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The Kitchen
This morning, Friday 3rd November, the instant hot water boiler was installed on the wall next to the North door porch. It could be that the kitchen will be in full use on Sunday. Watch this space.

All Saints' Day Celebration
We were served seasonal food in the hall. Later there were sparklers and some pryo technics after a short service of praise and thanksgiving, making it a great celebration of our church's name day on the Sunday nearest it - 5th November.


Harvest Festival was on October 1st this year. The fresh food was donated to the Bridge project, the store cupboard food went to Storehouse food bank and any money will be sent to Tear Fund to combat poverty in the Third World.


Hall Group
Sundays 10 & 17 September 6.30 pm were two sessions of the Hall Groups to learn more of our faith.

Suffolk Historic Churches Ride and Stride 9th September 2017
Sponsorship forms wwere available from the welcomers. Half the money raised by the participants will be returned to All Saints'; the rest goes to the Historic Churches trust, which gives us grants from time to time to help maintain the fabric of the building.
This year the Diocese has suggested we man a cake stall, the whole of the profit going to the fabric fund.
Our wonderful medieval building was open for any to enjoy without the need to "ride or stride", as part of National Heritage Day also on 9th September 2017


Open Garden and Cream Teas
We are delighted to be invited to 98, Melford Road where the shrubs, flower borders and carefully cultivated kitchen garden will be open to view. What better way to spend a Summer afternoon from 2.30pm than enjoying a cream tea in idyllic surroundings?

June 2017

Rev'd Jennie Ridley
left All Saints' to become Associate Priest at St Andrew's, Great Cornard after her licensing on Thursday 29th June at 7.30pm at St Andrew's church

April 2017

Wednesday 26th April 2017
Annual Meeting of Parishioners (for election of Church Wardens)
In addition to holding authoritative office in the church, Churchwardens serve as a particular witness and bridge between the church and local parish. Thanks was expressed to our outgoing Churchwardens, Jane Penson and Elizabeth Wiles. The office of churchwarden is an ecclesial requirement and therefore special thanks was expressed to Elizabeth who is not seeking re-election but who, 3 years ago, offered to step into the gap when no other members of the church felt able to do so.
During 2016, in acknowledgement to the growing duties of Churchwardens and in a bid to free the incumbent to focus on the spiritual leadership of the church, the PCC appointed 2 assistant wardens. Having no legal authority, their role is very much to ‘assist’ the Churchwardens in exercising their duties.

Jane Penson and Malcolm Offord were elected as Churchwardens
Elizabether Wiles and Tony Rowe will serve as assistants.

Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM)

The church reports and accounts presented at the meeting, are printed in booklet form and available in church.

Thanks were expressed to all for the dedication and commitment to serve God’s purposes here at All Saints. No matter how great or small they feel their contribution to be - it is much needed and greatly valued.

God calls his Church to be his body; his salt and light in the world. As members of the Church of England our mission and ministry is set within the structure and representation rules of the national church. The APCM reminds members of that identity.

Deanery Synod: members elected to serve as our representatives are Graham Naylor and Amanda Reavell

Parochial Church Council: election of lay members
There were 5 nominations for 6 places. It was decided to hold the 6th post open for the PCC to co-opt a final member in due course.
Members elected are Robert Fish, Tony Rowe, Sarah Smith, Hilary Sparks and Elizabeth Wiles.

Churchwardens and Deanery Synod reps are ex-officio members of the PCC.

Thanks were expressed for the formation and workload undertaken by the Fabric Group. Special thanks were expressed to Nick O’Mara and Graham Naylor and also to Tony Knight who has been converting the old pews for re-use in the building. Graham Naylor then outlined the work and inspections carried out since January 2017. As we draw towards the completion of the church kitchen facility, we find ourselves needing to address major structural concerns.
With Rev'd Jennie Ridley's 3 year curacy drawing to a close the Bishop and diocesan team have looked afresh at the needs of God's church within the deanery. From that Jennie has been asked to support Rev'd Chris Ramsey and the needs of Gt. Cornard more fully as Associate Priest to St Andrew's. Jennie's licensing as Associate Priest will be Thur 29th June, 7.30pm at St Andrew's church.

Kitchen update.
The work on installing the kitchen was suspended over Easter to allow the services during Holy Week to be uninterrupted but has now resumed. The existing electric cables have been removed. The holes left in the north wall, when the pews abutting it were removed, have been plastered. The black and red chequered pattern tiles are now all laid, both up the aisle and across the area cleared of pews. The three ledger slabs which were uncovered when the old tiles were lifted have been pointed and sealed, incorporated into the area surrounded by black tiles from the chequered patterning to blend as a single feature. The tiling, grouting and sealing of the whole North Aisle area has been completed. The tiles were allowed to dry completely before any more work was begun. A timber edging around the staging has been finished and a removable ramp is being constructed.

