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 26th June 2018
St Nicholas’ Kennett [CB8 7FG] and St Mary The Virgin, Kentfor[CB8 7PT]
[allow 25 mins. from Bury]
From Bury take the A14 towards Newmarket, leaving at Junction 39 and continue ahead on Bury Road, (B1506). At first crossroads turn right, (Herringswell Road), towards Red Lodge, passing over both the A14 and the railway and, after about 1 ½ miles and several bends, arrive at a crossroads. Turn left here, into Dane Hill Road, and continue past scattered housing, crossing the River Kennett, beyond which St Nicholas’s Church will be seen across the fields to the right. Keep ahead though, as the road bends right, to reach junction with Church Lane on your left. Directly opposite, by a notice board, is a track with metal gateposts, leading to the Church, where there is an unsurfaced parking area for several cars outside the gate.
Moving on, return on track to Dane Hill Road and cross with care into Church Lane; (suggest left then right to negotiate grassed traffic island). Continue the full length of Church Lane and with school and bus-shelter on right, turn left at junction ahead to join B1085, Station Road. Follow this road for about 1 mile, again passing over the railway and the A14 to reach the B1506 at the Bell Inn crossroads. Turn left, towards Bury, and St Mary’s Church will be immediately visible, above the rooftops ahead. Approaching the Church, just before the elevated roadside footpath is reached, turn left onto a surfaced driveway, also serving Church Bungalow, to arrive at a paddock made available for church visitors. (Under no circumstances should the driveway be used for parking). Enter the churchyard from the paddock via steps or ramp and use north door into the Church.
Afterwards, return to the B1506 and turn left to head for the A14 and Bury.