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Group Leader:

Ralph Brighton


01284 703969 /


2.00p.m. 4th Tuesday


Various - see below




Contact group leader for venues


Aims:  We aim to explore the great heritage of history, beauty and antiquity to be found in our local churches  Even a short visit can be an adventure of discovery and delight. This has led us to realise that there is no such thing as an ordinary church.  Every church is unique.  We marvel at the skill and craftsmanship displayed in the architecture, carvings and stained glass to be found even in the smallest churches and throughout all periods of history up to and including the present day.

Arrangements:  We visit one or two churches in a given locality commencing at 2 pm on the 4th Tuesday of each month.

Venues: The venues for the next visit are announced at each church crawl.  These details are also posted on the notice board at Monday morning Monthly Lecture Meetings in Thurston Community Centre.  The group is open-ended.  All are welcome.

The group at Hawstead Church on 24 February 2015

2pm, Tuesday 24th October 2017

St Ethelbert’s, Hessett [IP30 9AX] & St Mary’s Woolpit [IP30 9QP]

[allow 20 minutes from Bury, just 10mins. from Thurston]

Leave Bury on A 14 towards Ipswich, & after 4 miles exit at junction 46. Turn R at end of slip road [from Thurston go SE on Thurston Road towards Beyton]. After 600 yards, turn R [signposted Bury, Hessett]. In 200 yards turn L at White Horse pub. After 1 mile park courteously on road alongside church on L [having passed Beyton’s round-towered church on L!]

Turn around and in 200 yards turn R [s/p Drinkstone,Woolpit]. In ½m. bear R and in further ½m., in Drinkstone, bear L and R. In ½m. turn L [s/p Woolpit]. In another ½m. at T-junction turn L and at village green turn R. In 100 yards, car park is on R opposite church.

Ralph Brighton, convenor.

[ tel. 01284 703969 /mob. 07789 084727 ]

 Two web sites I’ve come across recently which may be of interest to you.....

   - an on-line magazine devoted to medieval stained glass (featuring an article on Long Melford church )

   - focusing on many Suffolk churches