You are very welcome to this site. It describes the wonderful church of St Mary's Chalgrove, and the community that uses it to worship God.
Chalgrove lies 10 miles south-east of Oxford, between Stadhampton and Watlington. We are a lively community of about 3000 people, with a primary school, two churches, six shops and three pubs. We are noted for Chalgrove Brook running the length of the High Street, with its large number of ducks, and for the site of the civil war Battle of Chalgrove Field in 1643, aswell as for a medieval Manor house and a number of beautiful thatched cottages.
Set in a churchyard in which a number of old gravestones face south instead of eastwards as customary, St.Mary's Chalgrove reflects a long village life both interesting and different. Even today it enjoys a happy relationship with a flourishing church Pub in the village, 'The Red Lion Inn', which is vested in the Trustees of the Church Estate.
St Mary's Church is a fine Grade 1 listed building dating from the 12th century. It has a famous and almost complete set of medieval wall paintings covering the chancel walls.
There are toilets and utility services in the ground floor of the tower. One of the two toilets is suitable for use by disabled people and wheelchair users, and there are also facilities for changing nappies.
The Church of England Benefice of Chalgrove with Berrick Salome is in the Aston & Cuddesdon Deanery of the Diocese of Oxford.The other church in the Benefice is St.Helen's Church at Berrick Salome. Our Patron is Christ Church Oxford.
Conservation and Refurbishment Project
Earlier phases of work on the fabric of the church have ensured that the exterior of the building is in good condition and more recently the works in the Tower and the re-hanging of the bells were completed. The conservation and refurbishment project now in hand involves work on the interior of the church, and the chancel and nave.
This will include new lighting throughout, in order to show up the beauty of the building and provide flexibility for the different purposes for which it is used. Special lighting will illuminate the wallpaintings. A new heating system will add to the comfort of all, as well as protecting the fabric of the building. A sound amplification system will be installed, with a sound loop to assist people with hearing difficulties.
It is also planned to remove the emulsion paint from the stone pillars and arcades, and to replace the plaster which was removed many years ago because of damp. The nave will be redecorated throughout, and the south porch entrance improved with new double doors.
Some reorganisation at the west end of the nave will entail removing the vestry and making new oak storage cupboards. The pipe organ has been deemed to be beyond repair, and will be replaced with a digital one which will give better quality of sound in the right areas of the church. The console will be in the chancel, alongside some new choir stalls which can be re-arranged to suit different needs.
Overall, this much loved church will retain all its charm and dignity. The feel of the church for worship will be enhanced, and the building will be much more flexible for all the other uses, such as social events, concerts and art exhibitions.
This will all cost the best part of £500,000 so many fundraising activities are taking place. If you are interested in supporting the appeal with a donation, there is a donation form and gift aid declaration that can be can be downloaded here (.pdf format). Below is a list of items that will be required, together with the best estimate of their actual costs.
You can download this list here (.pdf format),select which item you wish to make your gift and send both the list and your cheque to the PCC treasurer, Karen Mulcahy.
If you would like to help in any other way , please contact the PCC Treasurer, Karen Mulcahy at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01865 890460 or the Project Leader, Charles Baker at email@example.com or on 01865 400402.
You are very welcome to visit St.Mary's Church. Our postcode is OX44 7SD. From April to September inclusive the church is open from 11am to 2pm on Wednesdays and from 11am to 4pm on Sundays. At all other times the church is kept locked, except of course when there are services, but the key can be borrowed from Londis Stores or Premier News in the village centre aswell as from a number of people who are listed on a notice outside the north door.
There is a selection of guide books and postcards at the back of the church, together with a Children's Church Quiz.
If you have a group of people who wish to see the medieval wall paintings then please see the page "The famous wall paintings" for arrangements.
Bob Heath-Whyte's new book of sermons is now available on line by following this link. There are also copies available to purchase in church.
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