St Mary’s Church

Pastoral Care

We have a flourishing Pastoral Care Group which serves our four parishes: Cheveley, Ashley, Woodditton and Kirtling.

We visit the bereaved, people who are ill either in hospital or at home, and help in any way we can.

Please telephone
Pat Cobby
(ALM group leader)
on 01638 730297

Cheveley Group

About St Mary’s

St Mary’s Church opened in 1845 and was restored in 1907 – it dates back to 1746.The building is made out of flint and bath stone dressing.

The church has a chancel, transepts and nave and has a western turret that contains a bell. St Mary’s can be found, as the name suggests, in Church Street.

St Marys Ashley has a prayer corner, candle stand and information display and a new walk around guide has been produced. There is an outside toilet, and a new ramp was installed last Autumn for wheelchair users and funerals. There are also large print hymn books for the partially sighted.

The Church building and its minister are available for the whole village, and everyone resident in the village (or associated with it), is welcomed for baptisms, weddings and funerals (burials and cremations).

There is a lot going on in terms of worship – traditional and contemporary teaching, such as Sunday-schools, youth events and study schools for adults, and many social events.

The Church is closely involved with Cheveley Primary school which serves Ashley village. The whole school attends services in St Mary’s Church twice a term.

In the wider church context, the Cheveley group of parishes belong to the Fordham and Quy Deanery, which includes twenty nine parishes.

Priest in Charge

Revd Philip Tait
Tel: 01638 731657

Church Wardens

Mrs Margaret Jackson
Tel: 01638 730201

Mr Michael Jenkins
Tel: 01638 731727

Church Service Dates & Times

1st Sunday of the month – Holy Communion at 9.00am

2nd Sunday of the month – All Age Service at 11.00am

3rd Sunday of the month – Holy Communion with Choir at 11.00am

4th Sunday of the month – Morning Prayer with the Churchwardens at 11.00am

Any 5th Sunday is joint rotating with Wooditton – watch out for notices.

Sunday Services

There is a service at St Marys every Sunday. Friendly family services cater for the young at heart, with simple songs sometimes a bible story and a prayer station with activities for children and a brief talk, followed by refreshments.

Songs of Praise is held at Silhaven Community Centre once a month for those who are no longer able to get to Church.

Ashley Church

About the Church Services

We aim to offer opportunities to worship, both contemporary and traditional which suit all ages.

Holy Communion is a quiet said service using Book of Common Prayer – offered at Ashley on the 1st Sunday of each month.

The All Age Service at Cheveley and Ashley is an informal and accessible service for children and adults to enjoy, followed by refreshments. Separate activities for children are provided during part of the service.

Do watch church notice boards, The Link – Parishes in Partnership monthly magazine, About Ashley – the Ashley Village magazine or the website for details of special festival services and other worship activities.


Baptism is the way that children (and adults) can become part of the church, and mark the beginning of their journey of faith with God. Parents are welcome to contact Revd Philip Tate, our minister, to discuss possible dates and to talk about what is involved. One of the clergy will visit the family to discuss the service and provide information for parents and God-parents. The baptism usually takes place during an All Age Service. Separate Family Baptisms can also be arranged, followed by a Welcome at an All Age Service later. We pray for all our baptism children and keep in touch with them with anniversary cards etc. Our Children’s Minister offers to visit all our baptism families when the children are 4-5 to discuss their faith development.


We are always delighted when a couple want to be married in one of our churches, and happy to work with them to plan the service, and to think about the meaning of marriage.

Can anyone be married in church?

To be married in a church, the law says that either one of the couple should have a home (or home address) in the parish, or a family link there. The new marriage measure has relaxed these rules and now include grandparent residency and where people have been baptised or confirmed in one of our churches. If this is the case, and if neither partner has been divorced, then there should be no problem.

What if one of us has been married before, and divorced?

The Church of England has revised its response to this increasingly common situation at the moment, trying to balance what we believe about marriage being a commitment for life with the gospel message that God offers us all a new start. Revd Ann will meet with couples in this situation to work through whether their particular circumstances fit the guidelines given by the Bishop, and if so whether it is possible for them to be married in church. If we are unable to offer a full church wedding, we are very pleased to arrange a dedication or blessing of the marriage in a simple service.

How much does a church wedding cost?

It varies a little, but generally the cost is about £600. The fees go towards the local church, the organist, bell ringers and verger, and the costs of having a paid minister.

What should we do if we want to get married in St. Mary’s?

Contact the Churchwarden to discuss possible dates. She will ask you to meet her before you make firm arrangements, and will give you all the information you need. Nearer the time of the wedding, she or Revd Lynne will go through the service with you, and look at what it says about the meaning of marriage.

Just before the wedding, we will take those involved through a short rehearsal, so that you can really enjoy the day itself.

The Ark

The Ark is a service for pre-school children and their carers at Cheveley Church 1st and 3rd Fridays at 9.15am. Stories, craft, toys, singing, prayer…it is followed by Coffee at Ten when we invite anyone who wishes to drop into church for a cup of coffee and a chat.

Youth Group

We now have a group for teenagers which meets once a month, for discussions, etc. on Sunday mornings alternating between Cheveley and Woodditton. We hope it will give our young people their own time, to explore encourage their faith, and hopefully encourage youth in the partnership who may not come to any of the services at present. Contact: Tracy Grimster for more details. (Tel: 01638 721150)