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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 25th September 2018

POSTPONED until 23rd October St Mary the Virgin, Santon Downham [IP27 0TQ]

18 miles from either Bury or Thurston; allow 40 minutes 

From Bury -take B1106 towards Brandon. In 16 miles enter Brandon and take 1st R onto Green Road. In 1 mile at T-junction turn L and immediately R [signposted Santon Downham]. In 1 mile enter village and continue with green on R. Park carefully and courteously by church ahead at end of the green

 From Thurston –take Thurston Road north towards Gt Barton. In 2½ miles cross over A143 [signposted Troston/Gt Livermere]. In Gt Livermere, at R bend and with telephone box L, bear L [s/p Thetford ]. Continue to junction with A134 [s/pThetford] and turn R.  In Thetford continue forward over traffic lights and at roundabout with A11, take 2nd exit [s/p Brandon B1107]. In 2½ miles. turn R [s/p Santon Downham]. In 1 mile enter village and in 200yds turn R and park carefully and courteously by church on R.

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