All Saints Church Sandon is one of the churches in the
Mid-Trent Team and part of the Diocese of Lichfield. As Team Rector and Rural Dean I am delighted to welcome you to the All Saints website, which has been designed to tell you about our history, our regular services and has a particular focus on an important part of our mission at Sandon, which is around the celebration of Marriage.
At Sandon, we welcome many couples into our congregation as they prepare for marriage and many stay associated with the church personally, often bringing their children for Baptism, or through family and friends who continue to worship here. Couples planning to marry in the church can be assured of a warm Christian welcome from the friendly congregation at All Saints, practical advice from the wedding organisers and support from the Ministry Team. I hope you find this website useful and look forward to welcoming you to All Saints Sandon as a visitor, worshipper or for your wedding.
There has been a church at this site in Sandon since at least 1130 when records confirm it was gifted to the Abbey of Combermere in Cheshire as part of a parcel of land in Sandon. No traces of the Norman church remain as the church has been adapted and rebuilt from the late 13th Century onwards.
Standing at the edge of the parkland of Sandon Hall, the church has been associated with a number of influential noble families; the impact of their patronage on the building has been significant. These range from the imposing Chancel tombs (including the impressive Sampson Erdeswicke monument erected by him two years before his death in 1603 and subsequently damaged, allegedly, by Roundhead soldiers on their way to the battle of Hopton Heath across the Trent valley in 1643) to the remodelling and restoration of the church and the provision of the stained glass windows. The Earls of Harrowby have owned Sandon Hall since 1777 and their impact on the church since then has been considerable, including major restorations in the mid 19th and early 20th centuries. A detailed history is available in the church.
Maintaining a Grade I listed church is quite an undertaking and in common with many parishes around the UK we have to work hard to raise the funds required to keep pace with the effects of time on the building and to ensure that we meet the expectations of its current users.
Previously famous for its freezing winter services, a recent upgrade to the heating system in the church has allowed services to be held year round in comfort. The addition of a wheelchair accessible lavatory with baby change facilities has transformed the usability of the building for services, weddings and concerts and the PCC is grateful to the fundraising activity of the congregation and local community and for grants from the Staffordshire Environmental Fund and the Staffordshire Historic Churches Trust for making these enhancements possible. Recent restoration has focussed on the roof and here the support of the Listed Places of Worship: Roof Repair Fund has been invaluable.
A high quality sound system has been installed which allows pre-recorded music to be introduced into services and weddings if required.
The next stage of restoration will focus on the interior of the church, including the 16th century wall paintings of the Erdswick family trees, the stained glass windows possibly thought to have been designed by Augustus Pugin (famous for designing the interior of the Palace of Westminster for Sir Charles Parry) and the Royal Coat of Arms, which is one of the few remaining Coats of Arms of Charles I and dates from 1625 – 1649.
As a small congregation in a rural setting, a big part of our Ministry is through weddings held in our beautiful church building. All Saints provides a wonderful setting in rural Staffordshire set high above the Trent Valley.
We are able to offer free parking and access across the Park to Sandon Hall if this is your chosen venue for your reception. The church and Sandon Hall have been closely connected over many years as the church is adjacent to the parkland around the Hall. See Sandon Hall Weddings for more information. Alternatively, a waterside venue is available at Aston Marina 2 miles from Sandon Church. For more details see The Boat House — Aston Marina.
To see if you qualify to marry at Sandon, check the qualification rules at More churches to choose from – YourChurchWedding.org from the Church of England. If you don’t have an existing connection with our church, becoming a regular worshipper attending Sunday services will allow you to choose Sandon for your big day. If you want to discuss this please contact us at Mid Trent Team. A call to the Wedding Co-ordinator or coming to meet her at our Sunday morning services (see Worship) will provide the opportunity to discuss your options and the availability of the church. The fees for services at Sandon, bells, organists and photography can be found below.
Sandon is located on the A51 between Stone and Rugeley in the Trent Valley in Staffordshire. All Saints Church is outside the village to the left as you approach from Stone on the edge of Sandon Park.
Located on the top of a hill, it benefits from stunning views of the surrounding countryside and parkland.
The current organ was installed in the church and dedicated on Palm Sunday 1854 and has moved around the church, settling in its present position in 1947. It is a magnificent instrument and we are fortunate to have very proficient organists at Sandon who play for our regular services and for weddings and funerals.
Great organ music is an essential element at a wedding so if you are struggling for ideas our organists will be happy to help you or visit http://www.yourchurchwedding.org/planner/ to hear samples of hymns and wedding marches to give you some ideas.
Services are held every Sunday at 11.15 other than on the 5th Sunday of the month, when there is a Mid-Trent Team service. These Team Services rotate around the team, including Sandon. Holy Communion is held each week other than the third Sunday of the month when Matins is lay led. The services are based on the 1662 Common Book of Prayer and the style of churchmanship is Evangelical.
All are welcome to join these services and to participate in Holy Communion. Coffee and biscuits are provided! Times and dates of services this month can be found at Sunday Services.
Up until 1964 there were four bells in the tower, only three of which were used. A full restoration of the tower was carried out in 1962 when the 17th century beams were replaced and a steel frame installed to take six bells. The oldest is dated 1609, the next 1625 and another undated. To these, two new bells were added in 1963. An additional bell was hung in 2003 to celebrate the millennium and the ring of six bells is rung each Sunday and is an essential addition to each wedding.
The current band of bell ringers is made up almost entirely of those who have married in the church or the relatives of brides and grooms. Bell Ringing practice is every Monday night from 7.30 to 9.00 pm. We are always pleased to welcome new ringers (see contacts below)
Flowers and Candles
Flowers are used in the church throughout the year, including Lent and Advent, and altar candles are lit for all services. We are happy to arrange for access for florists to decorate the church for weddings with flowers and additional candles, if required. Arrangements can be made through the Wedding Co-ordinator.
The church has special floral decorations at Easter, Harvest Festival and Christmas so weddings around these times can utilise these decorations or enhance them as required. We can recommend local florists if required.
Shown are a base set of fees for church services. If you have a specific request please contact us directly by email or via one of our contacts found on the Contacts section.
Fee information for all events can be found at 2019 Fees – Lichfield Diocese. [opens in new window]
As a guide for weddings, the fees are £207 to the Mid Trent Team and £393 for the wedding service. If you would like to have bells for your wedding, the charge is £140 (for the ringers and the Bell Fund). The organist (or use of the organ by your own organist) is £75. There is no charge for taking still photographs but there is a charge of £100 if your photographer takes a video during the service. A professional women’s choir is available for a charge of £300.
2019 Fees - Sandon Church only [Download Word document]
Stephen Butt 01785 618248
Mrs Elizabeth Jarrett 01785 816851
Ministry Team contacts
Stuart Hodson 01889 505414
Enquiries in person
You can call in at St Andrew’s Church, Weston, ST18 0FT on Tuesday evenings between 7.00 and 7.45 pm
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