Mr. Knight is continuing to take away, shorten, restore, re-assemble and bring back the removed pews. Five of these are currently situated in the main nave aisle where they can be used by the congregation during services.

The kitchen units have been delivered.


March 2017

Easter Diary
Our annual shared service of Holy Communion on Maundy Thursday (13th April) with our Baptist neighbours in Church Street will be in their Church at 8pm.
The Good Friday meditation will take place to mark Jesus' last hour on the cross between 2 and 3pm on Friday 14th April in our church.

Anyone wishing to bring flowers to decorate the church for the Easter Festival will find the building open following the "Hour at the Cross" and again on Saturday morning. Anyone who would like to donate an Easter Lily in memory of someone special to them, should contact Sue.

Saturday has "I Spy Easter" on Market Hill. This activity for children, based in St. Peters, includes indoor activities and a character hunt all around the market to collect signatures from people in first century costumes, who were mentioned in the Gospels as witnesses to Jesus' death and resurrection that first Easter. There will be prizes for children with completed cards at the close of the event.

On Easter Day 16th April, there are two celebrations of Holy Communion.

  • The early one at 8am will be said, following the modern form published in 2000. It will include a short sermon and last for approximately 45minutes.
  • The 10am service will be an All Age celebration of Easter with communion. This will have music and activities to join in.

Lent Lunches
on Sundays 12th and 19th March and 9th April there will be a simple lunch of bread and soup in the church hall at 12:00. No pre-booking is necessary and no set price but donations will be sent to the Diocesan Kagera Appeal.

Solos Lunch
The next lunch wil be on Sunday 7th May, when anyone who would be eating alone but would perfer to eat a trditional home cooked meal in company may join us in the Church Hall. The three courses will cost £5.00. The small profit helps to maintain the hall which has a listed frontage. To reserve a place or buy a ticket contact Virginia, please.

Call My Bluff took place in the Church Hall on Saturday 4th March. Ann Grimshaw, Martyn Roper and Brian Penson were the panel of bluffers, with Jane Penson acting as Chairwoman and Graham Naylor collecting the scores. The evening raised £262.60 for the Restoration and Development fund.

Mothering Sunday 26th March
The 10am service was a celebration for all ages - not just for mothers and children - with songs, prayers, activities and fun. There were the tradional bunches of flowers to take home too.


Concert on Saturday 26th November
A musical entertainment by two groups of unaccompanied voices
‘Acafella’ – a Barber Shop Quartet
and ‘The Kettle Girls’ - a close harmony trio
The groups will be performing in the church at 7pm
Tickets £10 (including light refreshments) from Dave
in aid of All Saints’ Restoration and Development Fund


Remembrance Sunday
Sunday 13th November
The 10am Holy Communion service included the two minutes silence and time to reflect.


Harvest October 2nd
Come and celebrate again all that the Lord has given us. Donations of money and produce will be sent on locally to the Bridge Project, groceries to the food bank and internationally to Tear Fund.


Ride and Stride
Thousands of cyclists and walkers will be out on the streets and lanes of Suffolk on Saturday 10th September between 9.00am and 5.00pm, when hundreds of churches are open to visit.
A popular event for individuals and families, it is the 35th year the Suffolk Historic Churches Sponsored Bike Ride and Stride has taken place, but it is now a country-wide event. Money raised by walkers and cyclists is divided between the Suffolk Historic Churches Trust and a church chosen by each participant. Everyone taking part chooses their own route including as many, or as few, churches as they wish. Jenny will register you and give you a form for your sponsors to fill in. Jenny is also looking for volunteers to sit in our church to welcome and verify that the cyclists and walkers have visited All Saints’.

Charity Concert
The Black Diamonds performed their Lonnie Donnegan Tribute and Skiffle Show in the Church on Saturday 24th September at 7.30pm. Tickets were priced at £15 including our famous "nibbles"
The show will raised £500 shared between St. Nicholas Hospice Care and our own Restoration and Development Fund.

Back to Church Sunday
There will be a Family Communion on at 10am on Sunday 25th September when anyone who would usually come and anyone who has not been to a Sunday service for years will feel at home. Come back and go on from where you are not from where you were.

July 2016

Quiz and Ploughman's Supper

We held a quiz with general knowledge interspersed with subject rounds on Saturday 30th July, 6.15 for 6.30pm. The supper was served at about 7.30pm. David, Jane and Win have tickets at £7.50 per person. Teams can be up to 6 people and either prearranged or joined on the day. About £360 was raised for the Restoration and Development Fund

June 2016

Celebration of Queen Elizabeth II official birthday
On Saturday 10th June, there were cream teas in the hall and stalls in the church. The tower was opened for visitors. We raised about £600 for the building restoration and development fund. There is a window in the North aisle which is in dire need of complete restoration. On Sunday 11th June the 10am service included thanksgiving for Her Majesty's long life and reign.

