Church Visits

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Group Leader:

Ralph Brighton


01284 703969 /


2.00p.m. 4th Tuesday


Various - see below




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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 July 2018

St Nicholas’, Little Saxham [IP29 5LH] & St Giles’, Risby [IP28 6RQ]

From outside Bury, take A14 towards Newmarket, leaving at Junc.41 [signposted Little Saxham /Risby].  In ¼m turn L [s/p Saxham]. Forward for 1¼m. and then bear L [s/p Westley/Bury]. After immediate R bend bear R with church on R.

 Mr Smith, the owner of the Old Rectory, has kindly offered to let us park in his grounds. So you can turn into the first drive on the R at the end of the wall. Please park very carefully avoiding damage to low garden wall!

N.B.Depending on the number of cars, I may have to direct some to park alongside the road outside the church.

 For Risbyreverse route and # follow signs for Risby, over A14. On arrival in village turn R and just past ‘Rose & Crown’ on L take first  R at green. Church is ½m ahead on L. Park carefully alongside.

From Bury, take Westley Road towards Barrow. On entering Little Saxham [with church immediately ahead], bear L. Park cars - as above. Then for Risby, follow directions above from #.

After Risby, for Bury/Thurston, forward past Crematorium then R 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