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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 27th February 2018

Saints Andrew & Patrick Church, Elveden [IP24 3TQ]

From Thurston take Thurston Road towards Gt Barton. In 2 m., at junction with A143 turn L and in under ½m. bear R [signposted Fornham B1106]. In 2½m. at roundabout with A134 take 2nd exit [s/p Fornham]. In under ½m at roundabout, take 3rd exit [s/p Brandon B1106] and follow for 8½m. to enter Elveden [see below].

 From Bury-take B1106 towards Brandon. In 12 miles, upon entering Elveden, take first R [former A11/London Road] and in under ½m. turn L at entrance to ‘The Courtyard’ farm shop and restaurant.

Park in car park immediately on R or, if full, continue forward for 100yds. and park on L in front of Village Hall. Church is opposite first car park. 

“Two for the price of one” –a medieval church and an ‘Art Nouveau Gothic’ masterpiece.

Described by Simon Knott as ‘extraordinary’, ‘magnificent’ and ‘a national treasure’.

If you’ve visited the church before you’ll want to do so again; if you’ve never seen it – it’s not to be missed!

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