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 notice board 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.

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 notice board and in Oaksey Village News.

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.

Open on Saturdays during the summer months, the Church is a haven of peace and tranquillity and attracts visitors from all over the world. Arrangements can be made with the Churchwardens to open the Church at other times.

ALL SAINTS CHURCH, OAKSEY – 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.

We will:

  • 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

Churchwarden

Date: 12 April 2018     Review Date: 12 April 2021

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

Rector: The Revd. Tonya Nixon 01666 575216 email: vicarbraydon@gmail.com

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

Churchwarden: Kevin McKenna 01666 577279 email: khrd84@sky.com

Church Administrator: Alison Withers 01666 825019 email: admin@deanery.org.uk

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

PCC MEMBERS / RESPONSIBILITIES 2019-2020

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 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 – December 2019 / January 2020

December 2019 services

Tuesday, 10th December – Advent Peace ½ hour service of prayer, silence & Gregorian chant at Crudwell at 6pm.

Sunday, 15th December – Nativity service at Oaksey at 11am. Doors open at 10am.

Calling children of all ages!

Please do come along and take part in our very popular Nativity play. We need young children to take the parts of Angels, Shepherds and Kings plus more children and adults to help. We would also like older children to come along and participate in telling the Christmas story.

As in previous years, we will be having a small, friendly pony that will play a prominent part, so please do support this service and ensure we have another good turnout. 

Hope to see you at 10am on 15th December (for an 11am start) to select your part and costume.

For more information, please call Helen McKenna on 577279. 

Tuesday, 17th December – Advent Peace ½ hour service of prayer, silence & Gregorian chant at Crudwell at 6pm.

Saturday, 21st December – Carols by Candlelight service at 5pm.

The service will be followed by sherry & mince pies.

All sidesmen are asked to be at the Church by 4.15pm to help with the preparations.

Wednesday, 25th December – Christmas Day Holy Communion service at 11am.

Sunday, 29th December – Group service at Hankerton at 10am.

January 2020 services

Sunday, 12th January (The Baptism of Christ) – Benefice Holy Communion service at Charlton at 10am to celebrate those who have recently been confirmed.

Greetings from Revd. Tonya

I wonder have you bought your advent calendar yet? If you have, is it full of chocolate? Does it show pictures of your favourite pet, pictures of Christmas stockings or does it tell the Christmas story?

The Advent calendar began as a way of anticipating Christmas. 24 windows to open during the month of December and each picture revealing an aspect of the Christmas story. 

There is a rather intriguing company out there called: The Meaningful Chocolate Company. And it appears to give the customer all that its name promises. The Real Advent Calendar is the UK’s only Fairtrade Advent calendar. This is what it offers:

  • Each calendar comes with a Christmas story – activity booklet designed to be used each day in Advent. Behind each of the 25 windows there is a Fairtrade Belgian chocolate and a line of the Christmas story.
  • Made, designed and produced in the UK.
  • Money raised from this year’s Real Advent Calendar will help The Funzi and Bodo Trust.
  • Plastic tray made from recycled material.
  • Card can be recycled.

Sounds too good to be true? You would think so, but in fact not. 

A recent ComRes survey found that only 12% of adults in the UK and just 7% of 18-24 year olds know the Christmas story. It leads me to wonder, how on earth have we got to this?

An invitation to have a meaningful Christmas is often the message you get from the Church. But what does it really mean? What is a meaningful Christmas?

Buying and wrapping lots of presents maybe? Decorating the house and creating a wonderful dinner? Both? I guess for many people it’s both, but surely it should be so much more.

To have a meaningful Christmas, we have to know the Christmas story.  

This Advent and Christmas, perhaps we could find time to stop and read the story afresh. There are so many different ways to do this: Books, films, music……………and now, of course, the Real Advent Calendar from The Meaningful Chocolate Company!

There are also many services and special events over this period in your Church.  Some are quiet and reflective, others are more in the party mode, as well as the traditional carol services.

Come and be a part of something meaningful this Christmas. I look forward to seeing you.

With every blessing for a Happy Christmas.

Revd. Tonya

P.S. The Real Advent Calendar is available through Traidcraft & certain supermarkets!

Benefice Christmas Card

Included in this double issue of Oaksey Village News is a Benefice Christmas card from the PCC here in Oaksey and the other five Churches that make up the Braydon Brook Group of Churches.

PCC Drinks Party – a date for your diary

An advance notice to let you know that this will be held on Saturday, 22nd February 2020 at Oaksey House from 6pm to 8pm. 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 W.I. 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 months from Saturday, 21st March 2020 to Saturday, 10th October 2020, inclusive, from 10am to 4pm (in 2-hour slots).   

