Monthly Archives: July 2014

Felsham, Suffolk – St Peter

Felsham is a village with the church in the centre, opposite the Six Bells pub, next to the shop and post office, with the village hall next to that. It had, and still has, a good community – we all … Continue reading

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Gedding, Suffolk – St Mary

I was Rector of Bradfield St Clare, Cockfield, Felsham and Gedding for four years from 1997. Gedding is a small village, the church and the phone box are the only public buildings in the village, and Felsham church is not … Continue reading

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Hessett, Suffolk – St Ethelbert

Hessett is just a mile or two down the road from Beyton, and the church is opposite the Five Bells pub. When we were here it was a smashing place to eat – we entertained lots of our fellow clergy … Continue reading

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Beyton, Suffolk – All Saints’

With my normal level of organisation I said to Julie “it’s either Beyton or Hessett that has a wall painting.” It’s Hessett – but first we parked at Beyton. Village around the Green, now (thankfully) bypassed, then the church set … Continue reading

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The Cathedral Church of St James and St Edmund, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

How can I write a shortish blog post about the Cathedral where I was ordained; where my four children were baptised (to be precise Theo was baptised at Addenbrooke’s Hospital and later welcomed into the congregation); where three were confirmed; … Continue reading

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Fornham All Saints’, Suffolk

The Feast of St Thomas the Apostle, and 50 of us for a Eucharist – much appreciated. 20 years since Ordination, and none of us looked any older! I went back the following day for a look round – the … Continue reading

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Fornham St Martin, Suffolk

Fornham St Martin is a village north of Bury St Edmunds. The full name of the parish is “Fornham All Saints with Fornham St Martin cum St Genevieve” – try fitting that on a marriage certificate! We parked by the … Continue reading

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Wordwell, Suffolk – All Saints’

Into Suffolk and my old benefice. The first church we stopped at was All Saints’, Wordwell. This is now maintained by the Churches Conservation Trust – fascinating how their sign has changed. They have an excellent website, and even a … Continue reading

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Back to Suffolk

Thursday 3 July 2014 – the Feast of St Thomas. I was deaconed in 1994 and priested a year later. My first Eucharist was celebrated at Fornham All Saints nineteen years ago today, so I had arranged to celebrate there … Continue reading

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Long Sutton, Lincolnshire – St Mary

We continued on across the Fens and stopped in Long Sutton. A cafe for the locals did me ham, egg and chips, and the market place is beautifully decorated with hanging baskets. St Mary’s church is at the bottom of … Continue reading

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