Over 1000 years of Christian worship

The Objects of the Society

..... shall be to maintain, repair, restore, preserve, improve, beautify, and reconstruct for the greater glory of God, the fabric of the Parish Church of All Saints, Okehampton.

A church has stood on this site since the earliest days of Christianity in this country, when the tiny Saxon village of Ocmuntune was on this hill.

Around the time Okehampton castle was being built a new Norman church was also being built here. It was enlarged in 1261 (the first recorded consecration of this site). The church was further enlarged in 1447, a lovely medieval building which was tragically destroyed by fire in 1842. The tall granite tower alone survived and was incorporated into the present building, rebuilt to the glory of God and re-consecrated in 1844.

The church we see today is thought to be the fifth church to occupy this quiet and hallowed spot, where prayer, worship and music have offered up for more than one thousand years.

In addition to helping the Parochial Church Council with the maintenance of the building, we always have a particular project in hand. More recent projects include the refurbishment of the stained glass  window adjacent to the altar,  a new altar cloth, artistic handmade banners for two pillars, and the complete repainting of the church interior.



The Friends produced a church guide in 2006 giving a brief history of the church building, windows and other features. More details are available here.
The maintenance of a large and ancient building is a big responsibility. Members of the congregation have worked hard and given generously, but the church is here for the whole community. You may not necessarily wish to attend church every Sunday, but still want the church to be there, to be conserved, improved and passed on to the next generation. If so you may wish to consider joining the Friends of All Saints and help to conserve this beautiful building.

Individual Life membership - minimum £75.00
Individual Annual membership - minimum £10.00
Joint Life membership - minimum £120.00
Joint Annual membership - minimum £15.00

Every penny you give will be used for the objects as stated above. We will also keep you informed of the various events that happen each year in support of the Friends. If you are a UK tax payer, you can increase the value of your gift considerably at no cost to yourself by signing a Gift Aid declaration.

Both of these forms can be found in the church or from the Secretary: Margaret Woolacott

If you are willing to pay by standing order, it would ease our administration. If you would like to speak to someone please contact:

The Rector: The Rev Stephen Cook (01837) 659297

Thank you


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