The Beauchamp Community at Newland
and St Leonard's Church

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The Beauchamp Almshouses and the church of St Leonard were completed in 1864 for the benefit of retired workers from the Madresfield Estate and for the poor of the parish.

The then Earl Beauchamp was heavily influenced by the Oxford Movement.  From the outset the community enjoyed daily Anglo-Catholic worship of the very highest standard which continues to the present day. Our benefactors encouraged an atmosphere of prayer, hospitality, friendship and care.

Residency in the community has been expanded to welcome worshipping Anglicans from anywhere in the country, and under today's Trustees, chaired by Lady Rosalind Morrison, the founder's vision is still embodied in our corporate life.  ​

Daily and Sunday Masses are well attended; the magnificent grounds are maintained mostly by members of the community; there is a thriving social life; and Beauchamp continues to be a vibrant and nurturing place in which to live.

​Although St Leonard's is no longer a parish church, we are enriched by the many visitors who attend regularly our Sunday celebrations of the Mass at 8.00am and 11.00am. 

We are always happy to answer any questions concerning the Beauchamp Community and St Leonard's.




The commissioning and dedication of our Icon

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Icons are Sacred Art.  They are not for display in a corridor or on a staircase wall and admired for the sake of it, but have a much deeper  liturgical significance.  As part of the liturgy, Icons are there to help us draw closer to God.  
 
To this end, and almost a year ago, our church commissioned an Icon of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Child from Br Michael, a monk at Mucknell Abbey.  Each day Br Michael worked on the Icon he prayed for our community and church.      Our prayers are also with Br Michael who broke his spine in a fall at the Abbey and is now confined to a wheel chair, yet from this adversity he has discovered this great God-given gift.
 
Completed a few weeks ago, the Icon of ‘Our Lady of Tenderness’ was dedicated on Wednesday in the chapel at Mucknell Abbey by The Rt. Rev. Michael Hooper, Honorary Assistant Bishop to the Diocese of Worcester with due solemnity but also with great simplicity.  All those who attended were deeply moved by the service and the Icon itself.
 
This was a also great act of witness by the community and church as almost 30 people attended the Dedication Mass then watched the Icon being carefully transported back to St Leonard’s.
 
Br Michael, in his own quiet and unassuming way, says this is his finest work to date and with this we wholeheartedly concur – a powerful image of rare beauty which will help draw us closer to God.