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St Mary’s Parish forms a Benefice with St Faith's Kilsby and is in the Diocese of Peterborough.
The church dates from Saxon times and stands at the centre of the village. The present building dates from the mediaeval period and has seen a number of changes and renovations over the years. In the late 19th century an extensive restoration was carried out under the auspices of the Rector the Rev. Mitchison, and most recently (in 2010) the exterior stonework was re-pointed and many stones replaced. The village community responded magnificently to the appeal “ Save Our Stones” and more than £100,000 was raised in a year.
At the time of the Victorian restoration new stained glass windows were installed; most of these were made by Charles Kempe, a renowned exponent at the time.
There is a ring of five bells. The team ring for the 10am services and on special occasions. Practice night is Monday at 7.15pm and anyone wanting to learn is welcome to come along.
A fifth bell, known as the Jubilee Bell, was installed in 2002, to commemorate Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee. The money for the bell was raised by events organised by the bellringers and donations from villagers.
St Mary's group of enthusiastic amateur flower arrangers make sure that there are always fresh flowers displayed in the church throughout the year.
For weddings and other special occasions they enjoy the challenge of decorating the whole church. If anyone is having a celebration in the church the "flower ladies" are available, at a realistic cost, to provide a glorious floral display. Please contact Hazel Parsons (01788 890178), Jeanette Massie (01788 891472) or Pat Webb (01788 890800).
St Mary’s has a small choir and welcomes new singers. The choir has sung in concerts and at the Diocesan choral festival.
St Mary's Barby
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