Hockley church joins Discover 2020 celebrations for 800-year-old building!

Thursday, February 20, 2020



Discover 2020 celebrations continued on Sunday in Hockley as residents and dignitaries gathered to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the rebuild of a local church.

The church of St Peter and St Paul was rebuilt in 1220 and has recently been gifted a 'stained glass window' and altar frontal produced by the pupils of Hockley, Plumberow, Westerings and Ashingdon schools.

The students heard that the church lost its stained glass in the last war when a land mine landed in nearby woods and wanted to replace it with their own crafted version.

The service, led by Right Rev Stephen Cottrell, Bishop of Chelmsford included local children lighting an 800th celebration candle with smaller candles given to representative children from local junior schools who had contributed in the making of the ‘stained glass window’, altar frontal and models of the church showing how it could have looked pre 1220 and after its reconstruction.

Guests included HM Lord Lieutenant of Essex, Mrs Jennifer Tolhurst; Mark Francois, MP; Cllr Robin Dray, Chairman of Rochford District Council, Dr Colin Wood, Fellow of Wadham College, Oxford, Mr Richard Morgan and representatives from the community of Hockley.  Clergy included the Fr Ken Havey, Priest in Charge, Hockley; the Rev Stephanie Stroebel, Associate Priest, Hockley; The Venerable Mike Lodge, Archdeacon of Southend, Colin Burwell, Reader and Bishop’s Chaplain. 


Rochford District Council’s Chairman, Cllr Robin Dray said; “I thoroughly enjoyed attending the 800th anniversary of St Peter and St Paul Church in Hockley , the children’s recreation of the stained glass window was very impressive and I would like to offer a huge congratulations to those who took part.

“This is just one of many events taking place this year to celebrate the Rochford district. Discover 2020 will be showcasing the wealth of history we have, and I would encourage everyone to look at the website and social media platforms to see the events and activities we have coming up and how you can get involved.”

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