St. Wendreda's

March Cambridgeshire

 

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The church is famous for its beautiful double hammer beam angel roof, the donors of which are reputed to be William and Alice Dredeman about the year 1500.
 
In all there are appproximately one hundred and twenty angels and 19 canopied saints and martyrs in the roof.
The complete assembly was made by the Rollesbury brothers at Bacton in Norfolk between 1523 and 1526.
 
The roof is thought by experts to be the finest example of its kind, only a few remain in East Anglia.
The roof honours God and also his servant Wendreda Peacemaker of March who died at the settlement in the late seventh century and was enshrined in the Saxon building.
 
The font is very interesting as the bowl dates from between 1100 and 1150.
The font was originally square, though now octagonal.
The pulpit which is comparatively recent is beautifully carved.
The comparatively modern chancel was built in the second half of the nineteen century, it replaces an older one which was in a very poor state of repair.
 
At the west end of the nave is the memorial erected by the people of March in memory of the Australian World War 2 Pilot Officer Jim Hocking.
He ordered his crew to bail out, whilst he remained at the controls of his stricken plane, sacrificing his life on the 28 July 1944 aged 21 years, steering the plane away from the town.

We hold an information hour every Monday between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. in the
church hall where we can take enquiries for baptisms and weddings.

If this time is not convenient please contact one of the Wardens.

The bell ringers at St. Wendreda's church practice on a Monday evening between 7.30 and 9pm. When enough ringers are available we also ring before Sunday morning services. We regularly have between 10 and 15 people turning up to a practice and the ages range from school age upwards towards retirement. Abilities also vary from learning to handle a bell to competent method ringing.

We are also involved in the Wisbech district ringing meetings where there is the opportunity to ring at other towers in the area and meet up with other ringers. These meetings take place once a month on a Saturday.

Anyone interested in learning more about the bells or learning to ring should either come to a tower open day, run twice a year, or contact the tower captain Michael Goakes on 07766 466799.

We are also available to ring for weddings - any requests should be made through the vicar preferably at the time of booking.

As part of our work in the wider community, St.Wendreda's supports the work of 

March Foodbank. As well as practical support, please remember the work of 
foodbank in your prayers.

Donations can be left where you see the basket at the back of the church.