1000 Years of Corhampton Church

Serving the Community for a Millennium

CORHAMPTON CHURCH IS BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN BUILT IN 1020 AND HAS BEEN IN CONTINUOUS USE FOR THE LAST 1000 years. It is a living monument to our rich heritage. In celebration, the community is planning a series of cultural and community events. With the help of The National Lottery Community Fund, the Meon Valley Arts Society, Winchester City Council, and Hampshire County Council, the aim is to foster inclusivity across the whole village and to enable everyone to participate in the celebrations.

See below for the celebratory community events we have planned.

There will be more publicity in the Bridge Parish magazine as the year unfolds, but please look at this page on the Bridge website https://www.bridgechurches.org.uk/c1000/  and on the Benefice Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/MeonBridgeBenefice for any last minute changes, should the Covid pandemic affect our plans.

We are so pleased that we were able, in June, to start our 1000th birthday celebrations for Corhampton Church.

Our churches looked wonderful with their glorious displays of wildflowers and roses.  Thank you so much to Lorna, Chris, Sue, Natalie and all those who contributed and attended.   Thank you, too, to Gregor and Hugh for their impromptu photo competition.  Congratulations to the winners.

A quieter but, nevertheless, equally special Quiet Day, splendidly prepared by Fr Tony, was a wonderful experience for those who attended.  Our thanks to Fr Tony, as well.  We are so lucky to have such a special Rector.

The fete was a fantastic success and much enjoyed.  Luna Acrobatics and Aerial Arts put on an amazing show.  We don’t know how to thank all the lovely people who attended, took part, enjoyed themselves, ate teas and burgers and generally had fun.  Let alone the generosity of the sponsors, which was out of this world, and the superb contributions of time, energy, donations and sheer hard work of the fete committee, the stallholders, gatekeepers and helpers.

These events were each a great success:

Sunday 12th September – 15.00 Church Green and St Andrew’s – Rough Ditch  Folk Band with a cream tea and a dahlia display in the church.

Tuesday 21st September – 19.30 St Andrew’s – Organ recital by our very own Richard Martin.

Friday 24th September – 18.30 Corhampton – Yew Tree Talk by national yew tree expert Toby Hindson, a founder member of the Ancient Yew Group.

Saturday 2nd October – 18.30 Meon Hall – The Madding Crowd band and a delicious Harvest Supper.

The Madding Crowd researches and performs church and secular music of English village bands and choirs from 1660 to 1861.  For our harvest treat there may be a light-hearted look at harvest celebrations through the eyes of farmer’s wife Ann Hughes in 1796 or a look at the introduction of the Festival in 1843.  It includes dances by the band and songs with audience participation.  Won’t it be great to sing together indoors again!

Friday 8th OctoberOne-man show by poet, rebellious priest and psychotherapist David Keighley following the publication in the US of his work “Poetry, Piety and Psyche”.

Sunday 17th October – 19.00 St Andrew’s – Corhampton 1000 – with the wonderful local and talented Chamber Choir Vox Arcis.

A wonderful local and talented Chamber Choir took us on a journey through a millennium of choral music, reflecting 1000 years of Corhampton Church, with both sacred masterpieces and some lighter-hearted secular works, including madrigals and arrangements of folk-songs with a local connection.  S

Saturday, 6th November – Exhibition of art produced by local artists and display of locally found ancient artefacts 

Upcoming Events

Sunday 13th March 2022 – 18.30 St Andrew’s Church – Athanasian Consort Concert –  “A Meditation for Lent” featuring a programme of readings interspersed with musical offerings sung by them.  Refreshments will be served after the event, courtesy of FOSACC.


Sunday 10th April 2022 Passion Sunday – 16.00 Rehearsal, 19.00 Performance at St Andrew’s – J H Maunder’s Olivet to Calvary from scratch.  Described as a sacred cantata, it represents the scenes which mark the last few days of Christ’s passion.  Come and join local singers and professionals.  Music scores will be provided.  Extra rehearsals, if wanted: at St Andrew’s:  Tuesday 8th March 19.00, Tuesday 22nd March, 19.00 and Tuesday 5th April 19.00.


Copies of a booklet of Guy Liardet’s historical articles published in the Bridge magazine and commemorative mugs will be available at events, including the fete.  Mugs can be purchased at a bargain price of £5 each and the books at £2.50.  Buy them whilst you can.

Refreshments will be available at events:  Donations may be requested

A whole host of other commemorative activities and projects are being undertaken, including an applique which the local infant school children have started.  This involves a timeline covering the last 1000 years depicting the children in costumes from different historical periods.  We have also been celebrating services through the ages, including using the Sarum Missal which would have been in use when Corhampton Church was first built.

With the support of the National Lottery Community Fund, the Meon Valley Arts Society,  Hampshire County Council, Winchester City Council, and the South Downs National Park.

Fostering inclusivity across our Villages