Celebrating 125 years of worship at St John the Divine, Colston Bassett

Over a century of worship in Colston Bassett was celebrated at the weekend, at a service in the church of St John the Divine, which was built in the village when St Mary’s fell into disrepair in the 19th century.

The Rt Revd Tony Porter, Bishop of Sherwood  preached and led the congregation in a thanksgiving prayer, remembering both the old church on the outskirts of the village – which is still used for the Easter Day sunrise service and a Picnic and Praise service in August – and St John’s. 

The Revd Canon Bronwen Gamble, Rector of the Parish of Wiverton in the Vale, said: “The service went very well, many people  said how much they had enjoyed and appreciated it. We had about 70 people including nine children, and afterwards there were refreshments in the village hall and the showing of a video made when the children of the (then) Church school in the village performed a pageant/play telling the story of the building of the new church.”

St John the Divine was built by the Knowles family and was opened in 1892. The great granddaughter of Mr John Knowles, The Revd Clare Connell, who still lives in the village with her husband The Revd Frederick Connell, were both at the service sitting in the family pew at the west end.


Photo shows (L-R): Front row: Nick Perry (PCC member); Revd Clare Connell, Bishop Tony; The Revd Canon Bronwen Gamble; Katharine Bacon (Reader)

Back row: Revd Frederick Connell ; Edward Hine (Churchwarden)

By Mark Fear.