The service in St Mary's on Sunday 26th January is Holy Communion at 9.45am. Everyone is most welcome.
On Tuesday 4th February at 7.30pm there will be an Induction service for our new Vicar, the Rev Tim Robinson. The service will be followed by refreshments in the school. Everyone is welcome.
We are greatly looking forward to welcoming Tim and his wife, Norma, into our community. They will be living in the Rectory in inveresk Road, Tilston.
St Mary's Tilston St Edith's Shocklach
From 1st March 2019, please note the contact numbers change due to Rev Jane's retirement.
For most administrative matters:
For Churchwarden matters:
Shocklach Churchwardens: Helen Peel 01829250184 or helenpeel@live. co.uk or Jerry Mobbs 01829 271005
St Mary’s and St Edith’s churches take their duty and obligation to protect all, extremely seriously. We have adopted the national Church of England's robust procedures and guidelines. You can find out more about the national policies and procedures at
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St Mary's Church Choir sing at The Albert Hall
December 7th 2019
What is Rushbearing? St Edith's and St Mary's
Few Rushbearing festivals are still celebrated. That in Tilston gave rise to the modern Wakes.
When the floors of most churches were simply earth, parishioners brought rushes and flowers, such as meadowsweet and honeysuckle, to ‘strew’ within the Church, to purify the air and help to insulate the worshippers from the cold. The festivity gained the name ‘Rushbearing’ and was usually on the week-end of the patronal saint’s festival. There are two possible candidates to be our ‘St Edith: one has her feast day on 15 July, the other on 14 August. St Edith’s Church at Shocklach seems to have chosen a date between the two: hedging their bets! St Mary’s Church, named after the mother of Jesus, had its festival in late August.
Rushbearing is a very old practice recorded widely, such as in 1493 in the churchwarden's accounts for St Mary-at-Hill, London: a payment of 3d. ‘For three burdens of rushes for new pews’. It was one of the pastimes specifically permitted on Sundays by order of King James I's Book of Sports (1618) as ‘…leave to carry rushes to the church for the decoring of it, according to their old custom’.