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Wedding Venue

Downham Village is your ideal Lancashire wedding venue, what better backdrop could you have for your special day than in probably the most beautiful village in the Ribble Valley.

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Downham Banner

The conservation and display of the Centenary Banner of the Downham Benevolent Society.

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CHATBURN REMEMBERS
10th NOVEMBER
from 10.00 am
Christ Church
An exhibition to mark the centenary
of the end of WWI

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there but not there

OUR installation, There but not There , honouring the seven men of Downham and Twiston who died in the Great War 1914-18 was completed exactly one hundred days before the anniversary of the Armistice on 11th November and will remain open until Remembrance Day. The exhibit comprises even Perspex cut-out men spread around the church in the pews that they left unoccupied one hundred years ago. At each pew there is a brief description of the fallen man and, at the back of Church, a booklet with some additional information. There is a Poppy banner at the gate inviting everyone to come inside and view the installation.

No one knows how long there has been a church at Downham. During the rebuilding of 1910 traces of what were believed to be early Norman or Anglo- Saxon foundations were unearthed. The presence, within the parish,  of a field called Kirkacre - a pure Saxon word - adds credence to an estimate of 1,000 years. The church, with fifteenth century tower and main body of 1910, stands at the top of the steep main street of the village in a perfect and harmonious grouping with Downham Hall, home of the Asshetons since several months before the accession of Queen Elizabeth I in 1558. The present Lord Clitheroe is Patron of the parish church. The Parish Church of Downham St. Leonard is in a joint benefice with Christchurch, Chatburn, the neighbouring parish. These two parish churches share a Priest-in-Charge with St. Mary Magdalene, Clitheroe; there has been no vicar exclusively for Downham since 1988.

Visitors

We are an open church; the door is unlocked from morning to dusk every day. Visitors are welcome to look round, guidebooks are available (see also history link, to the left).

Visitors are warmly welcome to attend all our services (for details see our services page, and latest newsletter).


Services

2nd and 4th Wednesday at 10 am

Shortened Holy Communion from the Book of Common Prayer

1st and 3rd Sunday at 11 am

Holy Communion from the Book of Common Prayer

2nd, 4th and 5th Sunday at 11 am

Matins from the Book of Common Prayer

Special Services such as Mothering Sunday, Harvest Festival, Carol Service and Christingle
are announced in the Parish newsletter and shown on the website.

Our 11 am Holy Communion Service from the Book of Common Prayerf pdf


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