Ashleworth

SAINT ANDREW & SAINT BARTHOLOMEW, ASHLEWORTH

The church is of Saxon originand Grade 1 listed. Much of the north wall is built of striking Saxon herringbone stonework. The interior features one of the earliest known examples of a royal coat of arms (featuring a lion and a dragon) over the south chapel; this dates from the reign of Edward VI or, possibly, Elizabeth I.

Common Worship services are regularly held on Sunday mornings. Worship is joyful and musical, with a hearty contribution to Eucharist and Matins by the congregation with sung canticles and responses. Our organist, who is the Diocesan Organ Adviser, runs an occasional choir which sings at Ashleworth and sometimes elsewhere in the benefice. The church bells are rung on most Sundays by resident ringers and at other times by visiting ringers.

The church building is prone to minor flooding from the River Severn, which the community takes in its stride. In 2007, however, major flooding caused extensive damage to the contents, including furniture and the organ, which has since been rebuilt. Much of the damage needed professional attention, but community volunteers readily answered a call to arms. The church has now been soundly restored, with particular attention paid to refurbishment and enhancement of the organ to a high standard. Some reordering has been carried out, notably the removal of some pews, thus creating space for a nave altar and a setting for other activities, including use by the village school to stage celebratory activities.

The school, a C of E voluntary controlled primary school, was founded in 1842 and is small, but links between the church and the school are strong and active; and we are keen for the relationship to flourish. The school worships in the church at the end of term and at other times.  Our Open the Book team includes members of the church congregation and parents.

 


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