You will see from our history that we are a congregation of Protestant Dissenters, were somewhat reluctant Congregationalists, and in 1972 became part of the United Reformed Church, although many of us have belonged to other denominations. We are motivated and informed by the teachings of Jesus.
We are conciliar rather that episcopal, which is to say that we have councils – groups of people – rather than bishops. This reflects our belief in the priesthood of all believers, which is to say that all – lay or ordained –
are called to serve God and that God’s guidance on the life and mission of the church is best discerned collectively within the whole people of God through meeting together. We have three circles of meeting – Church Meeting in the local congregation, regional Synod and the national General Assembly.
Here is a brief history of congregationalism. 1662 and all that
We meet in Perry Hill Chapel which was built in 1822. In 2012, the 190th anniversary year, members were asked to write down their memories and knowledge of the history of this congregation, and these were presented to the congregation on 3 June. As you will see, a couple of our members have very long personal and family memories of this chapel.
Stella Harris was a member, elder and church treasurer. This is Stella’s contribution. Stella’s history
Anne Philps is a member and serving organist. Here are Anne’s memories of her connection with this church over 70 years. Annes’ hand written history 3Jun12 I will replace these hand written notes with a typed version when I find the time to do it.
Stuart Davies has served as Church Secretary for most of the last ten years or so. Here is Stuart’s summary of our recent history. Stuart’s history
Here is another piece of recent history; the story of our new organ. The Organ Transplant
We have also collected local history notes and pictures.
Here is a history of Worplesdon based on the notes of Evelyn Thompson who died in 1946. Notes On The History Of Worplesdon
Frank Philps came to the village at the beginning of the twentieth century to run the farrier’s business. Here he is outside his premises. Frank Philps farrier or see the forge when it became a service station then and now Philps
The Burch family has a long association with Perry Hill Chapel. Geoff Burch, who lives in Sunnyside between the pub and the parish church, recently gave us this life-of-the-people, written by Albert Enever. It was found in the loft of a house in Guildford and was given to Geoff by Albert’s grandson, John Enever who now lives at Church Crookham. In this delightful history, written in 1975, Albert remember the businesses and people of Rickford and Perry Hill between 1905 and 1925. A valuable resource for genealogists.
Use the drop-down menu on this page or click here to find useful links to other resources on the history of Worplesdon and neighbouring villages.