Throughout 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
- click here to send email
|Parish Administrator||Mrs Dorothy Potter||Tel: 01494-729380
- click here to send email
|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||
|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.
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
Themed Church Services
In a bid to attract villagers and young families, we are looking to establish special themed services during the course of the year at All Saints' Church as follows:
|March 26th||Mothering Sunday||9.00 with communion|
|May 14th||Bee Service||9.00|
|June 11th||Baptismal Renewal||9.00 with communion|
|July 9th||Cricket Service||11.00 at the cricket ground|
|August 13th||Run the Race||9.00|
|September 10th||Pet Service||10.00|
|October 1st||Harvest Service||9.00|
Please make a note in diaries. All will be very welcome.
There will be a soup lunch taking place in All Saints' Church on Wednesday 17th May from 12-2pm to raise funds for Christian Aid. Then on Saturday 20th May (end of Christian Aid week) at 11am there will be a walk starting from the Red Lion car park. More details on this later but please note that it is SATURDAY not the usual Sunday.
The Church was decorated for the Christingle with greenery, berries and candles, a small Christmas tree was near the organ, decorated by Catherine Watts and Ros Pearce, who also put out the nativity scene. It all looked very festive. The service was held by candle light and was full, with lots of children attending - all very special. A beautiful pedestal of red flowers with tiny lights by Susan Smith was added at the altar for Christmas.
At the end of January our Bring and Buy Coffee morning took place by kind invitation of Richard and Rosemary Valentine who made us very welcome in their home. A happy time was had by all, who enjoyed delicious homemade cakes and coffee and an amazing sum of £739.80 was raised for the Church Flower Fund. Many thanks for all the gifts donated for the Bring & Buy stall and the raffle. Thank you also to the cake bakers and all the helpers who worked tirelessly all morning and most of all thank you to the more than 50 people who came to support us.
Easter is now approaching and the Church will be decorated after Lent with Spring flowers and lilies. Many may wish to donate the £3 for a lily in remembrance of a loved one, so please may we have names and contributions by Friday 7th April so that lilies can be ordered and names prepared for the list in the porch. Please contact Helen Spencer on 725857 with names and donations, with cheques payable to All Saints' Church Flower Fund.
Thanks to all our flower arrangers, helpers and supporters and most of all to Rosemary Valentine for keeping everything so well organised.