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Welcome to Oaksey - All Saints Church
Oaksey has a population of 500 and circa. 150 properties. Our wide and varied community ranges from retired, commuters, long standing families, self employed, young families with an underlying agricultural theme to the area. The village has a community run village shop with a Post Office, a village pub and Golf course. Community services include a Village Hall, Sports Pavilion and Youth Club. There are four thriving football teams and a very successful cricket team.
The Church of England village School has 83 children on its roll, of which a third live in the Parish. It regularly receives good OFSTED reports and has a strong PTA. Local voluntary organisations include the W.I., History Society, Art Group, Mother & Toddler Group, monthly Lunch Club & Mothers’ Union. The Parish Council has set up PHEW (Participation, Health, Exercise & Well-being) to promote physical activity in the community for all ages. Our village is renowned locally for its strong sense of community.
Our Church and People
Our congregation tends to consist of older members of the Community and we continually strive to increase our attendance, with particular emphasis on young people. Sunday school activity is on the increase. Our Christmas Day, Easter Sunday and Carols by Candlelight services are particularly well attended with 150, 52 and 194 parishioners respectively attending those services in 2017. We are a caring, welcoming, committed Community. The PCC is experienced and pro-active.
Our Church and Community
Our Church is viewed as the centre of the Community and is well supported by the Parish Council. Connections between the School and the Church are first class. The School has full use of the Church for services such as Harvest Festival, Christmas services and end of term services which are always very well attended, including parents.
The majority of our Church community is involved in all village activities and bridge the gap as pastoral carers.
Our Church of All Saints
All Saints was built circa. 1250 within an enclosed graveyard and is in the Oaksey Conservation Area. The Architecture is Early English & perpendicular in style. It contains early 15th Century wall paintings of Christ of the Trades, St. Christopher and Jesus warning about blasphemy and the 7 deadly sins. It has several Victorian features including the East stained-glass window. In recent years, many improvements have been made to the Church including a new heating boiler, an overhaul of the organ, the clearance and landscaping of the graveyard, a new sound system & induction loop, the lime washing of the Chancel and Porch, a re-surfaced Church path, an automatic winding mechanism fitted to the Church clock & a food preparation area.
The Church bells are regularly used by groups throughout the Diocesan area & further afield. Open on Saturdays during the summer months, it is a haven of peace and tranquillity and attracts visitors from all over the World.
Open on Saturdays during the summer months, it is a haven of peace and tranquillity and attracts visitors from all over the world.
15th Century wall painting of St. Christopher
The Churchwarden can be approached on any matters to do with the Church or Churchyard, as can any member of the Parochial Church Council which meets quarterly in January, April, July & October. The Rector of All Saints is also responsible for the parish Churches in Ashley, Crudwell, Hankerton, Charlton and Minety. Collectively, the six Churches are known as the Braydon Brook Group of Churches.
Church service times can be found on the Noticeboard in front of the Church and in the Oaksey Parish News.
Newcomers can be sure of a warm welcome.
On the 1st Sunday of each month, there is a Matins service at 11am taken by Martin Green.
On the 2nd Sunday of each month, there is a Group service at 10am in rotation with the other 5 Churches in the Benefice.
On the 3rd Sunday, there is a Family Service at 11am, which is a short service that is specially designed for young children and their parents. This is preceded, half an hour earlier, by Sunday School.
On the 4th Sunday of each month, there is a Holy Communion service at 11am taken by our Associate Minister, Sarah Wyman.
On the 5th Sunday of each month, there is a Group service in rotation with the other 5 Churches in the Benefice.
Other special services are held throughout the Church calendar year, including Easter Sunday, Harvest Festival and Christmas services including the Carols by Candlelight service, Christingle service, Nativity service and Holy Communion service on Christmas day.
Other activities connected with the Church are the choir, bell-ringing and flower arranging groups.
A rota is maintained for Church cleaning and maintenance of the churchyard. If anyone is interested in these activities, please contact the Churchwarden - details below.
Unfortunately, owing to break ins over the years, the Church is generally kept locked, but arrangements can be made with the Churchwarden for anyone who would like to have a look around our beautiful Grade 1 listed Church. Also, during the summer months from April to October, the Church is open on Saturdays from 10am to 4pm.
Rector: Rev'd. Tonya Nixon 01666 575216 email: email@example.com
Churchwarden: Nick Mangnall 01666 577982 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Church Administrator: Alison Withers 01666 825019 email: email@example.com
PCC Secretary: Jerry Falkingham 01666 577956 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more day to day information, please visit the Oaksey Village and A Church Near You websites by clicking on the links below.