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St Barbara's Church



Services in St Barbara's

For details of services in St Barbara's and the other churches in the Beckford Group, please click here to view or download the current Parish Magazine

Charitable Giving

St Barbara's Church aims to support a number of charities throughout the year, with special collections at various services and events, or by donating the collection from the United Parish Worship service which takes place in our village twice a year. Churches in The Beckford Group have committed to support the CATCH Project in Mzamomhle, East London, South Africa.

Thanks to the generosity of all those who supported our fundraising efforts in 2016, a total of £2,969.50 including Gift Aid, was raised by St Barbara’s Church for ten different good causes, including the CATCH Project in South Africa, The Royal British Legion, Farmers’ Overseas Action Group, the Worcester and Dudley Historic Churches Trust, and bucket collections for Samaritan’s Purse Ecuador Earthquake and Save the Children Hurricane Matthew Appeals.  Collections in December went to the Children’s Society from our Christingle service and to the Evesham based charity Caring Hands in the Vale, from the Ashton Celebration of Christmas, for whom £385 was raised.


Thank you to everyone who supported our fundraising efforts during 2016


The approach to St Barbara's Church is from the village cross through the lychgate at the junction of Beckford Road, Elmley Road and The Groaten.

If you are using a satellite navigation system, the post code WR11 7SW will bring you to the village cross in front of the lychgate. Ordnance Survey Grid Reference: SO 9937


The villagers of Ashton have worshipped here in St Barbara's for almost 1000 years and the churches of Ashton and nearby Beckford have been linked since the 8th Century; Ashton church was mentioned in the Domesday Book. The dedication to St Barbara, patron saint of armourers, gunners and blacksmiths, is an unusual one and first appears in the 18th Century. Over the centuries, St Barbara's has evolved into the church you see today. The oldest parts date from Norman times, represented by the South doorway with its characteristic rounded arch. The Tower, which houses a fine ring of six bells, was begun in the 13th century. The Chancel was rebuilt in 1624 by Sir John Franklin, then Lord of the Manor. The striking Arts and Crafts stained glass windows at the East end of the church date from the late 19th/early 20th Centuries.

St Barbara's Day is 4 December. There's more information about the legend of St Barbara in Wikipedia

There is a useful booklet The History of St Barbara's Church.

See also details of Memorial Inscriptions in St Barbara's

More details about the history of St Barbara's from this website

Download a short illustrated Tour and History of St Barbara's Church (Please note this is a large 10MB PDF file)

St Barbara's Ashton under Hill is Grade II* listed - more details here from the British Listed Buildings website

Visit the website of St Barbara's at Earlsdon in Coventry

A church in Deepcut, Surrey is also dedicated to St Barbara

There's a redundant Anglican Church dedicated to St Barbara at Haceby in Linconshire


Since 1985 Ashton has been a member of the wider Beckford Group Parish (Church of England) which also includes Beckford, Overbury, Teddington, Alstone and Little Washbourne. The church is open every day from 9.00 am to 6.00 pm (or dusk in winter) and all are welcome to come in and enjoy the atmosphere of peace and centuries of worship. In November 2008 the Beckford Group became part of the Bredon Hill Group of Churches. As well as regular services at which everyone is welcome, there are special services for Festivals and other significant events in Ashton's year. St Barbara's also serves the community for Baptisms, Marriages and Funerals. The church is fortunate to have a regular organist and choir. There are refreshments and a friendly chat after morning services.

St Barbara's relies on your support for its worship and its fabric. If you would like to be involved in the activities of the church in any way, please contact the churchwardens. The most effective means of donating to the church is by Regular Giving, and our Regular Giving Secretary would be very glad to hear from anyone who would like to contribute.

Getting Married?

Are you interested in getting married in St Barbara's? Or perhaps arranging for a baptism? Then why not take the first step by talking to Canon Matthew Baynes on 01684 772237 or by email at: mbaynes@toucansurf.com

There's more information about our parish on the A Church Near You website

Parish Magazine

View or download this month's Beckford Group Parish Magazine

Who's Who

Vicar of the Beckford Group Parish

Canon Matthew Baynes

The Rectory, Bredon

Tewkesbury, Glos

GL20 7LT

01684 772237




St Barbara's Church Choir


Alastair Humphrey

01386 881479


Anthony Greenwood




 Associate Priest


Canon Susan Renshaw

01386 750203




Beckford Group

Lay Readers

John Dodge

01386 881487

Roger Palmer

01386 881746



Alex Dodge

01386 881487


Regular Giving Secretary

Alastair Humphrey

01386 881479

Parish Safeguarding Representative

Amanda Bath

01684 772237 (Tues 9-12)

01386 881349 (Fri 9-12)

Click here for details of parish safeguarding policies








(Full details of services each month are in the Beckford Group Parish Magazine and also on the Church Noticeboard)

Day of Month


Details of Service

1st Sunday



9:30 am


6:00 pm

Morning Prayer in the winter months

Evensong in the summer.

2nd Sunday
9:30 am 


Holy Communion (Common Worship)


3rd Sunday


11:00 am


Informal All-age Village Worship


4th Sunday


10.00 am


United Parish Worship which rotates around the five churches of the parish on a monthly basis

5th Sunday


Please see Parish Magazine for details


Please see Parish Magazine for details