Church of England Diocese of Oxford Rotherfield Greys

About Us

ST NICHOLAS CHURCH, ROTHERFIELD GREYS  dates from Norman times, with several specific links to Greys Court.  Due to major re-ordering in the Victorian era there is little left of the original architecture. The church contains an early font, circa 1200, a fine brass dedicated to Sir Robert de Grey, who died in 1387 (this brass is no longer available for rubbing) , a magnificent monument in a side chapel to Sir Frances and Lady Knollys, several monuments to the Stapleton family, many memorial windows and an interesting C20th east window. In the churchyard there are some listed table tombs and an unusual brick covered grave. The Patron is Trinity College, Oxford.

THE ELIZABETH BUILDING   a recent addition to St. Nicholas is The Elizabeth Building a purpose built extension with modern facilities which may be used for meetings and group activities, creches during services or social gatherings after services. It consists of a meeting room/chapel for 30 and a smaller upper room for 10. There is good disabled access at ground floor level. The Elizabeth Building welcomes groups from other diocese/parishes who like to spend time away from their own parish. More details from: (01491) 628297 

BENEFICE DETAILS:     St. Nicholas is a part of the Nettlebed and Greys Benefice whose sister churches are - St. Bartholmew, Nettlebed with Highmoor: St. James, Bix and Assenden; and Pishill with Stonor. The Rector has also been appointed as priest-in-charge of Nuffield Holy Trinity.  St. Paul's Highmoor is now closed.

STIPENDARY MINISTER:  The Benefice is in Interregnum. The Revd. Brendan Bailey resigned his living w/e from 3rd April, 2017

ASSOCIATE PRIEST:   Canon Brian Shenton who is available in the Benefice on Wednesdays and Thursdays.  To contact  Canon Shenton please telephone the Benefice Office - see below

BENEFICE OFFICE:  01491 628297:  email: [email protected]

BAPTISMS, WEDDINGS, FUNERALS  -  PLEASE CONTACT THE BENEFICE OFFICE (01491 628297 or email: [email protected]) with your enquiry and you will be directed  to the correct person.

VISITORS:  Unless there are exceptional circumstances, the church is open daily during daylight hours to welcome visitors.  If you wish to be absolutely sure, so that you do not have a wasted journey, please telephone the Churchwardens (see details below) or the Benefice Office.

TO HIRE THE ELIZABETH BUILDING: telephone 01491 628297 or Liz Hodgkin 01491 628297 email: [email protected]

CHURCH RECORDS : Only C20th & C21st registers are held at the church. Historical registers for this parish are held in the Oxfordshire Records Office. People undertaking research into family history will need to contact this office at St Luke's Church, Temple Road. Cowley, Oxfordshire, OX4 2HT: 01865 398200: [email protected] . 

 GRAVEYARD PLAN  -  A plan of the burial plots in the churchyard is held by Richard Ovey. If you wish to locate a family burial plot please contact 01491 574646 or 573245

 GENERAL HISTORICAL ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE VILLAGE OR THE CHURCH   -  contact Richard or Gillian Ovey 01491573245: email: [email protected]

OFFICERS:

CHURCHWARDENS:     Elizabeth Hodgkin (People's Warden - 01491573192): Romey Poston (Rector's Warden - 01491628026)

LAY CHAIRMAN OF THE PCC:    Richard Ovey 01491574646:  email:  [email protected]

TREASURER TO THE PCC:     Paul Fairweather  01491628421

DIRECTOR OF MUSIC:  David Old mob: 07973822217 [email protected]

EDITOR of THE LINK (Parish Magazine):   Benefice Office 01491628297:  Benefice Administrator [[email protected]]

DEANERY RURAL OFFICER - Henley Deanery: Gillian Ovey 01491573245 :email: [email protected]

BENEFICE OFFICE:    Manned Thursday 01491628297 otherwise telephone transferred.    For enquiries regarding Baptisms: Marriages or Funerals please contact the Benefice Office - email:  [email protected] or telephone 01491 628297