Hinxton Village Church.
Hinxton is fortunate to have a very delightful 13th Century Grade 2* listed church dedicated to St. Mary and St John. Hinxton is in the diocese of Ely and shares a Vicar with the parishes of Duxford and Ickleton. It is very much an active church with services held on 3 Sundays of every month – Ist Sunday 6.30 pm Evensong, 3rd Sunday 10.00 am Parish Communion which is celebrated using a modern language service, and 4th Sunday an 8.00 am Communion. At the first and last Sundays in the month the 1662 Book of Common Prayer is used.
In recent years the village has been very supportive of the church by contributing to several major renovation projects. This means that the church is in a good state of repair but like all mediaeval buildings will keep the members of the church and the village busy with continued care and maintenance programmes.
The church is always kept unlocked in the daytime – mostly 9.00 am to 6.30 pm – but in winter may be locked earlier. Villagers and visitors alike are very welcome to enjoy the peace and serenity of the building at their leisure.
The current vicar is Rev Petra Shakeshaft who resides at Duxford Rectory.
The Churchwardens are Mrs Margaret Malcolm and Andrew Walker who both reside in Hinxton.
The Friends of Hinxton Church
This organisation was set up in the late 1980’s by the then resident of Church Green Cottage specifically to care for the church and churchyard for the enjoyment of the public. It has raised many thousands of pounds in support of a whole range of projects including re-roofing, redecorating and the heating of the building. As a result it is a very “habitable” building which was not always the case.
Funds are raised through social activities in the village and by appeals to grant making organisations.
It is worth remarking that this treasure of mediaeval architecture gets no financial support from either the state or from the Church of England. Quite remarkable when one considers that well over 60% of the built heritage of this country lies in church buildings.
The Chairman of The Friends is Mr David Mills. The Secretary is Mrs Kate Riley.
New members are welcome at any time and membership can be purchased on payment of £5 for an individual annual membership or £10 for a family with young children. Life Members is £50 for an individual member.