Church of England Diocese of Canterbury Wittersham

Facilities and features

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Accessibility

There is a public toilet at the West end of the church, outside, which is unlocked during the day, and during services. It is suitable for disabled people, and has a baby changing facility.

There are baby changing facilities in the toilet which is situated outside the church, by the West door.

There is car parking available on the street, and directly outside the church. On school days, especially before 9.00 am and around 3.00 pm the road gets very congested, and is best avoided if possible. With larger services it is sometimes possible to use the village hall car park.

The toilet is located at the West end of the church, outside.

The North entrance to the church, facing the road, has a ramp.

There is a full sound system and induction loop in the church.

Large print service leaflets can be provided, and the weekly pew sheet is also enlarged for a few copies.


Our Building

This Grade I listed building was founded in the twelfth century, extended around the thirteenth century and the bell tower added within the first decade of the sixteenth century. It is an impressive sized church for a rural village, situated on the Isle of Oxney, once surrounded by marshland which is now fertile farmland.


Music and Worship

There are eight bells which are regularly rung by local ringers and visitors. Four quarter peels were rung during 2018. Bell ringing practice is on Tuesday evenings, 7.30 pm - 9.00 pm and potential new ringers are welcomed.

Wittersham is fortunate in having a full choir with two junior members. Under the leadership of Mr Giles Ridley the choir have performed a number of concerts to raise funds for the church, and generally sing choral evensongs about four times a year, plus other special services at Easter, Christmas and All Souls.

The church organ was refurbished around 2008 and is in good playing order for concerts.

Wittersham offers the opportunity not only for choral evensong, but, on a monthly basis every third Sunday, a service of Matins with sung responses. Readings are also taken from the King James Bible for this service.

The choir meet every Friday evening (except in August) 6.45 pm in the Tower Room for rehearsal of the Sunday hymns and anthem. Their repertoire centres on Tudor music, but sometimes moves on to the following centuries. New members are welcome, we have sopranos, altos, tenors and bass. There is a junior choir which meets at 6.15 pm, rehearsing with the adult choir until 7.00 pm.


Groups, Courses and Activities

Brass Rubbing

Every Friday morning 9.00 - 10.30 am there is a Coffee and Toddlers Club meeting in the church. All are invited.

In the summer there are the Open Garden Coffee Mornings, which are very popular. They meet in different gardens on a Tuesday at 11.00 - 12 noon. Check out the pew sheet on the website to see in which garden the event will be held.

There is a Toddler Group held in the church every Friday morning from 9.00 - 10.30 am. There are plenty of toys and a safe space in the Tower Room for the toddlers to play.


Help for Visitors

There are notes on the church in the racks at the back of the church giving some detail about various points of interest.

The church is open during daylight hours, 9.00 - 5.00pm.

On Sunday afternoons in August 2.30 - 5.00 pm Cream Teas are served, with the opportunity to have a guided tour up the tower.


Other Features

The church regularly collects gifts for the local foodbank. A box at the rear of the church is put out during services.