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:
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. This will be at 7.00 pm - first question at 7.30 pm. Teams of up to six people - the cost is £10 per person which includes a two course home cooked meal. There will be a bar and a raffle. To enter a team call Lily Whymer on 01638 507576 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
11th November - Remembrance Day service - This will be at Stetchworth beginning at the War Memorial at 10.45 am
8 December Christmas Tree Festival and Presentation Join us for our Christmas Tree Festival, featuring Christmas Trees decorated by local community groups and local choirs. We have an extra special visitor at 3pm - Lord Lieut. Julie Spencer who will be presenting our very own Lily Whymer with her British Empire Medal for service to our community.
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. As it is now three months since we published this notice, the PPC will now have no choice but to decide what to do with these grave stones. If you know of family members of any of the marked graves, please let Lily Whymer know urgently so that the PCC can contact them. The names on the gravestones are as follows:
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
As there has not been any contact with regard to the above gravestones, the PCC are now considering how best to deal with this. It is hoped that the stones will be able to remain in place but much will depend upon the practicality of repairing them.
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: