We are a rural community of seven village churches in the very north-west corner of the Chelmsford Diocese in the deanery of Saffron Walden. The parish is close to Cambridge, sitting between the medieval market towns of Saffron Walden and Royston, with villages in both Essex and Cambridgeshire. Our villages lie at the very centre of the Icknield Way, the oldest track in Britain, which dates from Neolithic times.
St Swithun’s, Great Chishill
St Nicholas, Little Chishill
Holy Trinity, Chrishall
The church is fitted with wireless audio facilities including an induction loop hearing system. A new floor was recently laid throughout the body of the church with some pews being removed and replaced by chairs which allow far greater use of the building for worship, community and fund raising purposes. This should serve as an opportunity to raise income for the church, which struggles to support its share of general expenditure. In addition the church has on loan a copy of Rubens “Adoration of the Magi”. There are also three notable brasses relating to the de la Pole family. The churchyard is supported by volunteers from the community. 10.40 services are typically held here.
St Nicholas, Elmdon
being actively considered. Meanwhile, a massive re-ordering of the churchyard has been undertaken and work continues including replacing the brick and flint wall along the boundary with the road. The Church, which suffers from a major bat problem, is cleaned by a group of volunteers affectionately known as “Elmdon’s MMMs” (Magnificent Marigold Maids) who meet the day before every service. 10.40 services are typically held here.
The Hamlet Church, Duddenhoe End
The church was re-thatched in 2010 and the porch roof repaired, funds having been raised through grants and donations from the residents of Duddenhoe End. We typically have monthly BCP communion services held here together with Harvest and Christmas Services. We hold a variety of fund raising events in the church, such as an Organ Recital, Flower arrangement demonstration and talks on a variety of subjects: i.e. Local history.
St Mary the Virgin, Strethall
Situated on the ancient Icknield Way the church building, which is Grade 1 listed, probably dates from around 1010. In 2010 we held a Millenium service led by the Bishop with music written for the occasion by John Rutter. Strethall underwent very substantial restoration a few years ago. Some funds are raised locally not least by the Friends of Strethall church, but significant funding has been received from English Heritage, The Historic Churches Preservation Trust and other grant giving bodies. The fund raising effort has encouraged an on-going series of high-profile events such as concerts, flower and art festivals. The building which is ½ a mile from the village and approached through a farmyard, has a normal seating capacity of around 40, although approaching 100 squeeze in for the annual carol service at Christmas. Many walkers and visitors to the Parish stop to pray in the church because of its exceptionally peaceful and tranquil environment. BCP communion services are typically held here.