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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 - Spring 2018

Revd Tim Harper

In January, Tim was appointed as a Canon of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford. The Bishop said that this was for ‘distinguished service’ to the Diocese. It is an honorary position though there will be occasions when he is needed at the cathedral for various duties. The congregation of All Saints’ offers him its congratulations.

Churchyard Trees

The recent heavy snowfall caused damage to two trees in the churchyard – a yew tree and the large cypress-type tree near the lychgate. Ensuring future safety will require some drastic tree surgery and a considerable change in appearance is inevitable. Various approvals need to be sought before work can take place.

Flower Fund

On January 24th we held our annual fundraising coffee morning and Bring and Buy in aid of the Church Flower Fund, this year at the McNeillys’ home. We had a very enjoyable morning and raised the grand total of £614.63. Full account on page 6.

Chris Wege

Church Flowers

flowers3The Church was beautifully decorated with greenery, berries and candles for the Christingle. Every windowsill had an arrangement, candlesticks were decorated, there was a small Christmas tree near the organ decorated by Catherine Watts who also put out the Nativity Scene. A beautiful Christmas wreath was hung on the Church door and an arrangement placed in the Lychgate. Unfortunately, the service had to be cancelled because of the heavy snow but the arrangements were ready for the Carol Service, some having red flowers added. There was a stunning pedestal by Rosemary of red lilies, roses, carnations and cones near the altar. The music played by Ruth throughout Christmas was beautiful.

Near the end of January our Bring and Buy Coffee Morning took place by kind invitation of the McNeillys who made us very welcome in their home. An enjoyable time was had by all who enjoyed coffee and delicious homemade cakes while catching up with friends and news. Together with donations an amazing sum of over £600 was raised for the Church Flower Fund. Many thanks for all the donations to the Bring and Buy and cake stalls and raffle, to the helpers on those stalls, to all the people who supported us and most of all the McNeillys.

Easter is approaching and the Church will be decorated after Lent with Spring flowers and lilies. Many may wish to donate £3 for a lily in remembrance of a loved one, so please may we have names and contributions by Sunday 25th March so that lilies can be ordered and names prepared for the list in the Church porch. Please contact Judi Herbert on 433534 with names and donations. Cheques to All Saints’ Church Flower Fund please. Many thanks to Helen (Spencer) for all the years she has collected the monies.

Many thanks to all our flower arrangers, helpers and supporters, to Dumpy Swerling for the endless coffee and biscuits while we work and as always to Rosemary Valentine for keeping everything so well organised.
Betty Pickles