St Mary Magdalene Church, Little Brickhill

Little Brickhill Church
                  Little Brickhill Church set in the heart of the village

Little Brickhill Village

The parish is part of the Brickhills and Stoke Hammond United Benefice. The Church Records list the incumbents from the early 12th century to the present day.

The village contains fewer that 200 dwellings and a population of less than 400. The main street (Watling Street) was, until the opening of a bypass in 1992, part of the Holyhead Road, the A5, with heavy traffic running through the middle of the village.

We now have a quiet village with two public houses serving food, a farm shop, a bed and breakfast house, a private children’s nursery and a small group of commercial enterprises, including a high quality butcher. Primary school aged children attend a C of E school in Great Brickhill.

The village is a popular place to live, with close access to main road and rail services.

Looking towards thew choirstalls and altar
                     Looking towards the pulpit, choir stalls and the altar

The Church Building

The Parish Church is built of ironstone rubble but was heavily ‘Victorianised’ by a local benefactor in the 19th century. It stands on a commanding rise in the centre of the village. The interior is not decorated, has few memorials but has a pleasing, much admired ambiance. Historians are interested in the Mediaeval Graffiti, the ancient Lepers squint and the Font, parts of which date from the 12th century.

The building has a pipe Organ and is in good repair. There is an Aumbry which can be used for reserving the Sacrament.

A view from the pulpit
  A view from the pulpit towards the organ, the font and the entrance on the left

The Congregation and the Services

The core congregation varies from six to about twenty, excepting festivals when there can be fifty plus present. We retain a traditional form of service, following the Common Worship format.

No. on Electoral role: 16

Parish Share: We have always met the required contribution, with one exception in 2001.

The Lady Chapel
                           The Lady Chapel on the south aisle

The Church Wardens and the PCC

The PCC consists of the Rector, Church Wardens and seven other members and meets bi-monthly. Fund Raising is a constant topic and there is also much discussion of ways to increase the quality of worship, pastoral and teaching elements, and the numbers participating in Church Worship.

The PCC gives to selected charities and contributes to the Rector’s expenses. The churchwardens of the Benefice meet regularly to co-ordinate policy.