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 – June 2022

Greetings to you all from St Mary Magdalene’s Church  God bless our gracious Queen,  I hope you are all well and looking forward to all the Jubilee celebrations. It will be a lovely sight to see gardens and villages decked with royal bunting. I hope you all have a lovely

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News From The Village Of Essendine – June 2022 

PLATINUM JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS:  A separate flyer with the details of our village celebration on Friday 3rd June at the village hall, will have been delivered through your letterbox.  A special commemorative tree planting with a time capsule buried beneath it will take place during the celebration.  VILLAGE HALL NEWS:  We

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St. Mary Magdalene’s Church, Essendine – May 2022

Greetings from St Mary Magdalene’s Church, Essendine. 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. The birds are enjoying the bird feeder in the garden; the sunflower hearts are

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News From The Village Of Essendine – May 2022

VILLAGE HALL:  The 2022 AGM re-elected Adele Stainsby, Chair, John Saunders, Treasurer and Sue Cunnington, Secretary. Adrian Forsell, Peter Foster and Tom Klimes all continue as committee members. Linda Barker continues as Caretaker. New volunteers are both needed and welcome, as there will be some changes in the management committee in 2023. Please do

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From Essendine To Peru 

Peru is a very long way away! Over 6,000 miles from Essendine.  Famous for Paddington who comes from the deepest, darkest of jungles … which is very exciting unless you need access to medical services. What happens then?  The Vine Trust, a Christian Scottish charity, started the Amazon Hope Medical Programme

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St. Mary Magdalene’s Church, Essendine – April 2022

Easter Greetings from St Mary Magdalene’s Church, Essendine.  I hope you are all well and managing to stay warm and enjoying the Easter holidays. It is so lovely to see all the lambs out in the fields. I’m sure we are all looking forward to some warmer weather so we

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News from the Village of Essendine – April 2022

Twice recently Anglian Water have had to deal with sewer blockages in Bourne Road. In both cases they were caused by a build up of wipes which had completely blocked the sewer, causing raw sewage to overflow into residents’ gardens.  Please put all used wipes and cotton wool pads, no matter

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St. Mary Magdalene’s Church, Essendine – Mar 2022

I hope you are all well and managing to stay warm. It has been a very mild, wet and gloomy January, As I write the sun is shining and we have blue skies. I’m sure we are all looking forward to the arrival of Spring. It’s lovely to see the

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News from the Village of Essendine – Mar 2022

VACANCY  Parish Council Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer  Essendine Parish Council  Salary £11.08 per hour Part Time (4 hours per week) Home Based  Essendine Parish Council is looking to recruit a Parish Clerk who will also act as the Responsible Financial Officer.  Working from home the successful candidate will agree

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St. Mary Magdalene’s Church, Essendine – Feb 2022

I hope you are all well and managing to stay warm. It has been a very mild, wet and gloomy January, As I write the sun is shining and we have blue skies. I’m sure we are all looking forward to the arrival of Spring. It’s lovely to see the

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News from the Village of Essendine – Feb 2022

ESSENDINE PARISH COUNCIL OPPOSES MALLARD PASS SOLAR FARM.  “Essendine Parish Council strongly opposes the proposed Mallard Pass Solar Farm development” is the resolution passed by the Parish Council in December 2021.  As a council we oppose the development based upon the voiced concerns of the Essendine population and the overwhelming

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St. Mary Magdalene’s Church, Essendine – Jan 2022

A Happy New Year to you all and a huge thank you to everyone who has supported and visited St Mary Magdalene’s Church during 2021. I hope you are all keeping well and managed to enjoy a wonderful Christmas.  A special thanks goes to Revd Jo Saunders and Revd Fiona

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News from the Village of Essendine – Jan 2022

THANK YOU TO IAN AND LISA for volunteering to deliver newsletters in response to our plea! .We are most grateful. THE VILLAGE HALL will be closed for the Christmas period, staring on the 23rd December and will reopen on Tuesday 4th January.  BROWNIES AND GUIDES IN ESSENDINE: We have a

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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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