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 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 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.
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. Also, during the summer months from April to October, the Church is open on Saturdays from 10am to 4pm.
Rector: Vacant at present.
Churchwarden: Nick Mangnall 01666 577982 email: email@example.com
Church Administrator: Lorraine Mackie 01666 825019 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
PCC Secretary: Jerry Falkingham 01666 577956 email: email@example.com
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,
All Saints Church, Oaksey – Churchyard Regulations 2018
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
– Nabresina (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 16th July 2018
See table below.
Matins service, Sunday 5th August at 11am.
Family service, Sunday 19th August at 11am.
Holy Communion service, Sunday 26th August at 11am.
Group Services (July / August)
Hankerton, Sunday 8th July at 10am.
Minety, Sunday 29th July at 10am.
Oaksey, Sunday 12th August at 10am.
The next two Sunday Schools will be held on Sunday, 15th July and 19th August at 10.30am for all children aged 3 years and upwards, followed by the Family service at 11am.
All are very welcome to attend.
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. 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, 8th 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 Kevin McKennna on 01666 577279 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Following the great success of Pet services held in recent years, there will be another one on Sunday, 16th September at 11am. Please make a note in your diaries.
Everyone is welcome to bring along their furry, feathery or wriggly pets, both big and small, to the Church. This will be another lovely occasion to get together and a time for saying prayers for our very special friends.
The service will be followed by a ‘Bring & Share Picnic’, either inside or outside of the Church, depending on the weather.
Oaksey Lunch Club
The next lunch will be on Wednesday, 18th 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, 11th July if you are planning to come.
Please note there will be no lunch in August. The September lunch will be on the 19th.
Braydon Brook Group Church services – July 2018
St. Mary Magdalene
|HC (BCP) 8.30am
|Evening Prayer 6pm
|Morning Prayer 9.30am
|Family Service 9.30am
|No Service||Evensong 6pm
|Morning Worship 11am
|No Service||Strawberry Fair
Service on the Green
|All Age Worship 11am
|Benefice Communion 10am
|No Service||No Service|
|9:30 Service at
|Service of the Word
|HC (BCP) 8.30am
Service of the Word 10am
|Service of the Word
|Benefice Communion 10am
|No Service||Family Service 11am
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 on 0303 123 1113 or via email https://ico.org.uk/global/contact-us/email/ 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: – https://www.churchofengland.org/aboutus/structure/churchcommissioners/administration/librariesandarchives/recordsmanagementguides.aspx
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.