St Margaret's Church Northam

The Church is a Grade 1 listed building dated from Norman times. The north aisle was added in 1593. The tower is 170 ft. high and houses eight bells which are rung for weddings and occasionally for funerals. For many years the tower acted as a landmark for shipping in Bideford Bay and was painted white on the seaward side.
Church History

The organ was built by J M Walter in 1866 and we have an excellent organist and choirmaster, Chris Beechey, who plays for our Sunday morning worship and other occasions, as well as directing the choir of mixed ages and voices.

Thers is an excellent Pastoral Care Team, which is fully integrated with Holy Trinity, Westward Ho! and St Mary’s, Appledore, providing valuable service and support to the elderly and housebound, the bereaved and those who are seriously unwell. This includes visiting, keeping in touch by telephone, home Communions and, of course, prayer, which includes a prayer chain. The Nursing and Residential Homes are visited monthly and also have contact details for emergencies.

The Churchyard as been transformed through the hard work of a group of volunteers, both churchgoers and non-churchgoers, who come as a group and individually to keep the graves and surrounding area neat but pleasant and interesting. There are plans to develop this further considering conservation and ecology issues so that it can be a joy for all who visit. There is still adequate space in the churchyard to allow burials for some time to come.

A number of groups meet in St Margaret’s on a regular basis, and active steps are being taken to interest other groups. There is a Church Summer Fete and Christmas Bazaar, together with a Craft Fair which is part of the Northam May Fair community event, as well as other community events such as concerts and festivals. We also take part in the “Open the Book” scheme in the two local church schools.

Every year there is a very popular “Crib Service” and last Christmas also a Tree Festival. Both were widely supported and attracted a large number of visitors.

The Friends of St Margaret’s Church raise funds for the improvement of the fabric and furnishings of the Church and Churchyard and assist the Church in its work in serving the local community. To this end they organise and support a variety of community and fundraising events.  These have included highly popular Jumble Sales, Craft Fairs, Concerts and Musical Evenings, Cream Teas, an annual Christmas Tree festival and most recently a Passchendaele exhibition to remember local lives lost in 1917.

Membership of the Friends is open to everybody (whether individuals, families, business or other organisations) who wish to support us in seeking to both maintain and preserve this historic Church so that it remains available for the benefit of our local community.

New members are always welcome; the minimum annual subscription is £5.00 and membership application forms are available on request. Members are able to purchase tickets and participate in a monthly cash prize draw. Friends pdf

Northam Village

Northam in Devon is north of Bideford and close to Appledore and Westward Ho!. It is believed to be the site of an Anglo-Saxon castle where Hubba the Dane attacked Devon and was repelled by Alfred the Great or by the Earl of Devon. Northam Burrows are a Site of Special Scientific Interest and the Royal Devon Golf Club is the oldest in England.
May Fair
  May Fair

Northam Town Council incorporates the wards of Northam, Westward Ho!, Appledore and Orchard Hill.

History There are ancient records of Northam around the 10th/11th Century and also the story of the battle with “Hubba the Dane” at Bloody Corner in the late 9th Century.

Church History St Margaret’s Anglican Church has been here for at least seven centuries and an earlier church on this same place since Norman times. History


 St Margaret's C of E Junior School

St George's C of E Infants School

Northam Town Trail
Northam is a town which dates back to pre Domesday (end of 11th century) and has, since its beginnings, been associated with the sea and seafaring families.
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Northam Community Hall  Northam Community Centre is situated on Fore Street. It offers flexible facilities that can accommodate everything from small meetings to large group activities.

Northam Leisure Centre    Northam Leisure Centre
 To book contact Teresa 477161

Northam Leisure Centre
  Northam Hall For Availabilty and Bookings see Town Council Council Web site. Northam Hall

United Community Centre in Morwenna Park. Cafe and meals. Lunch Club every other Friday
Contact Angie or Karen on 07592230381 or 07817271332

Northam Town Council

Northam Burrows Golf

Northam Burrows

Focus Northam

Burial Inscriptions

Northam History

Doctors Surgery

NHS Dentist


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