Welcome to the Parish of St Andrew's Thornhaugh and St Mary's Wansford
Both churches in our benefice are set within their villages to serve their respective communities. Although they are primarily used for worship they also fulfil a wider role within the villages and beyond, providing a venue for concerts, meetings and other events. Our Mission Statement states clearly: ‘Our churches exist to experience the love of God and to share it with others.’
Worship is centred on the Parish Communion (with hymns, and a choir on the 4th Sunday); this Eucharist is celebrated every Sunday at 10 am (1st and 3rd at St Andrew’s and 2nd and 4th at St Mary’s), with a Book of Common Prayer service at 8 am on the 1st Sunday. There are an increasing number of weddings and baptisms.
St Mary’s has recently been redecorated and reordered with the back pews being replaced by stacking chairs and St Andrew’s has had an annexe built which accommodates a toilet for the disabled, a servery and the new boiler. This has been achieved by grants from the Landfill Tax and gifts from generous parishioners.
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St Andrew's is the mother church of the parish of Thornhaugh cum Wansford. (Wansford was a chapel until the beginning of the 20th century but when the chancel was added it became a parish church.) In the chantry chapel at St Andrew's is the fine Russell Monument of 1613. The recumbent armed effigy on a panelled altar tomb is of William, Lord Russell of Thornhaugh, the ancestor of the present Duke of Bedford. His son, Francis (or it could be a page), kneels at his feet and the kneeling figures of his brothers and sisters are on each side of the tomb chest.
There is a ring of five bells. In 2010 an annexe was added which contains a toilet for the disabled, a servery and the new boiler. This was achieved with the help of Landfill Tax and additional donations.
St Mary’s was originally built in the 11th century; the church has an exceptional font of the 1120s. Until the new chancel was built in 1902 on the old foundations, St Mary's claimed to be the smallest parish church in England. The south doorway was built in the 13th century and the south porch is dated 1663. There is a ring of six bells. In 2009 the church has been completely refurbished with the help of Landfill Tax and generous parishioners.