What we do at Fillongley

Normal Services at Fillongly Church

You are invited to join us for worship at our Church services.
Please check the Preaching plan for further information on church services – our services are at either one or other of the times shown.
Sunday School takes place in the Church Meeting Room during the 10.30am service.

9.00am/10.30am Morning Worship



To go straight to further information on the various groups and activities in and around the Church just click on one of the links below.

Alpha Bellringing Church Choir Fillongley Choral Singers Guides & Brownies
House Groups Mission Mothers’ Union Sunday School Other Activities


Day Time Activity
Monday Guides & Brownies *
Tuesday 10.00am Morning Prayers
7.00pm Church Choir
7.45 – 9.45pm Fillongley Choral Singers
Wednesday Evening (3rd in month) Mothers Union
Thursday 9.30am Holy Communion followed by coffee
Friday 7.45pm Bellringing
Various Fortnightly House Groups – Enquire at Church

* Term-time

Our Mission Links in Romania
We are supporting Geoff and Jean Kimber through prayer and Mission giving. They are working as CMS Mission Partners at the ‘Cross of Nails Centre for Reconciliation’ near Sibiu in Romania. The work involves building links across all denominations, languages, cultural and national groups, in order to foster mutual understanding among the churches, and to encourage ecumenical mission in Romania.
We receive regular up-dates from Geoff and Jean. They find the work challenging, encouraging, frustrating and full, but have much to praise God for. They ask for prayers for a new Orthodox Dean, for guidance for future plans, and patience with the frustrations and set-backs. They pray that God’s peace will prevail in relationships between denominations.

This year we began a programme of Alpha courses which have got off to a great start. A second course is starting in September of this year, and places are filling fast!

Bellringing Fillongley tower has eight bells. Practise night is Friday evenings at 7.45 p.m and visitors are welcome (Rounds to Surprise Major when we can). Most regular ringers are worshipping members of the church congregation. Sunday ringing is 9.45 – 10.30 a.m. on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month.

Tower Captain: Dr Rodney Swallow

Vice Captain: Mr Tony Coleman

Treasurer: Mr John O’Brian

Members: Ms Kate Gardner; Mr George McKenzie; Mrs Penny McKenzie; Miss Jenny McKenzie; Mrs Shirley Swallow; Mrs Pam Hollinrake.

Treble: 4cwt 2qtr 2lb: John Taylor of Loughborough 1999
Second: 4cwt 3qtr 2lb: John Taylor of Loughborough 1999
Third: 6cwt 0qtr 1lb: John Taylor of Loughborough 1896
Fourth: 6cwt 0qtr 3lb: Brian Eldridge, 1658
Fifth: 6cwt 3qtr 15lb: J Martin 1654, recast by Taylors 1896
Sixth: 7cwt 0qtr 27lb: Edward Arnold of Leicester, 1795
Seventh: 9cwt 1qtr 14lb: H. Watts of Leicester 1628
Tenor: 10cwt 3qtr 23lb: Edward Arnold of Leicester 1791

In 1999 the original six bells were augmented to eight as part of the Church’s Millennium celebrations. The two new bells, Treble and Second, were funded by grants from the Millenium Bell Fund, Coventry Guild of Bellringers Bell Repair Fund and generous donations from the ringers and villagers. The six bell metal frame of 1896 was extended to take the extra bells.


Church Choir

The Choir Master and Organist is Graham Hargreaves
Choir members meet every Tuesday in the Church at 7.00 p.m. for rehearsals. New members are always welcome from 6 years upwards.
Voice training for choristers is provided.

Fillongley Choral Singers The Choral Society started in 1980.

Chairperson: Graham Hargreaves
Musical Director: Claire Irving
Secretary: Suzanne Whiting

The Singers meet for rehearsals in the Church Meeting Room every Tuesday from 7.45 p.m. – 9.45 p.m. They perform a variety of music from light popular music to choral works, in churches, charitable institutions, old people’s homes – especially around Christmas.

Each year the Singers present a programme of Christmas music for the Carol Concert in Church, a Passiontide choral work at Easter and often a programme of secular music in the summer.
New members are always welcome. They do not need to be practised singers, but enthusiastic with a desire to learn.


Guides and Brownies The Guide and Brownie units meet on Monday nights during term-time. A number of our Guides took part in Arden 2002 at the end of July. This was an International Camp organised by Warwickshire Girlguiding Association and Guides from many other countries also attended. Although the units are not Church affiliated the girls are encouraged to attend the monthly Family Service.

