150 year Anniversary
On 30th July 1872, Henry Workman’s new church in Charlton was opened. Workman was born in 1802 and when his wife died at a young age in 1847, he devoted his life to his work as a solicitor, as mayor of Evesham and to carrying out many philanthropic works. His good works in the town included the Workman Bridge and the Workman Gardens.
A service to celebrate the opening of the church took place on 30th July 1872, with the new curate for Charlton, William Clifford preaching to a packed congregation. His sermon was based on the text “God is a spirit and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth”. His sermon was very much based around encouraging villagers to attend the new church, but his ending was " Above all ask God to aid you to determine that by his loving help you will make your hearths and homes his temples in which the sacrifice of prayer and praise and of holy and consistent living, shall be daily offered". Hymns 164 and 166 from Hymns ancient and Modern were sung.
The church was linked with St. Michael’s Church, Cropthorne, in a united benefice in 1923 before both parish churches became part of a wider united benefice with churches in the villages of Fladbury, Hill & Moor and Wyre Piddle across the River Avon in 1998.
Following a serious fire in the church in May 1985, the village community responded positively and the repaired church was rededicated in November 1986.
This restoration and subsequent major repair work demonstrated the strength of the church community.
There is an adjacent former ‘school room’ available, with toilet facility and kitchen, approached from the church through a ‘community garden’ created as a project between the church and village communities.
The church in Charlton is a central part of the local social events in the village, especially in connection with events to raise funds for the church and the Old School Room which jointly support each other.