St Leonard's Church, Semley

Semley Church

A parish church has stood in Semley since Norman times. However the present church is Victorian. The remnants from the older buildings are the Norman font and a thirteenth century effigy of a priest, which are both situated close to the north door. The rebuilding of the church was begun in 1866 by the then Rector of Semley. He took down the old chancel and built a new one entirely at his own expense. The rest of the building was demolished in 1874 and was rebuilt around the new chancel in Perpendicular style. The Church contains some fine stained glass; this includes a spectacular window in the Lady Chapel designed by Henry Haig in memory of WPC Yvonne Fletcher who was tragically shot while on duty at the Libyan Embassy in St James Square, London and died on the 17th April 1984.

The tower is a prominent feature with a small spire in the northwest corner. There is a fine set of 6 bells (one of the heaviest rings in the country) which are in good working order.

Sunday Services

The normal monthly pattern of Sunday services in the Church is as follows:

  • First Sunday of the month: Sung Eucharist at 9.30 am
  • Second Sunday of the month: Family Service at 9.30 am
  • Third Sunday of the month: Evening Prayer at 6.00 pm
  • Fourth Sunday of the month: BCP Sung Eucharist at 11.00 am

The dates and times of forthcoming services in the church can be found in the right-hand margin of this page, and on the Calendar page of this web site.

How to find the Church

For information on how the find the Church, click here.


Semley Village Fete - 10th June 2017

fete bunting

TeasCakes

Come and join us on

Saturday 10th June 2017
2.30 pm to 5.00 pm

on the Semley Primary School Field for the

Semley Village Fete

Attractions include:
Raffle - Donkey Rides
Teas - Plant & Cake Stalls - Books - Crockery Smash
Bottle Tombola - Gifts - Books - Games

Bell Street Jazz Band

Mens Baking Competition

(Recipe Sheets available from Semley Village Stores)

For more information, please telephone Martha on 07812 186 088

Sorry - no dogs will be permitted at the Fete


Reordering of St Leonard’s Church, Semley

Work will start on the reordering project on or around 26th April 2017. The builders will be opening and closing the Church during the day. The normal Key Rota will be suspended during the period of work which is expected to be about 12 weeks.

In the meantime, keys are held at the Rectory and with the Churchwardens, Simon Rasch and Gerald Howard.