House Groups – Emmaus There are currently three Emmaus House Groups meeting within Fillongley and Corley parishes. The Groups meet once a fortnight using the Emmaus resources to study, discuss and pray together. Topics covered to date are:

What is Church? Which covered experiences of Church; Church as a Community.
What does the Church do? In which we looked at the early Church; Joining the Church and a Worshipping and Learning Community.
Living the Gospel: In which we looked at evangelism based on the Oikos (a network of existing relationships) We explored understanding, praying for and serving our personal Oikos.

The groups are now planning to continue with in depth Bible study – Old and New Testament.
It has been very encouraging that the membership of all the groups has remained fairly constant since Emmaus began just over twelve months ago.


Mothers’ Union Members with their banner.

Mothers’ Union
Members of the Mothers’ Union meet on the third Wednesday of every month, in the evening. This is a joint Branch with Corley Church. Meetings often have a Speaker or are Prayer and Praise evenings.

Sunday School. The Sunday School takes place in the Church Meeting Room during the 10.30 a.m. services. There are two groups for children up to the age of 10 years. The groups use the SALT resources from Scripture Union, which provides a range of games, activities, readings, plays, etc.


Bournebrook C of E Junior and Infant School In the late 1990’s the schools at Fillongley and Corley were closed. A new school, Bournebrook C of E Junior and Infanct School, opened on the site of the old Fillongley School for the children of both parishes. There are approximately 130 children at the school, which includes a Nursery. There are close links between Church and School.

This is held every Wednesday, 3.15pm to 4.30pm, in term time at the village school. Up to 38 children attend each week. There is plenty of activity, fun and noise. We play games, make things, drink and eat, and, most importantly, share stories of Jesus and His love for each of us. There is a team of 8 adults, most of whom are mums, who willingly give their time and gifts.

The Christmas Bazaar is usually held on the first Saturday in December, in the Church. A great attraction has been the sale of hot turkey batches. Other stalls have included crafts, cards, cakes, plants, etc. The choir from Bournbrook School entertain visitors with Christmas songs. It is always a very successful event.

Church Fundraising Our main fundraising events for the Church over the past three years have included outdoor theatre performances and the Christmas Bazaar. The Oddsocks Theatre Company have performed three plays in the beautiful grounds of Fillongley Lodge. In 2000 they gave us ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, a very funny version that whetted the audience’s appetite for the company’s next visit in 2001 when they performed their version of ‘Othello’. Not a lot of laughs in that you may think! But Oddsocks didn’t let us down – it was hilarious. This year their production was ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’ (which they called ‘The Bellringer of Notre Dame’) – again greatly enjoyed by all who came. These have been great family events – a wonderful way for children of all ages to be introduced to the likes of Shakespeare.


Fillongley & Corley W.I. There has been a Women’s Institue in Fillongley since February 1939 but in 2000 it combined with Corley. Meetings take place in Fillongley Village Hall on the second Tuesday of the month at 7.30 in the evening. There are speakers most months, covering a multitude of topics and an annual Summer outing in August. Members are able to particpate in local and National activities and have the opportunity to raise concerns for debate at the National Conference. Resolutions that are passed are then presented to the government for their attention. Did you know that the ‘Keep Britain Tidy’ Campaign, free school milk and Breast Cancer Screening Clinics were started as a result of the W.I lobbying the Government? Visitors are always welcome.

The Local History Group meets monthly in the Fillongley Church Meeting Room at 7.30 pm. As well as researching the history of the local area they have produced a number of books, including Millennium Snapshots of Fillongley and Corley. Their latest publications detail the inscriptions on tombstones in the churchyards of both parishes.

Parish Magazine. The magazine is published bi-monthly and contains information on church and village activities, as well as articles of general interest, such as local walks, Neighbourhood Watch information. The magazine is distributed free to every household in the village. David and Elizabeth Smitham edit/produce the magazine.


The Playground Association was formed by a group of parents to raise funds to improve facilities in the recreation ground. The Group has been very successful and they have been able to provide a range of play equipment for all ages. This includes, climbing frames, activity course, netball/basketball court, skateboard ramp, picnic tables, rockers and much more.

Streetwise is a group that has been formed to help provide activities and equipment for older children in the village. The young people, supported by adults, are busy raising money to purchase a shelter for themselves in the playing fields. The group was formed in response to concerns about young people wandering around the village with, as they themselves said, “nothing to do”.

Fillongley also has successful Football and Cricket clubs – with adult and youth teams. Coaching is provided for youngsters of all ages.

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