About the Village
Orcheston, and its outlying community at Elston, is the smallest of our 4 villages. Yet it is home to two churches, a village hall, a camping site, a veterinary clinic, a cat ‘hotel’, The Riverside site for GUL (God Unlimited) and the wonderful Appleford School. Many people miss our beautiful church, St Mary’s, because of its location down at the bottom of the single winding road that runs through the village. However, our door is always open, and from our Visitors’ Book we know that many people love to spend time here in contemplation, or simply soaking up the sunshine from a bench in the churchyard.
Orcheston village also has a very busy social calendar; from Raft Races in the winter, to beating the bounds in the early summer, a wonderful Summer Fete and Flower Festival, and Bonfire Night in November; there’s always something to enjoy. At Christmas we have the most enthusiastic and cheery ‘Christingle & Carols’ event in the church, and if we can, we manage to pack in over half the village!
St Mary’s Church
Revd Eleanor Rance
Phone: 01980 620580