Earliest records of our Church date from the thirteenth Century. The Chancel is from this period; the tower, chancel arches, and the nave of four bays are from the fourteenth Century. The tower was rebuilt or altered in the fifteenth Century and the font dates from the sixteenth Century so we are a mix of different Centuries!
Our Church seats approximately 200 in the nave with additional seating in the choir stalls and we are one of the larger churches in the group. We had major works in 2014/2015 including electrical and improvements on our heating.
We have a regular Communion service at 9.00 am on the second Sunday of each month and an Evensong on the fourth Sunday of each month - this is at 6.00 pm in Summer time and moves to 3.00 pm over the Winter. Like other parishes, we also have special services at different times in the Church calendar. You are welcome to any of our services and we would love to see you.
Coming up at Stetchworth:
23 September Baby Loss Memorial Service 6pm Remembering our babies lost during pregnancy or early birth, recently or 80 years ago, following miscarriage, abortion, or still birth - join us for this reflective service.
20 October Quiz We are holding a quiz at the Ellesmere Centre to fund raise for the on-going mission and up keep of the Church. Enter a team or we can put teams together for individuals wanting to join. More details closer to the time!
Appeal for information - Unstable Gravestones (Churchyard Extension - opposite side of the road to the Church) Upon carrying a regular check of gravestones we have noted that there are several stones which are unstable. These need to be professionally stabilised or laid flat. Notices have been affixed to the unstable stones to alert those tending the graves. In the majority of cases we are not aware of names and addresses of next of kin – some of the stones are quite old and untended and it may be that next of kin no longer exist.
If they have not been stabilised within the next three months the PCC will have no choice but to lay them flat but do not wish to do so, perhaps upsetting relatives, unless necessary. If you know of family members of any of the marked graves, please let Lily Whymer know so that the PCC can contact them. Some families have already been in touch and/or already repaired their gravestones - I have removed them from the list. Relatives of those listed below are still to make contact:
Margaret and Jack Turner, Phyllis Mary Marshall and Reginald George Marshall, Vera Elizabeth Mickleburgh, Edith May Gorham (or Corham) Rebecca Woollard and John Woollard, Frederick Fuller and Fanny Elizabeth Fuller David William Claydon and Alice Maud Claydon, John Albert Bushnell and Jessie Bushnell Eliza Grainger and Edward Grainger
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