April 2016

Annual Parish Meeting
The meeting on 24th April began at 11.30am after the 10am Holy Communion service.
The meeting received the reports on the finances, including this year's Gift Day, the general state of the fabric of the buildings and the Vicar's report. The PCC is now comprised of six ex officio members: the Vicar, Simon Gill, the Curate, Jennie Ridley, the Church Wardens, Jane Penson and Elizabeth Wiles and the two serving members of the Deanery Synod, Graham Naylor and Amanda Reavell, together with Anne Bateman, Judith and Malcolm Offord, Tony Rowe, Sarah Smith and Hilary Sparks. Other business discussed included the progress of the proposed kitchen in the north aisle and other practical matters. The meeting closed in prayer at 12.30pm

March 2016

Palm Sunday
There was a special service with a triumphal procession and the distribution of Palm Crosses

Good Friday
The church was open for personal meditation from 10am until 2pm when there was an interactive display “Stations of the Cross”. From 2-3pm there were reflective service of songs, readings and prayers.

Easter Day
There was an early service of Holy Communion at 8am and an All Age Easter Celebration within a Holy Communion service at 10am.

The theme for Lent ‘generous God, generous people’ was explored in the sermons and in the house groups over the weeks leading up to Easter, beginning with an introductory session on Sunday, 31st January. The five week course for Lent was on our calling as stewards of all that God has given us. Bishop David said, when it was published,
Generous God Generous People’ is an "easily accessible Bible-based study material on the subject of Christian Giving ..... to help us here in Suffolk open our hearts and our hands even more fully to God and to each other. My vision is of a world based on giving not getting, and here is a very practical stepping-stone towards that good future.” There were home groups on Sunday evenings, Monday and Tuesday mornings.

Women's World Day of Prayer
This year's Women's World Day of Prayer has been prepared by the women of Cuba. We will celebrated this event here in Sudbury at 3.30pm on 4 March at the Friends' Meeting House on Friars St.

February 2016

Coffee Morning - Kitchenware Special
The next coffee morning will be on February 20th in the Church Hall from 10am to 12 noon hosted by the Events committee. There will be home made cakes and useful items for the kitchen for sale.

Church Cleaning Day
Please put this in your diary for February 27th.

December 2015

Christmas at All Saints'
Sunday 20th December
At 10 am there was be a presentation of the Nativity as part of the 10am Service with the age old story retold in modern words while the children bring the baby to the manger.

In the evening at 6.30 pm the readings and carols. The great mystery of Christ's coming was celebrated in traditional carols and less familiar songs. There were mince pies and mulled wine after the service in the Church Hall.

On Christmas Eve at 3.30 pm the children made the manger scene around the crib and received and lit a Christingle
There was a collection for the work of the Children's Society which amounted to £239.

Christmas Day
Celebration of Holy Communion was at 10am.


Light up a life
Christmas is a season of joy but for many people it can also be a time to remember loved ones.
St Nicholas Hospice Care and Suffolk Churches Together work in partnership to offer the opportunity for bereaved families to celebrate and remember those they miss. Light up a Life services across West Suffolk. Sudbury's service was led by All Saints' this year. It was in St. Peters on 6th December at 6.30pm and included music and the opportunity to hear the names of loved ones read out.

Folk Evening
The folk group "Shipshpe," named after the Ship Inn, came to the Church Hall on Saturday 28th November. 6 musicians playing old songs and tunes from East Anglia on hammered dulcimers, concertinas, melodeons, banjos, 'cello and guitar offer toe tapping music from our rural region. Tickets, price £10, which includes light seasonal refreshments were available from David. A great evening with these talented musicians. £530 was raised for All Saints' Restoration and Development Fund.


Concert in Church
Saturday 12th September at 7.30pm
The Sheringham Shantymen will be singing "Sea Shanties for All"
in aid of the RNLI and .
Tickets £10 (including light refreshments during the interval) may be obtained from David
The Sheringham Shantymen were formally launched in 1990 having started singing some two years earlier as a group of local lifeboat men and friends celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the private sailing and pulling Sheringham lifeboat the ‘Augusta’.
Over the next 20 years the group developed their own style of performing songs of the sea constantly refining the music and always trying to entertain the public and raising funds for charity.
The group has remained true to its roots and still maintains a very close connection with the RNLI which is reflected in its membership. Billy Thirtle, ex crew member, has a record of fifty years continuous RNLI service and other members include Brian Farrow the Lifeboat Operations Manager, and Mick Holford the Treasurer.

