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.

The Parish Safeguarding Officer for both the Parish Council and the Parochial Church Council is Nick Mangnall. He can be contacted on 01666 577982 email: nickjmangnall@gmail.com. A copy of the Oaksey Safeguarding Policy can be viewed on the Church Noticeboard in the North porch.

Rector: Vacant at present.

Churchwarden: Nick Mangnall 01666 577982 email: nickjmangnall@gmail.com

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

PCC Secretary: Jerry Falkingham 01666 577956 email: jf6@btinternet.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,

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Parish Church News – March 2019

Services

The Ash Wednesday service for the Braydon Group Group will be held at Crudwell Church on the 6th March at 7.30pm.

An Induction service for our new Rector, The Reverend Tonya Nixon, will be held at Crudwell Church on Monday, 18th March at 7pm, followed by a reception in Crudwell School. Oaksey will be represented at the service by members of the PCC, but there will be a few spare places in the Church. If anyone would particularly like to attend, please contact the Churchwarden, Nick Mangnall, on 01666 577982.

There will be two Braydon Brook Group services in March as follows:

  • Sunday, 10th March at Hankerton Church at 10am.
  • Sunday, 24th March at Minety Church at 10am. This will be Tonya’s first service as Rector in the Braydon Brook Benefice and it would be really nice to see a good turnout.

Lent Lunches

The 1st Lent lunch will be hosted this year by Jill Neilson & Angela Gee on Tuesday, 12th March at 12.30pm to 2pm at Orchard Place, Oaksey.

The 2nd lunch will be hosted by Catherine Woodward & Ros Taubenheim on Tuesday, 26th March at 12.30pm to 2pm at Coppice Cottage, Oaksey.

All are very welcome to attend.

Church Cleaning Day

A note for your diaries: This will take place on Saturday, 1st June at 10am, followed by a lunchtime barbecue at the back of the Church.

Oaksey Lunch Club

The next lunch will be on Wednesday, 20th March 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, 13th March if you are planning to come.

Braydon Brook Group Church services – March 2019 

  3 March

Sunday next before Lent

10 March

Lent

17 March

Lent 1

24 March

Lent 2

31 March

Mothering Sunday

Morning Prayer Crudwell Hankerton Minety Oaksey

 

Ashley
Ashley

 

HC (BCP) 8.30am

 

Evening Prayer 6pm

 

Morning Prayer 9.30am

 

 

No Service

 

 

HC 9:30am + Mothering Sunday

 

Charlton

 

Family Service 9.30am

 

No Service Evensong 6pm

 

No Service

 

Mothering Sunday

 

 

Crudwell

 

Morning Worship 11am

 

No Service HC 9.30am

 

 

No Service

 

 

Mothering Sunday

11am

 

Hankerton

 

HC 9.30am

 

Benefice HC

10am

 

Informal Worship

11am

 

No Service Mothering Sunday

4pm

 

Minety HC + Baptism 11am

 

 

Service of the word

10am

 

 

HC (BCP) 8.30am

 

Service of the Word 10am

 

Benefice Service

10am

 

 

Mothering Sunday

10am

 

Oaksey

 

Matins

11am

 

No Service Family Service

11am

 

No Service

 

Mothering Sunday

11am

 

Parish Church News – February 2019

Services

A Group service will be held on Sunday, 10th February at 10am at Charlton Church.

New Rector

Our new Rector, The Reverend Tonya Nixon, will take up her post in the middle of March 2019. Her Induction service will be held at Crudwell Church on Monday, 18th March at 7pm, followed by a reception in Crudwell School. Oaksey will be represented at the service by members of the PCC, but there will be a few spare places in the Church. If anyone would particularly like to attend, please contact the Churchwarden, Nick Mangnall, on 01666 577982.

Tonya and her husband Mark will be moving into the Rectory in Crudwell at around the same time. We all very much look forward to meeting them.

New Church Gates

The PCC is delighted to announce that two new bespoke Church gates have been installed at both ends of the Church path. The work was completed last December by Scott Miles, a carpenter of 27 years standing. He lives locally in Somerford Keynes.

The PCC would like to extend their grateful thanks to the Parish Council for their very generous grant towards the cost of the Project and also to the Oaksey Village Harvest Supper committee who raised a magnificent £622.00 from the hugely successful event last October.

You will see that the new gates have springs attached, so that the gates will now close slowly on their own. However, if you do happen to see the gates open, then do please close them to avoid damage to the springs.

PCC Drinks Party

This will be held on Saturday, 23rd February at Oaksey House from 6.00pm to 8.00pm. The purpose of the party is to not only thank all those who have helped the Church in any way, but also to extend the invitation to everyone who has helped with other village activities, such as the Fete, the Shop, the Village Hall, the Playing Field, the Lunch Club, PHEW, the School Governors, the History Society and, of course, the Parish Council. It will also be an ideal opportunity to welcome recent arrivals to the village. Please also remember to bring your diaries with you as the party will be an opportunity for you to volunteer to man the Church throughout the summer from Saturday, 23rd March 2019 to Saturday, 5th October 2019 from 10am to 4pm (in 2-hour slots).

Oaksey Lunch Club

The next lunch will be on Wednesday, 20th February 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, 13th February if you are planning to come.

Braydon Brook Group Church services – February 2019 

  3rd February

Epiphany 4

10th February

4th Sunday before Lent

17th February

3rd Sunday before Lent

24th February

2nd Sunday before Lent

Morning

Prayer

Minety Oaksey Ashley Charlton
Ashley

 

HC (BCP) 8.30am

 

Evening Prayer 6pm

 

 

Morning Prayer 9.30am

 

 

HC 9.30am

 

 

Charlton

 

Family Service 9.30am

 

Benefice HC 10am

 

Evensong 6pm

 

HC 9.30am

 

Crudwell

 

Morning Worship 11am

 

No Service HC 9.30am

 

 

All Age Worship 11am

 

 

 

Hankerton

 

HC 9.30am

 

No Service Informal Worship

11am

 

No Service
Minety

 

HC 11am

 

 

Christingle Service

4.00pm

In School Hall

 

 

HC (BCP) 8.30am

 

Service of the Word 10am

 

Service of the Word

10am

 

 

Oaksey

 

Matins

11am

 

No Service Family Service

11am

 

HC 11am

 

 

 

All Saints Church, Oaksey – Churchyard Regulations 2018

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.

https://cofebristol.contentfiles.net/media/documents/document/2017/03/Bristol_Churchyard_Regulations_2017.pdf

Gravestones

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
Secretary
Oaksey PCC
Updated 23rd September 2018

 

All Saints Church, Oaksey – Data Protection Policy

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

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.