Following the Coronavirus outbreak, all church services as well as other church events and activities are cancelled for the foreseeable future.

In the meantime the United Parish is preparing a weekly mini service sheet for parishioners to use at home.  If anyone wishes to receive this mini service each week (by email or a hard copy) please contact one of the Church Wardens or go to the church website, chinnorunitedchurches.co.uk.

At this difficult time if you or anyone you know needs help, be it spiritual or practical, if any one is lonely whilst self isolating, our clergy are happy to give you a telephone call.  In the first instance please contact one of your church wardens:

Jeremy 01844 761119

Richard 0779568126

1st March10.00 Family service with pancakes
8th March10.00 Holy communion with music by a visiting German choir
15th March10.00 Service of the word
22nd March10.00 Mothering Sunday service
29th MarchCancelled: 10.00 United Parish Service

8th May: VE Day

75 years since victory in Europe celebrated; bell ringers will ring in all churches including Aston Rowant.

10th May: A special service of celebration also remembering the suffering of war and the continued fighting in Japan at that time.

St Peter and St Paul’s Church Aston Rowant is part of the United Parish of Chinnor and more details of events can be found on the website www.chinnorunitedchurches.co.uk.

The Parish Church Bells

The tower contains a ‘peal’ of six bells, which are rung from the ground floor. The tenor (heaviest) bell weighs a little under 13 cwt (657 kg) and is tuned to F#. It was cast (as were the 2nd and 3rd) in 1625. The oldest bell is the 4th (cast around 1450) and the newest is the treble (lightest) bell, weighing less than 5 cwt (246 kg), cast at the Whitechapel foundry in 1975. The bells were augmented from a very challenging five, retuned and rehung in a new frame and dedicated in 1978.

They are rung before Sunday services (usually 9.25 – 9.55am) and for practice (usually 7.30 – 9pm on Tuesdays). They are also rung for weddings and to mark other local, national and even international events.

‘Full circle’ change ringing, where the bells swing through 360 degrees, is an English tradition which began around 400 years ago. It combines light aerobic exercise, rhythm, mental stimulation and teamwork. We are always delighted to welcome new recruits – both for tower and hand bell ringing – so if you are aged between 10 and 70, please come along one Tuesday and see how it’s done. It would be a good skill for family members to learn together and tuition is free!

Aston Rowant Church bells. (c) Mark Lord