Information about our Services, our Work and our Projects
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If you would like to arrange a baptism at St Marys, in the first instance please contact the Parish Administrator, Roger Preston. Clicking this link will take you to his contact details.
Carillon (more correctly 'Chimes')
Following a generous gift from a benefactor, the carillon has been restored. The old mechanical chime mechanism, which had long since declined into disrepair, had been disconnected when the church bells were restored and re-hung in 2006. The modern mechanism, whilst still operating by means of hammers against the eight church bells, is controlled by a computer microprocessor. The chimes can be controlled directly from a console, but visitors and local residents will normally hear the chimes ring out a familiar tune at 1pm and 5pm each day. The original mechanism chimed each day at 9am, 1pm, 5pm and finally again at 9pm.
Strictly speaking, a carillon has to have at least 23 bells and is controlled by a pedal board much like a pipe organ. Instruments such as that in St Mary's with considerably fewer bells, are more correctly called chimes.
This is a monthly publication produced by the Parish of Bampton with Clanfield (Aston and Cote, Bampton, Clanfield, Shifford and Lew) and Lower Windrush Benefice (Northmoor, Standlake, Stanton Harcourt and Yelford). Up-to-date church news, services and dates for forthcoming events from each village; news of the wonderful work of our village schools and some of our clubs, societies, charities and exhibitions. It is generously supported by local businesses advertising their many and varied services. Available in churches at 50p or subscribe for £6.00 per annum and have it delivered to your door – 160 already are in the Bampton area alone.
For more details phone Jill Hall 01993 851142.
During 2016 we replaced the external floodlighting system with new LED lamps on light sensitive timers, which mean that the church is lit each day of the year between dusk and 10:30pm (GMT) or 11:30pm (BST), depending on the time of year. Within the church, all the floodlights and spotlights were replaced with LED alternatives during 2016 and early 2017. These new units use more than 90% less energy to light the church. They have a life span of 10-15 years which means that it won't be necessary to change bulbs any more!
Friends of St Mary's
The Friends of St Mary’s is entirely independent from the Community Church Council and a registered charity inaugurated in 1994 as a non-denominational trust to build up a substantial long-term endowment fund (a fighting fund) to assist with major restoration projects which regular giving cannot possibly afford.
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If you need to arrange a funeral at St Marys, in the first instance please contact the Parish Administrator, Roger Preston. Clicking this link will take you to his contact details.
Each year St Mary's holds a Mission
Sunday in July to collect donations for grants. In 2016 grants of £600 were awarded to charities selected by the Missionary Committee as follows:
Mission Aviation Fellowship
Bampton Zimbabwe Project
Christians in Overseas Service Trust
In addition a permanent Emergency
Appeal Fund has annual funds of £1,000. This allows the church
to respond quickly to emergencies as they arise, and
members of the congregation are asked to add to this fund as and
when they wish. However, donations from this fund, as with those
made to the charities mentioned previously, are made from church
funds to which congregations give regularly.
In addition to the main Sunday morning service at 10:30am, there is a weekday service on Wednesdays at 10:30am in the Lady Chapel, and an extra service at 8:00am on the fourth Sunday of each month which follows the Book of Common Prayer (BCP) format.
If you would like to book your wedding at St Marys, in the first instance please contact the Parish Administrator, Roger Preston. Clicking this link will take you to his contact details. On the contacts page you will also find contact details for the organist. A choir and bells are sometimes available.