Church of England Diocese of Winchester The Itchen Valley

St Mary's, Avington

Avington together with Easton, Itchen Abbas & Martyr Worthy is part of the Parish of the Itchen Valley.

Full details of all the churches and our services can be found at http://www.itchenvalleychurches.org.uk/

We look forward to seeing you.

St Mary’s comes as a great surprise since it is a rarity, an unrestored red-bricked Georgian church built between 1768-71. The pathway from the road to the church with its dominating crenellated tower, is 100 yards long and made up of old tombstones which lie like stepping stones in the grass.

Inside there is a marvellous sense of light enhanced by the barrel ceiling of the nave painted in an attractive light blue. All the windows are of plain glass, apart from a small Crucifixion scene in the East window with four roundels alongside depicting Wheat ( the Bread of Life ), a Rose, Grapes and a Lily.

The blue reredos behind the altar has the Creed, the Lord’s Prayer and the Ten Commandments written on it in gold lettering.

A great two-decker pulpit capped by a carved canopy dominates the nave. The rest of the nave is filled by high box pews, many of which have seats on three sides facing into the middle. The largest, with carved interior, was reserved for Avington House.

The pulpit and pews are made of Spanish mahogany said to have been taken from an Armada galleon captured by the Duke of Effingham. All the pews have wall pegs for hanging wigs on. At the west end the marble font is of unusual vase shape. Above it is a musicians’ gallery, with two rows of seats for the musicians and a barrel organ dating from 1830 which can still be used. Hanging from the gallery are the arms of King George III dated 1771.

A fine set of five bells has recently been hung following a substantial bequest and fund raising. The church remains largely unaltered and its congregation continues to favour traditional forms of worship.

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Revd. Alex Pease

Parish Office Itchen Valley Parish St John's Church Avington Lane Itchen Abbas Winchester

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Every Sunday at 10 a.m. for 1hr
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Itchen Valley Parish Churches

Details of all the services in the Itchen Valley can be found on our Parish Diary https://itchenvalleychurches.org/calendar/

All age/Family Baptism/Christening Refreshments Eucharist/Holy Communion Common Worship Evening Worship/Prayer Family Friendly Morning Worship/Prayer Patronal Festival Pentecost School Service Wedding Music Hymns Choir Singing Thy Kingdom Come Sunday School / Organised Children's Activities Youth Group Over 60s event Parents and toddlers Event held in a Church

Please join us to celebrate the birth of Christ at one of our Christmas services

15 Nov 2019, 12:30 p.m.
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