All Saints Church, Oaksey
All Saints Church, Oaksey, is one of 6 Churches in a group known as the Braydon Brook Benefice, with a Rector, an associate Minister and 3 Lay Ministers. The other 5 Churches are located in the nearby villages of Ashley, Charlton, Crudwell, Hankerton and Minety. There is a C of E school in Oaksey.
Our Church and People
On the whole, our congregation consists of older, retired members of the community and, as a result, attendance is a particular area of concern. We are a caring, welcoming, committed community. The Parochial Church Council (PCC) is experienced and pro-active. Finances are on a sound basis. Services are held on the first, third and fourth Sundays of every month with a Benefice group service held on the second Sunday. Details of all services are displayed on the Church Noticeboard and in Oaksey Village News.
Our Church of All Saints
All Saints was built in the middle of the 13th Century within an enclosed graveyard and is in a conservation area. The building is Grade 1 listed. The architecture is Early English and Perpendicular in style. Prominent features include 3 early 15th Century wall paintings depicting Christ of the Trades, St. Christopher and the Sunday Christ, a 15th Century stained glass window beside the Pulpit.
The large Victorian stained-glass East window was made by the renowned William Warrington.
Located on the outside North wall is a Sheela-na-gig, a pagan fertility symbol.
In recent years, many improvements have been made including a new heating boiler, an overhaul of the organ, landscaping of the graveyard, a new sound system and induction loop, lime-washing of the chancel and belfry, new LED lighting throughout the Church and a re-surfaced church path with new gates.
The Church bells are regularly rung by groups from all over the country.
The Church is a haven of peace and tranquillity and attracts visitors from all over the world.
Safeguarding Policy for Children and Vulnerable Adults
We are committed to:
- the care, nurture of, and respectful pastoral ministry with all adults and children.
- the safeguarding and protection of all children, young people and adults when they are vulnerable.
- the establishment of safe, caring communities which provide a loving environment, where there is a culture of ‘informed vigilance’ as to the dangers of abuse.
- ensure that all those with any responsibility within the Church are subject to Disclosure and Barring Service checks and that they receive appropriate safeguarding training.
- respond without delay to every concern raised which suggests that an adult, child or young person may have been harmed, co-operating with the police and local authority in any investigation.
- seek to work with anyone who has suffered abuse, developing with him, or her, an appropriate ministry of informed pastoral care.
- seek to challenge any abuse of power, especially by anyone in a position of trust.
- seek to offer pastoral care and support, including supervision and referral to the proper authorities, to any member of our church community known to have offended against a child, young person or vulnerable adult.
In all these principles, we will follow legislation, guidance and recognised good practice.
Our Parish Safeguarding Officer is Nick Mangnall: Tel. No. 01666 577982
Our Diocesan Advisor is Adam Bond: Tel. No. 0117 906 0100
Please contact Nick or Adam if you have any concerns relating to child or vulnerable adult protection.
A copy of the Oaksey Safeguarding Policy can also be viewed on the Church Noticeboard in the North porch.
Signed on behalf of Oaksey Parochial Church Council.
Colonel Nicholas Mangnall
Date: 12 April 2018 Review Date: 12 April 2021
The Churchwardens can be approached on any matters to do with the Church or Churchyard, as can any member of the Parochial Church Council which meets quarterly in January, April, July & October. The Rector of All Saints is also responsible for the parish Churches in Ashley, Crudwell, Hankerton, Charlton and Minety. Collectively, the six Churches are known as the Braydon Brook Group of Churches.
Church service times can be found on the Noticeboard in front of the Church and in Oaksey Village News.
Newcomers can be sure of a warm welcome.
On the 1st Sunday of each month, there is a Matins service at 11am taken by Martin Green.
On the 2nd Sunday of each month, there is a Group service at 10am in rotation with the other 5 Churches in the Benefice.
On the 3rd Sunday, there is a Family Service at 11am, which is a short service that is specially designed for young children and their parents. This is preceded, half an hour earlier, by Sunday School.
On the 4th Sunday of each month, there is a Holy Communion service at 11am taken by our Associate Minister, Sarah Wyman.
On the 5th Sunday of each month, there is a Group service in rotation with the other 5 Churches in the Benefice.
Other special services are held throughout the Church calendar year, including Easter Sunday, Harvest Festival and Christmas services including the Carols by Candlelight service, Christingle service, Nativity service and Holy Communion service on Christmas day.
