Category Archives: St Etheldreda’s

Horley Nativity and Carol Service will take place on SATURDAY Dec. 18th at 5.00pm

This year’s Nativity and Carol Service will take place at St. Etheldreda’s on Saturday Dec 18th at 5.00pm. It will be a slightly different approach to the traditional Christmas Story, to suit all ages. If any one would like to take part who has not already been approached, please contact Jamie Hendry or Tessa Howell

Stop Press – Horley Christmas Market – Silent Auction for tickets to see Jack Whitehall live in Birmingham on 12th December!

An additional fabulous prize is available at this year’s Christmas Market!

Four tickets to the Jack Whitehall Show at the Birmingham Arena on Sunday 12th December are available to the highest bidder. Sealed bids can be sent in advance to or submitted in person at the Christmas Market itself, before 17:45 on Saturday 27th November. Minimum bid £50.

And just a quick a reminder of what else is on offer at the Christmas Market…

The Horley Christmas Market is back on Sat 27th November

Horley’s Candlelit Christmas Market is back again this year in St Etheldreda’s Church on Saturday 27th November from 4-6pm.  Lots of Christmassy stalls, mulled wine, delicious home made goodies and a great hamper raffle – what’s not to like!  

Ironstone Benefice – Administrative Assistant needed

The Ironstone Benefice which includes the parishes of Alkerton and Shenington, Balscote, Wroxton, Drayton, Hanwell, Horley and Hornton is keen to employ an administrative assistant for our Rector Alicia Baker.

In the first instance this will be for 3 hours a week with the possibility of extension. The hours can be flexible and will primarily involve duties of communication involving the continual updating of the a church near you website for each parish and keeping the village websites updated with Ironstone Benefice matters.

Hourly rate is £11+ depending on experience and qualifications. Please reply to or just send an email if you would like an informal chat before applying.

Closing date for applications is Friday 26th November 2021.

Ironstone Benefice All Saints Day Service – Sunday 31st October

Alicia Baker, Rector of the Ironstone Benefice writes: “On October 31st we are celebrating All Saints Day (Nov 1st). Wroxton Church will be hosting the service for the whole Benefice at 10.30am.

As I wrote in the magazine this month, All Saints services are poignant occasions. They can be celebratory as we remember that the people who have passed away are now in a better place. But of course they are also sad times because we have lost people close to us. This year we remember especially those we have lost to Covid 19.

This service in Wroxton will be reflective. There may be a hymn or two, a couple of readings, and the opportunity to light a candle. You may only want to stay for a little while or for the whole time – about 45 minutes. It’s up to you. Everyone is most welcome.”

Plant and cake sale – thank you

A huge thank you from the Ladies Guild to everyone who supported our home made cake sale earlier this month – we hope everyone enjoyed their purchases! We raised £254 from the cake sale and a fantastic £880 from the plant stall up to and including the plant and cake sale day. Proceeds will go towards further repairs to the Church and to the Michael Hardinge Trust.

Caroline would also like to thank everyone who purchased plants and gave sponsor money during the last two weeks to Duggie for his (and her) 10 mile walk for the Katherine House Hospice, which raised over £400.

Thank you!

Big Clean thank you

Big Clean – Thank you!

A big thank you to all those who took part in the Big Clean of the church on Saturday morning.  It was a couple of hours of hard work, but what a difference!  Not a cobweb in sight (anywhere within reach at any rate – and that was quite a long way as you can see!)

We are thinking of having a quarterly Big Clean at key points in the year, e.g. around Harvest Festival, before Christmas and Easter and in early June before the wedding season starts. Volunteers are always welcome!