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Parish of Great Missenden with Ballinger and Little Hampden

Verse of the Week

" But immediately Jesus spoke to them and said, 'Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.

( Matthew 14:27 )

Service times

20 August 10th Sunday after Trinity

St Peter & St Paul

8am - Holy Communion

10am - Parish Communion

6pm - Taize Prayer and Music

(Details of the Music)

St Mary's Ballinger

No service

Little Hampden

No service

The Church

St. Mary’s is a small mission church constructed in brick and flint with white washed interior walls. It is tucked away at the end of the left fork of Blackthorne Lane. We have Holy Communion on the first Sunday of every month and special family services at Easter, Mothering Sunday, Harvest and at Christmas. Apart from the church services St. Mary’s is a place of peace for those of faith and even for those of no faith. The church is not solely used for services it is open to all as a tranquil place to rest with their thoughts. Local events are also held in the church.

Church from the front, before a wedding

History

St. Mary’s Church was built by Mr A. E. Watson of The Lee Manor in 1873 “as a school and lecture room for the poor”. The picture in the Church shows Mr. Watson with the teachers, surrounded by their pupils. This placed it at the centre of village life and it never lost that position, because the caretaker’s family (name of Evans) came to live in one cottage in 1920. When Dorothy Evans came to live in Watson Cottage in 1920, the Church was used by the Church of England and the Free Church, with their services alternating between morning and afternoon. (The Free Church stopped holding services in the 1960’s).

General view showing Church and cottage

There was a Dames school at St Mary’s during the week run by a Miss Beeson for small children and Dorothy remembered putting their slates out, although she herself went to Lee Common School. The Evans family looked after the church for over 50 years.

Before the War Memorial Village Hall was built after the First World War, St. Mary’s was used for village events.

The most recent additions to the Church are the porch (1986) and kitchen at the turn of the millennium.

Directions

From Chesham via Missenden Road

After leaving Chesham on B485 drive for about 3 miles, turn right at Annie Baileys (on your left) into Kings Lane (sp South Heath, Ballinger). Follow road to crossroad where you turn right into South Heath (Ballinger Road). Drive through South Heath, follow road round to sharp left and into Ballinger Common (about 1 mile). Just after Ballinger War Memorial Hall turn left into Blackthorne Lane. Follow Blackthorne Lane ignore fork to the right. Carry straight on (dead end road) for 100 metres and St. Mary’s is tucked away on right hand side.

From Wendover via A413

Travel towards Great Missenden on the A413 you reach 2 small roundabouts. Go straight over first roundabout and at second roundabout take first exit on B485 up Frith Hill (sp Chesham). After 1 mile turn left at Annie Baileys (on your right) into Kings Lane (sp South Heath, Ballinger). Follow road to crossroad where you turn right into South Heath (Ballinger Road). Drive through South Heath, follow road round to sharp left and into Ballinger Common (about 1 mile). Just after Ballinger War Memorial Hall turn left into Blackthorne Lane. Follow Blackthorne Lane ignore fork to the right. Carry straight on (dead end road) for 100 metres and St. Mary’s is tucked away on right hand side.

From Amersham via A413

Travel towards Great Missenden on the A413, going under a railway bridge you reach 2 small roundabouts (about 1.5 miles after bridge). At first roundabout take second exit on B485 up Frith Hill (sp Chesham). After 1 mile turn left at Annie Baileys (on your right) into Kings Lane (sp South Heath, Ballinger). Follow road to crossroad where you turn right into South Heath (Ballinger Road). Drive through South Heath, follow road round to sharp left and into Ballinger Common (about 1 mile). Just after Ballinger War Memorial Hall turn left into Blackthorne Lane. Follow Blackthorne Lane ignore fork to the right. Carry straight on (dead end road) for 100 metres and St. Mary’s is tucked away on right hand side.

From Chesham via Chartridge

Drive through Chartridge (from Chesham). Go past Chartridge Conference Centre (on your right). In about 1.4 miles turn left (sp Ballinger, Lee Common). Follow road for about 1 mile entering Ballinger Common. At the top of the rise turn right at The Pheasant into Blackthorne Lane. Follow Blackthorne Lane ignore fork to the right. Carry straight on (dead end road) for 100 metres and St. Mary’s is tucked away on right hand side.

Parking

Parking is very limited outside the church (country lane). There is parking available beside Ballinger Playing Field, turn left immediately after entering Blackthorne Lane.