Welcome to the URC web page
The United Reformed Church in Aston Tirrold worships here every Sunday, at the regular time of 10.30. There are occasional evening services instead in the summer (6pm). The congregation welcomes people of all ages and backgrounds who are journeying in faith.
The Centre for Reflection offers a place for visiting church away days, quiet days and advertised Friday events and Saturday workshops. It is also the home base of the village toddler group and the Centre also welcomes other bookings, for example National Childbirth Trust (NCT) courses meet there. There is a quiet garden associated with the Quiet Garden Trust. Occasional concerts are held in the Centre and in the church.
Forthcoming events are on the web sites (the church at www.aturc.freeuk.com and the Centre at www.reflect.freeuk.com) and in the monthly village news.
Although there was a worshipping congregation from the 1660s at a time of religious turmoil through England, the present building dates from 1728.
The history of the United Reformed Church, Aston Tirrold
Known until 1972 as the Presbyterian Church, it is a modest and very pleasing brick building of 1728 and is of considerable interest, being the second Non-conformist church building in the neighbourhood (the oldest being the Waterside Chapel in Newbury, built in 1697). It preserves, with its galleries, much of the atmosphere of 18th century worship. It was altered in 1865 by the addition of the two porches, and the moving of the pulpit from the west to the east wall. This meant the removal of one of the three galleries, from which the fiddlers used to lead the music.
The refurbishment in 1972 concealed the Victorian woodwork of the galleries and restored the old light fittings. The Dissenting congregation in the Astons dates from 1662 when two local clergymen, Richard Comyns of Cholsey and Thomas Cheesman of East Garston, were among many incumbents thrown out of their livings for refusing to subscribe to the Act of Uniformity. They were welcomed here by John Fuller, one of the family whose members up to the beginning of this century were the principal landowners and farmers in the Astons.
For details of services at the United Reformed Church, please click HERE
You may also wish to visit our page for the CENTRE FOR REFLECTION HERE