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: Our plans for events during 2021 have been made but are of course subject to change should restrictions with regard to socialising and meeting inside be re-imposed.
11th July - VILLAGE SHOW DAY We had good weather and a good turnout - a good afternoon out for all
September - We are hoping to arrange a circular guided/informative walk starting and returning to the church where refreshments will be available at the end of the walk
9th October - We will be holding our popular QUIZ at the Ellesmere Centre
11th December - Christmas tree festival at the church
Cambridgeshire Churchyard Conservation Award Scheme: We have just applied for an award under this scheme. This will involve cutting the churchyard in a certain way, leaving some areas, providing a compost heap, log/brushwood piles for the use of wildlife - which we already do and also preparing a plan of the churchyard, marking the trees and shrubs and areas of regular cuts/no cuts etc. the Cub Scouts have made and installed a bug hotel. Unstable gravestones: To comply with Health and Safety Regulations, The PCC has now had the older unstable stones (where no relations are now available to tend to them) repaired and stabilised. Thank you to those families who looked after their own family stones. The PCC carries out an annual check on all gravestones. If you are tending a grave please check it from time to time and ensure that it does not develop a 'wobble'. In the closed churchyard, the Parish Council has had unstable gravestone stabilised and some that had been leaning at an angle have been straightened up.
Adopt-a-grave On the same theme, PCC members wondered whether there is anyone in the village with a bit of spare time who might like to look after some of the older graves that have kerbs around and are no longer tended. The surrounding area can be mown but the area within the kerb has to be strimmed or cut with shears separately
Some additional village links which might interest you:
Christmas Tree Festival and BEM Presentation Thank you to everyone that supported this event - it was amazing to see so many people there to support and honour Lily's achievement - some photos below and more on our gallery pages: