St Mary's is a small village church with a history going back to the 13th C, though the church was rebuilt in the 1850s
Hawridge, near Chesham and Berkhamsted, is in the Chilterns and popular for walking, riding and cycling. We are one village of a number of small villages all close together which refer to themselves as the Hilltop Villages.
The Coronavirus restrictions have forced the closure of the St Mary's Church itself, though visitors are welcome in the churchyard.
Before the virus, and although our Rector had been absent through a long period of ill-health, we continued with the help of a number of local priests and priests on short periods of temporary secondment to maintain an active pattern of services. Before the closure due to Coronavirus, the services at St Mary's included a family service on the first Sunday of the month, Holy Communion (Common Worship) on the third Sunday and shared services rotating with our neighbours at Cholesbury and St Leonards on other Sundays.
The Church and its congregation are definitely part of the wider village community and, in normal years, the August bank holiday fete for Hawridge and Cholesbury Churches is a major village event.
We are now in the process of finding a new minister for the benefice and look forward to this. We also eagerly looking forward to when it is safe to welcome our congregation and visitors back into St Mary's Church and resume a regular pattern of services.
Please note the following message about safeguarding -
"The parish of Hawridge is committed to the safeguarding of children, young people and adults. We follow the House of Bishops guidance and policies and have our own Parish Safeguarding Officer(s), PSOs. The Diocese of Oxford’s safeguarding pages contain vital links and information including contacts for the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor (DSA) who advise our PSOs. If you are concerned that a child or adult has been harmed or may be at risk of harm please contact the DSA. If you have immediate concerns about the safety of someone, please contact the police and your local authority Children or Adults Services."