St Laurence's West Woodhay

    St Laurence’s, West Woodhay


The Parish of West Woodhay covers five square miles with 48 dwellings. With no school, shop nor pub the church provides the main focal point for the village residents.  There is a village hall but it is infrequently used. Nevertheless, there is a strong feeling of community.

The current building, built in 1883 but preceded by two churches within the grounds of West Woodhay House, is in good repair with no serious structural problems. The building together with the grounds are well maintained, with a Memorial Garden adjoining the churchyard to the west This is the family memorial to Mrs. Sarah Henderson who died following an accident in 1972, and whilst not part of the church or churchyard, by happy inspiration opens directly out of it.  There is a service at the church each Sunday; two are Holy Communion services and one Morning Prayer. The average regular attendance is 12 or so but considerably larger for the major festivals.

From January 2014, on a ‘fifth Sunday’, an informal service will be held in the Village Hall.