North Cheriton Summer Church Festival



4 pm Sunday 28 June 2105

St John the Baptist Church is holding a Summer Festival Service on 28 June. The purpose is to celebrate Summertime in England but also the patron saint of our Church, St John the Baptist. We are also celebrating the 101st anniversary of the installation in 1914 of our exceptionally  fine Church organ, the superb quality of whose sound is very unusual in a village Church.

On 28 June there will be an Evening Service, with favourite hymns, presided over by  our Rector, the Revd. Tristram Rae Smith. We have been particularly fortunate in securing the services of a renowned organist, Mark Venning, FRCO, currently Chairman and previously CEO of the premier Organ building firm of Harrison and Harrison, of Durham. They have built and maintain many Cathedral,  Church and Concert  organs, such as in Westminster Abbey and the Royal Festival Hall. Mark, who lives nearby in Heytesbury, Wiltshire,  will play for us during the Service and give us a short talk and recital after the Service, to demonstrate the superb quality of our organ.

Patrick Mileham

The Men on the War Memorial

DSCN5151 cropIn this period of time, which covers the one hundredth anniversary of the First World War, the Annual Meeting of the Electors of North Cheriton is attempting to build a picture of each of the personalities recorded on the Village War Memorial.

The men named are:-

  • Private Reginald Durnford
  • Private George Foot
  • Trooper John Gale
  • Private Randolph Galpin
  • Lieutenant John Gatehouse
  • Private Ernest Hasket
  • Lieutenant Colonel Ronald Lascelles

Are any of these men your ancestors, a great-uncle for example?  If you have any information, links with the village, photographs etc., please contact either Graham Skillen on 33388 or at or David Tunbridge on 31261 or at

Thank you!

We would like to thank everyone in the village for making us feel so welcome since we moved into The Old Walled Garden.  It’s not been the easiest of starts with Roddy’s operation happening so soon after our move, however he is making steady progress and we look forward to participating in village life to a greater extent in the near future.
For information, our landline telephone number is 824133.
With our best wishes
Caroline & Roddy Lee