The church of St. Mary & St. Edburga is to be found in the centre of the village and has vestiges of Saxon and Norman elements, but predominantly owes its current style to the 13th, 14th, and 15th centuries.
It is wonderfully light and airy inside, having plain diamond glass over the majority of the windows, with only small areas of medieval glass still in place at the heads of the oldest lancet windows. There is a legend that the remainder of the stained glass was taken down for protection at the time of the Reformation and buried somewhere around the village, but nothing has so far been discovered.
Within the church, there is a plain medieval font, a beautiful Jacobean pulpit and an enormous 17th century baroque monument to a member of the Borlase family, who built the manor in 1545.
The church of St Mary & St Edburga, Stratton Audley is a member of the Church of England Shelswell group of parishes. Visit www.shelswellparishes.info
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“Carols by Candlelight” Service – Sunday 17th December at 6 pm
Crib Service – 4pm Christmas Eve
Christmas Eve Midnight Communion at 11.30 pm
Christmas Day Family Service at 11 pm
“Carols by Candlelight” – Friday 22nd December at 7pm??
It is hoped that anyone in Godington who would like to attend a service on Christmas Day will join the congregation in Stratton Audley
For one night only!!
Villagers of all ages are invited to join in carol singing around Stratton Audley in Tuesday 19th December. We will be meeting at 7.00pm at The Red Lion.
For many years over a couple of nights we used to sing carols but were slightly put off because of the extremely cold weather – which in itself was a bit sad because we were collecting for the night shelter. So with more determination and a couple of extra thermal layers we are going to do this again FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY and the collection will go towards the work of the Homeless in Oxfordshire.
Please come and join us. We look forward to seeing you
STRATTON AUDLEY AND GODINGTON – REMEMBRANCE SERVICE IN STRATTON AUDLEY
Sunday, 12th November at 10.45am
The service this year will be held on Sunday November 12th at 10.45am and we hope to be joined once again by members of the Parish Council.
OXFORDSHIRE HISTORIC CHURCHES TRUST RIDE AND STRIDE
This year’s Ride and Stride will be on September 9th. This is an ideal opportunity for people who are cyclists and horse riders, etc, to visit Churches in the region which will all be open on the day in order to raise monies for OHCT. Anyone in this parish who is interested in enjoying this challenge and who would be prepared to raise funds for this worthy cause through sponsorship can obtain an entry form from Roni Howarth at 12 Cavendish Place or on 01869 277694. The OHCT have frequently provided financial support for maintenance and rebuilding projects in Stratton Church.
In order to welcome visiting riders and walkers to the Church we would be grateful for people to volunteer to sit in the Church for 1-hour periods, between 10am and 6pm in order to authorise visitor’s sponsorship forms and to offer refreshments. Anyone able to help should contact Roni as shown above.
HARVEST FESTIVAL – STRATTON AUDLEY
Sunday, 24th September – 10.45am
Decorating the Church in preparation for Sunday’s Harvest Festival will take place on Saturday 23rd September from 10am and lots of help would be most welcome.
HARVEST FESTIVAL – GODINGTON
Sunday, 8th October – 10.45am
At Godington the Harvest Festival will be held on Sunday 8th October @ 10.45am
STRATTON AUDLEY AND GODINGTON
SONGS OF PRAISE
Sunday 11th June @ 6pm
Following a very full weekend of Open Gardens and to celebrate the completion of recent rebuilding work at the Church there will be a Songs of Praise service in Church, which will include a visit by the Archdeacon and
lots of well-known hymns.
CHURCHYARD TIDY-UP – Saturday, 25th March
On Saturday 25th March Jeremy Adams, Churchwarden, will be organising a Spring Tidy-up of the churchyard from 10am onwards and he would really appreciate your help! If you can bring tools for trimming and tidying then that would be helpful as well. Coffee and cake will be there to help things along. Even if you can only come for a short time then do drop in. As they say – many hands make light work.
Any queries ahead of the day, ring Jeremy on 01869 277471.
MOTHERING SUNDAY – 26th March 2017
Mothering Sunday will be observed in Stratton Audley with a special service involving children, with the usual Informal Service at 6pm
ANNUAL PAROCHIAL CHURCH COUNCIL MEETING
Wednesday, 26th April – 7.30pm
This is advance warning that the APCM meeting will take place in Stratton Church at 7.30pm on Wednesday April 26th, at which we will be appointing Church Wardens and reviewing the Church year. All are welcome to attend.
We will be playing short mat bowls in Stratton Audley Church on Monday 6th March at 2.45pm.
No experience necessary, just turn up and have a cup of tea and a bit of fun.
This event is not organised by the church but independantly by local residents.
RECENT PAST NEWS
NEWS UPDATE JAN 2016 – It’s now official – we have our new Rector
The new Rector of the Shelswell Benefice, Reverend Alice Goodall, was officially installed on Tuesday 19th January 2016 by the Bishop of Dorchester and the Archdeacon of Oxford, in the Church of St Mary and St Edburga, Stratton Audley.
The church was packed with dignitaries and parishioners from all the villages within the Benefice and the ceremony was a great celebration with refreshments in the Church after the service. Alice was welcomed by everyone and looks forward to her time as Rector with great enthusiasm.
A THANK YOU
The PCC would like to thank all those who take their place on the many rotas which keep the Churches so well maintained and such a welcoming place to visit; the cleaners, flower arrangers, providers of refreshments for services, readers, organists, meeters and greeters and those helping to keep the Churchyards in such good order by taking part in the mowing. Many, many thanks.
But how can YOU help? In Stratton Audley we have a goodly number of people who are prepared to help on the rotas but, inevitably, numbers are reducing as people move away. If you would be able to assist – probably around once every 6-8 weeks – we would be very grateful. If you are not currently a member of the congregation then you might like to help with the flowers, cleaning or mowing of the Churchyard which helps to keep the Church such a vibrant feature of YOUR village, but if you are a member (or are likely to become a member) of the congregation then an offer of help with the additional elements of refreshments after the service or meeting and greeting before the start of the service (or even occasionally reading a lesson!!) would be much appreciated. If this appeals to you please contact Becky on 01869 277471.
In addition to the above, the PCC and the whole congregation, would like to thank the bell-ringers, who give up their time – usually twice a week – to rehearse and then ring for services. The pealing of bells is a uniquely English tradition and really helps to lift the spirit prior to a service.