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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 - Summer 2017

Christian Aid Week

This was a most enjoyable 4 mile walk and luckily completed before the rain came. 4 dogs and 28 people took part, some of whom were first timers. £230 was raised for Christian Aid together with £191 from the soup lunch held earlier on in the week in the church, on an extremely wet day. 29 people came and a very social and jolly time was had by all, made even better by a choice of 5 different varieties of homemade soups!

Mothering Sunday

A good crowd of children from the school and their parents filled the church for Mothering Sunday and went home with a pot of polyanthus to put in the garden. It was nice to see our former Rector, Anthony Priddis, and his wife at the service during a social visit to the village.

Sue Gill

Congratulations to The Rev Sue Gill, presently a Deacon, who will be ordained Priest at a service in St Mary’s Church, Aylesbury, on Saturday 24th June.
Chris Wege

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Church Flowers

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cf3 1The Church looked stunning for Easter filled with white lilies and spring flowers. The lilies were all paid for by the Memorial Lily Fund. Many thanks to those who donated.

We placed arrangements in the porch, on the windowsills, bookcase, choir stalls, candle sticks and there was a beautiful spiral one by Catherine (Green) near the Altar. The Little Stars, with help from mums, set up the lovely Easter Garden Table. Many thanks to Helen Spencer who organised the Fund and to Jane McNeilly who produced the decorated List of Names in the Church porch. Also to Rosemary, who collected the lilies and “helped” them to open in her bathroom beforehand, and to all the flower arrangers.

We have three new ladies in our team - Chris Suttie, Samantha Donald and Janie Kebbell - who are making the work load easier and even more enjoyable.

Thanks again to Rosemary for all her help and greenery!

Our next event will be the Harvest Festival on Sunday 1st October.

Betty Pickles