St Leonard's Church, Semley
- Written by Tony Gowers
A parish church has stood in Semley since Norman times. However the present church is Victorian. The remnants from the older buildings are the Norman font and a thirteenth century effigy of a priest, which are both situated close to the north door. The rebuilding of the church was begun in 1866 by the then Rector of Semley. He took down the old chancel and built a new one entirely at his own expense. The rest of the building was demolished in 1874 and was rebuilt around the new chancel in Perpendicular style. The Church contains some fine stained glass; this includes a spectacular window in the Lady Chapel designed by Henry Haig in memory of WPC Yvonne Fletcher who was tragically shot while on duty at the Libyan Embassy in St James Square, London and died on the 17th April 1984.
The tower is a prominent feature with a small spire in the northwest corner. There is a fine set of 6 bells (one of the heaviest rings in the country) which are in good working order.
The dates and times of services in the church can be found in the right-hand margin of this page, and on the Calendar page of this web site.
For information on how the find the Church, click here.
Gillingham Silver Band Christmas Concert, Semley - 8th December 2013
- Written by Rev. Steve Morgan
Gillingham Imperial Silver Band will be giving a Christmas Concert in St Leonard's Church, Semley, on Sunday 8th December 2013 beginning at 3.00 pm. Light refreshments will be served after the concert.
Tickets are £5.00 and are available from Rev. Steve (for contact details, click here) or on the door.
All are welcome.
For more information on the Gillingham Imperial Silver Band, visit the Band's web site: http://www.gisb.co.uk/