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Turville Fingest Frieth Fawley Medmenham U.R.C.

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Easter egg hunt Easter Sunday 2023

Dennis placing the wreath for Armistice Day 2020

Donations for the One Can Trust



Harvest Prayers held in the churchyard because of Covid 19 20.9.20

Tamesis Choir rehearsing before
Carol Service

 

Remembrance

 

Harvest Festival



Part of the Valley Choir in the Lady Chapel at Medmenham

 

Royal British Legion Service of Remembrance

 

 

 

What's on this month
services in bold are at this church

The church is open daily for private prayer from 9am till 4pm.

Sun 3 Dec 10am
6pm
 
Group Service, Fawley
Advent Candlelit Service, Hambleden
 
Mon 4 Dec 7.30pm Licensing of Revd Andy Storch,
Hambleden
 
Sun 10 Dec
 
2pm
4pm
 
Wild Nativity, Northend Common
Railway Nativity,
Fawley Hill
 
Sun 17 Dec 6pm Carol Service
 
Thurs 21 Dec 3pm
 
Christingle Service
Sun 31 Dec 11am Holy Communion
 
Sun 7 Jan 2024
 
10am
 
Group Service, Here

Part of our churchyard is left unmown as a Living Churchyard project.
We are seeing how it evolves naturally without adding any other plants. Here is a list of the plants we have seen click here

The Return of the Bells service short video click here
'Peal appeal' - the restoration of the church bells and the historic
bell frame, click to read the Engineer's Report
Click here to see video of the bells and their markings

Parish Review Achievable Targets

        To improve our display of information in the church

        To arrange a 'thank you' celebration for all the people who contribute in any way to the church and its upkeep 

        To aim to make more connections with the community, including services such as 'Footprints' which involve people who don't come to regular services
 


Description

The hamlet of Medmenham lies mainly to the south of the Henley Road. On the main road itself is the Dog and Badger pub, dating from the 14th century. To the south lies the church, and beyond this a pretty straggle of cottages and houses of varying ages and styles runs along the historic Ferry Lane to the Thames.

The church sits at the junction of Ferry Lane and the main road. The churchyard lies below the level of the road and is surrounded by brick and flint walls and trees.

The land rises north of the churchyard with the Dog and Badger pub lying across the road, and then the steep escarpment behind, crowned by Lodge Farm.

A 15th century manor house stands on the west of the lane.

The remains of a Cistercian abbey closed by Henry VIII lie close to the river and have been incorporated into a Jacobean mansion. This was remodelled in the 18th century by Medmenham's most notorious resident, Sir Francis Dashwood, and the meetings of the Hell Fire Club were held there until the discreditable nature of these was exposed.

The Abbey is well screened and is best viewed from the Berkshire bank of the Thames. A ferry no longer crosses the Thames but the landing stage still stands. The Thames Path runs along the river to the west of this.

 


 

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