St Mary the Virgin Church, Bramford
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Rev Jenny Seggar
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Bramford: Mr C Elsdon & Mr S McGinty
Little Blakenham: Mr S Wright
Nettlestead: Mrs J McCarthy
Baylham: Miss H Ritchie
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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 29 October, between 10:00 and 12:00 noon.
5 o’clock Service
The next 5oClock service will be on Sunday 9th October. We will be enjoying the Prodigal Son.
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.
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 >>>.
To start with this month, an update on the Crypt at St Peter’s church Baylham. As I write, lots of research is being done on the history of crypt, and the Acton family who are buried there. Unfortunately, it is still holding up the building of our disabled toilet, but we have to ensure that we record everything properly. We have a number of decisions to make about how to proceed, but there are some potential legal complications which the Diocese are helping us to unravel. In the mean-time we are keeping the church locked for safety reasons.
Once the archaeologists have properly catalogued our amazing find, we are hoping to be able to open the church again so that the crypt can be seen, alongside any historical information we have found, before it is covered over by the building works – it is very rare to have the opportunity to view a church crypt as mostly they are hidden. Many of our churches have vaults or crypts underneath, and we mostly don’t see them unless there is a problem. We will advertise any times that we open the church widely, so watch this space. If you would like to see the crypt before it is advertised, please contact Hilary Ritchie, Baylham’s church warden, and she will open the church for you.
An update on the vandalism of the graveyards, at time of writing damage had been suffered at 5 churches in the area, but so far no clue has been found. The Police have no suspects, so they cannot take any further action at the moment, but they have advised us to keep on being vigilant, visiting our churchyards and keeping our eyes open. If you see anything suspicious then please do not hesitate to call the police on 101.
Finally, we like to focus on a local charity at harvest time, so our harvest collection this year is for FIND (families in Need, Ipswich), the food bank. we are co-ordinating this with the school, so we are looking for dried or canned food (in date please), cleaning and laundry products, shampoo, shower gel, tooth brushes, tooth paste. After the harvest services there will collection points at the back of the church, these will be available until Christmas. We are also collecting used aerosols for Emmaus, a charity for homeless and addicts, there is a collection box near the door in St Mary’s Bramford.
Blessings to you all.
September Message from Rev Jenny
September is here again, it is a time, that as an ex teacher I associate with new starts – I am just back from holiday, the school are going back to work, and we are beginning to prepare for the last few months of this year. It is always a busy time, a time with lots of services to invite others to – we are beginning with Harvest festivals in all our churches, and at the school, and as usual we will be running a harvest appeal. Watch this space for details! Last year the goods we collected really went to help out those in need in our own area.
We then move on to All Souls and on to the season of Remembrance in November, and swiftly on to Christmas – I hate to use the C word so early, but it is always good to look forward.
I am hoping that when this comes through your door we will be well on the way to finishing the re-ordering at St Peter’s Baylham, but as I write this, a Crypt has been found under the area we are hoping to convert into toilet and servery, and it looks as if things are about to get complicated! If we do not finish when we promised, please bear with us, sometimes our wonderful ancient buildings throw up surprises of their own.
It is an odd fact that many churches have crypts underneath them, they may be large or small, but some of our buildings have quite large voids underneath which have become lost in the mists of time. These were often places where wealthy families buried their loved ones, in niches which were sealed up.
Unfortunately, we have had to seal the crypt up for safety reasons, and it will rest safely under the floor of the new toilet and servery. But I hope we will be able to ensure that the history and some of the photos we have taken are documented for future generations.
I really hope that we will be able to announce a celebration service at Baylham, so that we can bless the new facilities, and thank all those who have been involved in planning, building and problem solving! Again, watch this space, as soon as we have a date we will let everybody know.
On a sadder note, during late July/August there was some vandalism in some of our church yards, please keep up your vigilance, pop into your local church yard and enjoy the peace and quiet – it will deter those who wish to harm these wonderful resources.
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.