Kelvedon and Feering Churches
Kelvedon and Feering Churches


News of current events can be found on the What's On page and more information about Church Services can be found on the Services page.


Please also see the Weekly Notice Sheet page where you can read the weekly pew sheets.


We also publish monthly the Kelvedon Parish Magazine and Feering Parish Magazine which can be read by clicking on the linke. 


First if all, a big thank-you to Cherry Smalley, Gill Bugg and all the volunteers who generously gave of their time and talents last Wednesday for St Mary’s Craft Day.  The intermittently atrocious weather may have put some people off coming, but it didn’t spoil the warm and friendly atmosphere inside.  While there weren’t as many people as in previous years, all who came much enjoyed trying the wide variety of crafts available.  Thanks to all who manned the stalls or helped with refreshments – with special thanks to Nicki for her delicious cakes.  The day was really something for the whole community and not intended as a fundraiser, but it was pleasing that we also raised about £250 for church funds.


St Mary’s is supporting this very worthwhile local charity during Lent.  We thank everyone who has donated clothing for the local Afghan refugees, they have been extremely grateful but they are now over-whelmed by your generosity.  So no more clothes at the moment please.  
Should you wish to give money to Refugee Action - Colchester, there are collection boxes at the back of Church or visit

February 2022 - United Benefice of Kelvedon and Feering welcome Assistant Curate Natasha McMichael

Hello! I'm Natasha McMichael and I am delighted that I will be serving as Assistant Curate in the United Benefice of Kelvedon and Feering. 


I have lived in the beautiful village of Coggeshall for the past 22 years together with my husband Peter, my two teenage daughters: Flora and Lilian, and most importantly our dog Kizzy! Despite living ‘next door’ I realise there is much I don’t know about Kelvedon and Feering and so I'm really looking forward to getting to know you all and the area.


Music is what brought me to faith. I love all kinds of music but especially musical theatre and choral singing (great combination!). And it is through music that I first became an active member of St Peter ad Vincula in Coggeshall, by singing in the choir. Bringing up two small children I became involved in the youth work of St Peter’s and really enjoyed creating plays for the family services. As my faith deepened I was encouraged to explore my vocation by both members of the ministry team and congregation. And, placing my trust in God I embarked upon three years of part-time ordination training at St Mellitus College, in Chelmsford. It has been a wonderful time and also a challenging time. Combining study, a day job and a family has been a complicated juggling act at times (!) but I have been supported throughout by my family and friends.


For the past 19 years I have been teaching English as a foreign language at Colchester Institute both to adults and teenagers, many of whom are refugees and asylum seekers. I never cease to be amazed by those students who have come from appalling situations: war and conflict, persecution and torture, who have left everything behind and yet have the strength to make a new life, in a new country, in a new language. I will be sorry to leave them but I know they are in good hands- our ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages – Ed.) team is amazing!


I am so excited to be starting this new adventure. I pray that this will be a time of growth and of learning; of understanding God’s will for each of us and that as a community we may walk together in His love to share the good news of the gospel.

- Natasha McMichael

December 2021 - Outdoor Carol Service at St Mary's

The decision to hold St Mary's Carol Service outdoors represented a significant gamble on the weather being co-operative. In the event, our confidence was rewarded as can be seen on the recordng of the service above.

Many thanks, as ever, to Steve Hopper who played the trumpet, to our choristers who led she singing and to Hugh Toler for filming it all.

December 2021 - St Mary's Christmas Tree Festival

Thank you to everyone who came and enjoyed this year's St Mary's Christmast Tree Festival. Well done to all the tree holders for their stunning and creaative designs. As ever, thank to the loyal team of volunteers who helped before, during and after the festival.

November 2021 - Year 6 from St Mary's Academy School Remembrance Service

Very moving service of Remembrance at the War Memorial with Year 6 today. They had written poems and prayers and laid a wreath.  Thanks to the staff who brought them and prepared them so well. We will remember them.

October 2021 - St Mary's Wine & Tapas Evening

A great evening was had by all at the recent Wine & Tapas Evening. Much thannks to Sandy Kennedy for his informative guide to all the different wines that were tasted and to Geraldine Kennedy and Ruth and Simon Bell who worked tiresleslly to keep our glasses topped up and serve us the lovely tapas. A great evening and a worthwhile one too with at total of over £300 profit being made for the Church.

October 2021 - All Saints' Harvest Festival

The Harvest Festival was fun and lively. Thank you to everyone who helped decorate our Churcn and help in other ways over the weekend too. Thank you to Lynette Challis for these wonderful pictures of the All Saints' decorations.

August 2021 - St Mary's Walk

Excellent turn out for Hugh's walk this morning. Thanks to everyone who came along. Thank you to Tory Toler for the pictures.

August 2021 - St Mary's Pet Service

Thank you to everyone who came to our Pet Service. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did! It was a very well behaved service with Felix, our guest of honour, three tortoises and many woofy dogs! Thank you to Sarah Openshaw for the lovely pictures.

July 2021 - St Mary's Fete

We had a wonderful turn-out for St Mary’s Fete last Saturday.  The forecast was pretty ominous, with rain and even lightning expected, but it turned out to be a glorious afternoon!  We had good numbers, but it never felt too crowded and by and large people were sensible and didn’t bunch or get in each other’s way.  


Everywhere you looked were people enjoying themselves on probably their first outing for months, if not a year. The Fete raised £3,258.00 before expenses, which is a really good result in a year like this.  We’ll let you know the final figure when we have it.  A huge thank-you to everyone who took part and contributed either on the day or beforehand, with a special thank-you to hard-working churchwardens Anne Hackworth and Simon Prideaux.

