St Columba's

 St Columba's Church has been at the centre of the Collingtree community for almost 900 years and is a likely origin of the village name.

The church building underwent a major restoration in the 1860's when Pickering Phipps built his family home 'The Grange' alongside the churchyard and extended his patronage to the church and village (see Parish Places page).

The tradition of patronage was continued by the Sears family, the later occupiers of The Grange.

From 1900 onwards, most of the social and recreational life of Collingtree emanated from the church and churchgoers including Football, Tennis, cricket, Amateur Dramatics, fetes, concerts and celebrations of all kinds.

In the last thirty years St Columba's has seen many changes. Collingtree and Courteenhall had been a joint benefice since 1954 and in 1980 they were joined by Milton Malsor in the 'Three Parishes' Benefice with a shared Rector living in the Collingtree rectory.

In 2010, Collingtree and Courteenhall joined together with Ashton, Hartwell and Roade to form the new Salcey Benefice under the ministry of  Rev. Mike Burton based at Roade Rectory. This arrangement has now been replaced with a link scheme with St Giles Church in Northampton town centre.

Despite all these changes, the central role of St Columba's in the life of the Collingtree community has been maintained, with continuity being provided by the Parochial Church Council.

Minister: Reverend James Howson

The Friends of St Columba's

A voluntary group formed in 2011 to raise funds for the fabric of our ancient Church. To get involved call Rod Sellers on 01604 769407

Our ancient church is a vital part of the Collingtree identity. It is an iconic building that generations of villagers have maintained and cared for and what community is all about. The ‘Friends’ fundraising group is for anyone who cares about this beautiful building.

Over the last years the Friends have organised Community BBQ's - Currry Nights - Burns Night Suppers - Pantomimes - Open Gardens - Car Treasure Hunts.

Improvements to the church funded by the 'Friends' have included cushioned seating for pews, refurbishment of the clock face restoration of footpaths and a solid oak Table and Chair for Register signing at Marriage Services.

A regular Coffee Morning is held in the Church every third Saturday in the month, between 10.30am and 12noon.

Everyone is welcome to join us for coffee, cakes and chat. A small voluntary donation is appreciated.