St Mary's Church, Saltford

St Mary's Church is an Anglican parish church in Saltford, Somerset, England. It dates from the 12th century or earlier and has been designated as a Grade II listed building.

History

This church has stood in the village of Saltford for over a thousand years. It is believed to be Norman with an authentic Norman Font still used for christenings today. It was taken away and defaced during the Battle of Lansdown during the English Civil War. It was subsequently found being used as a cattle trough. The rector at the time was never seen again. The tower is believed to be Saxon although 10 feet (3.0 m) have been added and extensively repaired. Originally there were three bells dated 1820, although only one remains and still used. The gallery & porch are 19th Century and is where the organ is. More recently, a window has been added in memorial of the choirmaster for 10 years; Mr. T.C.G. Ewins.

Current Information & Groups

The current reverend is Revd. Richard Hall and has been reverend there since 1988. The church has many youth groups and other resident groups & iniatives. For 3-7 year olds; Climbers & Scramblers runs in the Church Hall during Parish Communion Services, as well as Explorers for 7-11 year olds and Pathfinders for 11-14 year olds. CYFA meet on Thursday evenings for teenagers 14+. The Choir is plentiful in numbers and sings at most Parish Communion. . The church holds close links with Saltford Church of England Primary School, where the reverend does Assembly every Monday Afternoon.

The Church Hall

The former village school has been converted into a Church Hall, with a spacious Main Hall, full kitchen facilities and 3 different smaller rooms. Local Groups hire these rooms; with revenue going to the church.

The Benefice, Deaney & Diocese

Saltford is part of the Benefice of Saltford, All Saints Church, Corston & The Holy Trinity in Newton St Loe. , as well as the Diocese of Bath & Wells and the Deanery of Chew Magna

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