Other activities connected with the Church are the choir, bell-ringing and flower arranging groups.
A rota is maintained for Church cleaning and maintenance of the churchyard. If anyone is interested in these activities, please contact the Churchwarden – details below.
Unfortunately, owing to break ins over the years, the Church is generally kept locked, but arrangements can be made with the Churchwarden for anyone who would like to have a look around our beautiful Grade 1 listed Church.
In 2020, the Church is open on Saturdays from 21st March to 10th October inclusive, from 10am to 4pm.
Rector: The Revd. Tonya Nixon 01666 575216 email: email@example.com
Churchwarden: Col. Nick Mangnall 01666 577982 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Churchwarden: Kevin McKenna 01666 577279 email: email@example.com
Church Administrator: Alison Withers 01666 825019 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
PCC Secretary: Jerry Falkingham 01666 577956 email: email@example.com
PCC Members / Responsibilities 2020-2021
COLONEL N. J. MANGNALL – CHURCHWARDEN, LAY CHAIRMAN, MINUTES SECRETARY, SACRISTAN, FIRE OFFICER, SAFEGUARDING OFFICER.
MR. K. McKENNA – CHURCHWARDEN, SACRISTAN.
MR. J. FALKINGHAM – PCC SECRETARY, SACRISTAN.
MS. J. PAYNE – TREASURER.
MRS. J. NEILSON – GIFT AID SECRETARY.
MRS. H. McKENNA – CHILD PROTECTION OFFICER, FAMILY SERVICE, SUNDAY SCHOOL.
MRS. C. GRAHAM – SUNDAY SCHOOL.
MS. C. BURNABY-ATKINS – SCHOOL FOUNDATION GOVERNOR.
MR. M. MARTIN – PCC MEMBER.
MRS. C. WOODWARD – PCC MEMBER.
MRS. K. GAGE – PCC MEMBER.
MRS. M. SIMPSON-MORAN – PCC MEMBER.
MR. P. GAGE – AUDITOR.
SIDESMEN: MR. N. BOULTON, MR. M. MARTIN, MR. P. CRAWFORD, MR. N. NICHOLLS, MRS. J. NEILSON, MRS. C. WOODWARD, MR. N. WEATHERLEY, MR. J. FALKINGHAM.
A Brief History of All Saints Church, Oaksey
The Church at Oaksey is dedicated to All Saints and is thought to have been built in the mid 13th century (maybe even the 12th century) and was restored in the 14th and 15th centuries. The name All Saints seems to have first appeared in 1763. It is a Grade I listed building.
The 13th century elements of the Church can be seen in the south porch, the chancel and in the tower. At the end of the 14th century, the north wall of the nave was rebuilt and a niche was added over the doorway to hold figurines of the Virgin and Child. In the south wall there are the remains of a spiral staircase which would have given access to a rood loft. The Church is built mainly from ashlar. The clock was built at the end of the 19th century and is thought to have been installed in tribute to a former Rector who died in 1882. A peal of six bells was installed at the Church in 1773. They were made by Thomas Rudhall of Gloucester.
The Church registers exist from 1670 and the first entry reads: “William Dick was buryed (sic) Oct 2”. The marriage records show the first was on 19 February 1671 and reads: “Thomas Marshall and Anne Godwyn were Maryed (sic) Feb 19”. Interestingly, marriages were not numerous, with an average of one or two per year. The number of burials fluctuates a lot as well; in 1683 only one was recorded, but in 1695 there were 18.
One of the Humphrey de Bohuns of the 12th century gave the Church and its tithes to Monkton Farleigh priory. Rectors came from the priory to Oaksey up until the Dissolution. In 1304, parishioners from Minety attended All Saints while St. Leonard’s at Minety was under an interdict (a penalty from the church).
Some large wall murals were uncovered at the Church in 1933 and these date back to the 15th century. The most notable mural is of St. Christopher carrying a baby Jesus across a stream. There is also a suitably placed mermaid in the water. The other recognisable image in the murals is Christ of the Trades; an image of Christ surrounded by tools and implements. This mural is less well preserved than St. Christopher and was damaged in attempts to preserve it.
There are many stone gargoyles on the outside of the Church as well as a famous and explicit example of a sheila-na-gig, a carved fertility symbol. In her village diary Elspeth Huxley wrote: “Entry through the south door, while it lasted, spared Mrs. Martin’s bevy of domestics the sight of the Sheila-na-gig set in the north wall, which might have kindled wicked thoughts.”
