Important notice about some of the graves. Click here.St. Bartholomew’s is one of the six parishes of the High Framland Benefice, of which more can be learned here.Our new associate priest, Julie Hutchinson, has been with us for several months now. She works with the priest in charge, David Cowie across the benefices of High Framland and South Framland Click for a short bio.St Bartholomew's stands at the top of the hill above Sproxton and commands fine views towards Stonesby and Waltham-on-the-Wolds. It possesses a fine ring of eight bells which were moved from All Saints’ in Leicester when that church was made redundant. Our then rector, the late Tony Clayton, being interested in bells and having worked for Taylor’s of Loughborough, became aware of the possibility of acquiring the bells. The frame fitted the tower and with much work the bells were hung. They are now rung regularly for services, practices and peals. Being quite light (8 1/4 Cwt.), a peal will usually take about 2½ hours. The fee for a peal is £20. Contact Sue Dawson if you would like to book them for a visiting band or peal. On this site are a few pictures of the installation of the bells. If you would like to read more about the history of the church I have included a paper by Raymond Taylor. A history of the parish and a description of the church and bells can be accessed from the following links: Early history of the parishHistory of the church: A description of the church,The bells,The Sproxton Cross is an interesting feature of the churchyard. It has been mistakenly said that this is a Saxon cross. It is, in fact, an Anglo-Norse cross.
Reverend Canon Julie Hutchinson
MyearlychildhoodyearswereintheCityof Leicester.MyFatherwasapoliceofficerand myMotherworkedinfinance.Ihavetwo youngersiblingsbothofwhomstilllivein Leicestershire close to my parents.Ileftschoolat16andwasoneofseveralwho wentintobanking.MyplanasIenteredthe MidlandBankwastoapplyfornursingatthe ageofeighteenbutinsteadImetandmarried Phillip.ItwasmyfriendSue,latertobe GodmothertomysonDavid,whobecamea nurse.PhillipandImetthroughtheyouthgroupat church,StDeny’sinEvington.Iwasonly therethatnighttokeepaneyeonmy youngersisterDeborah,therest,astheysay, “is history”. Whenajoboffercameupinadeveloping knitwearfirminOakham,wemovedwithour
newlybornsontoRutland.Davidandlater Lisaspenttheirformativeyearsinthismarket townandweallbecameveryinvolvedinthe ParishChurch.BecausePhillipworkedmany hoursestablishingachildren’sknitwear businessIwasthemaincarerforthechildren butsupplementedourincome,asyoudo,by turningmyhandtochildminding,cleaning, factoryworkuntilIeventuallysecuredajob onaSaturdaymorningattheAllianceand Leicester Building Society in Oakham.Myexplorationofordainedministrycameas thechildrenwerenearingtheendoftheir primaryschoolexperienceandin1993after threeyearsparttimetrainingatQueen’s TheologicalCollegeinBirminghamIwas ordainedDeaconandservedmycuracyin Far Cotton, NorthamptonItwasaprivilegein1994tobeordained PriestinPeterboroughCathedralalongside womenwhohadwaitedformanyyearsfor this day to come.IntheAutumnof1995Iwaslicensedas PriestinChargetothreevillagesaround UppinghaminRutlandandshortlyafter,this wasextendedtobecomeabeneficegroupof sixchurches.AftereightyearsIappliedfor andwasappointedDiocesanDirectorof OrdinandsandDirectorofVocations.During thistimewelivedinStanwickcloseto WellingboroughandItravelledthedistanceof PeterboroughDioceseworkingwithmenand womenwhobelievedthatGodwascalling them to a licensed ministry within his church.Afterservinginthisroleforeightyearsthe BishopofPeterboroughaskedmetoconsider becominghisChaplainandIwasprivilegedto
serveinthatroleforseveralyearsbefore returning to parish ministry.Itisadelighttonowfindmyselfservingasa HouseforDutyAssociatePriestinthe beneficegroupsofHighandSouthFramland andlivingintheRectoryatHarston.Phillipas atrainedLayMinister(Reader)willbe licensedintheAutumnandwillformerlyjoin thedevelopingMinistryTeamwhichis facilitatedbyourPriestinCharge,David Cowie.Althoughmyroleinvolvestwodaysaweek plusaSundayinlieuoflivinginaclergy housemyministryofvocationandSpiritual Directionalsogrows.Inoursparetimewe lovebeinginthecompanyofourfive grandchildrenagedbetween9and4.Our granddaughterslivefairlylocallybutourtwo grandsons,IsaacandAdam,liveontheIsle of Wight so a great place to visit.Iverymuchlookforwardtoservinginthe parishes,findingoutwhereGodisworking andjoiningin.Myhopeandprayeristhat overthesenextfewyearswecanfindways tocreateagreatersenseofcommunitywithin allthevillagesandforourchurchestohave moreactivitiesbeyondtraditionalworship. Thatwebecomewelcomingandrelevantto people’s lives.