Facilities and features
The glass in the east window dates from 1891 and is the oldest glass in the Church; the remaining glasswork covers the 1892-1956 period.
St Mary's is open between the hours of 10am and 3pm. It may be open for longer during summer months.
Music and Worship
There is a peal of eight bells; five dating from 1695 (bells 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8); one (the 3) from 1696 and two from 1994 (the treble and 2), these latter two recasts replacing the original pair cast in 1775.
St Mary’s has an enthusiastic band of bell ringers, currently with around 12 regular members, plus a number of learners. Ages range from 11 to very mature!
We normally ring for the 10am service each Sunday and for special weekday services and weddings. Our weekly practice is on Wednesday evening from 7.30-9.00pm. Visitors to the tower are always welcome.
Tower Captain: Philip Jarvis [email protected]
Secretary: Janice Massy 01732 851519 [email protected]
St Mary’s fine organ was built by Alfred Monk of Camden in 1880 and is one of the largest village church organs in the south-east of England.
Every Wednesday at 9.30am
St Mary’s has a fine and longstanding musical tradition. Introits, anthems and mass settings are a regular feature of the weekly 10am Sunday services. The choir also sings Choral Evensong and takes part in various recitals and concerts. They are also asked to sing at weddings.
Practice evening is on Fridays at 7.15am
Groups, Courses and Activities
Seniors' Coffee Morning every first and third Friday from 10.00am to 12.00 noon.
Occasional Messy Church - see weekly News Sheet for details.
Seniors' Coffee Morning takes place every first and third Friday of the month.
Seniors' Tea at 3 - monthly on the third Sunday at 3.00pm
Coffee Pots and Tiny Tots for parents and carers and their pre-school children meets every Wednesday, 10.30am - 12pm in church. Lots of fun: craft, nursery rhymes, singing, music and play. £1 per family includes coffee & biscuit for carers. Please bring drinks for the children in their own cups.
Help for Visitors
Leaflets and guides to the church are available.
Open every Thursday from 10.00 - 11.00am
An Upper Room with kitchen and toilet facilities can be hired on an hourly basis. £7.50 per hour. Seats up to 40.