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All Saints, Shawell

The Parish

Situated on the boundary with Warwickshire, Shawell is the most westerly parish of the Avon Swift Group and one of smallest of the eleven with around 65 households and 126 parishioners. We have 11 parishioners on our Electoral Roll.

The parish is bisected by M1 and adjacent to Watling Street (A5), to which it has access. The village itself follows either side of a stream and South of the church lie the earthwork remains of a medieval castle. Nearby there is an industrial aggregate quarry and works.

We link with the parishes of Catthorpe, Swinford, Stanford-on-Avon and Misterton to produce the Five Parishes News-letter each month; this is the only purely Church newsletter in the Avon Swift Group.

Church Life

The church building is Grade II* listed and was rebuilt in 1865 but still retains its twelfth century tower. It is situated on the outskirts of the village accessed by a rough track.

The normal pattern of worship is a service held on the third Sunday of the month, normally Common Worship Holy Communion Order One, the exception being the Nine Lessons and Carols Service in December. In additional we hold a Christmas Day Holy Communion, a Maundy Thursday Service, an Armistice Day Service of Remembrance, a Harvest Thanksgiving Service and we host the Benefice Service in May.

In 2008 we held 19 services with a total attendance of 681 adult plus 79 children. The average number attending our normal service in 2008 was 24 plus 5 children, the attendance for our other main services was 59 plus 4 for our harvest service and 33 plus 2 for our Christmas Day service.

Our main fund raising events are our traditional Garden Fete held in the summer and gift day in the autumn. We also hold a musical evening and prize draw when we can. Although finances are tight, we have always paid our parish share in full by the end of December.

We have an active team of bell ringers that meet each Tuesday for practice. They ring for all our services and provide bell ringers for a number of our neighbouring parishes

Churchyard mowing is undertaken by villagers on a rota system.
We have an historic pipe organ that is played at all our services.