How Caple: St Andrew W St Mary, HR1 4SX
Traditional English village church with Book of Common Prayer services, a newly restored organ and a lovely sense of calm. We warmly welcome couples who are seeking a venue for a classic country church wedding. We want to share our place of worship with you and allow you to make your vows before God in this most beautiful of settings.
The parish was mentioned in Domesday and parts of the present church date back to 1210 AD. A side chapel was added in the late 17th century by Sir William Gregory, Speaker of the House of Commons. Look out, too, for a 1630 pulpit, a Jacobean screen (carved possibly by Grinling Gibbons) and a Parliament Clock. The clock, you will notice, has been placed opposite the pulpit - to stop priests talking for too long.
The diptych above the choir stall is 15th century Flemish. Its panels rotate. Recently the church agreed to act as guardian of the roll of honour from Oakley Hall school, Cirencester. A book containing the roll of honour will be found in the Gregory side chapel and a service of remembrance to Oakley Hall boys who were killed in the two world wars is held every autumn. Please contact us for details.
The church is, in addition to its regular services, proving popular for weddings. The Court next door is expert at organising wedding receptions and we work closely with the Court's owners, Roger and Vanessa Lee, whose family is remembered in numerous memorials in the church.
We use traditional liturgy because we cherish our English liturgical heritage and wish to keep alive the majesty of Cranmer's prayers.
Visitors are most welcome. Please come along and help us sing some hymns. Your voice can hardly be worse than some of ours'!
On the first Sunday of most months we gather for the short, solemn, spoken communion service from the Book of Common Prayer. This will usually include a brief sermon. An early start may sometimes be daunting but there is a special glow to be felt after pre-breakfast communion!
Parish communion (Book of Common Prayer) with hymns, organ and sermon, usually followed by coffee and cake.