The Church of St Thomas of Canterbury
One of the Village's attractions which draws a steady flow of visitors, not only from the U.K. but from around the world, is the Church of St Thomas of Canterbury. It is a focal point of the Village, not only geographically, but also spiritually and socially.
The Church's recorded history dates from 1110 and in the intervening centuries it has seen many changes resulting, towards the end of the 19th Century, in parts of the fabric falling into a sad state of repair. However, thanks to local support considerable but sympathetic restoration was put in hand following which the church re-opened on 17th December 1900 with a service conducted by the Bishop of Winchester. To commemorate this there was a special service on 17th December 2000 conducted by the Bishop of Guildford (under whose diocese the Church now comes) and attended by the Mayor of Guildford, who planted a Millennium Yew tree in the churchyard.
Following an interregnum the Rev Barry Preece was installed as the Rector of East and West Clandon in October 2003. In 2009 F.R.O.S.T. (Friends of St Thomas of Canterbury) commissioned and funded, with the generous support of East Clandon Parochial Church Council and others, a new stained glass window by Helen Whittaker, one of the UK's most prestigious stained glass artists. The window depicts Thomas a Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, in the moment before his assassination and subsequent martyrdom in 1170. Read more in the F.R.O.S.T. newsletter.
We do hope you will come and visit our attractive village and allow some time to explore our historic Church. A full history and guide, both to the Church and Village is available, also various postcards.
Inside the church are a number of wall plaques and monumental inscriptions featuring family names connected with the village (earliest date1777).
The war memorial in the church yard has the following inscription:
1914 - 18 and 1939 - 45
1st, 3rd & 5th Sundays - 9.15 am - Parish Communion.
2nd Sunday - 9.15 am - Prayer Book Communion (1662).
4th Sunday - 10.30 am - Morning Worship.
1030 on the 1st Thursday of each month - Reflection, Prayer, and Communion.
Family Services and Evensong as announced.
Everyone is most welcome at these services.