Church of England Diocese of Worcester Ribbesford with Bewdley and Dowles

Facilities and features

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Accessibility

We have one unisex toilet which is wheelchair and pushchair accessible and provides baby-changing facilities.

There are baby changing facilities available in the toilet.

There is a disabled accessible toilet for use by all.

Ramped entrance
Hearing (induction) Loop

Large print copies of service sheets and weekly notices are available in church.

Guide dogs are very welcome in church.


Our Building

St Anne’s is in the gracious classical style of the eighteenth century. The original tower, which was built in 1695-6, was rebuilt with the rest of the church between 1745 and 1748.
The building has been listed since 1950 and is currently Grade II* (List entry Number: 1099966).
The tower is surmounted by a deep corniced balustrade parapet with a Grecian vase at each corner. The belfry has a louvered window with a 4-centred head to each side with clock face below. The tower contains a peal of bells that are rung every Sunday and often visited by bell ringing groups from around the country. At the east end of the Church below the Chancel window is the town’s War Memorial, which forms an integral part of the stonework.
Inside, the nave is divided from its aisles by Doric columns; there are plaster ceilings, flat over the side aisles and
arched over the nave.
There is a Chancel at the east end. It comprises one single bay with arched windows to North and South. The East window is in the Venetian style and has Ionic fluted pilasters.
The ceiling is decorated in plaster above.
A panelled gallery exists at the west end of the nave, providing some additional seating.
The original clear class in the windows of the north and south aisles has been replaced with Victorian stained glass. There are no significant monuments.
The church seats about 350 in fixed pews, made originally by Thomas Cook with Thomas Woodward. The original box pews were cut down in 1881.
The pulpit is panelled C18 oak with simple inlay. The font dates from 1890 and the nave chandeliers (by Adrian Tilford) were installed in 1992.
East window glass 1881 by Jones& Willis.
Aisle windows by William Pearce 1892.
War memorial beneath East window by W. H. Goodwin 1920.
Considerable re-ordering was carried out between 1988 and 1992. The chancel was cleared of furniture and
re-floored in York stone, creating an open space in which the focus is an altar table of modern design, allowing the celebrant to face the congregation. This space, when cleared, is suitable for drama, music and exhibitions.
A narthex was created, separated from the nave by a glass screen, and an adjoining kitchen and toilet built.


Music and Worship

Ringing practices takes place on Wednesday evenings. The bells are rung every Sunday morning for services.
Contact Bob Carlyle 01299 405179.c

Church is regularly used by local organisations for rehearsals and concerts. These include Bewdley Choral Society and Bewdley Festival.
Details of concerts are available on the Bewdley Town Council website, This is Bewdley Facebook page and from "The Bridge" community magazine.

The organ is a Makin pipeless organ. Our organist and director of music is James Hickson who can be contacted on 01299 405908

The choir is unrobed and sits at the west end of the nave to give a strong lead to congregational singing at Sunday services.
Choir rehearsals are held in church on Friday evenings at 6.30pm.
Contact James Hickson 01299 405908.


Groups, Courses and Activities

A bible study group follows the BRF study courses and meets monthly.
Contact Susan Price - 01299 402199.

Coffee and tea are available in the narthex cafe from Tuesday to Saturday (inc) from 10 am - 2 pm.
Church is open and offers space to meet, chat and pray.
The Traidcraft shop is available for household supplies and a wide range of craft items during the above times.

Contact Lynne Fox 01299 409388 for details

Meets monthly.
Contact Ann Capell 01299 403776
The Mothers Union Holy Communion service takes place every 1st Wednesday of the month at 10.15. All are welcome

Rugrats every Tuesday 9.30 - 11.30 activities and snacks for toddlers. All are welcome.
Turn up or contact Ann Capell on 01299 403776

Rugrats every Tuesday 9.30 - 11.30 activities and snacks for toddlers. All are welcome.
Turn up or contact Ann Capell on 01299 403776

Contact Brian Smith 01299 266569 - links in with Kidderminster Refugee support group.

The Street Pastors operate as an ecumenical group run in conjunction with the other Christian churches in Bewdley.
For more information contact Alison: [email protected]


Help for Visitors

Coffee and tea are available in the narthex cafe from Tuesday to Saturday (inc) from 10 am - 2 pm.
Church is open and offers space to meet, chat and pray.
The Traidcraft shop is available for household supplies and a wide range of craft items during the above times

Traidcraft foods, household goods, cards, gifts and crafts available, Tuesday - Saturday (inc) from 10 am - 2 pm.

Tuesday - Saturday (inc) from 10 am - 2 pm for refreshments, space to meet, chat, pray and to purchase items from the Traidcraft shop.
Sunday service - 9.30 - 11.30.
Various other times for events.


Other Features

Traidcraft foods, household goods, cards, gifts and crafts available, Tuesday - Saturday (inc) from 10 am - 2 pm.
Contact Elaine Barbour 01299 400617.

Collection point open Tuesday - Saturday (inc) from 10 am - 2 pm

St. Anne's Church can be hired for concerts and other performances.
For bookings contact Joyce Redstall 01299 404179