St Mary’s Catholic Church Woburn Sands

About the Church

Prior to 8th July 1926, the Catholics of Woburn Sands had no parish Church, instead they would travel to Mass at Leighton Buzzard or Bletchley.

The first Mass at Woburn Sands was celebrated in the club room of the Fir Tree Hotel by Canon Tonks of Bedford.

In 1929/1930 Fatherer Banham, was appointed as the first Parish Priest of Woburn Sands and Masses continued to be held in rooms of the Fir Tree Hotel whilst fund raising continued for a new Church. In 1930, an army hut was donated by a parish in St Neots and brought to Woburn Sands, to be re-erected on a site at the corner of Wood Street and Theydon Avenue.

Fr Ted Golston.jpegOn the 21st February 1939 Father Golston, was appointed to the Mission of Woburn Sands in succession to Father Cyril Banham. Miss Chichester’s donation in 1939 finally enabled the new church to be built and it opened on 2nd July 1956.

Father Edward (Ted) Golston was was parish priest of St Mary’s for 46 years and was succeeded by Canon Stanislaus (Fr Stan) Condon.

Fr. Stan, Fr Stan.jpegserved for 18 years until his retirement in 2004. Fr. Stan died on the 22 January 2012, and is buried in St Mary’s cemetery. Fr. Stan will be known to many parishioners for his great sense of humour, piety and love for animals.


Fr Ken.jpg

Fr. Kenneth Bowen succeeded Fr. Stan and retired in September 2017 after 12 years’ service.  Following the retirement of Fr. Ken, St Mary’s does not have a full time parish priest but is now part of the Milton Keynes cluster of churches which incorporates the following parishes:


Milton Keynes Cluster

  • St Augustine’s, Heelands
  • St Bede’s, Newport Pagnell
  • Christ The King, Kents Hill
  • St Mary’s, Woburn Sands
  • Our Lady of Lourdes

The Priests which serve the cluster are:

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Since last July, when public worship resumed, our own policy has been one of gentle reintroduction, rather than whole-scale immediate change and I hope that will remain the case as we enter this final phase.

The Bishop’s Conference of England and Wales has produced some practical guidance about how we might take the next few steps. It seems sensible, however, that we continue with most of our current practices for the time being and take a fuller look at things in September.

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