Services"
The Church has a digital audio mixing desk,
compact disc player/recorder and full public
address facilities. A former BBC Producer
is available to oversee recordings of Choirs, Orchestras,
StringQuartets, etc. or performances of the spoken word.
Post production facilities are also available
enabling master compact discs to be produced and
duplicates made for fund raising purposes.