All Saints Church, Oaksey

The Churchwarden 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 Priest in charge 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 the Oaksey Parish 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.

There is a Family Service in Oaksey on the 3rd Sunday of each month, 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 the Priest in charge (Phil Daniels) or the Curate (Sarah Wyman).

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.

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. Also, during the summer months from April to October, the Church is open on Saturdays from 10am to 4pm.

Priest in charge: Phil Daniels 01666 540140 email: Philjdaniels@talktalk.net

Churchwarden: Nick Mangnall 01666 577982 email: nick.mangnall@virgin.net

Church Administrator: Lorraine Mackie 01666 825019 email: admin@deanery.org.uk

PCC Secretary: Jerry Falkingham 01666 577956 email: j.falkingham@tesco.net

A Brief History of All Saints Church, Oaksey

The church at Oaksey is dedicated to All Saints and is though 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 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 though 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, Minety and Oaksey. 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,

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Parish Church News – July / August 2017

Services

 Morning Prayers will be held at Oaksey at 8.30am each day from Monday, 3 July to Thursday, 6 July.

July

See table below.

August

  • Matins, Sunday 6 August at 11am.
  • Family service, Sunday 20 August at 11am.
  • Holy Communion, Sunday 27 August at 11am.

Group Services (July & August)

  • Charlton, Sunday, 9 July at 10am.
  •  Crudwell, Sunday, 30 July at 10am.
  •  Hankerton, Sunday, 13 August at 10am.

 Sunday School

 You may not be aware, but we do run a Sunday School on the 3rd Sunday of each month for children aged 3 years and upwards at 10.30am and precedes the Family service at 11am.

The next two Sunday Schools will be on 16 July and 20 August.

So, why not give it a try?

All are very welcome to attend.

 Wall Painting

 The restoration & conservation of the 3rd middle wall painting has now been completed and is spectacular. All are encouraged to come & see the specialist work that has been carried out.

 Church Cleaning Day

The PCC would like to extend a huge thank you to all those who volunteered their time at the Church cleaning day last month. The attendance was disappointingly low, but a great deal was achieved and all involved were treated to a lunchtime barbecue and Pimms cocktails after their hard endeavours. Special thanks go to Kevin & Helen McKenna for again organising the barbecue and pudding treats. The event was a lovely community event and a chance to meet up with other people from the village. Both the interior of the Church and the grounds are now looking greatly spruced up thanks to your enormous efforts.

 Ride & Stride Event

 An advance notice that the annual Ride & Stride Event will be on Saturday, 9 September between 10am and 6pm.

This is a nationally sponsored event, organised locally by County Historic Churches Trusts. Wiltshire Ride & Stride has been going since 1984 and has raised well over £1 million for the county’s Churches. 50% of the money raised goes to the participant’s chosen Church and the other half to the County Historic Churches Trust.

Participants may be cyclists, walkers, horse-riders or drivers of mobility scooters.
All denominations are welcome.

Plan your own route and visit as many Churches as you like.

Anyone who is interested in taking part in the event, please contact Nick Mangnall on 01666 577982 or email: nickjmangnall@gmail.com

 Oaksey Lunch Club

The next lunch will be on Wednesday, 19 July at 1pm in the Rest at a cost of £4.00 per head. Unless you are known as a ‘regular’, please let Miriam (577689) know by Wednesday, 12 July if you are planning to come.

Please note there will be no lunch in August. The September lunch will be on the 20th.

Braydon Brook Group Church Services – July

2 July

Trinity 4

9 July

Trinity 5

16 July

Trinity 6

23 July

Trinity 7

30 July

Trinity 8

Ashley

 

Holy Communion (BCP) 8.30am

 

Evening Prayer 6pm

 

Morning Prayer 9.30am

 

 

Holy Communion

9.30am

 

 

 
Charlton

 

Family Service 9.30am

 

Group Communion 10am

 

Holy Communion

9.30am

 

Evensong 6pm*

 

 
Crudwell

 

Morning Worship  11am

 

No Service Holy

Communion 9.30am

 

 

All Age Worship 11am

 

 

 

Group Communion 10am

 

Hankerton

 

Holy Communion

9.30am

 

No Service Informal Worship

11am

 

No Service  
Minety

 

Open-air Festival Service and Communion

11am

 

 

Service of the Word 10am

 

Holy Communion (BCP) 8.30am

 

Service of the Word 10am

 

Service of the Word and baptism

10am

 

 

 
Oaksey

 

Matins

11am

 

No Service Family Service

11am

 

Holy Communion

11am

 

 

 

 

Parish Church News – June 2017

Services

 There will be a Group Holy Communion service at Ashley on Trinity Sunday, 11 June at 10am.

