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
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?
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
Wednesday 26th April 2017
Annual Meeting of Parishioners (for election of Church
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
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.
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
The kitchen units have been delivered.
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.
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
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,
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
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
Sunday 13th November
The 10am Holy Communion service included the two minutes silence and time
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’.
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.
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
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.
Annual Parish Meeting
The meeting on 24th April began at 11.30am after the 10am Holy Communion
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
There was a special service with a triumphal procession and
the distribution of Palm Crosses
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
The tower will be open from 2 pm – 4.30pm. Jane
is co-ordinating the volunteer to help.
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
David Stranack (Chairman of the Local Christian Aid Committee)
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.
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.
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
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.