For anyone wishing to view the details of Inkpen's graveyards, including burial details, grave stone inscriptions and the location of the graves, please click here. Inkpen Burial, Marriage, Baptism and Birth records covering the period 1607 to 1837 can be found on the Inkpen history website, here.
Rather than continue with the history of our church to which I
will return later, it seems an update on the present might be of
Of course, Covid has borne heavily on us all. The only good thing it has shown is the immense reservoir of kindness and goodwill that there is in our village. For that, so many thanks yet again to so many. And for those who have the virus or are still suffering from its devastation, our thoughts and prayers are with you.
The spirit of welcome, worship and prayer that St. Michael’s offers has suffered too. We so much regret that our doors have been closed and we look forward immensely to the time when we can welcome all again. Finances have suffered somewhat but thanks to the continued generosity of so many we are able to weather the storm.
You have only to look at the pages of the press to get a pretty dim view of our Church nationally. Troubles over sex, race, decline, re-organization, finance – you name it! But here locally the picture is very different. Our ‘interim team’ led by Revd. Tim Wood is wonderful. A re-organization of the Benefice is under way which means that the parishes of Inkpen, Combe and West Woodhay will come closer together under the leadership of a ‘Non-Stipendiary Minister’ (currently Tim Wood) and Kintbury will have its own part time stipendiary priest. We all think it will work well – particularly because here in Inkpen we have a first class Parochial Church Council to oversee and co-ordinate things for us.
I hope this gives you the picture. To complete it, these are our Services in April for Inkpen and Combe.
Good Friday : 12 noon to 1pm. A ‘Service of Reflection’ on the Passion of our Lord led by Tim Wood in Inkpen Church.
Easter Day : The service for Inkpen is at 9.45am and will be led by Revd. Tim Wood. Unless the weather is awful the service will be outside as it was for Christmas. It will be in two parts, the first for families and the second, after a short break, for those wishing to take Communion. If the weather is really bad, we will have the service in Church. Combe will have its Easter Service, again led by Tim Wood, at 11.15.
Sunday 11th April : Parish Communion in Inkpen Church at 9.45am led by Tim Wood.
Sunday 25th April : Holy Communion using the 1662 Prayer Book Form of Service in Inkpen Church at 8.30am taken by Tim Wood.
As you will see from the Service pattern we are gradually returning as far as we can to ‘normal’ and this will continue as restrictions are progressively lifted. But at the moment on Wednesdays and Sundays (when there is not a service on that day) Inkpen Church is open from 10am to 4pm for private prayer. Apart from these times I’m afraid it is closed. For the Services in Church social distancing, masks etc. are still required.
Easter Greetings to all. Gerald Atkinson. Churchwarden.
Services in the benefice: Other than those given in News from St. Michael’s these can be found on the Walbury Beacon website which is www.walburybeaconbenefice.org.uk.
Our Lady of Lourdes, Priory Road, Hungerford RG17 0AF Parish
Priest - Fr Zbigniew Budyn 01635 40332.
Good Friday – Church open from 2.30pm – 4.30pm for private prayer
Easter Sunday Mass - 9.00am
Sunday Mass - every Sunday at 9.00am
Weekday Mass - every Wednesday at 10.00am
For further information contact Paul Burrough 01488 668882 Mobile 07836 292976 Email email@example.com
The images of St. Michael's past and present are shown here