Wendens Ambo

An Essex Village and Its Church

Wendens Ambo

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Wendens Ambo

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Wendens Ambo

A Pretty Essex Village

Wendens Ambo

A Village and its Church

This website has been set up with two aims – to illustrate the increasingly well-documented history of this small village in north-west Essex, and to support a long-term project to enhance and develop its historic church dedicated to St Mary the Virgin. We have recently received grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund and other sponsors to restore this charming and historic church and to secure its existence for future generations. The initial phase, now completed, has been to undertake major repair and restoration work to the roof of the tower and its spire.

As part of the bid to the HLF, the village organised a heritage project to raise awareness of the history of the village.  This took the form of a “Community Dig” under the guidance of professional archaeologists from Cambridge University. In mid-August 2018, families from the village dug test pits in their gardens and on public land to discover what history might be lying beneath their feet.

Visiting our Church

The church is normally open for visitors during daylight hours.  A short history of the church is available for a modest sum, and a simple guide highlighting the stages of development of the church is available to consult while you are there.  If you are planning to visit for a specific purpose – to see a family grave, or for genealogical or historical research, you may wish to contact the church beforehand.

Latest News

Funeral of Revd Tim Hardingham, 2 December at 11 am

Funeral of Revd Tim Hardingham, 2 December at 11 am

The funeral of the Revd Tim Hardingham took place on 2 December at 11 am in Wenden Church, followed by burial in the churchyard.  Due to restrictions related to Covid-19 attendance at the funeral was by invitation only.  Nearly 250 friends, colleagues, former students...

Remembrance Sunday in Wendens Ambo 2020

Remembrance Sunday in Wendens Ambo 2020

The village celebrated Remembrance Sunday in an unusual way starting outdoors near the War Memorial at 10.45 on 8 November. Wreaths were laid and the names of the fallen from our village read out. Then a small band went into the church and a Remembrance service was...

Harvest Festival in Wendens Ambo, 4 October

Harvest Festival in Wendens Ambo, 4 October

Sunday, 4 October was our annual Harvest Festival. There was a family service at Wenden church for people to attend in person or via zoom.  Those who came along had the chance to see the beautifully decorated church. This year we supported the Saffron Walden Foodbank...

Wenden Fruit and Veg  Show, 12 September 2020

Wenden Fruit and Veg Show, 12 September 2020

The Wendens Ambo Society (a registered charity) sponsored the first FOWAC Fruit and Veg Show on Saturday, 12 September.  The event was open to everyone and featured a variety of competitions – garden produce, baking and children's craft.  Entries were welcomed from 10...

VE Day in Wendens Ambo 1945-1995-2020

VE Day in Wendens Ambo 1945-1995-2020

An animated slideshow is available here: VE Day events .  It combines photographs offered by residents of Wendens Ambo past and present showing celebrations of VE Day from the Home Guard and nurses on parade in 1945 to a Fun Run, street party and games on the Wick in...

Easter weekend 2020

Easter weekend 2020

Thanks to Laura Back who created this video of village scenes over the Easter Weekend.  Here is the YouTube link: Easter weekend 2020

Recent Work

Over the last four months of 2018 the church tower was shrouded in scaffolding to enable work to the roof of the tower to be carried out.  The last time any major work had been done on it was in the late 1900s, though some remedial work was carried out on a very limited budget in 1955.  The overall cost of the tower work and the associated heritage project was something approaching £90,000.

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