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Opening the churches in the East Downland Benefice

The Harvest Festival service will be held on Sunday 4th October at 11am. Other October services in Boxford will be on 11th and 25th at 11am. We will be operating under fairly tight Covid-19 conditions. You can “check in” with the NHS app on your smart phone or please email or phone me if you are intending to join us. 

It is not yet possible to arrange a regular schedule of services as in non-Covid times, so please check the East Downland benefice or Boxford websites for up to date information.

We now have five churches in the benefice open for private prayer. The details are:

Beedon – Sundays (10am-12pm), Wednesdays (2pm-4pm)

Boxford – Sundays 10am – 4pm

Chieveley – Wednesdays (11am-12pm)

Peasemore – Open every day as previously.

West Ilsley – Sundays (9.30am to 6pm)

We are not yet able to offer general opening for Oare, Stockcross or Winterbourne, but please contact the Rector for details if you would like access to any of the churches in the benefice outside the above hours, to discuss availability. Farnborough church is closed for the time being while some necessary building work is completed.

Videos for all services can be found on the benefice website, YouTube, and Facebook. Subtitles will be available.

For now, as always, all the best, God bless, and keep safe


Revd John Toogood

Tel: (01635) 247566 or 07748 822336


The Parish Church of St.Andrew in Boxford


Our ancient Grade II* listed church is situated at the heart of the village on the banks of the River Lambourn. The churchyard is separated from a small village green and war memorial, on the Newbury to Leckhampstead Road, by a brick and flint wall and oak lych-gate, built to mark the Millennium. At the rear of the church, on the riverbank, the Peace Garden can be found, a wonderful spot for quiet reflection. We hope you will join us for worship and/or visit the church to enjoy the building in its peaceful and attractive surroundings. During the week you may find the church locked for which we apologise but sadly this is done for security. For the key please ring the verger Joy Appleton on 01488 608422 or Julia Drake 01488 608594.

St. Andrew’s Saxon Window

In 2010, workmen removing Victorian cement render from St.Andrew’s Church, Boxford were astonished to uncover a small Saxon window in the north wall of the chancel. The wooden window frame, carved from a solid piece of timber was most unusual in having a wooden shutter and is believed to be the only one of its kind in England. It has been left in situ with a moulded hood to protect it. Experts confirmed that the window was built at the time of the construction of the chancel wall which suggests that the chancel was in fact the whole of a pre1066 church and was likely to have had a thatched roof. The chancel also has stone quoins on its two external corners – a feature of Saxon building. The window can only be viewed from the outside as a large memorial covers the internal face.


 The 3R’s Project

The 3R’s Project started in May 2010, aimed to repair the tower;  reveal the ancient, possibly Saxon construction by removing the cement render outside and the internal plaster on the inside so enabling the walls to dry out before redecoration; and rejuvenate the interior by including toilet and kitchen facilities and removing the pews in the north aisle, so that the church can be used as a community centre. 2 of the 3 R’s, reveal and rejuvenate, were completed and a re-dedication of the church with a Harvest Festival service took place on October 3rd 2010 with around 150 attending. The Reveal element of the project has been an overwhelming success with finds including a Saxon window in the chancel. The Rejuvenate element has also been completed with the installation of a kitchen and disabled toilet which brings the church into the 21st century. The Repair element of the 3R’s will follow in due course!! The PCC would like to thank the many sponsors and those in the community who have supported the project with such enthusiasm. £140,400 was raised for the campaign.

Hall Hire

Please contact the churchwarden  if you wish to hire the hall. The church has brilliant acoustics for choir or instrumental/band practices and a fully fitted kitchen suitable for small social gatherings/meetings.

Family Searches

Please contact  the verger if you are trying to trace ancestors from the Parish of Boxford.

Church contacts


  • Revd John Toogood – 01635 247566
  • The Vicarage, Church Lane, Chieveley, Newbury RG20 8UT

Associate Priests

  • Revd Douglas Dales – 01635 247404


  • Positions vacant


  • Mike Appleton – 01488 608422


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