St Mary’s Church, Hinderclay
St. Mary’s Church, Hinderclay dates back to 1128. There was a church here many years before – certainly when the Doomsday survey took place in 1086 – no doubt is was a wooden structure. The porch is of timber and still has its original l4th C wooden outer arch. The tower has six bells which are regularly rung by the Hopton and Hinderclay Ringers. We have a large, colourful display of kneelers in church and some talented flower arrangers. A full history can be found on the Hinderclay Church website.
The Church is open every day of the year from 9 till about 4 to enable folk to visit and enjoy the building and its history. It also provides a place of solitude for people to meditate or pray.
We hold services regularly on the second Sunday (Morning Prayer) and the fourth Sunday (Holy Communion). There are several extra services in addition to these throughout the year. They range from ‘Songs of Praise’ with the Castleton Brass Band to our Advent Service with the Salvation Army. We also hold a memorial service (Lives we Remember) on the Sunday nearest All Souls’ Day for people to light a candle and remember their loved ones who have passed on.
There are various fund-raising and community activities which take place in the village during the year. The annual Flower Festival each June and the Harvest Supper are probably our most popular events.
We welcome anyone from any denomination to our services and aim to extend the hand of friendship to them.