Beachampton

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church.

BEACHAMPTON CHURCH and community

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church is mentioned in the Domesday Book. How much of the original structure remains we are not sure, as it was ‘improved’ and extended in Victorian times. Recently, we were able to spend over £200,000 restoring the building, ensuring it is in good order, and overhauling the peal of five bells. We hope this means we will not need major expenditure on the building for many years.

The Patron of the Church is Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge and for many years the rectors were all MAs of that College.

As well as the regular services listed on page 6, we hold Easter, Harvest, Remembrance and Harvest services (with supper and auction of produce). Weddings, baptisms and funerals are held as required in a small community. The proportion of villagers who attend church is high and attendance is usually 12 with up to 40 at special services.

Opportunities

  • We have a few small children in the village as well as older children and teenagers.
  • Various housing planning applications are being submitted so we hope the village population will increase.
  • The Beachampton congregations enjoy many types of services, is open-minded and participates well.
  • The village has a close knit community and has a golf society, a book club, a recorder group and a village hall committee which supports multiple village events.

Challenges

Over the last few years the Church has been running at a deficit. However, the PCC has recently undertaken several activities which have resulted in a number of both one off and regular donations with the aim of breaking even and, over the next few years, together with fundraising activities, to start to rebuild the surpluses.