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St John the Baptist Church Shedfield

During the COVID-19 pandemic the church is open for private prayer from 10:00am until 5:00pm daily except for Sunday, when it is open from 12:00pm until 5:00pm.

For the time being, a Sunday morning service with music and an address will be held at either St John the Baptist Church or our sister church, St Nicholas Church, Wickham.  The service starts at 10:00am and the doors open at 9:40am.  Please check the Being Church At Home page (and/or A Church Near You www.achurchnearyou.com) for the latest information. Please do remember that the wearing of facemasks is mandatory and to use the hand sanitising station on entry and on exit.  If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, however mild, you should self-isolate and not come to church.

There is disabled parking in church driveway in front of St John the Baptist, via St Johns Lane and Church Road.  A level path to the left of the main door leads to the west entrance of the Study Centre with access to the church.

There is an inductive loop system for those with hearing aids.

We have a disabled toilet in the Study Centre.

The bell-ringing chamber is reached by a spiral staircase and is not suitable for people with restricted mobility.

The church’s foundation stone was laid on 24 May 1875, and can be seen today under the east window. Several coins of the day were buried nearby. The building committee was headed by the Vicar, the Revd William Bray.

The church is Gothic in style, with a nave, north and south aisles and a decorative and ornate chancel. Coloured bricks are used abundantly and the dressed Bath stone gives a warm and pleasing effect.

The embroidery displayed on the north wall was created by members of the parish to celebrate the millennium.

The most recent addition to the church is the Study Centre.  It was designed by Terry E. Roberts, built by local company H H Builders of Bishop’s Waltham, and dedicated by the Bishop of Portsmouth in September 2003.

St John the Baptist
Church of England Primary School

St John the Baptist Church of England (Controlled) Primary School
Headteacher: Mrs Kay Bowen
Address: Solomons Lane, Waltham Chase SO32 2LX
Email: office@stjohnthebaptistprimary.co.uk
Phone: 01329 833 141

St John the Baptist CofE Primary School serves the parish of Shedfield, which includes Waltham Chase and Shirrell Heath. The school’s Christian values of respect, friendship and trust form the basis of all the school does as it builds a learning community. The school’s 285 children are proud of their school and their learning – and we are proud of them. To find out more, visit:

Weddings and Baptisms


Congratulations on your Engagement!  For further information about the possibility of being married in our beautiful church please contact Jane Goulson, Parish Administrator on (01329) 833299 or email stnicholasadmin@btinternet.com.  (Weddings in St John the Baptist Church, Shedfield and St Nicholas Church, Wickham are co-ordinated by Jane Goulson).

The Church of England also has a website with lots of useful information and help to make the decisions you need to:


Here are some answers to the questions we are often asked about baptisms at St John the Baptist Church, Shedfield.

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