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St. Mary, Shinfield, Berks
Reading branch of the ODG
Further details

St. Mary, Shinfield tower
St. Mary, Shinfield tower, South aisle and old house
which used to be a pub. ©BM 2004

  Dedication:St. Mary the Virgin, Shinfield benefice
  Tower Correspondent:
Bobbie May, 4 Halfacre Close, Spencers Wood, READING RG7 1DZ
Tel: 0118-988-4172

  Service Ringing: Sun 9.30
  Practice night: Tue 7.45pm
 Simulator: Minor Practice Mon before last Friday of month.
Not Bank holidays. Bookable by other ringers during simulator week.

  Availability and Restrictions:

  The Bells (6) 11-3-13 Restored 1976 further details

  Access to ringing chamber:
A ground floor ring, reached either through the church, with 2 steepish steps up, or through the West door of the tower which opens directly into the ringing chamber.

In daytime, light through the west window can be troublesome but there are curtains to shade it. Spacious chamber, plenty of room for helpers to stand behind.

  Points of interest in church

  Church facilities:

No special facilities for children in immediate area but recreation ground about half a mile away in village in Millworth Lane ( far end ), just beyond the two pubs. Kiddy play area in Church Lane at junction with Basingstoke Rd.

  Travel Details: OS Grid Ref: SU729682
  Public Transport:

By road From Exit 11 of the M4, go about a mile East towards Earley, then turn South along the A327.

Car Parking on the road opposite the church and spaces for parking in a small rectangular area among the new houses opposite the church, supposedly designated a diocesan parking area.
  Eating Places:
Pubs The Six Bells ( Hungry Horse syndicate ) though access by car is soon to be made difficult as the North end of Church Lane is to be closed: 3 minutes' walk from church.
L’Ortolan, in Church Lane — a very expensive French restaurant, haunt of the great and good, where the kitchens were used in the filming of Lenny Henry’s series Chef!
There are two pubs opposite the green in Shinfield Village -
The Royal Oak (has a children's room) and
the Bell and Bottle. There is also The Black Boy on the Shinfield Road. Both pubs have gardens and car parks.

  Local points of interest for non ringers:

Page last updated 5 Feb 2007

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