ST BARTHOLOMEW'S, WATHAM
Holy Communion is offered at Petham on the 1st Sunday at 11 am. On the 3rd Sunday there is an informal Family Service at 11 am. On the 5th Sunday a United Benefice Service is held at 10:30 am at one of the 8 churches in the Wye Group. The pattern of services may change to accommodate holidays and other special events.
January 2023 Services
22nd January Group Service Hastingleigh at 9.30 am
29th January Benefice Service Wye at 10.30 am
2nd Sunday at 9:30am
All Communion services are for all four congregations of Elmsted, Hastingleigh, Petham and Waltham to worship together. Please do not attend if you are unwell. All are subject to it being considered safe for our church services to continue.
UNITED BENEFICE SERVICE
5th Sunday at 10:30am
When there is a fifth Sunday in the month a 10:30am United Benefice Service will be held at one of the eight churches - please see the Calendar for details. The form of the service is typically either Modern Communion or Morning Prayer.
In the Norman's Domsday Book there is no mention of a church at Waltham prior to the conquest. In 1185 the manor of Waltham was granted to the Knight Templers and for some years after the village was known as Temple or Temple Waltham.
The current church dates from the thirteenth century. The central tower was restored in 1808 but still stands on its original thirteenth century footings. The central tower, between the fourteenth century nave and the chancel, holds a ring of six bells. The four oldest bells were made by Joseph Hatch in the seventeenth century. The gallery at the western end of the nave dates from the eighteenth century.