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Welcome to the church of St Michael & All Angels, Letcombe Bassett, one of six that make up the Ridgeway Benefice. We routinely hold a Holy Communion Service (in traditional English) at 8:30 am on the third Sunday of the month. For other services, including major festivals, please look under "Services and Events". Services are led by our Rector, the Rev'd Leonora Hill, or by a lay member of our community. We also hold baptisms, weddings and funerals. We would be delighted to welcome you into our congregation on a regular or occasional basis.
St Michael's is a charming small church (Grade II* listed) in a particularly beautiful setting in the old part of the village, looking out to unspoilt downland. The Chancel and Nave date from the 12th century; the Tower from the 13th century; while the South aisle, Vestry and Porch are Victorian additions designed by William Butterfield. Further information is in the church, which is open to visitors daily, and at http://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/berks/vol4/pp217-222
A 10-year programme of major repairs to ensure the church remained structurally sound for future generations was recently completed. Works included a new roof, repairing structurally unsound walls, re-plastering inside and out, installing a French drain and new heating and lighting. Raising the £500,000 needed took extraordinary efforts by almost everyone in the parish, holding fund-raising events and applying for grants from many organisations.
The churchyard, which is still open for burials, has some fine monuments, including four Grade II listed tombs. It has a profusion of snow drops, primroses and other wild flowers in the spring.
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