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The Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin stands proudly on the site of an earlier Saxon Minster. Its outer appearance, a skillful blend of stone masons’ art of five centuries, is Perpendicular, a feast of embattled parapets and pinnacles. A mighty 17th Century North Transept Tower replaces the fallen crossing tower. Exploring the interior reveals a transitional Norman Nave surmounted by the 15th Century clerestory covered by a superb wooden roof of the same date. The many treasures of the church range from an early Elizabethan chest to fine early twentieth century Art and Craft screens. In 1994, the Parish celebrated the 750th anniversary of St. Edmund, a former Vicar of Calne, who became Archbishop of Canterbury in 1234.
The organ case and Reredos screen in St Edmund's Chapel were both designed by C.R. Ashbee and carved by Alex Miller. Click here to find out more about Alex Miller.
When our Victorian heating system failed early in 2014 we faced the huge task of raising nearly £250,000 to replace it. The people of Calne and a number of organisations came to our rescue and the project was finally completed in March 2015. We received grants from Calne Town Council, Hills administered by Community First, Viridor Credits, Calne Lions and Wiltshire Historic Churches Trust. We also received many generous donations from individuals.
On 22nd March we held a Thanksgiving Service to celebrate the completion of the heating system and to thank everyone who was involved. Here is a picture of Mary Hardwidge from Community First presenting a plaque to Bob Kenway, Deirdre Aldhous, Graham Spencer and Jane Ridgwell after the service on 22nd March.
This is our regular pattern of services . . . but have a look at the calender to check what's happening in the coming days.