St Mary’s is open most days between 11.00am and 5.00pm. Entrance is usually via the South door; the wider West door is used for wheelchair access.
Designed by Sir Gilbert Scott and built in 1867, St Mary’s is a splendid, large church (seating up to 200), with heavy gabled timber framed porch, cruciform plan, semi-circular chancel and central tower; there is a designated area for children, with toys, books and crayons.
In usual times, we offer a range of service styles from fully sung with choir anthem at Communion to informal, interactive services aimed at all ages. All services are followed by refreshments in church. We have a pipe organ and a single bell which rings prior to regular services taking place. Whilst access to our church buildings is restricted due to the pandemic for we are meeting by Zoom on Sundays at 10:00am – our Worship Online page has all the details.
As we gradually open our churches we are having to limit numbers attending in order to meet the Covid-19 safety guidance. Our Opening Churches page provides links for you to book your place at the service you wish to attend. We will also be trialling a rota of worship from different churches each Sunday throughout August to October.
If you would like to receive a regular text message to remind you of the weekly service times across the benefice, please get in touch.
The bell is unsuitable for weddings so, if you are planning to get married at St Mary’s, you might like to consider a local handbell ringing group, the Lammas Ringers.
The cemetery is a working cemetery and therefore in use for burials and interment of ashes. In line with normal diocesan rules, any parishioner or member of the church electoral roll may be laid to rest here. Members of the church electoral roll may be laid to rest here and additional family members may also be included at the discretion of the priest and PCC (parochial church council).
There is off road parking in the area, but no designated parking for the church. For large services, arrangements can sometimes be made with a local land owner to park in their field.
Shackleford, Norney and Peper Harow are geographically close and with the A3 to Guildford and Milford / Godalming nearby, where there are many facilities available to host post funeral gatherings and celebratory occasions such as weddings and baptisms.
St Mary’s is located in Shackleford Road which crosses Elstead Road, and the postcode is: GU8 6AE
You can find out more about Shackleford on its village website.
Further information about the war memorial can be found HERE