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St Peter’s Church

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Welcome to St. Peter’s Church – past and  present

History

A church on this site has existed since 1059, when Welford was given by Sweyn, Earl of Gloucester, to the Saxon priory of Deer Hurst (on the Severn below Tewksbury). Monks from Deerhurst built a small church on the present site of Welford Church. All that remains of that Church is the bowl of the font. Between 1100 and 1170 a Norman Church was built to repalce the Saxon one. After the Hundred Years War (1336 – 1441) St Peter’s passed to the Abbey of Tewksbury and the Benedictine monks restored the Church and rebuilt the chancel with its perpendicular decorated Gothic windows. The windows in the north and south aisles were replaced with pews and the two galleries were added.

Some Key Features

THE SCREEN: replaces one removed in the 16th or 17th century. It is a copy made in the 1920’s of a Benedictine screen carved by Joseph Northcott of Bearworthy in Devon.

EAST WINDOW AND CHANCEL: the window dates from 1924 and was made by a well-known artist: Geoffrey Webb. The chancel was refurbished with the carved oak choir stalls and organ was installed.

BELLS: Welford has always been noted for its bell ringing. Tradition has it that Welford bells rang out at the victory of the battle of Crecy in 1346. There is now a peal of eight.

LICH GATE: (Old spelling!) is a favourite subject for artists, painters, and photographers. It is a replica of the one built at the end of the 1300’s.

Church services take place as detailed below. You are very welcome to join us. Please check at the bottom of this web page or the noticeboard in the Church Porch for specific monthly service details. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or queries.

Rector: Rev. Ros Greenhalgh. Telephone: 01789 751546

Reader: Yvette Grundy. Telephone: 01789 750006

Church Wardens:

Ian Grundy (St Peters, Welford) Contact on Telephone: 07714 797771

Richard Bluck (All Saint’s, Weston) Contact on Telephone: 01789 750688

Church Services

First Sunday in the Month

  • ST PETER’S WELFORD:- 9.30am Morning Praise, 4.00 pm (usually in term time) ‘Messy Church’ for families in Welford Memorial Hall
  • ALL SAINT’S WESTON:- 11.00am Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer)

Second Sunday in the Month

  • ST PETER’S WELFORD:- 9.30am Holy Communion
  • ALL SAINT’S WESTON:- 9.30 am Morning Prayer (BCP)

Third Sunday in the Month

  • ST PETER’S WELFORD:- 9.30am All Age Praise
  • ALL SAINT’S WESTON:- 9.30 am Holy Communion

Fourth Sunday in the Month

  • ST PETER’S WELFORD:- 9.30am Morning Praise (usually with Communion)
  • ALL SAINT’S WESTON:- No Service

Fifth Sunday in the Month

  • A joint service at one of the churches in our benefice group (Quinton, Long Marston, Weston and Welford). See St. Peter’s porch notice board for details.

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