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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 - Autumn 2017

David Robinson

Our Reader David Robinson has sold his house now and he will be leaving Coleshill shortly, moving to Stone near Aylesbury. It is hoped that he will return before long for us to say a more personal goodbye to him.

The congregation at All Saints’ have got to know David well from the numerous occasions when he has led the worship at the church. He has also, bravely, officiated at several less traditional occasions such as the Pet Service, Village Fete and the Farm Communion. His down-to-earth touch when carrying out his duties will be very much missed by us all.

We wish David and his family all the best for the future.

Churchyard Clear Up

We shall be having a clear-up of the churchyard on Saturday, 4th November, at 2.15pm, in advance of Remembrance Sunday. Do join us if you can. Bring gloves and a smile.

Dogs in the Churchyard

Several people, unconnected with the Church, have mentioned the unpleasant consequences of dog-walkers using the churchyard. They have said that they feel that it shows disrespect to take dogs around there, particularly when the owners fail to clean up.

Many villagers go into the churchyard to tend graves and they do not want to see dog poo around the graves. Also, it has been noticed that little black bags are regularly deposited in the churchyard rubbish bin. This bin is always sorted out by hand to remove bottles and metal for recycling and the bags make this task more unpleasant than it need be.

The village and the church congregation would be very grateful if all this could be avoided.
Chris Wege

Church Flowers

17th July, we had a delightful and delicious Bring and Share lunch on Rosemary’s patio in the sunshine to discuss the forthcoming Harvest Festival - an ideal way to spend a Monday afternoon.

flower women

L to R: Sharon Hall, Dumpy Swerling, Betty Joseph, Lindsey Haubner,
Betty Pickles, Jane Mcneilly, Lindsey Eardley, Rosemary Valentine, Anne Marie Desoutter,
Pam Hooley, Janie Kebbell, Liz Inchbald, Ruth Murphy, Sue Colacicco


The Harvest Festival is on 1st October and the Church will be specially decorated, as we did not have a flower festival this summer. We do hope that as many of you as possible will be able to go and enjoy the displays.

Thanks as always to Rosemary for her help, guidance and hard work.
Betty Pickles