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History

allsaints_churchThroughout its history, Coleshill has been part of the parish of Amersham. The soil of the churchyard probably represents the unimproved ground of the original clearing on which Coleshill was founded. For 1000 years there was nothing to disturb the peace except the munching of cattle. As early as 1649 Coleshill people were expressing the wish to have a church of their own – ‘the inhabitants earnestly desiring the same’, as it was recorded, but they had to wait over 200 years before their desire was gratified.

Then the Lord of the manor gave a small triangle from the northern tip of the common to the churchwardens of Amersham to meet the wish expressed as long ago as 1649 for a church for the villagers of Coleshill.

Through the generosity of the Drake family and other local benefactors, the architect George Street, a distinguished exponent of neo-Gothic, was commissioned to design and build the church which was completed in 1856. The church has the beautiful proportions and unpretentious detail for which Street’s work is admired, and has been praised by Sir John Betjeman. The brick was made locally and the stone brought by river to Windsor, and thence by cart.

The two-manual pipe organ is considered to be a distinguished instrument and is constantly maintained in excellent order.

 

Rector The Revd Tim Harper, MA, BMus, LRAM Tel: 01494-724426
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Parish Administrator Mrs Dorothy Potter Tel: 01494-729380
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Church Wardens Mrs Dumpy Swerling  
  Mr Howard Pool  
Parish Treasurer Mr Dick Ware  
Hon Secretary Mr Chris Wege  
Organist & Choirmaster Mrs Ruth Murphy  
Sacristan & Verger Patsy Wright-Warren  
Church Flowers Mrs Catherine Green  
St Mary's Church, Amersham website


Details of services and times in the Parish of Amersham with Coleshill

St Mary’s  8.00 am Holy Communion

War Memorial Picture by Frank Auton 6-6-2003

All Saints’  9.00 am Holy Communion
St Mary’s 10.15 am Holy Communion
St Mary’s 11.45 am Matins
All Saints’ (1st Sunday of month)  6.00 pm Evensong
St Mary’s (Except 1st Sunday of month)  6.00 pm Evensong

Coleshill Patch System

­Coleshill being such a small village – population round about six hundred – it is a place where, by and large, everyone knows everyone. However there is quite a turnover of people and when new people move in, we like to make sure that they feel welcome. We have therefore set up a group of long term residents who know the village well and who make it their business to welcome people when they first move in, to give them a pack of information about the village - including details of all the village organisations, the church, the history and the footpaths - and to answer any questions. Newcomers are also invited to a party, which is usually held in alternate years, to meet representatives of all the village organisations that they might like to get involved with.

Where people have any problems, ill health, lack of transport, bereavement or other matters, someone from the team will visit them to see if there is any support that they can give to the person and their family.

 

Contact Teas

We started these teas about ten years ago. We got the idea from a national organisation. Ten drivers used to bring ten ladies and gentlemen who lived by themselves in London to tea at our farm every three months. We discovered that there were quite a few people who lived by themselves in Coleshill, so a group of us decided we would give it a go!

We usually have about eight or ten visitors, we take it in turns to host the tea party. We drive to pick up our visitors, and all the helpers give a contribution, so a scrumptious tea is provided without too much work for anyone. We often have one or two residents from Rushymead Residential Home.

Five years ago one of our visitors died and her son very kindly gave us a very generous cheque for everyone to have an outing. We hired a coach and went to see Romeo and Juliet at Wycombe Swan. A great time was had by all.

A member of our clergy team usually joins us for tea. We think we can safely say a good time is had by everyone on all occasions.
Dumpy Swerling and Helen Spencer

 

News from All Saints - Winter 2017

Churchyard Clear-up

The autumn session of work to spruce up the churchyard took place on November 4th. The timing allowed All Saints’ to make the space look presentable for the village on Remembrance Sunday. No fewer than thirteen people came and worked hard at raking up the leaves.

On Remembrance Sunday there were around thirty people in the congregation and that number was swelled considerably by others at the War Memorial. It is pleasing that the long-standing tradition of coffee in the Red Lion afterwards has been possible once more and led to the pub being full to capacity.

Chris Wege

Church Flowers

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The Church was beautifully decorated throughout for the Harvest Festival with flowers, fruits and vegetables. Catherine Green did a stunning pedestal near the altar and the windowsills, bookcase and table were filled with beautiful arrangements. Tinned fruit and vegetables were brought by the school children, who also decorated the porch with realistic hedgehogs amongst greenery, chestnuts, bread and flowers, under the guidance of Catherine Watts. The outer arch of the porch, decorated by Lindsey Haubner and Sam Donald, looked stunning with flowers, ivy and sweet chestnuts. The Lychgate had a wonderful hanging Autumn arrangement made by Audrey McDade.

The Remembrance Sunday pedestal by Susan Smith was very poignant with beautiful red gerbera flowers flowing through the arrangement.

Christmas is almost upon us so there will not be any flowers during Advent but the Church will be filled with candlelight, greenery and berries for the Christingle on Sunday 10th December, then fully decorated for Christmas.
Our annual Coffee Morning/Bring and Buy will be on Wednesday, January 24th from 10.00 - 12.00 noon and is being kindly hosted by Jane McNeilly at Forge House, Village Road. So please do come along and enjoy good coffee and homemade cakes, catch up with friends and help replenish our Church Flower Fund. If anyone has any gifts/cakes for the bring and buy or prizes for the raffle they will be appreciated. Rosemary Valentine at Friars Vane (725794) is accepting goods before the day if that is more convenient.

Thanks to Rosemary and Shash for their guidance, to all our un-named flower arrangers, the school children and to all who support our Flower Fund.

Happy Christmas to everyone - do hope you can come and see the decorated Church.

Betty Pickles