About the village

Alderminster is a small village built along the A3400 main road between Stratford upon Avon and Oxford and is about half way between Stratford and the pleasant market town of Shipston on Stour.

Alderminster lies in the Stour Valley, on the A3400 between Stratford-upon-Avon and Shipston-on-Stour. The parish includes Goldicote, with the former Goldicote Hall, now converted into smaller residences and other scattered properties. There is a variety of housing and a mixed population of farmers and other working people, commuters, retired people and young families. A new development of 25 homes is nearing completion in Alderminster together with three individual developments. 

Agriculture is the main industry but there are a number of small industrial units and businesses. There is a pub (The Bell) in the village and an excellent garage. Church members take a lead role in organisations such as the Gardening Club, Amblers, MEGA (Monday Evening Group at Alderminster) and the Crafts Group. A monthly village breakfast is served in the village hall whilst a film is also shown monthly. There are bus services to Stratford, Shipston and Banbury.

The Church stands in the centre of the village and was established in AD 549 and became the Parish Church of the Holy Cross in the ninth century. There is a Victorian organ and a new keyboard.  The nave area of the church seats about 90. The building is open daily throughout the year and is used for occasional concerts, lunches, harvest supper and the annual garden party all of which are organised by the PCC.  The south transept was re-ordered some 10 years ago and a basic kitchen included.  On Good Friday the parish has hosted a popular Hot Cross Bun workshop for families.

Our monthly newsletter ‘Village Voices’ is shared with Halford, and covers news and activities in both villages.  Our church tradition has moved from being ‘high’ to ‘middle of the road’.  Our patrons are the Society for the Maintenance of the Faith.

In recent years the congregation has declined largely due to natural reasons.  We have a core of about 10 members who are mostly elderly although there have been one or two small signs of growth.  

Services in Alderminster

St. Mary and Holy Cross

The next services in Alderminster are listed below. To see the full calendar of services in Alderminster, click here.