June 2021 - All Saints' Cream Tea

Our first Feering Cream Teas in the Churchyard last Sunday was a real success, with over 60 people enjoying both a delicious cream tea and the lovely weather.  £365.00 was raised overall, a pretty decent result.  


Thank you to Oliver Griffiths for the mouth watering photos!

May 2021 - St Mary's Annual Meeting

The Annual Parochial Church Meeting for St Mary's, Kelvedon took place last week.

The St Mary's PCC is very aware that current restrictions and concerns made it difficult for all those who usually attend the meeting to do so this year and, consequently, some will not have heard the various reports given by Simon Garwood and others on the activities of the Church during 2020 - which was, by any measure, a very challenging year!
For those who would like to read them please click on the links below.
Annual Report 2020 Final.docx
Microsoft Word document [27.1 KB]
APCM REPORTS 2020.docx
Microsoft Word document [21.3 KB]

May 2021 - St Mary's Cake & Craft Mini-Market

Saturday's Mini-Market at St Mary’s was well attended and much appreciated. The Cake Stall and Raffle combined made £460, and Crafts made £140, making a grand total of £600!  Very many thanks to all who contributed cakes, crafts and raffle prizes, and especially to Cherry and Gill, Liz and Ruth, Steve and Nikki, and our churchwardens Anne and Simon for all their hard work. Thank you to Oliver for taking pictures of the day.  It was lovely to see people enjoying themselves in the churchyard again.

April 2021 - Kelvedon & Feering Cairns

To celebrate the anniversary of the first Lockdown, we had a Cairn in each of our Churchyards. The idea was for people to visit, add a stone and have a chance to reflect, remember and to mourn what has been lost over the last year.


Revd. Simon Garwood held a short service to bless our Cairn at St Mary's Church:

April 2021 - The Passion Story at St Mary's

Although we were unable to holding services at St Mary’s this Easter, we still wished to participate in the usual Easter preparation & celebration, even if it is in a somewhat different manner. Therefore, for eight days from Palm Sunday, 28thMarch, until Easter Sunday, 3rd April, we told the events of Easter Week, commencing with the triumphal procession into Jerusalem & culminating in the joyful celebration of the Resurrection, by using our large cross with a different event each day, narrated as in the bible. This was be accompanied by a physical object to emphasise the significance. If you didn't get a chance to see them, we have added the photos below for you.

April 2021 - Church Easter Gardens

This year we set up our Easter Gardens outside and with lovely Spring weather they were enjoyed by many. For those of you who were unable to see them, please see pictures below.


St Mary’s one was near the main churchyard path, while Feering’s more bijou garden was in the church porch.  


Many thanks to Cherry & Gill, and Liz & Ben for doing them so beautifully.

All Saints' Easter Garden:

St Mary's Easter Garden:

March 2021 - Skip's Bell

Introducing Skip's Bell. - A fitting and proper tribute to a true Gentleman.


It has been many months since we began the fundraising campaign to raise the necessary capital to fund the re-casting of our old 4th bell which unfortunately cracked beyond repair.  I was delighted when the proposal put forward by the bell ringers to re-cast the bell in memory of our dear friend John 'Skip' Papworth MBE met with an enthusiastic favourable response from the local community and beyond.


The bell has now been cast by Britain's last surviving bell foundry John Taylor and Co. of Loughborough who are thankfully still busy casting bells not only for Churches in the 

UK but all over the world. The inscription from the old cracked 4th cast by John Briant of Hertford in 1803 has been incorporated into the inscription band of the new bell. Skip's bell is tuned to the note B flat to fit in with Kelvedon's octave of eight bells the lst of which (The Tenor Bell) weighs 19 cwt and is tuned to the note E flat. The new bell is made of an alloy of copper & tin (bell metal) and weighs approximately 8 cwt being 407 kg.  The bell will soon be fitted with its headstock, and work to install it within the tower will begin on the 8th of March lasting for two weeks.


The Tenor bell in itself is an item of significant national importance as it was cast for the Festival of Britain in 1951 by the Whitechapel Foundry which sadly closed in 2017.  

The bell sat on the South Embankment for the duration of the Exhibition and was then purchased by St Mary's Church when the old Tenor bell, cast in 1608 by Miles Graye 

of Colchester, cracked beyond repair. The oldest bell within the tower is currently the 7th bell which was also cast by Miles Graye of Colchester in 1615. Bells can last a very long time, and the opportunity for the casting of a new one is something special indeed. 


It will be a while longer before bell ringing can return to normal, but please do listen out as there will be occasions when the new bell will be test rung. We very much look forward to resuming our Tuesday Evening Practice and Service Ringing for Worship on Sunday mornings.


Our sincere and grateful thanks must go to our Churchwarden Simon Prideaux, The Essex Association of Change Ringers, Kelvedon Parish Council, Kelvedon WI and the many individual donors for their support and generosity.



John Elliott

Tower Captain

On behalf of the St. Mary's Bell Ringers and PCC

January 2021 - Skip's Memorial Bell

It is with our great pleasure to show you a photograph of our new bell. More photographs are to follow. The bell is a lot larger than it looks in the picture weighing in at just over 8cwt.
A very fitting tribute to a true gentleman.

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9.30 a.m.   Holy Communion with Hymns



8.00 a.m.    Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer)

(First Sunday of the Month Only)


11.00 a.m. Holy Communion with Hymns - (Family Service held on the First Sunday of the Month)


Monthly Night Prayer (Compline)    

Every First Wednesday of the Month at 8.30 p.m.

Night Prayer is our short, quiet, reflective service on the first Wednesday of the month.  An ideal way to finish your day, especially if you don’t feel you can come to church at the moment. 

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