Welcome to the website for St. Michael & All Angels church and the Friends of Copford Church


Ranked in the ‘Top 100’ by Simon Jenkins in his book “England’s Thousand Best Churches”. Described by Pevsner as “the most remarkable Norman parish church in the county”

What is it that makes St. Michael & All Angels church, Copford, so special?   It is interesting architecturally and has a pretty woodland setting, on the edge of our small village, beside the cricket pitch. However, the remarkable Norman wall paintings are the real attraction, described by Simon Jenkins as “amongst the best in England”. Only five minutes off the A12 just south of Colchester, they are certainly worth a detour if you are visiting East Anglia.

The church is open daily between 9.00am and the earlier of dusk or 5.30pm.

Group visits are always very welcome.  For these, please contact Heather Garnham, Church Warden (01206 211494), Anne Whistler (01206 212486) or Claire Macaulay (01206 330319).  Guided Tours, followed by refreshments, can be provided if required.

Lights for the paintings are coin-operated (£1 coins only) from the terminal on the West Wall.

Safeguarding Policy

We are committed to Safeguarding children and young people and vulnerable adults.

The PCC has adopted the Church of England’s policies and best practice on safeguarding which may be found on the Church of England’s website: https://www.churchofengland.org/more/safeguarding

Details of our Parish Safeguarding Representative are:  Susan Collins 01206 211 294 or suecollins0512@gmail.com

Mothers’ Union

Mothers’ Union is a Christian organisation for all who have been baptised – men are welcome too! – and seeks to encourage and support families, marriage and a fair and just society for all.  There are more than 3.6 million members living in over 78 countries in the world.

For further information contact Barbara Moore on tel. 01206 210079 or email mulberrylodge32@tiscali.co.uk

Copford Womens Institute

We are a small, friendly group with a variety of interests and a good selection of (usually) homemade cakes! We meet the third Wednesday of each month at Copford Village Hall, 7.30 for 7.45pm start.  We are a community minded group and we support and take part in various activities throughout the year.  Visitors are always welcome.  We’re not all jam and Jerusalem!  For more information see our website at www.copfordwi.weebly.com