St Mary the Virgin Church, Bramford
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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 29th October, between 10:00 and 12:00 noon.
5 o’clock Service
The next 5oClock service will be on Sunday 20th November. We will be considering the prayer that Jesus taught his disciples.
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 (normally) 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.
If you would like a reminder of when the next one will be, please give Ken your mobile phone number.
Suffolk Historic Church’s Trust - Cycle Ride and Walk
May I take this opportunity of saying a big “thank you” to our gallant cyclists and those who gave their time by sitting in the Church for an hour to welcome visitors. Thank you also for the donations which this year come to £60.00, half of this comes back to our Church.
Many thanks again
Here’s how they helped us
The Suffolk Historic Churches Trust, have contributed towards the cost of our roof alarm, which cost over £ 5,000.00 to install, via The H.B. Allen Charitable Trust. We received a generous sum of £2,468.00. We are not only grateful for their help but welcome any support that can be given to them.
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 >>>.
November Message from Rev Jenny
November is a time when we remember those who have fought and died for our freedom. As usual we will be holding our main Remembrance Sunday service on November 13th at St Mary’s in conjunction with the Royal British Legion, and the Local History Group will be holding an exhibition in the Church room after the service. It is a dilemma for Christians, as there is a fine line between glorifying war, and remembering with thanks the sacrifices made by others on our behalf. We work really hard to keep the right side of that line, giving thanks for those who serve today for our freedom, as well as those who fought in wars long past.
November is also the time when we start looking seriously towards Christmas – we have our traditional Bazaar with the WI, including lunch in the church room on Saturday 3rd September, which also kicks off our Christmas Tree Festival, so that will be quite a weekend. For us it really begins our Christmas preparations, and is always a good time to start Christmas shopping!
We will also be reminding everybody about our Harvest appeal which keeps going until Christmas, this year we are collecting for FIND – Families in Need, the charity who runs the food bank which serves our villages. As Christmas approaches it is even more important that we support them. You can give at the church, or just buy something extra when you shop at the Co-op, and remember to put a few treats in the basket! Believe me, the families that receive your gifts will be genuinely grateful.
October Message from Rev Jenny
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.
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.