St Mary the Virgin Church, Bramford
Welcome to the website of
St Mary the Virgin Church, Bramford; St Mary's, Little Blakenham;
St Mary's, Nettlestead, and St Peter's, Baylham
We hope you find the following pages useful:
If you want to know how to find our churches, the details are here >>>.
Special Services for you
Pick on one of these links to find out more about:
Rev Jenny Seggar
Rev Julian Fennell
Mrs J Read
Bramford: Mr C Elsdon & Mr S McGinty
Little Blakenham: Mr S Wright
Nettlestead: Mrs J McCarthy
Baylham: Miss H Ritchie
If you wish to contact the Church Wardens, their phone numbers are on the Church Wardens' page
You can phone us on:
Tel 01473 748914
or write to:
Pick on the links below
Saturday Morning Coffee
We've started a monthly Saturday coffee morning, serving Coffee, and Tea, of course, as well as tempting morsels. The next one is on Saturday 30 July, between 10:00 and 12:00 noon.
5 o’clock Service
Please note that there is no 5o’Clock Service in August. We will resume in September. The theme will be David and Goliath. If you want to learn to slay giants, we look forward to meeting you there.
If you haven't started coming to this service it's designed for children aged 5 to 8 years old, and their parents. We start at 5 o'clock on the second Sunday of each month*.
Each service includes fun, songs, a story and exciting crafts to support the theme.
*except November when we meet on the third Sunday, and January & August when we don’t meet at all.
Revd Pat Wright has retired from her position as Assistant Priest in our group of parishes.
She will be granted Permission to Officiate, so will still be able to minister and worship with us. Here are a couple of photos from her service to celebrate her ministry with us.
An afternoon gathering for anyone who would like a social get-together.
We meet at 2:30 p.m., in the Parish Room. come along and meet old friends, ... or make new ones.
Friends of Bramford Church
We have an active Friends of Bramford Church group. There are more details here >>>.
Vicars of Bramford Church
The first vicar of Bramford was Galfdr, de Horewode, in 1299. There is a list of all of our vicars here >>>.
You can find our recorded sermons here >>>.
July Message from Rev Jenny
This year seems to be going incredibly quickly, we have been busy with Weddings, Baptisms, special services, the celebrations of the Queen’s Birthday, and now we are in church fete season, which is always a joy. The Village fun day at Bramford is on 2nd July, and as I write we are beginning to make preparations to the area round the church room. Other parishes have plenty going on too, watch out for their publicity!
These fetes and fun days are great occasions for getting out and talking to people, and of course we have a lot of fun, and hopefully make a little money on the way through! Fund raising for our churches is really important, as we survive on what we bring in each year, and all four parishes have wonderful, historical medieval buildings to support.
We also need people to give their time and energy, there are a lot of jobs to be done in a church community, from church cleaning, through building maintenance right the way up to running the services. Many of those who help us on the practical side of things are not regular church goers, this has always been the case, and we really value that input from people who love our buildings. If you would like to help us out in any practical way, please ring the church warden of your parish to have a chat about what we need.
One of our long term helpers at Bramford, Gloria Baxter has recently retired as Sacristan. The sacristan is the person who helps set up for communion, and keeps the church linen in order – Gloria has served the church faithfully in this way for many years, and we thank her for all her efforts.
This means we need a new sacristan, or a team who can help by setting up for communion each Sunday morning – full training will be given! If you feel that this is something you could help out with occasionally, please contact either myself or Julian, or Stewart McGinty, and we will be happy to let you know what it entails. In the meantime, if the weather today is anything to go by, we are going to be in for a good summer, enjoy!
Blessings to you all.
August Message from Rev Jenny
As I write this we are still recovering from the village fun day, and the last ‘parachuting bear’ has come down from the church roof! Actually it was a Bbeebies character called woolly, who is a large multi-coloured spider who goes on adventures, so we told the family who had been looking for him, that he had been on an adventure with the gargoyles on the church roof! I think he deserves the fun day award for bravery! The fun day was a wonderful success, and at time of writing we have raised a little over £2,000 for church funds. Thank you so much to everybody who was involved, from the church, and the community, especially Caroline Walton, who yet again co-ordinated things with great energy.
Fun days, fetes and fund raising events are a necessary part of our life as a church, one of our must popular this year has been the coffee mornings started earlier this year. They have proved surprisingly popular, with homemade cakes and occasionally, bacon rolls! Our coffee mornings are taking a break during August, but will resume in September – they are a great chance to meet people, and have a coffee and a chat – if you are new to the village, or if you feel in need of some companionship, come to the next one in September and get to know us. There is usually a member of the ministry team available to talk to.
Our one piece of news is that Revd Pat Wright, our Self Supporting Minister will retire at the end of July, she will be given a licence so that she can still take services if she wishes to, but she will no longer be an official part of the ministry team. We hope that she will continue to minister in the village as she feels able to and will keep up her long association with the church.
I am on holiday for most of August, but Revd Julian Fennell, our Curate will be available to answer any queries, and you can contact him via the phone numbers on the Church Warden’s page.
Blessings to you all.
St Mary the Virgin, Bramford
Car Parking: There is a car park
alongside the Village Hall.
St Mary's, Little Blakenham
Car Parking: Look for other
cars parked in the field
opposite the church.
St Mary's, Nettlestead
Car Parking: Take care when
parking on the verge
between the road and the
Church. Cars have become
stuck here before.
St Peter's, Baylham
Car Parking: Coming from
the B1113, take the right
turn, signposted to the
church. Use the car park
on the right, before you
get to the church on the left.
St Mary the Virgin is an Anglican (Church of England) church in Bramford, near Ipswich, Suffolk.