Associate Priest: Revd. Linda Richardson (01494 484030)
Church Wardens: Linsay Welham and Lucy Green
St Mary’s church is a living building. Built by the Knights Templar in the late twelfth or early thirteenth century, it has been prayed in for over a thousand years and has an atmosphere that reflects this. It is decorated with wall paintings which span six centuries, some of which were only rediscovered in the 1960s. They provide spiritual inspiration and comfort for worshippers and visitors. Just over 10 years ago, a kitchen, vestry and toilet were added, helping to make the church more welcoming and usable for community activities. The church is always open.
The building consist of a nave, central tower and chancel, all arranged in a East – West line. there is a small porch in the southern corner and a vestry in the north, all standing in a small churchyard.
The church tower is original and about 10 feet square and of a style which has elements of the late Norman and early English periods.
The nave is entered from the fifteenth century porch and probably dates from the thirteenth century and is thus probably a later addition to the original building. It is decorated with wall paintings which span six centuries, some of which were only rediscovered in the 1960s.
The church has become a regular filming location for the BBC’s Crandford series and has also been a location for other major films.
We have recently had a wonderful film made of St Mary’s by a local resident, Luke Phillips. You can see it on Youtube or by clicking here.
The Church of St Mary the Virgin and the Parish of Radnage are part of the West Wycombe Benefice that includes the church of St Botolph, in the Parish of Bradenham, the church of St Paul, in the Parish of Bledlow Ridge, and the two churches of St Lawrence and St Paul in West Wycombe. There are also regular services held in the village hall in Piddington.
The benefice is in the Deanery of High Wycombe and is part of the Oxford Diocese. We have recently appointed a new Rector for the Benefice and are really looking forward to his arrival later this summer. In the meantime, we are well cared for by others and the Reverend Linda Richardson is the Associate Priest who looks after Radnage.
St Mary’s has a Family-Friendly Church award and visitors are warmly welcomed to worship at our Sunday service held on the first four Sundays of each month. When there is a 5th Sunday in a month, we have a joint Benefice service that is held in one of the 6 locations in the benefice
Services are published in Contact, the parish magazine, but, generally, Communion services are held every Sunday at 09:30 except on the first Sunday of the month when a Family Morning Praise service is held, including a junior church.
For information about our services or for pastoral support, please contact:
Revd. Linda Richardson
Telephone: 01494 484030
For those interested in the work of the church the minutes of the PCC meetings are displayed inside the church porch.