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PARISH COUNCIL EVENTS

 

Next Scheduled

Parish Council Meeting

Location: Village Hall

Date: Tue 6th Oct 2014

Time: 7:00pm

 

 

MISCELLANEOUS EVENTS

 

Pilates

Location: Chelwood Village Hall

Date: Weekly from Wednesday 10thSep

Time: 6:00pm

VILLAGE HALL EVENTS

 

Flower Show

Raised 539.55.

Thanks to all who helped to make it possible.

 

Whist

Location: Village Hall

Date: Saturday 20th Sep

Time: 7:30pm

 


CHURCH EVENTS

 


St LEONARD's CHURCH
St Leonard's Church
 

Welcome to St Leonard's Church website.

The church is dedicated to St Leonard, who was born in 559. The son of an officer of Prince Clovis, he entered a monastery as a young man near Orleans in France and later founded his own in the forest of Pauvain. For certain miracles performed for the queen he was granted permission by Clovis to release all the prisoners he visited and is therefore regarded as the patron saint of prisoners.

The foundations of the church and certain features are probably Norman but the main structure is 14th Century, the tower being rebuilt in 1722. Although the architecture is chiefly plain there are a number of nice features. The Norman font was made from a block of Dundry limestone around 1125 and the ironwork can still be seen which locked the cover, lest witches stole the holy water. The detailing on the corbels on the ends of the south arcade is 14th Century-vines leaves over a female head to the east, fig leaves to the west. The south windows contain many fragments of 16th Century Flemish glass.

Whilst Bristol traded extensively with the Low Countries it is curious how such glass reached such a remote a spot. It is likely that the former tower was in better style, for there are few villages in Somerset which do not have a superb tower. : It seems there was great rivalry between villages as to the height and decoration of church towers. Spires are rare- but ten in the county.

In Somerset we have an incomparable heritage and St Leonard’s Church with its roots deep in history, is a fundamental part of this.

CHURCH SERVICES at St LEONARD's CHURCH.

1st & 3rd Sundays 8:00am
2nd Sunday 11:15am
4th Sunday 9:30am

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