Patron Saint – St Giles

Patron Saint – Saint Giles

Chetton Church is dedicated to St. Giles. Legend has it that St. Giles of Provence, as he was often called, lived and roamed in the forests of Southern France. He dressed in the robe of an abbot and had a pet hind, which kept him supplied with milk. One day a huntsman appeared and took aim at the hind. St. Giles placed his hand across its heart and the arrow pierced his hand. He refused to be cured of his injuries in order that he might more completely mortify his pride. He therefore became the guardian of cripples and beggars. He died in the year 712. The festival of St. Giles is on September 1st.