Leigh with Bransford Parish
St Edburga, Leigh
The Norman church of St Edburga at Leigh was built by Benedictine monks from Pershore Abbey in 1100, having been granted the land by King Edgar in 972 AD, and they dedicated the church to St Edburga - one of the patron saints of Pershore Abbey. Edburga, the grand-daughter of Alfred the Great, avowed a life of prayer and sanctity, rejecting the jewels and adornments of a Saxon princess. Her Feast day is celebrated on June 15th.
Set in a quiet churchyard amid ancient yews and interesting tombstones, the church has many attractive features - an imposing Early English Arcade, a Norman Font, a painted 15th century screen, several fine tombs and a 12th century stone effigy of Christ in Benediction. This is now housed in the Lady Chapel but was originally placed in a Norman Arch high on the North wall.
The neighbouring 13th century Tithe barn, recently restored by English Heritage, is the largest full-cruck barn in the country and forms part of a classic medieval grouping of Church, Tithe barn and Manor house.
Until the 19th century, Leigh parish was extensive and included the whole of Malvern Link right up to Powick. Now St Edburga's is the centre for worship for Leigh, Bransford and Leigh Sinton - ech generation ensuring that the life of the Church continues.
St John the Baptist, Bransford
The chapel in Bransford is a small, quaint Norman building which has changed little since it was built, and is lit only by candlelight. It has a monthly traditional service of Holy Communion from the Book of Common Prayer.
Rev Anne Potter is the Team Vicar for the Parish of Leigh and Bransford, you can contact her here.
Although St Edburga's is not open, you can find the WWRT Ministry online on our YouTube channel which can be accessed here or follow our online services through the links below.
Reverend Jennifer Whittaker leads us in Holy Communion for 27th May 2020
Reverend Jennifer Whittaker leads a contemplative worship for the Sunday after Ascension Day
Rev Jen Whittaker leads us in Holy Communion on Wednesday 13th May
Rev Becky leads us in a virtual cafe church reflecting on the season we are in and work of the Worcester Foodbank.
Worcester West Rural Team Pew Sheets
The Pew Sheet for the 31st May can be found here
The Pew Sheet for the 24th May can be found here