Parish Church of St Botolph

St Botolph's church  


The church of St Botolph (Grade I listed) has stood as a centre of Christian worship in the village of Hadstock for nearly 1000 years. It also plays an active part in the community life of the village, and is open almost every day to welcome villagers and visitors alike as a quiet space for prayer and mediation or just to enjoy its historic calm and beauty. Leaflets describing its history and archaeology are available in the church, together with postcards and details of current activities.


It may well be – we can’t prove it beyond doubt, but we believe the evidence is strong – the church founded by Cnut (Canute) when in 1020 he founded a church to commemorate those who fell in both sides of the conflict at Assandun in October 1016, when his Danish forces defeated the native Saxons and shortly after which he became King of England.

There is evidence of an even older church on the site before that. Was it even the site of the minster founded by St Botolph in the seventh century at a place which the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle calls Icanho?

Certainly the door by which you enter the church has been dated by dendrochronology (study of tree rings) to around 1034-1042 – which makes it the oldest working door in the country. Look out also for the wooden carving of a fox in a pulpit, the font on its Saxon base, the mediaeval ladder in the belltower, and the Victorian chancel designed by William Butterfield. And don’t miss the banners showing the Battle of Assandun, which were designed and made in the village and dedicated by the Rt Revd Rowan Williams at the service in October 2016 to commemorate the Millennium of the Battle.


We are proud of our church's fascinating history, but it is first and foremost a place of worship. All are welcome at our services, which are usually at 9.30 am on Sunday mornings (with a few exceptions such as Harvest Festival and Remembrance Sunday). The usual pattern is as follows:



You are very welcome at any of our services, and may particularly enjoy those highlighted elsewhere in this month’s Magazine. Sunday Services normally take place at 9.30 a.m. The standard pattern is:

1st Sunday                            Family Service    (see separate notice for more details)

2nd Sunday                          Holy Communion (said) using the 1662 Book of Common Prayer

3rd and 4th Sundays          Holy Communion (Common Worship) with hymns

There are no services on 5th Sundays.


Morning Prayer is a said service held at 8.30 a.m. on Tuesdays.

The service lasts about 20 minutes and is followed by refreshments and time to chat.

Together with the PCC, around 50 volunteers help to run the church, keep it clean, provide and arrange flowers, take part in services, prepare rotas, play the organ, refreshments at services, ring the bells, look after the grounds and the many other activities that help to keep our wonderful village Church alive. The Friends of St Botolph’s also support the Church. A list of group coordinators is on the Village Noticeboard, and also on the website and will be in the church porch when the church reopens. If you would like to help in any way, please contact Revd. Paula Griffiths.


Please also contact Paula if you would like a visit at home, or to discuss baptism, wedding and funeral arrangements. The Parish Office can also help with baptism and wedding enquiries.

The superb acoustics also make the church an excellent venue for concerts and community activities: please contact Peter Jarritt (

Like most historic churches, the building needs maintenance and repair. In September 2017 the church embarked upon a programme of works to make the building look clean, welcoming and inviting; to conserve our ancient church door; and to make sure that the structure is secure, safe and watertight. This has involved replacing the damaged medieval plaster in the nave and north transept and replacing the entire nave ceiling. The church reopened in March 2018.







  Priest at Hadstock:     Revd. Paula Griffiths

                         Greatford Cottage, Stocking Green   CB10 2SS   

                         Tel:  01799 599 141




  Parish Office:            Church Path, Saffron Walden   CB10 1JP          

                               Tel: 01799 506 024





St Botolph's is part of the Saffron Walden and Villages Team Ministry.



 Members: Tim Boyden, Patricia Croxton-Smith, Janey Devll,  Peter Jarritt, Ann Seward, Malcolm Seward, Janice Snell          

 Secretary: Moire Jarritt

 Fabric Officer: Rick Albrow


Bell Ringing

St Botolph's church has a team of bellringers which welcomes new members (experienced or beginners). They meet every Thursday at 7.30 pm in the bell tower.


The Friends of St Botolph's

The Friends of St Botolph's is a charity which seeks to "restore, preserve, repair, maintain, improve and beautify” this ancient building, its fixtures and fittings and surroundings.

The Friends of St Botolph's holds concerts and events to raise money for the church. Please see the Friends website:




St Botolph’s Church Hadstock

Data Privacy Notice


Your personal data – what is it?

Personal data relates to a living individual who can be identified from that data. Identification can be by the information alone or in conjunction with any other information in or likely to come into our possession. The processing of personal data is covered by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which comes into force on 25 May 2018.


Who are we?