 Church Cleaning Day

 As previously advertised, this will be on Saturday, 3 June at 10am, followed by a lunchtime barbecue and Pimms cocktails at the back of the Church. This year, we will again be carrying out maintenance work outside the Church as well as in the Church. So, if you are able to help out, please bring along your gardening implements, such as pruning & lopping shears, wheelbarrows, petrol strimmers etc. Your continued efforts will be greatly appreciated by the P.C.C.

 Oaksey Lunch Club

The next lunch will be on Wednesday, 21 June at 1pm in the Rest at a cost of £4.00 per head. Unless you are known as a ‘regular’, please let Miriam (577689) know by Wednesday, 14 June if you are planning to come.

Braydon Brook Group Church services – June 2017

  4 June

Pentecost

11 June

Trinity Sunday

18 June

Trinity 1

25 June

Trinity 2

Ashley

 

Holy Communion (BCP) 8.30am

 

Group Communion 10am

 

Evening Prayer 6pm

 

Morning Prayer 9.30am

 

 

Holy Communion

9.30am

 

 

Charlton

 

Family Service 9.30am

 

No Service Holy Communion

9.30am

 

Patronal Evensong with Bristol Cathedral Choir  6pm

 

Crudwell

 

Morning Worship 11am No Service Holy

Communion 9.30am

 

 

All Age Worship 11am

 

 

 

Hankerton

 

Holy Communion

9.30am

 

No Service Informal Worship

11am

 

No Service
Minety

 

Holy Communion

11am

 

 

Service of the Word 10am

 

Holy Communion (BCP) 8.30am

 

Service of the Word 10am

Service of the Word

10am

 

 

Oaksey

 

Matins

11am

 

No Service Family Service

11am

 

Holy Communion

11am

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parish Church News – May 2017

Services

 There will be a Group Holy Communion service at Minety on Sunday, 14 May at 10am.

 Morning Prayer will be held at Oaksey at 8.30am each day from Monday, 22 May to Thursday, 25 May.

The Ascension Day service for the Braydon Brook Group will be held at Oaksey on Thursday, 25 May at 7.30pm.

Organist / Pianist

 We have been extremely fortunate over the past 5 years or so to have had the services of Liz Adey as our Organist at the Church. Some of you may know that Liz and her family are in the throes of moving to France, probably making the final move at some point next year. In the meantime, the family are spending more and more time in France making preparations for the move, which, sadly, means, that for the rest of this year, we will only have Liz as our Organist for May & December.

So, we are now actively seeking a replacement for Liz which will not be an easy task. So, if any Oaksey resident is a budding Organist / Pianist, we would love to hear from you. Indeed, you may know of someone who lives close by, not necessarily in Oaksey.

And the good news is that the Church will pay for those services. We are willing to pay £500.00 per annum, but this can be negotiated. In addition, we will pay £100.00 for playing at a wedding and £70.00 for a funeral.

If you are interested, or know of someone who may be interested, please give Nick Mangnall a ring on 01666 577982 or email: nickjmangnall@gmail.com

Good Friday Activities Event

A big thank you to everyone who helped at the Good Friday Activities Event. Without your help, this would not have been possible. Also, I would like to invite all the children to come along to our Oaksey Sunday School activity. It is held every 3rd Sunday at All Saints Church, Oaksey at 10.30am, followed by an informal Family service at 11am.

ALL FAMILIES ARE VERY WELCOME.

For more information, please telephone Helen on 577279.

