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St Andrew’s Church


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Our Church and its History
There has been a Church of St. Andrew in the village since the twelfth century although the current building dates from 1869 when the Norman church was pulled down as it was deemed too small and in a bad state of repair. It is an interesting building in the Victorian, Gothic Revival and has a wonderfully peaceful atmosphere. There are some celebrated, rare, stained glass windows commissioned from Jeanne-Baptiste Capronnier, from Brussels and a leaflet giving details of these is to be found in the church. There are a set of embroidered Stations of the Cross hanging in the nave, presented by a parishioner and information about them is also available in the church. At the back of the Nave in the base of the bell tower, you can see a beautiful Reredos that was originally behind the Altar. This area is now used to commemorate the Village men who served in the Great War. When this was moved to its new site in 2010, a metal panel was revealed which had been part of the original fittings in the church. At the back of the nave are early photographs of the original church and of the current church when it was newly finished. There is also an incomplete list of Rectors dating back to 1267, which we hope will be completed later this year.

Click here to view our Parish Church Gallery and here to read more historical notes.

The postcode for our church is : DT9 4LR

Our Parish
St. Andrew’s church is part of the Cam Vale Benefice, a group of six churches, West Camel, Queen Camel, Sparkford, Weston Bamfylde and Sutton Montis, which lies in the Deanery of Bruton and Cary. That in turn comes under the umbrella of the Diocese of Bath and Wells and our Mother Church is Wells Cathedral.

The spiritual life of the six churches in the benefice is cared for by The Rector, the Reverend Katharine Hawksley. There are also three lay readers catering for our spiritual needs. There is a Benefice Office with an Administrator who deals with all the paperwork side of the benefice.

Click here to read the Blog of Revd Rose Hoskins

You can also find details at the Church of England website, A Church Near You.

Click here for our 2020 Annual Report

Safeguarding Policy – St Andrew’s, Corton Denham, Parochial Church Council has adopted the House of Bishops’ ‘Promoting a Safer Church: Safeguarding Policy Statement’. A copy of this policy and contact details of the Parish Safeguarding Officer may be found in the church and on the Cam Vale Benefice website.

To contact our priests:

The Rector – Revd Katharine Hawksley

Tel: 019963 316 607

[email protected]

Click here to read Reflections and Messages from The Revd Katharine Hawksley.

To contact Our Administrator:

The Benefice Administrator – Rosemary Rymer  (Monday-Wednesday 9.30am-12.30pm)

Address: Cam Vale Benefice Office, The Old School, Queen Camel, BA22 7NH
Email: [email protected]

Tel: 07790 996264

The Parochial Church Council
The Parochial Church Council (PCC) is the official body dealing with the running of the Church in Corton Denham and is made up of The Rector, (chairman,) up to two Churchwardens and up to six other elected members, who are parishioners in the village and part of our church family. Between them they organise the services, the rota of organists, church cleaners, flower arrangers, key holders and events. They also deal with the maintenance of both the building and the cemetery with the able assistance of several dozens of parishioners.

For PCC matters please contact:
Corton Denham PCC Secretary – Mrs Marion Chapman
Email:  [email protected]
Tel: 01963 220741

PCC Data Privacy Notice and Employer’s Liability Insurance Certificate

Click here to read the current PCC Data Privacy Notice

Click here to read our Employer’s Liability Insurance Certificate 2021/22

Our Cemetery
The Cemetery is a separate Interdenominational Burial Ground, situated on the West of the Village on the opposite hillside and came into use in 1922 on its consecration, when the churchyard was closed for burials.

The Cemetery commands a spectacular view of the village and is planted as a natural meadow with young, native trees. It provides a peaceful and beautiful environment in which to sit and rest. Up until now, cremated remains have been interred beside the wall in the churchyard but recently we have sought permission to designate an area, within the Cemetery for this purpose.

Click here to read more about the history of our churchyard and cemetery.

Bell Ringing
There is a flourishing Bell Ringing Group who are always looking for new members to ring at our special events.  We are fortunate to have a splendid peel of five bells with the oldest marked bell cast in 1694.  The bells were salvaged from the old church when it was demolished, and were re-hung in 1869.  A stand of five elm trees was planted on the hillside behind the church to mark this event.

The Church Calendar
We traditionally have a standard rota of services for Corton Denham which is;-

  • 1st Sunday of the Month 9.30am – a family friendly Village Service based on Book of Common Worship.
  • 2nd Sunday of the Month 6.30pm – a traditional Evening Service from the Book of Common Prayer.
  • 3rd Sunday of the Month 9.30am – a traditional Holy Communion Service from the Book of Common Prayer.
  • 4th Sunday of the Month 10.00am – a combined Service for the Benefice [in any one of the churches,] of Holy Communion, using the more modern Book of Common Worship.

And here are the upcoming dates

Together at 10 Benefice Service @ St Andrew's Church
Oct 24 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Remembrance Service @ St Andrew's Church
Nov 14 @ 10:45 am – 12:00 pm
Remembrance Sunday Service @ St Andrew's Church
Nov 14 @ 10:55 am – 11:55 am
Holy Communion @ St Andrew's Church
Nov 21 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Village Service
Dec 12 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Carol Service @ St Andrew's Church
Dec 19 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm