St Mary's Church Charlbury with Shorthampton

St Mary’s Charlbury

An Introduction to the history of St Mary’s Charlbury

On the outside the building is traditional, but on entering, the visitor finds a modern setting. The Parochial Church Council (PCC) took advantage of the major restoration that was needed in the early 1990s to make a revolutionary change. The reason was to enable as many people as possible to see and hear what was happening during services. The present arrangement allows for great flexibility: services take place in old Chancel, in the Memorial Chapel, and facing the west end of the church. The chairs, unlike the old pews, are moved around as necessary to allow for different needs in addition to services, e.g. Taizé services, exhibitions, concerts, conferences.