About Glapthorn


The parish (patron saint: St Leonard) is based on the village of Glapthorn. There two other churches in the benefice (i.e. share clergy): Oundle, St Peter's and Benefield, St Mary's.

The governing body of the church is the Parochial Church Council (elected annually by those on the church electoral roll). There are two churchwardens, who have special responsibilities. There is an annual meeting at which anyone who lives in the parish is welcome.

Services are taken by the Vicar, Associate Vicar, Curate, and qualified lay ministers (called Readers - one of whom lives in the village).

The Church Council is committed to openness. The minutes of Church Council meetings are posted on this website [click here] and a 'hard' copy displayed in the church (which is always unlocked and open during the hours of daylight).

There is a monthly newsletter covering church and village affairs. Click here for the latest edition.


Oundle church

Oundle (St Peter's) is a notable success story of strong growth, lively activity, and community engagement.

Click here for its website: St. Peters, Oundle





Benefield (St Mary's) is a traditional village church in a village which extends either side of a valley (Upper and Lower Benefield). The church building is remarkable for the work done there by the celebrated architect, Sir Ninian Comper - "An important specimen of the sumptuous Tractarian church" (quoted in Pevsner's Buildings of England).

Click here for its webpages: St. Mary's, Benefield



Glapthorn is in the Northamptonshire Nene Valley, about 2 miles north of Oundle. It has a population of about 270. There is a strongly active community spirit.

The village website is at: Glapthorn

The Village Hall (opened at the millenium) has excellent facilities and is well-used. Regularly, on Friday evenings, it becomes The Royal Oak club. At these popular events,  there is a bar and food.

There is a also a branch of the Women's Institute (click here) and allotments association (click here ).

There is a Church of England Lower School in the village with which the church has close connection. Pupils and parents regularly attend services at which the pupils present readings, plays, and songs.

Click here for its website: Glapthorn School

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