Address: Church Street, Shipton under Wychwood, Chipping Norton, OX7 6BP
How to support Shipton Church:
If you would like to support the running costs of your local church we would really appreciate any donations.
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In 2015 we celebrated the 900th anniversary of a church in Shipton. This is the largest of the churches in the benefice and full of life and activity.
St Mary’s is a broad church congregation embracing a range of services, from Book of Common Prayer to Common Worship – said services, sung services, all-age services & separate children’s activities all take place each month.
Update on Shipton Church the roof repairs project January 2021
Work is now underway on phase one of the roof repairs project.
Last week large pieces of oak were delivered and are now being cut to the correct shape and size. Also, this week the scaffolders arrived to put up access scaffold outside. This is for the work on the Victorian cast iron ties which hold the upper walls of the nave clearstory as well as the replacement of stone coping on the nave parapet. A visit to Shipton church for your daily exercise will reveal all the above is its full glory.
Update on St Mary’s Shipton-u-Wychwood February 2020
We have had full investigations of the roofs of the church. The central nave roof and south aisle roof both require significant work, and the central nave roof continues to be supported by scaffolding until we have raised funds to make it safe. Our current plan is to prioritise work on the central nave roof, then move on to the south aisle roof as funds permit, then our third stage will be to carry out planned work on heating, toilets, servery and flooring.
To carry out these works will require significant sums of money. Our preliminary costings lead us to suspect we will need around £905,000 – or £1,000 per year of Shipton church’s life to date! We are planning a series of events to help raise funds, and the “Friends of St Mary’s” are a core part of accomplishing that; the Friends will also be assisting by coordinating applications to grant-awarding bodies.
If you can help with fundraising or donations in any way, please do get in touch with us. We would also very much welcome any assistance anyone can offer with maintenance of this beautiful but elderly and large church building, from weeding and gully clearing to oiling external woodwork – or holding a ladder!
We are fortunate to have one of the finest robed choirs in West Oxfordshire. Bernard West is the choir master and organist. The choir consists of approximately 25 voices which includes 9 young people. It supports the worship at the main service each week, in the Anglican choral tradition. The choir also sings further afield, including singing the services for a weekend at a cathedral once a year: recent trips have included Exeter, Worcester and Salisbury Cathedrals.
The bell tower has 8 working bells, some of them dating back several centuries. We are fortunate to have 9 bell ringers registered to the tower who ring for most principal services. The church recently carried out significant work to repair and improve the bells and tower, and the peal was rededicated by Bishop Colin on 9th June 2019.
Joint Privacy Notice Milton – Shipton July 2018
Shipton Safeguarding Policy
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Liz Watts 01993 831759
Elaine Russell-Jarvie 01993 831610
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