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Services in St Barbara's
September 2014 Services
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
There's more information about our parish on the A Church Near You website
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2013 Charitable Giving UPDATE
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 2013. A total of £2,277 was raised by St Barbara’s Church for nine different good causes, including the CATCH Project in South Africa, Caring Hands in the Vale in Evesham, the Worcester and Dudley Historic Churches Trust, Action Against Hunger, the Royal British Legion, and bucket collections for two appeals from the Disasters Emergency Committee for Syrian Refugees and victims of Typhoon Haifan in the Philippines.
£673 of the total was raised in December alone, with funds going to the DEC Philippines Appeal, the Children’s Society from our Christingle service and the collection of £245 at the Ashton Celebration of Christmas for the Cheltenham-based charity Winston’s Wish, which supports bereaved children.