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 – November 2017

 Services

 The Royal British Legion Remembrance service will be held at Oaksey on 12th November at 3pm.

 Sunday School

 This will be held on Sunday, 19th November at 10.30am for all children aged 3 years and upwards, followed by the Family service at 11am.

All are very welcome to attend.

 Manning the Church

The PCC would like to, once again, extend their grateful thanks to all of you who gave up your time to sit in the Church over the past six months, during which time, many visitors have been greeted by you and have expressed their delight at their reception and the beauty and peacefulness of the Church. Your efforts are very much appreciated by the PCC.

 Oaksey Lunch Club

The next lunch will be on Wednesday, 15 November 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, 8 November if you are planning to come.

Braydon Brook Group Church services – November 2017

  5th November

All Saints

12th November

Remembrance Sunday

19th November

2nd Sunday before Advent

26th November Christ the King
Ashley

 

Holy Communion (BCP) 8.30am

 

No Service Morning Prayer

9:30am

 

 

Holy Communion

9.30am

 

 

Charlton

 

Family Service 9.30am

 

Holy Communion 9.30am followed by Remembrance

 

 

Bell Ringers Service 6pm

 

Holy Communion

9.30am

 

Crudwell

 

Morning Worship 11am

 

Remembrance Service10.50am

 

Holy

Communion

9.30am

 

 

All Age Worship

11am

 

 

 

Hankerton

 

Holy Communion

9.30am

 

No Service Informal Worship

11am

 

No Service
Minety

 

Holy Communion

11am

 

Remembrance Service 10.50am

 

 

Holy Communion (BCP) 8.30am

 

Service of the Word

10am

 

Service of the Word

10am

 

 

 

Oaksey

 

Matins

11am

 

British Legion

Remembrance Service 3pm

 

Family Service

11am

 

Holy Communion

11am

 

Parish Church News – October 2017

Services

 The Oaksey Harvest Festival service will be held on Sunday, 1st October at 11am.

 There will be a Group Holy Communion service at Oaksey on Sunday, 8th October at 10am.

 There will be a Group Holy Communion service at Ashley on Sunday, 29th October at 10am.

 Sunday School

 This will be held on Sunday, 15th October at 10.30am for all children aged 3 years and upwards, followed by the Family service at 11am.

All are very welcome to attend.

Dates for your Diary

 Nativity service – Sunday, 10th December @ 11am.

Carols by Candlelight service – Saturday, 16th December @ 5pm.

 Christmas Day service – Monday, 25th December @ 11am.

Oaksey Lunch Club

The next lunch will be on Wednesday, 18th October 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 October if you are planning to come.

Braydon Brook Group Church services – October 2017

  1 Oct

Trinity 16

8 Oct

Trinity 17

 

15 Oct

Trinity 18

22 Oct

Trinity 19

29 Oct

Last after Trinity

Bible Sunday

Ashley

 

Holy Communion (BCP) 8.30am

 

 

Evening Prayer 6pm

 

Harvest Service 11am

 

 

Holy Communion

9.30am

 

Group Communion 10am

 

 

Charlton

 

Family Harvest Festival 9.30am

 

No Service

 

Evensong 6pm

 

Holy

Communion 9.30am

 

No Service

 

Crudwell

 

Morning Worship

11am

 

 

Harvest Service 6pm

 

 

Holy

Communion 9.30am

 

 

All Age Worship

And baptism (Kinch) 11am

 

 

 

Thanksgiving and Remembrance Service

6pm

 

Hankerton

 

Harvest Communion

9.30am

 

No Service

 

Informal Worship

11am

 

No Service No Service

 

Minety

 

Holy Communion

11am

 

 

Harvest Service with School 10am

 

Holy Communion (BCP) 8.30am

 

Service of the Word 10am

 

Service of the Word 10am

 

No Service

 

Oaksey

 

Family Harvest Festival

11am

 

Group Communion 10am

 

 

Family Service 11am

 

Holy Communion

11am

 

No Service

 

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.