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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 28th November 2017

St Nicholas, Rattlesden [IP30 0RG] & St Andrew’s, Gt Finborough [IP14 3AD]

 [allow 30 minutes from Bury,  20mins. from Thurston]

Take A14 to Woolpit exiting at junc. 47. At roundabout take 1st exit towards Woolpit and continue forward for 1½ m. through village, then turning R [signposted Rattlesden 2].  In less than ½m. turn L [s/p Rattlesden] and continue forward for  1½m, entering 30mph zone and  at T-junction turn R and immediately R. In 250 yds park carefully on L beside church.

Turn around and in 250 yds turn L and then forward [s/p Buxhall/Stowmarket]. In 1½m turn R onto Lower Rd [s/p Stowmarket]. In ¼m turn R [s/p Buxhall 1, Gt Finborough 2]. Continue through Buxhall and in 1½m, entering Gt Finborough, turn slight L onto B1115. In 400yds turn L into Church Rd.  In 100yds park carefully alongside posts on R. Church ahead.

Return to main road, turn L and follow signs for Woolpit back to A14.

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