About UsA very warm welcome to All Saints' Church, Blakeney...
A Victorian parish church, All Saints' dates C1820 with apparent changes around 1900. Further up-date projects took place between 2007 and 2010. Our font is believed to be 15th Century. All Saints' is a warm (modern, efficient heating system), bright church worshiping in 'traditional' C of E style. We have a wonderful public address and loop induction system, disabled lavatory facilities and ramped access from outside. A fully retractable AV Screen allows the use of PowerPoint for services. After-service refreshments and our extremely popular third Saturday lunch are normally served from our fully-equipped kitchen.
We have a regular congregation on Sunday mornings which inc. residents from our local care homes; new faces and families are always guaranteed a warm welcome at All Saints'. Many of our church members have been born and raised in Blakeney; others have "come in on the tide" of settlers to the beautiful Forest of Dean - recognised as one of the best places in Britain to raise a family!
We currently have no vicar, the benefice is in Vacancy. We are fortunate to have two very experienced assistant (retired) priests; Rev Fred Long and Rev Sarah Hobbs who work in the parish and across the benefice. In July 2018 we were joined by Revd Joe Knight (assistant curate), Joe works throughout the benefice. Recently, Brian Brobyn was ordained a deacon. Brian is very well known throughout this parish and benefice having been a reader for more than 20years. Within the benefice also have a Reader and Ordained member of the diocesan staff who help out on occasion.
In 2010 we purchased a Johannus Electronic Organ, which is superb (unfortunately our old pipe organ was beyond economic repair). The Organ is used for most services but we also have a piano and excellent music system. Mrs Susan Long is our usual organist / pianist. For those occasions when we have no organist our organ can be fitted with a sequencing device which holds many recordings of hymns and songs for worship. The Church nave has modern comfortable chair seating (Pews were removed due to rot) this allows a very flexible space for alternative use.
We are a forward thinking church, the vacancy and these 'new and different times' have highlighted the need for us and the benefice to move forward, not looking to do this in a radical sense; but to introduce some new ideas in a slow and sensible fashion! All Saints' is known to enjoy Eucharistic services, at which children and families are always welcomed and encouraged to take part and assist. Equally we are enthusiastic to promote non eucharistic services. Family services are a great opportunity for our young folk and parents to be more involved; something we are keen for a new priest to explore and develop with us?
We surveyed our community / Parish asking what our community would like in their new priest? interestingly the most common response has been...
"A Priest who is positively active in the community, known to their flock, familiar with everyone, welcoming to all!"
Blakeney is on the edge of the Forest of Dean, halfway between Gloucester and Chepstow; with a history linked to Forest activities. An iron forge and furnace existed here as early as the 13th century. The village has a population of approximately 800.
❖ Post Office, General Store, Chip Shop, Garden Equipment Business, Coffee Shop/Café and Doctors Surgery
❖ Blakeney Primary School - Ofsted rated "Good" - Secondary Schools are in Lydney, Cinderford, Coleford and Sedbury with bus services daily to the Gloucester Grammar Schools.
❖ Village hall / Community Centre, RBL and Youth Club.
❖ Garden Club, Yoga, Taekwondo and other activities take place at the various halls. Blakeney Football Club is run from the Village field. The annual Duck race takes place each year in August on the Bideford brook.
❖ Sitting between the River Severn and the Forest, lovely walks and countryside are on the doorstep.
Please browse through the pages and view our calendar of events for more details
We look forward to seeing you at All Saints' Blakeney; very soon.