Churches

Church Services

There are three churches in our area:

  • St Mary’s in Hawridge — Victorian brick interior and Norman Font. St Mary’s Parish Church is a little flint-and-brick building rebuilt in 1856. It has a Norman font preserved from the earlier building. There is a stained glass window by Tony Griffen, a village artist with international fame.

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  • St Laurence in Cholesbury — Flint built church in Iron Age Fort. The 900 year old church of St Laurence has an early English south doorway, where medieval weddings were performed in full view of passers-by. It also has an 18th century bell turret and saddleback roof.

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  • St Leonard’s in St Leonards — Whitewashed church and with modern churchroom. The parish church of St Leonards was erected in the 15th century on the site of a cell of Missenden Abbey. It was rebuilt by General Cornelius Wood in Queen Victoria’s reign. Restored in 1845. It contains two 18th century wall monuments carved in chalk. The bell in the spired bell turret records “chandler made me 1702“.

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They are in the Hill Top Parishes united benefice. Our Rector, Rev David Burgess, lives at The Lee which is the fourth parish in the benefice. Contact David on 01494 837315 or d.burgess@clara.net.

Services

The three churches hold individual services and also share services on the third and fifth Sundays of the month. Occasions such as the Good Friday “Walk of Witness” and Ascension Day are also shared but before Christmas each church has individual Carol celebrations with packed churches.

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Easter Walk of Witness

Family and Children

The churches welcome children with Family services and Sunday School. The pattern of services changes for Mothers’ Day, a Pets Service, Christingle, Shoebox Sunday and Christmas and Easter Praise events. Baptisms are often held at regular service times.

At St Leonards, there is a monthly Breakfast Service which is very well supported.

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Christening
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Shoebox service

Social Occasions

Cholesbury and Hawridge share an annual Fete on August Bank Holiday Monday. The three churches hold Harvest Festivals with Supper and Auction. During the year we hold Concerts, Quizzes, Cream teas and Visits to raise funds.

The newly built Churchroom at St Leonards is used for a range of church and village events. There is a monthly Tea Party and occasional films; the Toddlers meet regularly and the churchroom is the venue for the Breakfast service and children’s events. Occasional Deanery events come to St Leonards and our Rector is based here for church business.

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The famous pets service

Refer to your copy of the Hilltop News for details of when and where the services take place.