St Leonard's Church, Semley

Semley Church

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.

Sunday Services

The normal monthly pattern of Sunday services in the Church is as follows:

  • First Sunday of the month: Sung Eucharist at 9.30 am
  • Second Sunday of the month: Family Service at 9.30 am
  • Third Sunday of the month: Evening Prayer at 6.00 pm
  • Fourth Sunday of the month: BCP Sung Eucharist at 11.00 am

The dates and times of forthcoming services in the church can be found in the right-hand margin of this page, and on the Calendar page of this web site.

How to find the Church

For information on how the find the Church, click here.

Reception - St Leonard's Church, Semley - 5th September 2019

pound signs sAll Semley parishioners are warmly invited to a reception at St Leonard's Church, Semley,  at 6.00 pm on Thursday 5th September 2019, at which there will be a short talk on parish finances and the 'Parish Giving Scheme'. Whether you are already a regular donor to our church, someone who may wish to donate in the future or someone who would just like to learn more about our church finances, please put this date in your diary.

Further information will be delivered to you towards the end of August.

Drinks and snacks will be served so please come along!

Harvest Celebrations, St Leonard's Church, Semley - 5th/6th October 2019



Semley Harvest Supper

Saturday 5th October 2018

6.30 pm at The Barn, Grove House

(by kind permission of Mr and Mrs Peter Williamson)

Tickets: £8 Adult (to include a glass of wine), £4 Child (under 16)

Please bring your own knife, fork, spoon and plates

Tickets available from:
Semley Village Stores
Gerald: telephone: 01747 855138
Liz telephone: 01747 853747

Join us for the

Harvest Festival Sung Eucharist

St Leonard’s Church, Semley
on Sunday 6th October 2018 at 9.30 am

All are most welcome

Semley Fete 2019

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Despite the wind and a distant threat of rain, Semley's Annual Village Fete was once again a great success. The Bell Street Jazz Band set the tone with their brilliant and uplifting playing entertaining those enjoying tea and cake or Pimms as well as those busy bargain hunting or taking part in the many games on offer. A group of children from Semley School sang during the band's break and it was wonderful to see their happy faces enjoying their performance before they ran off again to have more fun. The attractions included face painting, donkey rides, crockery smashing and the ever-popular coconut shy. There were long queues for the bottle stall and this year some brave folk even volunteered to have sponges thrown at them while they were in the stocks. Two other new attractions, the Pop-Up Boutique, which stocked nearly new clothes, and the Pimms' tent were both a huge success and hopefully will become part of the Semley Fete traditions. Everywhere you looked there were smiling faces. It is a wonderful day when the community comes together to raise money for our village.

The Semley Fete Committee would like to thank everyone who worked so hard putting it together. Those who put up and take down the tents, everyone who comes along on the day, every plant lovingly planted to be sold and every cake baked help make it a perfect summer's day. The fete raised £5,400 which will be used to continue to support local causes. Many thanks.

Semley Fete Committee

Some pictures from the Fete are shown below; click on each photo below to see a larger version.


Afternoon Coffee/Tea - Semley Church

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Doing the school run?

Come and join us for a coffee or tea


St Leonard’s Church, Semley


2.30 pm to 3.30 pm
on the third Tuesday of each month

Everyone is welcome to join us for tea and coffee before the school
pick up. Toys are available for babies and toddlers.

For more details, please contact Richard or Kevin, telephone 01747 830174.

Stick Family