Meeting of the Congregation



A meeting of the congregation will be held in Church House on Sunday 20th January, following the 11:00 am Service.  This Meeting has been arranged to update everyone regarding the proposal to form a United Benefice of Abbotskerswell and Kingskerswell with Coffinswell (The Three Wells Benefice).  Your attendance at this Meeting would be appreciated.




The Church moves forward


The Church moves forward?  Well, life is full of surprises, and your Parochial Church Council  (PCC) wants to explain a proposal  now being put forward by the Diocese.  The Parishioners as a whole have always strongly supported their church, which has stood at the centre of the village in one form or another for close on 1000 years, and continues to give this support in many ways. It is right that they should be informed, and engaged with any administrative changes proposed.


The background is that after Peter Fairbrother retired as our last full time Vicar in 1988, we were served by a series of Priests in Charge who divided their time between Abbotskerswell and other work.   David Stanton, now Archdeacon and sub Dean at Westminster Abbey, Jeremy Ive, Priscilla White, and then Gill Still as Associate Minister to John Leonard, the Vicar of Kingskerswell with Coffinswell.  We had  battled to keep a priest and a vicarage in the village, and succeeded until Gill moved on, when we lost our vicarage and John Leonard became our Priest in Charge. He retired last June.


It is now proposed that we join Kingskerswell and Coffinswell in a united benefice, which would result in a Vicar being appointed with full responsibility for the three parishes.  Your PCC believes that this arrangement is in the best interests of Abotskerswell to give us security in the future, and supports the proposal.  We will retain our independence as a parish with our own PCC.  The same idea was put forward some years ago, but it was opposed at the time by Kingskerswell and no action was then taken.


There is now a period of public consultation about the proposal  until 11th February, and  full details are displayed on a notice in the church porch. It is possible for anyone in the parish to give notice of objection, with reasons, to the Church Commissioners in London as explained in the notice. If you have any doubts about the proposal and would like to talk about them to any member of your PCC, they would be happy to see you.  Pam Wakeham, the churchwarden, Pat Heath at 44 Wilton Way and Bryan Wordsworth at Town Farm are among the members.


It is hoped that John Leonard’s successor will be in place by the summer, and, if the proposal goes ahead he or she will then be appointed as Vicar of the three parishes.




                                                             Abbotskerswell Parochial Church Council.












New Email Address




With the retirement of John Leonard at the end of June, the Parishes office has a new email address, The old email address of will still be operational and all emails will be automatically forward to the new email address. If you have given us permission to contact you please add this email to your address box to avoid the emails going into your spam box.  Many thanks in advance








Vicar's Retirement
While we have a vacancy for Vicar, arrangements are being made to continue services in St Mary’s Abbotskerswell as before, whenever possible. Changes to the regular pattern of worship will be notified on this page and with details on the Calendar.