Rev. Graham Collingridge became Vicar in June 2013.
Graham became vicar of Long Buckby, Watford, West Haddon and Winwick in June 2013. He is married to Jane, and has two grown up daughters. Graham grew up in Knaphill, near Woking, Surrey and went to the local Anglican church. After reading Biochemistry at Pembroke College, Oxford Graham trained as a social worker and held various posts in South London.
The family moved to Hampshire in 1998 where Graham held various senior posts in mental health.
Graham completed his theological training at Ridley Hall in Cambridge from 2007-09 then moved to Bitterne Park, Southampton in 2009 where he became a curate.
About Our Grade I Listed Church....
On entering the church yard through the Millennium Gates its hard not to be struck
by the sense of history associated with this fine Grade 1 Listed church. One can
imagine the bustle around the building on Sunday's past when local parishioners
flocked to services, on foot, horseback, carriages and cars. Of course there were
also many weddings funerals and special events celebrated in the church. As you
walk towards the church entrance there are many glimpses of days past.
Built of Northamptonshire stone, the church itself is an imposing structure, with a
significant embattled bell tower. The headstones around you identify the families
associated with the Village dating back many years. You also see the Commonwealth War Grave commemorating
the untimely death of 21 year old Private George Cheney in 1920 and the newly installed commemorative bench.
Ivy clad high stone walls surround the well attended church yard with areas of wild flowers, grass land well established trees, its a picturesque, peaceful and atmospheric experience.
Turning right at the end of the path way leads you to the porch and the church doors. The inside of the church is just as imposing with amazing lighting provided by beautiful stained glass windows towering above the alter. Steeped in history, which may date back to a structure on the site in the 1200's, the current building was founded around 1300 with additional works during the 14th and 15th century. The structure shows may architectural features typical of those times.
There are a number of carved spherical arches in the walls of the aisles and well preserved medieval carvings, tomb recesses and stone ornaments. There is a rare wooden monument commemorating Susanna Eyton d.1631
The local families of Clerke, Henley, Eden and Peel are also commemorated. Family roles and connections can be traced back to government ministers and Prime Ministers of the day.
The organ was installed in 1894 during a restoration work when a new nave roof was also added. Exploring the bell tower, still in full working order, up a narrow flight of stone steps you find it houses 6 bells dating from 1721, installed by George Day & Sons of Suffolk and a working clock. The bells still ring out on occasion, a wonderful rich sound.
In 2018 the church was named one of Northamptonshire's 100 Best Churches, for more information visit: