The College Chapel is a place of worship, prayer and reflection with an open and inclusive ethos. It is also used for various purposes by the College community such as musical concerts, meetings and lectures, plays and other artistic events, social events and dinners.

The College Chapel is the Parish Church of St Peter Le Bailey where our College founder, Bishop Francis Chavasse, served as Rector 1878-1889. Since the 1960s the Church has been used as the College Chapel not only for services but also for musical, cultural and various social events.

Join us during term time for informal Holy Communion, Choral Evensong services sung by the College Choir, or participate in one of our many other regular activities.

Welcome from the Chaplain

Revd Dr Elizabeth Pitkethly is the College’s Part time Chaplain and a member of the College’s Health, Wellbeing and Welfare Team.

A headshot

Many people find it helpful to chat with someone outside their immediate circle of friends. I am very happy to speak in confidence with any member of the College irrespective of your faith background. I am glad to help students think through issues of identity, faith and meaning and I am also able to supply bereavement support.

For those who might find it helpful, I can arrange for College members to remember loved ones in private memorial services in the Chapel. Contact me by email, get in touch through Microsoft Teams, or phone me at (+44) 01865 278 905). You can drop by my office in Besse 5 most Thursday afternoons between 3-4.30 pm. I am also happy to 'walk and talk' with anyone who prefers to meet outdoors.

Revd Dr Elizabeth Pitkethly

Bio and Contact Information

Chapel events this week

Please check back for our Michaelmas schedule in October 2022.

Chapel Stained Glass

A five-paneled stained glass window

The exquisite east window of our Chapel was designed by the noted post-war stained-glass artist John Hayward (1929-2007) in 1964. The window contains several small details commemorating Dr Christopher Chavasse, including Olympic rings, his Military Cross and his artificial leg.

The south wall in the west end of the nave features a window by Ervin Bossányi (1891-1975). Installed in 1997 as a memorial to Bossányi and his wife, this 1943 window is installed at eye-level and depicts the theme 'In his hands a seed will grow'. View more pictures of the stained glass in the gallery below.

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