July 2015

Our Curate
Jenny Ridley was ordained priest at the Cathedral on Saturday 4th July by Bishop Martin. She presided at the 10am Holy Communion service on Sunday 5th July. She is a great blessing to have working among us at this time when there is so much to be done in the Deanery and in the parish.

June 2015

Open garden
Despite the disappointing weather the Old Vicarage Garden impressed the visitors and many of the plants from the stall were sold to enthusiasts. The main stalls were put in the church and the hall housed the games and the cream teas. Everyone who came enjoyed the afternoon and even in the drizzle about 35 people climbed the tower to see the rain-soaked Sudbury vista.

Open Garden
All Saints' Old Vicarage 13th June 2-5pm
Setting up: help needed
Friday June 12th from 10am: moving chairs, tables and goods to the back of the church near the North door.
Saturday June 13th: help in the morning from 10am – 12noon and with clearing away from 5pm at the Old Vicarage.
Clear your cupboards
We will need merchandise to sell on the day. The tea chests are at the back of the church now to store your gifts. We will also need people to man the stalls and help with the games and refreshments. Stalls will be plants, cakes, jigsaws, paperbacks (no hardbacks, thank you), a white elephant stall and games. There will be no Autumn Market in St. Peters this year.
The tower will be open from 2 pm – 4.30pm. Jane is co-ordinating the volunteer to help.
If wet
Tower will be open, stalls in church, teas and cakes and games in the hall, golfing umbrellas to loan between venues needed, please.
This is our major fund raising event this year. it allows the building to remain open for worship and maintains it as a community landmark and asset. Please help.

Christian Aid - Thanks
On behalf of Christian Aid I would like to thank all those who contributed during the recent Christian Aid Week in the Sudbury and Great Cornard area and also all those who gave of their time to collect. £5,260.93 was received from the house to house collections and the United Service, held this year at All Saints’ Church, and this together with money from Gift Aid will go to help many who live in dire poverty to find hope for their future. The Aid goes to help such people whatever their beliefs in many parts of the world. Every donation however large or small is of great value and helps those in need to know that they are not forgotten. Thank you for your support.

It is interesting to note that last year Christian Aid in Britain and Ireland raised some £11million and has given help in many parts of the world including a large donation to Nepal on the first day of the earthquake.

David Stranack (Chairman of the Local Christian Aid Committee)

May 2015

Annual Parish Church Meeting
This took place on Sunday. This yearly business meeting of All Saints' Church included written reports on all aspects of the life of the Church: spiritual, charitable, social, financial and fabric.

For the coming year the PCC will be

Rev'd Simon Gill Chairman (ex officio)
Rev'd Jennie Ridley (ex officio)
Mrs Jane Penson
Mrs Elizabeth Wiles
Deanery Synod Representatives:
Mr. Graham Naylor
Mrs Anne Bateman
Mrs Lynne Fish
Mrs Sue Gilbert
Mrs Judith Offord (Secretary)
Dr. Malcolm Offord
Mrs Helen Perrot
Mrs Amanda Reavell: (Treasurer)

This socialable get together with a chance to be creatve, from 10.30am to 12 o'clock runs every Friday in the church hall. The group is for anyone who would like to either bring their own project to work on in company or to join others in whatever is being made that week or just for a time of conversation and coffee. The full programme for the coming months is available there. There will be activities for any small children who come with their carer. Activities will include knitting, sewing, painting on glass and card making. The group hopes to complete new banners for the church by Easter so wil be continuing with this project in March. All are welcome to come for coffee, chatter or crafts.

April 2015

Solos April Lunch Cancelled
Due to unforseen circumstances the April lunch has had to be cancelled. The next Solos lunch will be on Sunday 3rd May at 12.30pm as the first Sunday. Please book in advance with Joyce.

Annual Parish Meeting
Sunday 26th April at 11.30am in the Church Hall
This is the yearly business meeting of All Saints Church.
We will need to elect
--1 new churchwarden
--7 members for the PCC
to hear reports of our finances and activities in the past year and to explore future plans for the parish. Everyone on the electoral roll is entitled to vote.

February 2015

New Bishop
Our Bishop-designate Rev. Canon Martin Seeley for St Edmundsbury and Ipswich has been anounced. He will first have to be consecrated as a bishop by the Archbishop of Canterbury before he can take over from our caretaker Bishop David and this will be followed by an official welcome to the diocese after Easter 2015, on a date to be announced. Canon Seeley's interests include cooking and learning to play the tenor saxophone

January 2015

Operation Christmas Child Shoe Boxes
This year's donations of 56 filled gift shoe boxes for the children of Roumania have been collected ready to be included in this year's consignment which will be dispatched on Saturday 6th December.


Previous years

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Rev'd. Simon Gill Telephone: Sudbury 375334

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