Forest Edge Group, Anglican Church,

St Andrews Churcham with Birdwood

Gloucestershire, UK

Sunday Services Churcham
First week 9.30am HC, Second week 6pm, Third week 11am HC, Fourth week 10am Family Service

St Andrews Mother's Union banner Churcham, a few miles east of Huntley, is a farming community with a Primary School on the Main Rd. The Parish was joined to Huntley in October 2002, and the five parishes are called 'The Forest Edge Group' of churches.

Mothers Union flags are in each church, this one at Churcham is particularly colourful.

Last Sunday we attended service at Churcham, with 10 members. I met a man who said his grandparents were buried in the church yard - the first real local. The lych gate is very impressive, with the early morning sunlight shining on the tower and spire.
Electricity has been installed, and in 1991 heating was added. In 2000 the Mechanical clock was repaired, it chimes each 15 minutes.

A large pond is between the church and the farm house where we had morning tea. The ducks were more interested in teaching the ducklings than in getting in my photo.

May God smile on you today,

Lych gate in early sunlight Churcham was called Hamme when it was recorded in the Domesday Book. It became Churcham when the manor was given to the Abbey of Gloucester in recompence for a battle where some monks were killed.

The Nave, Chancel arch and lower part of the tower stonework are remnants of the original pre-Norman work.

South wall in late sunlight Retired Font beside the door The south wall, outside the chancel, showing the narrow door, and the different sizes of the stones used.
Notice Mary at the porch containing the main entry door, also the remnant of the decommissioned Font.
St Andrews Font beside the base of the first font The old font was broken on 26 Oct 1675 when the thatch roof of the church caught fire, and fell into the nave. Cleanup included a new font placed beside the stump of the original. South wall in late sunlight The present spire and nave roof were built after the 1875 fire.

In 1914 the maintenance work on the interior of the Nave uncovered this Piscina - a niche in the church with a small water drain into which the Priest empties any water used. It is on the south wall, close to the sanctuary and beside the Pulpit.

Vigilant parents Stonework of old Norman windows is visible on the outside walls. A small carved stone over the outside of the North Door is older than the church, and believed to be British.

St Andrews is surrounded by farms, and next to a large duck pond. Only one from the previous clutch eluded the cats, so the parents are wary with 13 new ducklings to watch.

Recorded by Rev George Charles Hall Inducted August 1837 into the Vicarage of Churcham with Bulley annexed.

On 12 July 1849 the Foundation Stone of the Church of the Holy Innocents was laid at Highnam by Charles Clinton Parry, eldest son of Thomas Gambier Parry Esquire of Highnam Court.
On 29 April 1851 the Church of the Holy Innocents at Highnam and the churchyard of the same was consecrated by James Henry Lord Bishop of Gloucester and Bristol; and Edward Mansfield Clerk was licenced to the perpetual curacy of the District of Highnam, Over and Linton, on the presentation of Thomas Gambier Parry, Esq of Highnam Court.

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