The 12th century Liber Eliensis (History of Ely) talks of an important Minster being served by a community of monks in the early 800’s. Over the centuries the Church has undergone many alterations and many periods of neglect.
In 1214/15 the Bishop of Ely gave the church, the rectory and consequently much of the land in the village to the Hospital of St John – later becoming St John’s College, Cambridge.
The last major alteration was carried out by the architect Thomas Jeckyll in the 1860’s. The last period of neglect was in the middle of the 20th Century when the churchyard was overgrown with brambles climbing into the Church. Since the late 1970’s the Church has been restored once again and is a “living building”, with electricity and a toilet.
Over the years the Church has received grants from English Heritage, the National Churches Trust and Cambridgeshire Historic Churches Trust to repair the tower, roof and windows. The Friends of Horningsea Church organise regular fund raising events to enable repairs and improvements to be carried out.
In 2014/15 the village celebrated 800 years of association with St John’s College. With the aid of a “Sharing Heritage” Lottery grant of the village organised a series of “explorations” of its history. The next event will be on Heritage Open Day, Saturday 10 September 2016.
The parish is linked with the adjoining parishes of Fen Ditton and Teversham.
Our Vicar, Reverend Michael Bowers, has retired and the position has been advertised.
Services are held at Horningsea almost every week:
At 9 am on the first and third Sundays (Holy Communion) and
At 11 am on the 2nd /4th Sunday of each month (Morning Worship).
NB: on the last Sunday (4th or 5th Sunday) a Joint Parishes service takes place at one of the three Churches in rotation.
As well as regular weekly Services, other Services and events during the year include a Harvest Service and a Candlelit Carol Service.
The Church is used as a venue for concerts and exhibitions. We will be hosting Cambridge Open Studios again in July 2017.
The three Churches produce the monthly ‘New Life’ magazine, which costs £4 annually. Contact the Acting Editor: Tel: 01223 242226 or E: barry.eady (at) btinternet.com
The church is generally locked during the day but will gladly be opened on request (below)
Jennie Pratt Tel: 01223 864513 or E: japov7 (at) googlemail.com
Vee Saunders Tel: 01223 441900 or E: lonka.meavy (at) gmail.com
For the building or the bells contact: Andy Clarke (PCC Secretary)
Tel: 01223 861314 or E: andy.clarke (at) tesco.net