Church of England Diocese of Bristol Greater Corsham

Facilities and features

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Accessibility

We have a toilet, suitable for disabled users, situated within the church

Available with our toilet facility

Car parking available in Church Square by kind permissions of Corsham Court. Main town car parks (free on Sundays) are less than 5 minutes walk away

Within the church

Can park just outside church gates - distance to main building 25m

Access to our church is on level ground.
Within the church, with the exception of access to the chancel, choir and high altar the aisles are flat. We have a reserved seating space for wheelchair users and their pushers!

We have an induction loop within the church which available at all services

Large print hymn books are available on request


Our Building

St Bartholomew's Church is a Grade 1 listed building. The earliest recorded entry regarding the church is in the Saxon Charter. The Normans made extensive additions adding a North and a South aisle and lengthening the Nave. A full history can be found on a free leaflet available in the church.

The Town post office is 50m from the church


Music and Worship

St Bartholomew’s church has a ring of 6 bells, with the earliest dating from 1757. The tenor weighs 23cwt-2qtrs-26lbs.

The bells are rung for Sunday morning services, 09:20 – 10:00; for weddings and other special events. Practice takes place on Wednesday evenings from 7:45 – 9:00pm, except the first Wednesday of the month.

For more visit our website: http://corshamandlacockchurches.org.uk/?page_id=133

We occasionally host concerts or other live music and arts events

Our organ was built in 1881 by William Sweetland of Bath, a well respected organ builder, known for beautiful sounding 2 manual and pedal instruments and has some 1,230 pipes within it. IN 2015 it underwent a major refurbishment and cleaning and was formally inaugurated and re-dedicated after the work was completed at a special service on 28 June 2015 which included congregational hymns, choir anthems and organ solos, as well as re-dedication prayers. More details and pictures can be found at: http://corshamandlacockchurches.org.uk/?page_id=6682

Our service pattern uses both Book of Common Prayer and Common worship version. BCP services include matins (5th Sunday) and our 9am Sunday and 10am Wednesday Holy Communion services

The Choir at Corsham Church sings at the 10:00 am service every Sunday and on a number of other occasions, such as occasional sung evening services, weddings and funerals. Over the years we have collected a repertoire of over 170 anthems ranging from the 16th century to the present day, both accompanied and unaccompanied, and are always on the lookout for good new material.

The post of Organist & Choirmaster is shared by husband and wife team, Robin Jackson FRCO and Maureen McAllister FRCO, of 10 The Cleeve, Corsham, SN13 9JG. Tel. (01249) 713809. If you enjoy singing, or would like to learn, you are most welcome to join us; there is no audition. Choir practice is an hour on Fridays, starting at 7:00 pm in the Lady Chapel. We currently have three tenors, three basses, four altos and around a dozen sopranos. If you’d like to hear us before deciding, why not attend the 10.00 am service one Sunday?


Groups, Courses and Activities

Sunday Club, for 7-11 year olds, meet in Neston Church on the 3rd Sunday of each month 4.30-6.00pm for Fun, Bible, Snacks, Games, Friends and Life.

There is a Beaver group within the town but it is not Church sponsored

There is a Brownie Group within the town but it is not church sponsored

There is a Cub Scout Pack within the town but it is not church sponsored

There is an exercise club that meets in Church House (our church hall at No 3 Church Street). It is NOT church sponsored but contact the Church House officer for details (01249 701720)

There is a Guide company within the town but it is not church sponsored

Messy Church takes place in Church House, Corsham is for families, involving fun and crafts, and is found across the world. Its values are about being Christ-centred, for all ages, based on creativity, hospitality and celebration. It starts with themed crafts, followed by a short bible reading and song, finishing with a meal. Messy Church is for all ages and not restricted to members of St Bart’s; children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Messy Church takes place on the first Friday of the month between 3:30 and 6:00pm.

The Mothers’ Union is an international Anglican society. Its mission is the advancement of the Christian religion in the sphere of marriage and family life. Membership is open to all who have been baptised in the name of the Holy Trinity and declare their support of the aim and objects of the society. The Corsham branch meets in Church House, Church Street, Corsham at 2:30pm on the first Wednesday of each month.

The branch leader is Mrs Cathy Reynolds, Shepherds Lodge, 28 Greenhill, Neston
SN13 9SQ. Tel. (01225) 811865.

We hold an Early Bird Service at St. Bartholomew’s. A short 25 minute service which is held on the second Sunday of every month at 9:00am (except August when the Early Bird is on holiday, and November when it is a week earlier – really Early Bird! - because of the Remembrance Day services) with breakfast served in Church House afterwards. Crammed with songs and stories, it is an informal, dynamic, interactive service – ideal for the youngest members of our congregation.

For more information about the service at Corsham, contact Georgina Storey – 01249 712964 or Revd Adam Beaumont.

We are currently in the middle of our second course looking at the beatitudes which will resume on the first Sunday in Feb 2020 at the 10am service.

There is a Scout troop within the town but it is not church sponsored

There is a Scout troop within the town but it is not church sponsored

We have a church sponsored company of the Church Lads and Church Girls Brigade; we are part of the Bristol battalion

We have a church sponsored company of the Church Lads and Church Girls Brigade; we are part of the Bristol battalion


Help for Visitors

Free Church guides are available, supplemented by additional information at certain locations. During the summer months we often have volunteers in the building who can offer additional commentary.

We have a small shop at the back of church where you will find a number of items such as books and souvenirs.

The Church is open daily during daylight hours.


Other Features

We are a Fairtrade church. We not only serve Fairtrade tea and coffee after our services but offer a monthly stall at which Fairtrade products can be purchased

We host a foodbank collection bin, as part of the Corsham Church Foodbank programme.

We have Public Address system (with Hearing Loop) used at all services. This can be used to play music for other events if required although our main funeral director has his own equipment. We occasionally operate a projector and large screen.

Part of our churchyard is a woodland conservation area.

Church House, located just 200 metres from St. Bartholomew’s at No 3 Church Street, Corsham (postcode: SN13 0BY), is our church hall. As well as being the location of our Church Office supporting the whole team (on the left of the entrance hall) Church House has a large function room, – with attached modern kitchen and toilets – able to accommodate up to 50 people, and a smaller meeting room upstairs which can hold up to 20 people. Both of these rooms are available for hiring and proceeds help the House and church. Internal views are show on our website.

If you would like to discuss hiring the hall, please contact the team office on (01249) 701720 or send an email to [email protected] – please include a phone number so we can contact you.