St. Nicholas Ibstone

Forthcoming Services -




Sun 2nd 11am Holy Communion - Revd Peter Wainwright

Sun 9th 9.30am Holy Communion at Stokenchurch - Revd Mark Ackford Preacher: Bishop of Oxford (no 11am service in Ibstone)

Wed 12th 2pm School Nativity Play & 6.30pm Carols by Candlelight

Thurs 13th 6.00pm School Nativity Play

Sun 16th 4pm Carols by Candlelight - Revd Mark Ackford followed by mulled wine and mince pies (no 11am service)


Tues 25th 11am Family Communion for Christmas Day - Revd Peter Wainwright



Sun 6th 11am Holy Communion - Revd Peter Wainwright


There has been a parish church at Ibstone for over a thousand years – at least as long as the great yew tree at its north west corner. It is probable that there was a church here even in Saxon times (c. 800), although the present building is mainly Norman (c. 1200).

The doorway is from the 12th century, as is the plain window in the west wall and the font, but the porch was built in the 19th century, as was the gallery. The chancel was built in the 13th century The carved oak pulpit, dating from 15th century may be one of the first pulpits in the country – prior to this, preachers stood on the chancel steps.

Standing in its peaceful and spacious churchyard, it is easy to see why our forefathers chose this spot. At the southern end of the Chiltern Hills, but still some 600 feet above sea level and set on a south west slope of pure chalk, it looks over the woods and valleys of Turville and Hambleden. In the corner of the churchyard by the gate is a stone coffin from the adjoining field


Today, we are a village church with strong links to our village C-of-E school. We are a haven for walkers who pass through in great numbers and visit the building.

Also, we are a family church - which means we try to be a church for people of all ages and from all backgrounds.

And we are an Anglican church - which means that all our church structures and services come from that great tradition that started in the 16th Century.


Revd Mark Ackford was installed on October 11th as Rector (designate) of the 'South Chilterns Team Ministry' of four churches - Stokenchurch, Ibstone, Lane End and Cadmore End.

For initial advice, please contact the Churchwardens, Veronica Murray, please phone on 01491 638268

or Jenny Davis on 01491 638245

St Nicholas sits within the Parish of Ibstone, the Archdeaconery of Buckingham and in the Diocese of Oxford. For more information about the village see the Ibstone Parish Council Website


From opposite Ibstone C of E School head down 'Ashfield Barn Lane' . Don't take the sharp left turn downhill, but carry straight ahead. There is parking in front of the church for 3-4 cars and a large area for parking beside the church.