St. Nicholas Ibstone

Forthcoming Services -


Sun 3rd 11am Holy Communion - Revd Sue Morton

Sun 10th 10.50am Remembrance Sunday Service - lay led

Sun 17th 11am Holy Communion - Revd Mark Ackford



Sun 1st 11am Holy Communion - Revd Sue Morton


Sun 15th 5pm Village Candlelit Carol Service followed by Mulled Wine and Mince Pies - Revd Sue Morton


Wed 25th 11am Family Communion for Christmas Day - Revd Mark Ackford

Sun 29th 9.30am Benefice Holy Communion at Stokenchurch - Canon Nick Molony

11am Benefice Holy Communion at Cadmore End - Revd Sue Morton (no service in Ibstone on Sun 29th)

Hymns are sung at all 11am services


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 CofE Primary 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.


Benefice and Parish of the South Chilterns

Team Rector - Revd Mark Ackford,

The Vicarage, Wycombe Road, Stokenchurch, Bucks HP14 3RG 01494 266891

Team Vicar - Vacancy

The four churches are St Peter & St Paul, Stokenchurch, St Nicholas, Ibstone, Holy Trinity, Lane End and St Mary le Moor, Cadmore End.

Team Parish Administrator - Clare Bantick - 01494 854045 -
Office hours -  Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays   9am - 12noon

Ibstone  Churchwardens -
Toby Long
Veronica Murray  01491 638268 or
Jenny Davis (Deputy Warden)  01491 638245 or

Safeguarding -
The care and protection of children, young people and adults involved in church activities is the responsibility of everyone who participates in the life of our church.  If you are concerned please contact our Safeguarding Officer - Veronica Murray (details under Churchwarden) or the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser - details can be found on the Diocesan Safeguarding website

The Benefice and Parish of the South Chilterns sits within the Deanery of Wycombe, the Archdeaconery of Buckingham and in the Diocese of Oxford. For more information about the village see the Ibstone Parish Council Website

Drop in Surgeries for South Chilterns Team Ministry -
Revd Mark Ackford will hold these surgeries alternatively at the churches of Stokenchurch and Lane End commencing in October and on a fornightly basis.

Dates of next surgeries - Saturday 16th November at Lane End from 10-11am
and Saturday 7th December at Stokenchurch from 10-11am


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.