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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

Tuesday 26th February 2019

St Andrews, Norton [IP31 3NB] and St George’s, Stowlangtoft [IP31 3JR]

[allow 25 mins. from Bury or 12 mins. from Thurston]


From Bury, take A14 towards Ipswich, exiting at Junction 47 [signposted A1088 Ixworth]. At roundabout take 2nd exit [s/p Norton/Ixworth]. In just over 2 miles in Norton village, turn R at crossroads [by ‘The Dog’ pub] along The Street. In 350 yards at Michaelmas Cottage [s/p on cottage ’To the Church’] turn L down lane. In ¼ mile park in car park on L.

From Thurston, take Norton Road east out of village and in 2½ miles turn R onto A1088 [signposted Ipswich/Woolpit]. In 500yds turn L, at ‘The Dog’ pub. In 350 yards at Michaelmas Cottage [s/p on cottage ’To the Church’], turn L down lane. In ¼ mile park in car park on L.

 For Stowlangtoft Church, return to A1088 and turn R. In 1¼ miles turn R [s/p Stowlangtoft] and in 350 yds bear R. After entering village look for old flint wall on L and turn L into Church View. Park courteously along road.

To return to Bury, go straight back to A1088 and turn R. In under 2 miles at roundabout turn L [s/p Bury A143]

To return to Thurston, go back to Norton and then turn R onto Norton Road [s/p Great Green Thurston]

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