St Botolph’s is part of the Diocese of Chelmsford within the Church of England and part of the Saffron Walden and Villages Team Ministry.

The Parochial Church Council (PCC) is a charity exempted from registration with the Charity Commission.

The incumbent is the Team Rector, the Revd David Tomlinson.

The Revd. Paula Griffiths, is an Associate Priest within the Team Ministry with particular responsibility for Hadstock.

Administrative tasks associated with running the Parish are performed by the PCC and by volunteers under the direction of the PCC. The PCC also oversees any employees and volunteers who organize contributions to worship, groups for spiritual nurture, fellowship groups and social activities for children and adults within the Parish and maintenance of the church buildings and grounds.

We work together within the Team Ministry to promote the mission of the church in the Parish and to support the Priest with the responsibility for the cure of souls and the pastoral work within the Parish

The Parish is currently served by the Revd. Paula Griffiths who also acts as chairman of the PCC. From time to time, she is assisted in services and pastoral care by Clergy from the wider team


How do we process your personal data?

We comply with our obligations under the GDPR by keeping personal data up to date; by storing and destroying it securely; by not collecting or retaining excessive amounts of data; by protecting personal data from loss, misuse, unauthorized access and disclosure; and by ensuring that appropriate technical measures are in place to protect personal data.

We use your data for the following purposes:

  • To enable us to comply with the PCC’s charitable objects of promoting the whole mission of the church in the Parish;
  • To provide cure of souls and pastoral care in the Parish, including baptisms, weddings and funerals;
  • To organize contributions to worship; run classes, fellowship groups and social activities;
  • To administer the electoral roll and other membership records;
  • To raise funds to enable us to further the mission of the church within the Parish and beyond and to thank you for your contributions;
  • To maintain our own accounts and records (including the processing of gift aid applications);
  • To manage any employees and volunteers;
  • To comply with our legal and regulatory obligations;
  • To operate the website and social media accounts associated with the mission of
  • the church in the Parish;
  • To maintain records and registers;
  • To inform you of news, events, activities and services in Saffron Walden, the daughter churches and other churches in the Saffron Walden Team Ministry;
  • To contact individuals via surveys to conduct research about opinions on services, care of the building or other matters relating to promoting the mission of the church in the parish;
  • To stay in touch.

What is the legal basis for processing your data?

Depending on the circumstances, we rely on one or more of the following legal bases for processing:

Explicit consent of the data subject;

  • Processing is necessary to comply with our legal obligations;
  • Processing is necessary for performance of a contract;
  • Processing is necessary to protect vital interests; and processing is necessary to pursue legitimate interests.

To the extent that the personal data reveals religious beliefs, we also rely on the following legal bases for processing:

  • Processing is necessary for carrying out our obligations under employment, social security or social protection law
  • Processing is necessary for archiving purposes in the public interest, or scientific and historical research purposes or statistical purposes;
  • Processing is carried out by a not-for-profit body with a religious aim in the
  • course of its legitimate activities and the processing relates only to members or former members (or those who have regular contact with it in connection with those purposes); and there is no disclosure to a third party without consent; or processing is necessary for reasons of substantial public interest.


Sharing your personal data

Your personal data will be treated as strictly confidential and will not be used for purposes other than those for which it was provided or share your data with third parties outside of the Parish or Pastoral Team without your consent.


How long do we keep your personal data?

We keep data in accordance with the guide “Keep or Bin: Care of Your Parish Records” which is available on the Church of England website. ( )


Your rights and your personal data

Unless an exemption under the GDPR applies, you have the following rights with respect to your personal data:

  • The right to request a copy of your personal data that we hold;
  • The right to request that we correct any personal data if it is found to be inaccurate or out of date;
  • The right to request your personal data is erased or destroyed where it is no longer necessary for it to be retained;
  • The right to withdraw your consent to processing at any time;
  • The right, where there is a dispute in relation to the accuracy or processing of your personal data, to request a restriction is placed on further processing;
  • The right to object to the processing of personal data where applicable;
  • The right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioners Office.


Further processing

If we wish to use your personal data for a new purpose not covered by this Notice, we will provide you with a new notice explaining this new use prior to commencing the processing and setting out the relevant purposes and processing conditions. Where and whenever necessary, we will seek your prior consent to the new processing.


Contact details

To exercise all relevant rights, queries or complaints, please contact our Parish Administrator at St Mary’s Parish Office, Church Path, Saffron Walden, CB10 1JP, 01799 506024,

Please mark all correspondence ‘St Botolph’s Hadstock’


Date: 1 May 2018                                                                               Review: March 2019