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.

Carol Service - St Leonard’s Church, Semley - 24th December 2019

AdventYou are all welcome to this increasingly popular Carol Service which will take place at St Leonard's Church, Semley, on Christmas Eve (Tuesday 24th December 2019) at 6.00 pm and that is expected to last about 45 minutes. It will take the format of 6 carols and 6 readings, and one of the carols will be ‘Away in a Manger’ during which children will be able to gather round the crib and sing the last verse.

There will be tea-lights on the ledges in the church, but you are asked not to bring naked candles unless in covered lanterns. Alternatively you might wish to bring a covered torch to help read the service sheets as light levels will be low.

Please do join us for a wonderful and atmospheric start to your Christmas. All will be most welcome.

Semley Fete 2019

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Despite the wind and a distant threat of rain, Semley's Annual Village Fete was once again a great success. The Bell Street Jazz Band set the tone with their brilliant and uplifting playing entertaining those enjoying tea and cake or Pimms as well as those busy bargain hunting or taking part in the many games on offer. A group of children from Semley School sang during the band's break and it was wonderful to see their happy faces enjoying their performance before they ran off again to have more fun. The attractions included face painting, donkey rides, crockery smashing and the ever-popular coconut shy. There were long queues for the bottle stall and this year some brave folk even volunteered to have sponges thrown at them while they were in the stocks. Two other new attractions, the Pop-Up Boutique, which stocked nearly new clothes, and the Pimms' tent were both a huge success and hopefully will become part of the Semley Fete traditions. Everywhere you looked there were smiling faces. It is a wonderful day when the community comes together to raise money for our village.

The Semley Fete Committee would like to thank everyone who worked so hard putting it together. Those who put up and take down the tents, everyone who comes along on the day, every plant lovingly planted to be sold and every cake baked help make it a perfect summer's day. The fete raised £5,400 which will be used to continue to support local causes. Many thanks.

Semley Fete Committee

Some pictures from the Fete are shown below; click on each photo below to see a larger version.


Afternoon Coffee/Tea - Semley Church

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Doing the school run?

Come and join us for a coffee or tea


St Leonard’s Church, Semley


2.20 pm to 3.30 pm
on the third Tuesday of each month

Everyone is welcome to join us for tea and coffee before the school
pick up. Toys are available for babies and toddlers.

For more details, please contact Richard or Kevin, telephone 01747 830174.

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