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St Mary’s Church
Bolsterstone,  South Yorkshire

About Us: History of St Mary’s

Where are we?

Bolsterstone is a small village bordering Stocksbridge and Deepcar, approximately 10 miles North West of Sheffield City Centre (see below).

Bolsterstone is a small Pennine village situated above the steel town of Stocksbridge.  The present church was built between 1872 and 1878 at the instigation of the then vicar William Reginald Wilson, as the existing church, the Bland church which was built in 1791 was considered ugly, barn-like, cold and draughty!  Bolsterstone’s first positively identified Chapel was funded by Sir Robert de Rockley in 1412.  


St Mary’s church has suffered a few mishaps over the years.  In 1974 the church closed temporarily because dry rot and woodworm had made the Nave roof unsafe.  The roof was repaired but later in the same year one of the four tower pinnacles was blown through the new roof causing further problems.  For safety reasons the remaining three pinnacles were removed quite dramatically by helicopter.  In 1989 an extension for a meeting room and toilet was added to the church.  We are fortunate to have a ring of eight bells and a keen team of tower bell ringers.  Teams of ringers from other churches visit to ring our bells.  St Mary’s also has a team of hand bell ringers which play on public and charity occasions.


Bolsterstone had a church school until this was deemed to be too small, and in July 1992 it was closed; followed shortly afterwards by the Village Shop and Post Office.  The ‘school’ is now the Village Hall with a thriving community group.


Nowadays, St Mary’s is a welcoming friendly church with lay participation in leading prayers, Bible reading, assisting in Holy Communion, and providing the offering of bread.  Refreshments are served after the 10.45am Sunday morning service.  We try to involve families as much as possible and welcome children of all ages.  We have a thriving Friday morning service for parents and carers with pre-school children.  We also welcome school parties and other groups by prior arrangement and regularly host visits by school groups as part of their History or Religious Education lessons.


We have an open Baptism policy, supported by a team that offers preparation for Baptism, providing all those who want to be a member of God’s church an opportunity to do so.  We are an inclusive church and warmly welcome people from other churches and the community.  


We have been partners for many years with the Methodist Church in Stocksbridge Christian Centre at Cedar Road, an ecumenical project which offers a slightly more informal style of worship, and together we have recently formed a formal Mission Partnership with our sister Anglican churches in the area, St Matthias Stocksbridge and St John’s Deepcar.  Our Priest in Charge is Reverend Hilda Isaacson, who is also Priest in Charge at St John’s, Deepcar.  Hilda is the main point of contact for couples wishing to get married at St Mary’s and, along with Sally Ashton, our Verger, is also a main contact for arranging Funerals.  Those wishing to discuss Christening arrangements for children or adults should contact either Hilda or one of the Baptism preparation team in the first instance.  Contact details are provided on the Worship page (see link at the top of this page).


Flowers:  We offer a flower arranging service for weddings, funerals and other occasions.  A team of arrangers volunteer their services, a small charge is made and this goes towards the church.  Every few years we hold a Flower Festival, organised by a group/committee who choose the theme - usually from the bible - and followed through with floral arrangements in the church created by church members and friends of St Mary’s.  This popular event is normally held over the three days of the August ‘Bank Holiday’ weekend.

Who are we?


Priest in Charge:  

Reverend Hilda Isaacson



Miss Charlotte Bridger

Mrs Virginia Miall


Deputy Warden:  Mr Peter Fearnley


Pro-Warden:  Mr Peter Ashworth   


Secretary to the Parochial Church Council:                    

Mrs Ann Ashworth

Mr John Williams


Treasurer:  Mrs Barbara Caswell


Verger and Sexton:  Mrs Sally Ashton


Organist:  Vacancy


Members of the Parochial Church Council:


Mrs S Ashton

Miss C Bridger

Mrs B Caswell

Mrs S Casson

Mr D Domican

Mr W Fieldsend

Mrs A Gwilym

Mrs P Helliwell    

Mr S Varley






Mrs A Ashworth

Mr P Ashworth

Mrs M Derbyshire

Mrs S Fantozzi

Mr P Fearnley

Mrs B Fretwell Frost

Mr G Helliwell

Mrs Virginia Miall

Mr J Williams

St Mary’s parish church at Bolsterstone, Sheffield

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