Wall Painting

Throughout May, the conservation & preservation of the 15th Century middle wall painting on the South wall of the Church will be undertaken by the Perry Lithgow Partnership who are specialists in this field. The principal importance of this, as yet, unidentified subject matter, may lay in its association with the wall paintings either side which form a sort of triptych of large, monumental figures with Christ of the Trades to the left and St. Christopher with the Christ child to the right. One possible outcome is that the middle wall painting may prove to be a ‘Man of Sorrows’. If this is the case, this will be a rare surviving example of the subject and makes its connection with the adjacent Sunday Christ all the more important. These depictions of Christ were intended to give a vivid warning to those who worked on ‘days of obligation’ (attendance of Mass) that they were re-crucifying Christ by their actions. As such, they provide a fascinating insight into medieval life and the devotion associated with the imagery.

The work starts on Tuesday, 2nd May for 4 weeks. If you would like to pop into the Church throughout May, on weekdays only, to check on progress, you will be made very welcome.

Christian Aid Week (14 to 20 May)

As in previous years, each copy of this edition of Oaksey Village News contains a Christian Aid envelope for donations to be made. If you would like to make a donation, please drop your envelope into the collecting box at the Village Shop and, if applicable, please complete the Gift Aid section of the envelope. This will allow Christian Aid to claim an extra 25% on top of your donation.

Church Cleaning Day

 A further reminder that this will be on Saturday, 3 June at 10am, followed by a lunchtime barbecue and Pimms cocktails at the back of the Church. This year, we will again be carrying out maintenance work outside the Church as well as in the Church, so, if you are able to help out, please bring along your gardening implements, such as pruning & lopping shears, wheelbarrows, petrol strimmers etc. Your continued efforts will be greatly appreciated by the P.C.C.

 Oaksey Lunch Club

The next lunch will be on Wednesday, 17 May at 1pm in the Rest at a cost of £4.00 per head. Unless you are known as a ‘regular’, please let Miriam (577689) know by Wednesday, 10 May if you are planning to come.

Braydon Brook Group Church services – May 2017

  7 May

Easter 4

14 May

Easter 5

21 May

Easter 6

28 May

Easter 7

Ashley

 

Holy Communion (BCP) 8.30am

 

Evening Prayer 6pm

 

 

Morning Prayer 9.30am

 

 

Holy Communion

9.30am

 

 

Charlton

 

Family Service 9.30am

 

No Service Evensong 6pm

 

Holy Communion

9.30am

 

Crudwell

 

Morning Worship  11am

 

No Service Holy

Communion 9.30am

 

 

All Age Worship 11am

and baptism

 

 

 

Hankerton

 

Holy Communion

9.30am

 

No Service Informal Worship

11am

 

No Service
Minety

 

Holy Communion

11am

 

 

Group Communion 10am

 

 

Holy Communion (BCP) 8.30am

 

Service of the Word 10am

 

Service of the Word

10am

 

 

Oaksey

 

Matins

11am

 

No Service Family Service

11am

 

Holy Communion

11am

(Baptism at end of service)

 

Parish Church News – April 2017

Services

1) There will be a Group Holy Communion service at Charlton on Palm Sunday, 9 April at 10am.

2) Morning Prayer will be held at Oaksey at 8.30am each day from Monday, 10 April to Thursday, 13 April.

3) On Good Friday, 14 April, members of the PCC are holding a Family Craft Activities session at Oaksey at 10.30am.

4) Easter Sunday Holy Communion service at Oaksey on 16 April at 11am.

5) Holy Communion service at Oaksey on 23 April at 11am.

6) There will be a Group Holy Communion service at Hankerton on Sunday, 30 April at 10am.

Church Cleaning Day

A note for your diaries: This will take place on Saturday, 3 June at 10am, followed by a lunchtime barbecue at the back of the Church.

Manning the Church

The Church is now open on Saturdays from 25 March until 30 September inclusive. There are 2 hour slots available on various Saturdays to greet visitors to our Church, so, if you are able to volunteer, please let Miriam know on 577689. For anyone who hasn’t done this before, we can provide guidance and help on interesting features of the Church, so do please join us in looking after our visitors once again this year.

Oaksey Lunch Club

The next lunch will be on Wednesday, 19 April at 1pm in the Rest at a cost of £4.00 per head. Unless you are known as a ‘regular’, please let Miriam (577689) know by Wednesday, 12 April if you are planning to come.

All Saints Church Oaksey Flower Festival – September 2016

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.

Enjoy!!

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All Saints Church Oaksey, People & Community

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.