Wardle Village Church



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Please note that due to the Coronavirus outbreak and directives received from Government and Church Authorities there will be no services at our Church until further notice. 

Similarly all clubs and activities at the Church such as Lent Groups, Brownies, Baby and Toddler Group  and Slimming World are suspended with immediate effect for the foreseeable future.

We hope to see you soon and in the meantime watch out for any online or telephone ways to keep in contact with the church via our website.


Following on from guidance from The Church of England, they advise that we do not mow the grass at Church during Lockdown.

Taken form the C of E Website


Are we allowed to cut the grass and other gardening? If we don’t the church grounds will quickly look very overgrown.


No. Tending to the churchyard cannot be considered an ‘essential journey’ and as such we do not recommend it during the lockdown, unless it is for security or safety reasons such as pruning a tree which is considered unsafe, or removing climbing plants from walls if they are causing damage to the building or could be used to facilitate breaking in. Anyone undertaking works in the churchyard for these specific purposes should work alone (unless they are with someone from the same household). If they are using the church’s equipment, then it should be sanitised before and after use in line with Public Health England advice. This could be an opportunity to change your mowing regime by allowing suitable areas to grow long over the next few weeks, allowing natural wildflowers to grow and encouraging biodiversity.

Prayer group

Over the past few months, a group of us have been meeting as a prayer group on the second Tuesday of each month.. As this will not be happening, perhaps at 10.00am on the second Tueday of each month as many of us as can, pray for each other and the challenges that are now before us.

Wardle is a Local Ecumenical Partnership between Wardle Methodist Church and the Parish of Wardle and Smallbridge. Wardle Village Church has been a local Ecumenical Partnership since 1993, and its fully integrated congregation shares both Methodist and Anglican worship. We play a full part in both the Rochdale and Littleborough Methodist Circuit and District and the Rochdale Deanery and Diocese of Manchester.

Our purpose is to offer meaningful worship; (both traditional and modern) to encourage members to grow in the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to be the body of Christ, witnessing to his love and grace in the area we serve.




Rev Rachel Battershell


Tel: 01706 378466



Rev Anne Gilbert

Anglican Curate 

Tel: 346774


Diocese of Manchester Website




Rev. Ruth Jackson  

Superintendent Methodist Minister

01706 551686

Methodist Church Website


Contact Information

Wardle Village Church

Ramsden Road
OL12 9PE

Tel: 01706 551686 / 01706 378466

Meeting times


Further Contact Details 

Methodist Superintendent Minister

Rev Ruth Jackson 551686

Anglican Vicar

Rev. Rachel Battershell 378466

Anglican Curate

Rev. Anne Gilbert  346774

Safeguarding coordinator

Mrs Ruth Tunnicliffe 376914


Wardle Village Church Services 

Sunday Morning at 11.00am

Sunday Club

Every Sunday upstairs 11.00am



Full access for wheelchair users from the ramp at the car park from Chapel Street.

Loop system for the hard of hearing.

Disabled toilet.


Baby and Toddler Club

 Meet every Monday and Wednesday

9.30am - Noon


Marriage can be arranged by contacting either Rev. Rachel Battershell (Anglican), or Rev. Ruth Jackson (Methodist).


Baptisms can be arranged by contacting either of our ministers. 



The Brownies meet every Monday from 6.00pm -8.00pm


Slimming World

Meet upstairs every  on, Thursday  at 6.00pm and Saturday at  8.30 am

St James Primary School Wardle

Where we are

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