The living at the Church was a Rectory further east down Somerford Keynes Road, but in 1956 it was united with the rectory at Minety. The Rectory building was rebuilt in the 18th century as a two storeyed stone house. It was altered again in the 19th century. Now, the Rector in Oaksey also covers the parishes of Ashley, Crudwell, Charlton, Hankerton and Minety. These are classified under the Braydon Brook Benefice and the North Wiltshire Deanery.
The parish registers from 1670 (christenings and burials) and 1671 (marriages), other than those in current use, are held in the Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre at Chippenham.
Please note that, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, all Church services here in Oaksey and in the other 5 Churches in the Braydon Brook Benefice have been cancelled until further notice. For the time being, we have also cancelled:
- all of the scheduled Church Open Days on Saturdays until further notice.
In case of need, our Rector, the Revd. Tonya Nixon can be contacted via email at:
or by telephone on:
As this is a double issue of Oaksey Village News i.e. July & August, it is possible that very limited Church services may be resumed at some point during this period. Should this be the case, then details will be posted on the Church Noticeboard and notified to you via the Oaksey Buzz.
Greetings from Revd. Tonya
We are in the process of opening up the churches within the Braydon Brook Benefice. This is such good news.
Behind the scenes we are writing Risk Assessments whilst gaining agreement from all the members of the PCC. We’re cleaning and moving items in the churches, so that when we open, all will be safe. We have purchased hand sanitiser, paper towels, disposal gloves, my list could go on and on.
Our aim is to have each church open for:
Private Prayer every Sunday from 2.30pm – 3.30pm, commencing 21st June 2020.
The church will look different. Areas will be roped off, toilet and kitchen facilities (for those churches which have them) will be closed and chairs and books removed. There will be no flowers in church. Doors will be opened to avoid handles and sanitiser will be available. Only 6 people will be allowed in at once, thus maintaining social distancing.
If anyone would like to help us as we prepare and maintain, please make contact with the Church Warden or Revd. Tonya on 01666 575216.
This pandemic and the experience of Lockdown have been very painful for so many people. Our churches, when open, will be able to offer a space where we can pray, ponder and just be. Our churches are there for those who have missed the stillness and peace which these buildings can give us. I am delighted that we can soon be open once again and can serve you, the people who live in these beautiful villages. So, come and pray, if you feel able, for yourself and those you love, for our society in a time of difficulty and for those on the front line or grieving.
For those who are unable to visit in person, Braydon Brook Benefice will continue to have regular services on Zoom and YouTube and the weekly Quiz remains.
For more information on what is happening visit: http://www.braydonbrook.co.uk/
Your local church, a house of hope, a house of prayer. Come and be.
Please note that, due to the Coronavirus pandemic, all Church services here in Oaksey and in the other 5 Churches in the Braydon Brook Benefice have been cancelled until further notice. For the time being, we have also cancelled:
- all of the scheduled Church Open Days until further notice.
In case of need, our Rector, Revd. Tonya Nixon can be contacted via email:
or by telephone on:
Greetings from Revd. Tonya
It feels like this phrase has been with us forever. For me this unusual time is full of struggles and challenges, good days and less easy days and a time of reflection and hope.
At the time of writing, it was a great day, full of encounters, birds, deer’s, hedgehogs visiting the garden, sun shining warm on my face. Pure moments of joy! Today, on a brief walk out, with the threat of rain and strong winds blowing around me, I saw my first swallows of the season. A sense of the familiar returned. Maybe it’s a sign of the things to come. Life returning to a new kind of normal perhaps?
such beauty here in rural Wiltshire means for me it is hard to reconcile these
joyful days of spring, with the hugely challenging and sorrowful time many
people are experiencing. I find myself saying to God, ‘What is all this
about?’, ‘What are you calling us to learn?’
The Queen, on VE Day, spoke of hope, of never despairing and never giving up and I guess that is what we must cling to at the moment. As humans we do adapt, we do reinvent and invent. Over these past seven weeks, we have seen new hospitals built, we have seen companies helping for the common good and we have had to find new ways of working…there is so much that we have done. Out of the chaos, so much good can be seen.
