Parishes

Adlestrop

St Mary Magdalene provides a varied pattern of worship, primarily based around BCP and Common Worship, with family orientated services at festivals.

History
Adlestrop was a feudal village, most of whose inhabitants worked on the Adlestrop Estate, seat of the Leigh Family. These days, the village is populated by older inhabitants, young families. The charm and peace of the village, referred to in the poem by Edward Thomas, remain as does a village shop, and the lovely 13th century church which was substantially rebuilt in the 18th century.

Churchwarden
Mrs Jinnie Holt Tel: 01608 658306 .

bledington

St Leonards sees a wide range of services on a regular basis, from traditional sung Evensong, to more informal services for the whole family. In addition to the usual pattern of services, special services for festivals are also part of St. Leonard’s worship.

Bledington is the largest of the Benefice villages, with a thriving village school, and a committed community which supports many village activities including the annual Village Fete, local History Society and the nationally recognised Music Festival. St. Leonard’s church dates from c.1170 and belonged to the Abbey of Winchcombe. The church was enlarged during following centuries, the stained glass dates from c.1476 and the ring of six bells can regularly be heard across the village.

Churchwardens
Mrs Aloyse Packe Tel: 01608 58447
Mr Barry Way Tel: 01608 658542

Broadwell

St. Paul's offers a wide range of services, ranging from more formal BCP based services to more informal celebrations and services which are family orientated.

The parish of Broadwell is one of the larger villages in the Benefice and has at its centre a 12th century church which stands in a tree shaded cemetery. Nearby is a large village green which hosts the annual village fete and other celebrations. Near to the green is both the village pub, The Fox, and a newly refurbished village hall which hosts a wide variety of events. The village is a mixture of old and newer housing, with new developments and areas of shared ownership accommodation sustaining a healthy mix in both village life and the worshipping congregation of St. Paul's. The Benefice Rectory is also located here.

Churchwarden
Mr Tim Hill Tel: 01451 830750

evenlode

Evenlode has a loyal congregation attracted to its BCP services. There are special services for Festivals, which are family orientated.Please see the links below to find out about forthcoming services and events.

The parish of Evenlode is in early Saxon records, and was under the Jurisdiction of Evesham Abbey prior to the Reformation. The church is mainly 13th century, with a Norman arch, early English lancet windows and an aura of peace which reflects both the beauty of the village in which it is situated, and the centuries of prayer and worship which it has seen.

Churchwardens
Mrs. Virginia Symons Tel: 01608 650608
Mr. Mark Dancer Tel: 01608 651 653

icomb

Icomb has a small but committed worshipping congregation which includes families. Most of the services at Icomb are BCP, with special services for the major festivals, which are family orientated.

The parish of Icomb is rural, small and beautiful with a strong sense of community amongst the villagers. The Church is Grade I listed, with both Norman and early English features; its interior renovations are Victorian. It contains the tomb of Sir John Blackett, the builder of Icomb Place. Above his tomb is a 'Leper's Squint'. There is a strong village community, with links between PCC, Village Meetings and all aspects of village life. The church is used for concerts and other activities as well as regular services with an influx of families enabling family friendly worship as well as traditional services.

Churchwarden
Mrs Susan Nock Tel: 01451 831688

holy Ascension

Services
We hold United Services for all 7 Parishes together at Holy Ascension Oddington as well as BCP and Common Worship Communion services for the Parish of Oddington.

History
Oddington is in the fortunate position of having two churches. Holy Ascension is the Evenlode Vale Church Centre - an informal and flexible space within the church. The church office is located here. Holy Ascension Oddington is a Victorian church designed by Samuel Dawkes.

Churchwarden
Mrs Cammy Aston Tel: 01608 659263

st nicholas oddington

Services

Services at St. Nicholas are limited to services in the summer and St. Nicholas' Day and Christmas Eve services which are candle lit.

Churchwarden
Mrs Cammy Aston Tel: 01608 659263

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westcote

The tradition of St Mary’s was Anglo-Catholic, but the affection in which the villagers hold the Methodist Chapel mean that Westcote has the best of all worlds in terms of breath of worshipping opportunities and most services are informal and family friendly.

The parish of Westcote is made up of five settlements, the largest of which are Church Westcote and Nether Westcote. The Parish Church and the village hall are in Church Westcote and the Methodist Chapel and pub are in Nether Westcote. St. Mary’s church dates back to 13th century when the village centre moved following the Black Death. The church was almost completely restored during the mid 19th century, providing a wider nave and chancel, ideal for the regular concerts which take place. The font, tower and bells are original.

Churchwarden
Mr Trevor Bigg Tel: 01993 830624