Essendine Church - St. Mary Magdalene, Essendine

History Of The Essendine Church

Essendine once had a C12th moated wooden castle. The Essendine church sits at the edge of the site, on the banks of the castle moat. The moat is usually dry, but after prolonged rain it fills from the adjacent West Glen river and the church has flooded several times.

The Essendine church comprises a chancel and nave. It dates back to the C12th with C13th additions. It has no tower, but a bell-cote, another Rutland idiosyncracy. The door is believed to date from 1130-40, but some historians think it is Saxon. It is possible that it came from another disused or ruined church.

Over the door is a carving of Christ in Majesty supported by angels on either side. Its primitive nature suggests Saxon origins.

The church is open during daylight hours

Recent Essendine Church News

St. Mary Magdalene’s Church, Essendine – Dec 2021

Season’s Greetings I would like to wish you all a very happy, healthy and peaceful Christmas. We look forward to welcoming visitors old and new to our Christmas Services. Our thoughts and prayers this month are with The Children’s Society, for all the good work they do. We pray particularly

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News from the Village of Essendine – Dec 2021

DO YOU LIVE IN GLEN CRESCENT OR STATION ROAD?  We have had no offers to deliver the newsletter to these roads, so sadly they will not receive copies after this issue unless volunteers come forward. Neither road is large—could you spare 10 minutes once a month to deliver to one of

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Essendine Parish Council – Dec 2021

APPOINTMENT OF PARISH COUNCIL CLERK AND RESPONSIBLE FINANCIAL OFFICER  Salary £11.08 per hour Part-time (4 hours per week) Home Based  If you have a genuine interest in helping our forward-thinking and energetic Parish Council, have a familiarity with Essendine and its surroundings and wish to develop and deliver timely, quality

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St. Mary Magdalene’s Church, Essendine – Nov 2021

Greetings to you all from St Mary Magdalene’s Church.  I hope you are all keeping well and warm as the cold weather arrives. It is lovely to light our wood burner, although it is easy to then sit by the fire all evening and not get on with jobs! On

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News from the Village of Essendine – Nov 2021

MACMILLAN COFFEE MORNING: Thank you to all those people the dropped in at the hall last month to support the fundraising efforts for Macmillan Cancer Care. It was lovely to see everyone and a magnificent £494.42 was raised! We are especially grateful to many of the local businesses that supported

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St. Mary Magdalene’s Church, Essendine – Oct 2021

Greetings to you all from St Mary Magdalene’s Church.  I hope you are all well and have had a lovely warm, sunny September. Let’s hope for some good weather in October. It is a bumper year for apples and blackberries,. We are looking forward to a delicious wild blackberry mousse

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News from the Village of Essendine – Oct 2021

NEWSLETTER DELIVERY: Many thanks to Joan Chappell who has offered to take on delivery to Bourne Road and Manor Farm Lane. And now… is there anyone willing to take on delivery to the flats, Station Rd and Glen Crescent? (All or part of that round?) Jenny Spicer has done it

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St. Mary Magdalene’s Church, Essendine – Sept 2021

Greetings to you all from St Mary Magdalene’s Church.  I hope you are all well and enjoyed the Summer holidays. On the farm,  harvest is hopefully nearly finished and the new drilling has already started. It always amazes me how quickly the farming calendar moves on from combining the fields

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News from the Village of Essendine – Sept 2021

NEEDED URGENTLY  A volunteer to deliver Village Newsletters each month on Bourne Road and Manor Farm Lane (or people willing to divide the round up between them.)  If you could help with this please let Rev Jo know  revjosaunders@live.co.uk or 07946237223.  LATERAL FLOW TESTING KITS are now available free of

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St. Mary Magdalene’s Church, Essendine – Aug 2021

Greetings to you all from St Mary Magdalene’s Church  I hope you are all well and enjoying the Summer holidays. On the farm, like so many others, we are busy with the harvest. It is a wonderful sight watching the Combines working in the fields.  We have a wedding at our

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News from the Village of Essendine – Aug 2021

COMMUNITY SPEED WATCH CAMPAIGN IN SEPTEMBER  We have been allocated a week from Monday 13th September, and to  collect plenty of data about the speed of vehicles through Essendine, we need volunteers to help. Full training will be given nearer the date, so please contact Adele Stainsby on 01780 751711

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St. Mary Magdalene’s Church, Essendine – July 2021

Greetings to you all from St Mary Magdalene’s Church  I hope you are all well and looking forward to the Summer holidays. On the farm we are busy getting ready for harvest. Have you spotted the beautiful blue fields of linseed? I am looking forward to seeing the fields of

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News from the Village of Essendine – July 2021

NEW BABY AND TODDLER GROUP IN ESSENDINE  Come along and join us from Monday 14th June for two hours of fun, learning and play!  Time: 1-3pm. Essendine Village Hall.  All parents, grandparents & carers welcome.  Cost £2 per family. This includes refreshments half way through.  For further details and to book

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St. Mary Magdalene’s Church, Essendine – June 2021

Greetings to you all from St Mary Magdalene’s Church  I hope you are all well and looking forward to the warmer weather and a chance to spend more time outdoors. We give thanks that we will be able to once again meet up with family and friends. On the farm

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St. Mary Magdalene’s Church, Essendine – May 2021

Greetings to you all from St Mary Magdalene’s Church  I hope you are all well and enjoying some better weather. It has been a very welcome sight to see the sheep and lambs back in the church field. On a ride around the farm, we watched a herd of deer

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News from the Village of Essendine – May 2021

Let’s brighten up Essendine for the summer and bring colour and enjoyment to us all as we ease out of lockdown.  We are running a competition for all residents to grow Sunflowers in their gardens for all to admire. There will be a prize for the tallest, which will be judged

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St. Mary Magdalene’s Church, Essendine – Apr 2021

Greetings from St Mary Magdalene’s Church, Essendine.  I hope you are all keeping well and at last enjoying some beautiful Spring weather. As I write, the sun is shining and Spring has arrived in the garden.  It is great to hear that the covid vaccinations are going so incredibly well,

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News from the Village of Essendine – Apr 2021

ESSENDINE PARISH COUNCIL NEWS:  PLAY AREA UPDATE:  The Parish Council has successfully secured funding to replace the existing swings with two older children’s swings and a completely new additional tod-dler swing set being installed with some reconfiguration at the far end of the play area. This revised play area will

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St. Mary Magdalene’s Church, Essendine – Mar 2021

Greetings from St Mary Magdalene’s Church, Essendine.  I hope you are all well and managing to stay warm and dry. As I write, storm Darcy is with us. The layer of fresh snow looks so beautiful from the comfort of your own home and a joy to the children to

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