Church in the Wood

LASTEST NEWS: The Lord moves in mysterious ways his wonders to perform

In 1893 Louisa Bishop, the widow of the vicar of Bramdean left £2000 to support the tin church on Bramdean common. A codicil to her will specified that her trustees should cause the bell to be rung before each service. On Sunday, 25th July 2021, 128 years later, the steel rope attached to the bell broke, just before evensong!

During evensong the congregation listened to Fred Butler read the parable in which five loaves and two fishes fed 5000 people. Later in the service the Rev Christopher Durrant explained how Jesus continued to perform small miracles to this day.

After the service a visitor who lives in San Francisco approached a trustee and asked if he could help in the maintenance of the church. On the following Tuesday, the man, Ian Dow returned and replaced the broken wire rope.

Is that a miracle?

Services are held on the second and fourth Sunday in each month from May to September at3pm. To hear the bell ring and find the church, be on Bramdean common at 2.45 and listen. (Latest News by James Stanley, Chair of Trustees)

Our Harvest Festival will be on 26th September

Hymns in the Wood – Spring, 2021

The Church in the Wood

The church is situated in a wood on Bramdean common. It is maintained by the three trustees of the charity of Louisa Francis Katherine Bishop for Divine service. Mrs Bishop was the widow of the Rev Bishop who caused the church to be built here in 1883.

When she died in 1893 she gave instructions to her trustees by a codicil to her will, in which she left £2000. They were to pay the vicar of Bramdean to take services, to maintain the church, and to ring the bell. The latter they do, beginning 15 minutes before each service, to guide the congregation through the wood.

Evensong is celebrated on the second and fourth Sundays of each month from May to September at 3pm, with a carol service on the second Sunday in December. Baptisms and wedding blessings, sometimes of gypsies, take place quite frequently.

The church has no parish and no funds apart from those donated by the congregation or well-wishers. Recently attendance has averaged 17 at evensong with greater numbers coming to open air services.

Access is on foot by mud track. Park your car on Bramdean common, and listen for the bell!

Lighting by candles,

Music by harmonium.

Dogs, horses and wellington boots welcome.

Summer 2020

Bramdean Woods

You must keep your dog on a lead no more than 2 metres long on open access land between the 1st of March and the 31st of July to protect ground-nesting birds, and at all times around livestock. Rights of way and accessing land: Use your right to roam – GOV.UK (

Thank you for following the Countryside Code.

Harvest Festival – Church in the Wood

The Seventeenth Sunday After Trinity Readings for Harvest Festivals Joel 2.21-27Psalm 1261 Timothy 2.1-7 or 6.6-10Matthew […]

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Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice;

let the sea resound, and all that fills it.

Let the fields exult, and all that is in them.

Then all the trees of the forest will sing for joy before the LORD,

for He is coming – He is coming to judge the earth.

He will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples in His faithfulness.

Psalm 96.11-13

Winter 2020

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