The Church of St. Mary the Virgin in Elsenham is an early Norman church, built on the site of an even earlier Saxon church. The Church is a Grade 1 listed building with many original features. The best information that we have is that the Church was completed in 1110, and we are celebrating the 900th anniversary of the Church throughout 2010. A series of activities is planned, with something taking place in every month of the year. A selection of the events is listed, and as more details become available they will be publicized around the village.

Please come and join us in celebrating 900 years of Christianity in the village – and also have some fun!

We look forward to seeing you at some or all of these events.

Schedule of events

16th April at 6.00 pm – “Songs of Praise” in the Church, including the village’s favourite hymn.

21st to 23rd May – Flower Festival in the Church

Saturday 22nd May at 7.30 pm at the Church – a Bat Evening with members of the Essex Bat Group

Saturday 12th June – a concert in the Church by the De Merc Choir

Saturday 26th June – an open air concert with “Jazz Bomb”, Elsenham playing fields

Saturday 14th August – a “Medieval Fair” at the Church, including a dramatization of the history of the Church and the village

Friday 22nd October at 8.00 pm in Elsenham Village Hall – Gordon Barker will be giving an updated version of his popular talk on the history of Elsenham.

We are also planning a tour of the Saffron Brewery in Henham and an evening of pub games – watch the village website or Elsenham News for further details.

Elsenham Church 900 committee

Chairman: David Hill (01279 812397)

Treasurer: Avril Braidwood

Committee: V. Austin, R. Badley, E. Barker, R. Barker, R. Clark, D. Gannon, J. Hill,

  • J. Hunt, B. James-Gillespie, J. Richardson, L Willbe
  • Celebration Beer

As part of our celebrations, the Saffron Brewery in Henham has brewed a special “Elsenham Church 900” beer, currently available from the Bowls Club in Elsenham or “The Cock” in Henham.