Welcome to the website of St. Helen's Church, Berrick Salome. St. Helen was the mother of the Emperor Constantine, the first Christian emperor.
Berrick Salome, together with Berrick
Prior, Roke and Rokemarsh, forms a community of 250 villagers lying to the south west of the Chiltern Hills, and about 12 miles south east of Oxford. The small church at Berrick Salome, originally built as a "chapelry", or subdivision, of St. Mary's, in Chalgrove (see History
), is in the Deanery of Aston and Cuddesdon, in the Diocese of Oxford.
There is a church service at St. Helen's every week at 11.00 am, and the form of service varies across each month (see Services). Visitors are always most welcome in this small friendly church.
When it was built, St. Helen's was in the centre of housing that has since disappeared, so the church building that you see now appears to be rather isolated from the village. Nevertheless, the church plays an important part in the life of the community today, just as it has done over the centuries.
St. Helen's is an ancient Grade 2* listed building, needing periodic restoration as well as constant general maintenance, and so we have a calendar of social fund-raising events to top up both the Restoration Fund and the General Fund. Most villagers enjoy taking part in these events - not only are they fun, but they also help to embed the church firmly within the life of our small rural community.
The community also boasts a Village Hall and two pubs, The Chequers in Berrick and The Home Sweet Home in Roke (though the Post Office and shop that used to operate from The Chequers have long since ceased to function). There is also a Band Hut in Roke.