© Winchfield Parochial Church Council, 2019.
A short account of Winchfield appeared in “A History of the County of Hampshire: Volume 4”, ed. William Page (London, 1911) - its description of the geography of Winchfield remains remarkably accurate over a hundred years later! This account is available on the British History Online digital library here.
Many of the original Norman features of St Mary’s remain to this day including the “treasure” of St. Mary's – its wonderful Norman Chancel Arch (see “About St Mary’s” for more details).
An aerial survey of our church can be seen here.
The church of St. Mary the Virgin is the parish church of Winchfield. The parish of Winchfield is part of the benefice of Hartley Wintney with Elvetham, Winchfield and Dogmersfield, that is in the Deanery of Odiham within the Diocese of Winchester.
From about 1150 there has been a church here in Winchfield. Originally built by the monks of Chertsey Abbey, for almost 900 years it has served the community and fulfilled a need for all the inhabitants of our village - for those who come to worship every week or month; for those who come at the high-days and holidays; and for those who come for the important points in their and their families lives - the births, the weddings and the deaths. The church is here to serve all. It has continued for almost 900 years because of the commitment and the determination of the inhabitants of Winchfield that this important part of our Christian heritage and tradition should continue for future generations.
Whether you are a resident of Winchfield and the surrounding area or a visitor to this part of Hampshire, we welcome you to join us in worship in our lovely little church - details of our services are here.
Note: Please do not confuse St Mary’s in Hartley Wintney with our St Mary’s at Winchfield.
Gill Donnelly installed the cloak of poppies she and helpers created last year for the 100th centenary of the World War 1 armistice in the porch of St Mary’s to create a spectacular tunnel of poppies, and also lined the path to the church with the remembrance poppies for each person from Winchfield killed in action. Thank you Gill!
The collection at the Remembrance Day service amounted to £348.98; this, together with the Gift Aid that will be claimed from HMRC, has been passed to the Hartley Wintney branch of the Royal British Legion together with the associated Gift Aid.
Dates for your diaries:
Sunday 15th December 2019. The Winchfield Carol Service - 10.30 am in St Mary’s with mulled wine and mince pies afterwards.
The Winchfield Christmas Fair was held in the Village Hall last Friday as an adjunct to the regular Winchfield Coffee Morning. The Coffee Morning Organisers very generously donated the proceeds on collecting plate (£260) to St Mary's and this, together with donations from the stall holders, meant that a total of £772 was collected for St Mary's - this is a wonderful amount that will help enormously in meeting the ongoing costs of just keeping the St Mary's open and operating.
Thank you to all who came to the Village Hall to support the Coffee Morning and the Fair; thank you to the stall holders who created and sold an amazing range of attractive and useful items for us to buy; and thanks also to the Village Hall committee for supporting us.