Oaksey Lunch Club

The next lunch will be on Wednesday, 11th December at 1pm in the Rest at a cost of £6.00 per head. Please note that this is a week earlier than normal. Unless you are known as a ‘regular’, please let Miriam (577689) know by Wednesday, 4th December if you are planning to come.

Miriam would like to take this opportunity to thank all the volunteers who have helped in any way over the past year, whether it was preparing food, serving the meals or washing up afterwards. Your efforts are very much appreciated.

The Lunch Club would like to continue in the future, but this does, of course, depend on volunteers coming forward. So, if you feel that you could spare a couple of hours each month (except August), please let Miriam know on the above number.

The lunch in January will be on Wednesday, 15th January 2020 at 1pm in the Rest at the usual cost of £4.00 per head.

Braydon Brook Group Church services – December 2019  

  1st Advent Sunday   8th Advent 2 Tuesday 10th   15th  Advent 3   Tuesday 17th   21st Saturday   22nd  Advent 4 23rd Monday 24th Christmas Eve 25th Christmas Day 29th Christmas 1
Ashley HC BCP 8.30am   No Service   HC 9.30am       HC 9.30am     Carol Service 6pm HC 9.30am    
Charlton No Service Dressing of Christmas Tree Service 9.30am   Carol Service 6pm       Christingle Service 3pm       HC 10am    
Crudwell Advent Communion with baptism 11am   No Service Advent Peace 6pm   Christingle Service 3pm Advent Peace 6pm     Carol Service 5pm     Wedding 1.30pm   Midnight Mass 11.15pm (4pm – Carols sung at The Potting Shed) Friends & Family Service 10am    
Hankerton Advent Communion 9.30am   Dressing of Christmas Tree Service 3pm   Carol Service 5pm       No Service     HC 9.30am   Benefice HC 10am  
Minety   Advent Service of the word 11am   HC BCP 8.30am     Carol Service 4pm       Service of the word 10am     All Age Worship 3pm 1st HC of Christmas 9pm Friends & Family Service 10am    
Oaksey Advent Matins Service 11am   No Service   Nativity Service 11am     Carols by Candlelight Service 5pm No Service     HC 11am      
Mid-week MP Ashley Ashley   Ashley     No MP or EP   No MP or EP    

     Key: HC (Holy Communion). MP (Morning Prayer). EP (Evening Prayer). BCP (Book of Common Prayer).

Braydon Brook Group Church services – January 2020

  5th   The Epiphany 12th Baptism of Christ 19th  Epiphany 2   26th Epiphany 3  
Ashley Holy Communion BCP 8.30am     Morning Prayer 9.30am   Holy Communion 9.30am  
Charlton Family Service 9.30am   Benefice Holy Communion 10am to celebrate those recently confirmed Evensong 6pm   Holy Communion 9.30am  
Crudwell Morning Worship 11am   Holy Communion 9.30am Friends & Family Service 3.30pm
Hankerton Holy Communion 9.30am   Informal Worship 11am  
Minety   Holy Communion 11am     Holy Communion BCP 8.30am Service of the word 10am Service of the word 10am  
Oaksey Matins Service 11am   Family Service 11am Holy Communion 11am
Mid-week Morning Prayer Charlton Charlton Charlton Charlton

                                                                       

Parish Church News – November 2019

Services

The Remembrance Day service will be held at Oaksey on Sunday, 10th November at 10:50am.

Sunday School

This will be held on Sunday, 17th 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.

Oaksey Christmas services – dates for your Diary

Nativity service – Sunday, 15th December at 11am.

Carols by Candlelight service – Saturday, 21st December at 5pm.

Christmas Day service – Wednesday, 25th December at 11am.

Manning the Church

The PCC would like to extend their grateful thanks to all of you who gave up your time to Church sit 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, 20th 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, 13th November if you are planning to come.

Braydon Brook Group Church services – November 2019

  3rd All Saints & All Souls 10th Remembrance Sunday 17th 2nd before Advent   24th Christ the King
Ashley Holy Communion BCP 8:30am   No Service Morning Prayer 9:30am   Holy Communion 9:30am  
Charlton All Souls 5pm     Holy Communion + Remembrance 9:30am Evensong 6pm Holy Communion 9:30am
Crudwell Morning Worship 11am   Remembrance Service 10:50am   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 10am     HC BCP 8:30am Service of the word 10am Service of the word 10am  
Oaksey Matins 11am   Remembrance Service 10:50am   Family Service 11am     Holy Communion 11am  
Mid week Morning Prayer Oaksey Oaksey Oaksey Oaksey

All Saints Church, Oaksey – Churchyard Regulations 2019

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.

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 18th February 2019

 

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 (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: –

https://www.churchofengland.org/more/libraries-and-archives/records-management-guides

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.