Parish of Great Missenden with Ballinger and Little Hampden

Verse of the Week

" Jesus said to Thomas, 'Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe'

( John 21:29 )

Service times

3rd Sunday of Easter

St Peter & St Paul

Sunday 30 April

0800 - Holy Communion

1000 - Parish Communion

1800 - No service, see below

(Details of the Music)

St Mary's Ballinger

1800 Evensong at Ballinger

Patronal Festival

Little Hampden

No service

Friends of Great Missenden Parish Church

Registered Charity No. 1067435

"Helping to maintain Great Missenden’s ancient church for the community to which it belongs"

The Friends are an important component of Parish life. The charity was founded in 1997 with the aim of raising funds to support the maintenance of the church's fabric, its fittings and its churchyard. We do not support the day-to day running of the church or the provision of worship facilities - that is solely the responsibility of the congregation.

Membership is actively encouraged for those for whom the church is a special place. It belongs to the whole Parish and not just those who worship within its walls. It belongs to any one who passes by or who had experienced a special moment involving the church. It is open during daylight hours for the benefit of all those who want to visit.

In addition to the comprehensive round of worship, the church hosts other social/community events, such as concerts, making it a truly community resource.

Since the charity's formation, the Friends have provided over £114,000. In 2016, grants totalling £46,570 were made towards the Organ Restoration (three-quarters of the final cost). Other restoration and repair projects include the repair of two 14th century windows in the Chancel (£3,000), a contribution towards the repair of the tower, a buttress, West door arch 'label' and replacing the windowsill above (£7,000).
In 2016, grants totalling £46,570 (just over three quarters of the cost) were made towards the £61,663 Church Organ Restoration. Incredibly, grants of almost £115,000 have been made since 2000. We know that they are much appreciated by the Vicar and PCC and we are very grateful for all the wonderful support from people and local businesses.
During Summer 2002, £6000 was contributed towards urgent gutter repairs and a new boiler. A large grant of £15,000 was made in 2006 towards the restoration of the organ, £30,000 in 2010 towards the repair of the stonework in ten clerestory windows and £2382 in 2012 to re-plaster the wall near the main church door. The latest grants have funded a new boiler pump and the repair and maintenance of gutters and downpipes to prevent structural damage.
A complete listing of the grants made can be found here

Forthcoming events and dates for your diaries for 2017 / 2018

For the AGM and all these events held in the Oldham Hall, free parking will be available on the adjacent school playground.
Each of these events starts at 2:30pm

  • Our AGM is at 2.30pm on Saturday, 29th April in the Oldham Hall (please note the different time and venue)
  • “Buckinghamshire in the Civil War”
    A talk by the historian, Professor Ian Beckettt, Retired Professor of Military History at the University of Kent - with Afternoon Tea
    Saturday 22nd of July 2017 at 2:30pm
    Adults: £8, Children: Free
  • “Art and Design in the Chilterns in the 20th Century”
    Dr Graham Twemlow, Decorative Arts Historian & retired University academic
    Saturday September 23rd
  • “1917: Great Missenden in WW1”
    Jill Robertson - with another showing of the film “The Home Front in Buckinghamshire 1914 – 1918”
    Saturday November 11th
  • At the Parish Church (with free parking near the Church)
    The Christmas Tree Festival and Market
    This charity will decorate a Christmas Tree, with the theme of Animals this year, and will sell Preserves and Home Produce, Tea Towels of St Peter & St Paul Parish Church, and
    “The Home Front in Buckinghamshire 1914 - 1918” DVD.
    Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd December


  • “Bugs. Bluebells & Badgers: Natural History of Great Missenden”
    Tony Marshall, Founder of Prestwood Nature
    Saturday March 3rd
  • “Inside the World of a Film & TV Extra”
    Peter Hague
    Saturday July 14th

Do come along wih your family and friends - Everyone is welcome!

See the events page for fuller details of these events

On 4th March, another most enjoyable event was held in the Oldham Hall. We were delighted to welcome Margaret Watson, a renowned harpist who studied under Sidonie Goossens OBE and Helen Arnold. Margaret played a wide variety of harp music, demonstrating its versability as a solo instrument. She explained the workings of the harp, and the secret mechanism that you never see, in a lively and informative way.
A good tea, provided by Committee members was then enjoyed by everyone. This fundraising event rasied a total of £614. A huge "Thank you" to Margaret and all the team for such a successful afternoon event!

Two young harpists, Chlöe and Esther were thrilled when Margaret Watson invited them each to play a small piece of music before she started playing. They seemed to be inspired by having the opportunity to meet such an accomplished harpist and to be photographed with her. (click on images for larger versions)

On November 12th the Friends of Great Missenden Parish Church held what was probably their most successful event ever, an afternoon, at the Oldham Hall, devoted to World War 1.

This arose out of the work Jill Robertson has done, investigating the backgrounds and descendants of the men whose names appear on the War Memorials at the Church and in the High Street. She contributed some of her material to the group who put together a film to show the impact of the war throughout Buckinghamshire, at the behest of the Lord Lieutenant. This film was previewed at Pinewood Studios, and Jill had the idea that local people would also like to see it – it is available on DVD.