For Braydon Brook Benefice, lockdown has meant that a new church has had to be grown. We have had to become more flexible. Through the use of technology your church has reached out (Thank God for Zoom!). Some examples are – daily contact with our schools; the offering of worship together three times a week; a weekly fun quiz; and fundraising for other charities. For more information, why not check out the website: www.braydonbrook.co.uk
have mourned with those who are bereaved, we have journeyed with those who
weddings have needed to be cancelled and we have spoken with those who might be
in need. We have sent church services and thoughts of the day to those who
do not have access to the internet and we have spoken to many, who we felt
might be in need of someone to say ‘hello’. If you know of anyone who would
welcome a call from myself or a member of the team, let me know. Email:
firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Know that your church hasn’t gone, hasn’t disappeared, its doors may be locked, but there is still much going on.
As Jesus said to us, I say to you – [Why not] come & look?
With every blessing Revd. Tonya
All Saints Church, Oaksey – Churchyard Regulations 2019
As All Saints Church Oaksey is a Cotswold church and a Grade 1 listed building, the following restrictions apply to monuments erected in the churchyard. These restrictions are tighter than the Diocesan regulations and are in addition to them. Click on the link below for full details of these regulations.
The monument is to be in one of the following materials:
– English limestone
– Portland stone
– Purbeck stone
– Nebresina (Roman stone) or stone of the above type and of a Cotswold colour
– English oak
Design of Memorial
The Diocesan regulations apply with the further restriction that the headstone should be plain with a simple curved top. It may have a plain cross engraved on it. Any base should be rectangular. An alternative to the above is a simple cross, or a horizontal tablet let into the ground.
No insert or component of metal, plastic or other material is permitted apart from lead filling of lettering. No painting or colouring is permitted apart from lettering (or the engraved cross if applicable) where the paint used should only lightly contrast with the stone.
No plastic or artificial flowers, or any other unsuitable adornments are permitted to be placed at, on, or near, both existing and new graves/ headstones.
Disposal of surplus material
In excavating a grave, all surplus material must be removed from the churchyard.
Mr. J. Falkingham
Updated 18th February 2019
DATA PRIVACY NOTICE
The Parochial Church Council (PCC) of All Saints, Oaksey.
1. Your personal data – what is it? Personal data relates to a living individual who can be identified from that data. Identification can be by the information alone or in conjunction with any other information in the data controller’s possession or likely to come into such possession. The processing of personal data is governed by the General Data Protection Regulation (the “GDPR”).
2. Who are we? The PCC of All Saints, Oaksey is the data controller (contact details below). This means it decides how your personal data is processed and for what purposes.
3. How do we process your personal data? The PCC of All Saints, Oaksey complies with its obligations under the “GDPR” by keeping personal data up to date; by storing and destroying it securely; by not collecting or retaining excessive amounts of data; by protecting personal data from loss, misuse, unauthorised access and disclosure and by ensuring that appropriate technical measures are in place to protect personal data.
We use your personal data for the following purposes: – To enable us to provide a voluntary service for the benefit of the public in a particular geographical area as specified in our constitution; To administer membership records; To fundraise and promote the interests of the charity; To manage our employees and volunteers; To maintain our own accounts and records (including the processing of gift aid applications); To inform you of news, events, activities and services running at All Saints, Oaksey ; To share your contact details with the Diocesan office so they can keep you informed about news in the diocese and events, activities and services that will be occurring in the diocese and in which you may be interested.
4. What is the legal basis for processing your personal data? Explicit consent of the data subject so that we can keep you informed about news, events, activities and services and process your gift aid donations and keep you informed about diocesan events. Processing is necessary for carrying out obligations under employment, social security or social protection law, or a collective agreement; Processing is carried out by a not-for-profit body with a political, philosophical, religious or trade union aim provided: – the processing relates only to members or former members (or those who have regular contact with it in connection with those purposes); and there is no disclosure to a third party without consent.
5. Sharing your personal data. Your personal data will be treated as strictly confidential and will only be shared with other members of the church in order to carry out a service to other church members or for purposes connected with the church. We will only share your data with third parties outside of the parish with your consent.
6. How long do we keep your personal data? We keep data in accordance with the guidance set out in the guide “Keep or Bin: Care of Your Parish Records” which is available from the Church of England website [see footnote for link].
Specifically, we retain electoral roll data while it is still current; gift aid declarations and associated paperwork for up to 6 years after the calendar year to which they relate; and parish registers (baptisms, marriages, funerals) permanently.
