Category Archive: Church

Choral Evensong at St Mary’s, 4pm Sun 27 Nov

Happy New Year! Advent Sunday (27th November) is the beginning of the Church’s year and we will be celebrating with a fully Choral Evensong at 4.00pm at St Mary’s, Abbotts Ann. We will create the drama of the season using darkness and candles, with evocative music. It won’t quite be Salisbury Cathedral, but …

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Schedule of Church Services in November

Schedule Church Services in July and August

Services  Readings St Mary’s Abbotts Ann All Saints’ Upper Clatford St Peter’sGoodworth Clatford Zoom Praise Sunday 3rd July Trinity 3 Thomas the Apostle   Ephesians 2:19-22 John 20:24-29   0930 Morning Worship Peter Eastwood 0930 Parish Communion Teresa Townsend 0800 Holy Communion Teresa Townsend 1100 Morning Worship Peter Eastwood   1800 Zoom Teresa Townsend   …

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Your Life Events

  If you are interested in marking a special occasion such as a baptism or wedding with us please contact our Anna Benefice administrator, Sarah Derbyshire, at  

Projects, Plans & Missions

    Renewing the fence The churchyard boundary fence along Church Path is in the late stages of collapse. We have obtained a faculty to replace it with estate fencing like the burial ground fence and a quotation that we expect Abbotts Ann Parish Council to accept when TVBC has approved the work. …

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What’s Happening at St Mary’s

There is a service every week at St Mary’s, and these take a variety of forms. For details you can visit A Church Near You. or the Anna Benefice website: Welcome to Anna Benefice – Home page  

Graveyard Index

To view the list of burial plots at St Mary’s Church, please click here. Please view the following documents first to fully understand the burial areas and layout:- You will find the Overall Church Area Map HERE You will find the Map Index HERE You will find the East …

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Archive Transcriptions

Please click on the following external links to view archive transcriptions at Abbotts Ann Church – Baptism’s in 1700 & 1800’s Marriages in 1700’s Burials in 1700 & 1800’s

Who’s Who at the Church

  Benefice Team Priest in Charge Revd Teresa Townsend Rest Day normally Thursday 01264 571213 and 07464 272894 Assistant Priest Revd. Nicky Judd Rest Day normally Wednesday 729075   Licensed Lay Minister Tim Tayler 710201   Licensed Lay Minister Peter Eastwood 353320 Benefice Administrator Danielle Lloyd 0739 -944245   …

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List of Rectors

Rectors of Abbotts Ann 1379-138? Walter Philippe  1541-1544 John Adamson  1570-1587  John Bonamie  1554-1569 Stephen Tennannt  1587-1595  Thus. Pembridge  1595-1599  Martin Heaton  1599-1633  John Johnson  1633-1666  Thos. Hyde  1667-1709  Samuel Stone  1710-1717  James Lambert  1718-1726  Robert Willis  1727  James Wendey  1728-1730  Charles Sutton  1730-1774  John Burrough     Hon & Revd Samuel Best     Revd Philip & Mrs Nancy Tidmarsh Revd Alan & …

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The Virgins’ Crowns

Abbotts Ann is one of the very few parishes in which the medieval custom of awarding Virgins’ Crowns has survived. In the early days of Christianity, funeral garlands were emblems of Virgin Martyrs and the practice of making maidens’ garlands presumably derives from that. Shakespeare, in referring to the burial of …

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Church Bells

The earliest reference to the bells occurs in 1607 when they were re-cast. The memorandum says that: “The foure Bells in Abbatts An church were altogether new cast, by Mr. John Wallys of Salsbury in November, Anno 1607. We had but three belles, and did cast them into 4 adding to them 127 li. of …

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Church Property Documents

Various documents list property belonging to the Church At various times the church authorities made a “Terrier” or inventory of their property. A Terrier of the Glebe Lands of the Parsonage, AD 1638, lists holdings of strips in various fields as does another dated 1766. This second one lists in detail the buildings that went …

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History of St Mary’s

  The early church in Abbotts Ann The Christian faith came to southern England during the Roman occupation, but did not long survive their departure.  The waves of Saxon invaders who sailed up the local rivers brought their own pagan; gods with them. Cerdic the Saxon, who ruled Hampshire by AD. 500 claimed descent from …

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