Presiley introduced the film and described something of its production. After the showing of the film Jill then gave a short talk on World War 1 as it affected Great Missenden, with accounts of the lives of some of the war dead, and some wonderful photographs of the period.

The hall was packed out. Jamie Gairdner – accompanied by Yvonne Pinion – entertained us with two songs and the afternoon then concluded with an excellent tea. The Friends are most grateful to all those who contributed to the food served, and those who poured the tea or took plates of food around. There were so many people in the hall that it was not possible to ask them to come up and help themselves! Since then many people have told us what an excellent afternoon it was.

The whole event provided a splendid opportunity for the local community, church-goers and non-church-goers alike, to come together and, in addition, it raised just over £900 for the Friends' funds. This sum included donations made for copies of the DVD and also from sales of tea towels showing the Church, the Friends' latest fund-raising venture.

Very many thanks to all who played a part in the success of this event!

Friends' activities

In addition to members' generous contributions, the Friends actively seek ways of raising funds and, by doing so, add value to local life. Activities have included:

  • Talents and Hobbies Exhibition
  • Lectures and presentations on a range of topics
  • Lectures and presentations on a range of topics
  • Sales of Valerie Eaton Griffith's excellent books, "One Hundred Years of Great Missenden, 1900-2000" and "Great Missenden has a story to tell… and so do the villages"
  • Sales
  • Bridge evenings
  • Gala Celebration of music and verse

More events are always being planned, details of which are published in the Events section.




For an annual outlay of £15, or more if you wish, you can be enrolled as a Friend of Great Missenden Parish Church. In return for your gift to the church you will receive:

  • The gratitude of all those who value the church
  • An annual newsletter giving details of what the Friends have achieved
  • The right to take part in general meetings and attend Friends' functions
  • An opportunity to influence the future development of the Friends


Is this church a special place for you ? Does it matter to you ?

This Church belongs to everyone who lives in the parish of Great Missenden and also to all who have been baptised, confirmed or married here!

Do you live here ? Have you been to Services, Concerts, Cream Teas, School events, Children's Holiday Clubs or Christmas Tree Festivals in the Church?

Church buildings are just like our homes - they need regular repairs and maintenance to keep them in good condition. Otherwise they can deteriorate and, ultimately, become unusable. So the care of this ancient, lovely and evocative building is important. Would you like to help ?

Since the charity's formation in December 1997, the Friends have donated over £114,000 to help maintain the fabric and fittings of this much-loved church.

Please download or print out a leaflet to find out more about us, then become a member of THE FRIENDS OF GREAT MISSENDEN PARISH CHURCH For further details please ring: 01494 868667 or 891312


A leaflet giving more information and a membership application form is available in printed form in the church, or here to download.

'100 Years of Great Missenden'
by Valerie Eaton Griffith

40 pages, A5-size with 36 illustrations and street map. Covers the span of village life from 1900 to 2000, with references to the more ancient past. Subjects include: changes in occupations, trade patterns, life-styles and expectations, War, 'bodgers' and many others.

For a copy, send £4.50 + 60p for postage to FGMPC, Rose Cottage, Great Missenden, HP16 9AA.

Cheques payable to 'Friends of Great Missenden Parish Church'.

Also obtainable from Samways in Station Approach, Great Missenden.


How do I enrol?

For further information, please contact the Secretary, Jennifer Moss ( 01494 868667).

You may join now by filling out the membership form: Click here to download and print out the membership form (Adobe Acrobat document)

(If you cannot print out the form, please contact Jennifer Moss by e-mail and a form will be sent to you by post)

Please send the form to the following address:

The Secretary, Friends of Great Missenden Parish Church,
Rose Cottage,
Great Missenden,
HP16 9AA

'Great Missenden has a story to tell… and so do the villages'
by Valerie Eaton Griffith

42 pages, A5-size with 61 illustrations and a simple map. Covers the history of the life of Great Missenden up to the present.
Subjects include: Missenden Abbey, St Peter & St Paul Parish Church, Church Street, the High Street and area inc. the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, the River Misbourne and Potter Row, South Heath and Ballinger villages.

For a copy, send £4 + 60p for postage to:
FGMPC, Rose Cottage, Great Missenden, HP16 9AA.

Cheques payable to 'Friends of Great Missenden Parish Church'.

Also obtainable from Samways in Station Approach, Great Missenden.


Friends Logo

£46,570 given towards the £61,600 repair and conversion of the Organ action, replacing the mechanisms linking the keyboards to the the pipes.

£2,386 was granted for the replastering to the North wall, near the main door

£30,000 was granted towards repairs to the ten clerestory windows of the Nave

£15,000 was granted towards the restoration of the organ


£3,000 was granted by the Friends to finance repairs to two 14th century windows

£7,000 has been raised by the Friends towards repair costs to tower, which has now been completed.

£7,000 was granted towards the repairs to the tower

Rebuilding of part of a failing tower buttress
Rebuilding of
part of a failing tower buttress

New 'label' around West door arch. Also new window sill above

New 'label' around West door arch. Also new window sill above