7. Your rights and your personal data. Unless subject to an exemption under the GDPR, you have the following rights with respect to your personal data: – The right to request a copy of your personal data which the PCC of All Saints, Oaksey holds about you; The right to request that the PCC of All Saints, Oaksey corrects any personal data if it is found to be inaccurate or out of date; The right to request your personal data is erased where it is no longer necessary for the PCC of All Saints, Oaksey to retain such data; The right to withdraw your consent to the processing at any time. The right to request that the data controller provide the data subject with his/her personal data and where possible, to transmit that data directly to another data controller, (known as the right to data portability), (where applicable) [Only applies where the processing is based on consent or is necessary for the performance of a contract with the data subject and in either case the data controller processes the data by automated means]. The right, where there is a dispute in relation to the accuracy or processing of your personal data, to request a restriction is placed on further processing; The right to object to the processing of personal data, (where applicable) [Only applies where processing is based on legitimate interests (or the performance of a task in the public interest/exercise of official authority); direct marketing and processing for the purposes of scientific/historical research and statistics]. The right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioners Office.
8. Further processing. If we wish to use your personal data for a new purpose, not covered by this Data Protection Notice, then we will provide you with a new notice explaining this new use prior to commencing the processing and setting out the relevant purposes and processing conditions. Where and whenever necessary, we will seek your prior consent to the new processing.
9. Contact Details
To exercise all relevant rights, queries of complaints please in the first instance contact the PCC Chairman at Rose Cottage, Oaksey, SN16 9TF. Tel: 01666 577982.
You can contact the Information Commissioners Office (https://ico.org.uk/) on 0303 123 1113 or at the Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire. SK9 5AF. Details about retention periods can currently be found in the Record Management Guides located on the Church of England website at: –
Here are the wonderful photographs of the Flower Festival which took place over the weekend of 16th, 17th & 18th September 2016.
The Flower Festival would not have been achieved without the input of Oaksey residents, the Church flower arranging team and, of course, the flower arrangers from the North Wiltshire Villages Flower Club. Grateful thanks go to all of these individuals and everyone else who helped make the Festival such a resounding success.
Grateful thanks also go to professional photographer James Meakin (Minety Lane, Oaksey) who took these amazing photographs.
Oaksey has a population of 500 and circa. 120 properties. Our wide and varied community ranges from retired, commuters, long standing families, self employed, young families with an underlying agricultural theme to the area. The village has a community run village shop with a Post Office, a village pub and a 9 nine hole Golf course. Community services include a Village Hall, Sports Pavilion and Youth Club. There are four thriving football teams and a very successful cricket team.
The Church of England village School has 76 children on its roll, of which a third live in the Parish. It regularly receives excellent OFSTED reports and has a strong PTA. Local voluntary organisations include the W.I., History Society, Art Group, Mother & Toddler Group, monthly Lunch Club, Bible Group & Mothers’ Union. The Parish Council has set up PHEW (Participation, Health, Exercise & Well being) to promote physical activity in the community for all ages. Our village is renowned locally for its strong sense of community.
Our Church and People
- Our congregation tends to consist of older members of the Community and we continually strive to increase our attendance, with particular emphasis on young people. Sunday school activity is on the increase.
- We are a caring, welcoming, committed Community. The PCC is experienced and pro-active.
- We have our own Organist and are in the process of re-building our village Choir.
Our Church and Community
- Our Church is viewed as the centre of the Community and is well supported by the Parish Council. Connections between the School and the Church are excellent.
- The School has full use of the Church for Services such as Harvest Festival, Christmas Services and end of term Services which are always very well attended, including parents.
- The majority of our Church community is involved in all village activities and bridge the gap as pastoral carers.
Our Church of All Saints
- All Saints was built circa. 1250 within an enclosed graveyard and is in a Conservation Area. The Architecture is Early English & Perpendicular in style. It contains early 15th Century wall paintings of Christ of the Trades & St. Christopher. It has several Victorian features including the East stained glass window.
- In recent years, many improvements have been made to the Church including a new heating boiler, an overhaul of the organ, the clearance of the graveyard, a new sound system & induction loop, the lime washing of the Chancel, a re-surfaced Church path & a food preparation area.
- The Church bells are regularly used by groups throughout the Diocesan area & further afield.
- Open on Saturdays during the summer months, it is a haven of peace and tranquillity and attracts visitors from all over the World.