Welcome to St Augustine of Canterbury Church, East Hendred.
St Augustine of Canterbury Church was originally built in the 13th C and the font and the nave with its arcading and carved heads adorning the pillars date from then. One of the heads is said to represent Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine. Also from the 13th C is the wooden lectern based on a crusader’s foot, treading on a three-headed dragon, symbolising the triumph of good over evil.

Also Medieval is the Eyston Chapel, (including the wooden screen), dating from the 15th C. The chapel is actually a Roman Catholic chapel associated with the Eyston family who trace their ancestry back to Sir Thomas More. It is used for private prayer as well as occasional Roman Catholic Masses. The pulpit was added soon after The Restoration of Charles II in 1660 and features a carved head of Charles I.

The church has a ring of six bells, the oldest of which is pre-Reformation and dedicated to St Anne. The church has a couple of Medieval brasses and retains some fragments of Medieval glass in the windows although most of our glass is 19th C when significant restoration was undertaken in the church.

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The Faceless Clock

The earliest record of the faceless clock on St Augustine’s Church tower is punch-stamped on its iron frame – “JOHN SEYMOUR WANTAGE 1525” making it a contender for being the oldest working turret clock in the country. Who was John Seymour? A local or itinerant clockmaker? A local blacksmith? We don’t know nor who commissioned and paid for the clock.

Regardless of the obscurity surrounding his identity, John Seymour’s workmanship has stood the test of time and continues accurately to strike the hours and each quarter, as it has done for nearly 600 years. Every three hours, in addition to striking the hour, the clock plays “The Angels’ Hymn” by Orlando Gibbons. It is still wound by hand every day, just as it was in the 16th C.

“For a thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night.” Psalm 90:4

Services & Parish Events

Nov
26
Sun
Holy Communion @ Holy Trinity Church, West Hendred
Nov 26 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Morning Prayer @ St Augustine's Church, East Hendred
Nov 26 @ 10:30 am – 11:00 am
Family service @ Holy Trinity Church: Ardington
Nov 26 @ 11:00 am – 11:30 am
Family service @ Holy Trinity Church: Ardington

Advent Sunday

Dec
3
Sun
Holy Communion (BCP) @ Holy Trinity Church, Ardington
Dec 3 @ 8:00 am – 8:45 am
Morning Prayer @ Holy Trinity Church, West Hendred
Dec 3 @ 9:00 am – 9:30 am
Holy Communion @ St Augustine's Church, East Hendred
Dec 3 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Christingle service @ St Augustine's Church, East Hendred
Dec 3 @ 5:00 pm – 5:45 pm
Christingle service @ St Augustine's Church, East Hendred

Advent Sunday

Our annual, atmospheric and family-friendly Christingle service marks the beginning of Advent and looking forward to Christmas. The service lasts a little over half an hour and includes the distribution of the traditional Christingle oranges with candles which we light during the service. A collection is held in aid of the Children’s Society. It is a lovely way to mark the start of the Christmas season and enjoyable for all ages – do come along and join us!

Dec
10
Sun
Morning Prayer @ Holy Trinity Church, West Hendred
Dec 10 @ 9:00 am – 9:30 am
Benefice Communion @ All Saints' Church, Lockinge
Dec 10 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Dec
15
Fri
Traditional Carol Service @ St Augustine's Church, East Hendred
Dec 15 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Traditional Carol Service @ St Augustine's Church, East Hendred

A traditional carol service of Bible readings and carols. Do come along and join us to begin our Christmas celebrations and join us for a glass of something seasonal and a mince pie afterwards. Everyone is welcome!

Contact:

The Revd Elizabeth Birch, The Rectory, Church Street, East Hendred, OX12 8LA Tel: 01235 833 235

The Rector of the benefice is The Revd Elizabeth Birch supported by Church Wardens in each parish:  
St Augustines East Hendred: Mrs Suzanne Fairlie   Holy Trinity West Hendred: Mr Hugh Rees Holy Trinity Ardington: Mr Nigel Baring Mrs Susanna Proudfoot All Saints Lockinge: Mr Thomas Loyd