All Saints Church
History of the church
All Saints’ dates from the 12th century. Evidence of an earlier church were found during the nineteenth century alterations. The font is probably twelfth or thirteenth century. It stands on a square base of Purbeck marble. The cover, which is modern, was designed by Sir Gilbert Scott, and was given in 1886. Near the altar rails can be seen the tomb of James Sessions, the rector who was ejected by the Commonwealth Parliament in 1650. The earliest recorded Rector of Houghton was John Clavel in 1259. A spire was added to the tower in 1890. The £128 cost was raised by the landowners. In recent years over £100,000 has been spent on essential repairs, together with the installation of a new peal of bells.
All Saints' Houghton is part of the Mid-Test Benefice which comprises the parishes of Broughton, Bossington, Houghton, Leckford, Longstock, Mottisfont and Stockbridge.
The Rector of the Mid-Test Benefice is the Rev'd Philip Bowden.
All Saints' has two Churchwardens:
Richard James - [email protected] 01794 388534
Michael Woodall - [email protected] 01264 810500
Currently these are held twice a month, on the second and last Sunday. Worship on the last Sunday of the month takes the form of a Family Communion at 9.30 am; the second Sunday of the month is an Evensong service at 6.00 pm. Please come and join us. During the year there are occasional services for the whole benefice held at All Saints'.
We have a team of Bell Ringers who, with help from other bell ringers in nearby villages, can ring for most major services. There are weekly bell ringing practices on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month. New ringers are always welcome. If you’d like to find out more or have a go (without an audience!) - please ring or message Jenny Hebburn on 07463 639455
Bell Ringing groups from round the country also visit All Saints'. Any groups interested in visiting to ring bells should contact Jenny Hebburn.
Weddings at All Saints' have again been popular in 2019 with bookings from April through to November. Most do ask for bells to be rung before and/or after the service. Please contact Jenny Hebburn (see above) if you'd like bells at a wedding.
All Saints’ is involved in various fund raising events throughout the year. The church has an active Parochial Church Council (PCC) together with a sub-group known as 'The Friends'.
'The Friends' hosted a very successful event in the church in June 2019, a performance of Romeo and Juliet in the church, by the professional company 'This is my Theatre'.
The 2019 annual Harvest Supper was held in Houghton Village Hall on Saturday 28 September. Profits from this event are shared between All Saints' PCC and Houghton Village Hall.
Church Cleaning Rota
This team keeps the church on sparkling form. If you could offer to join the rota, please contact Sheryl Williams - [email protected] - 01794 389636. The rota is published each month in Houghton News.
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