St Mary the Virgin
The Street, Huntingfield
Halesworth, Suffolk IP19 0PR
Assistant Curate: The Revd Jane Held
Tel: 07771 556391
Churchwarden: Emma Ward
Tel: 01986 785343
St Mary the Virgin Huntingfield
As we slowly emerge from lockdown it is with a big smile on my face that I can bring you a number of dates for your calendar!
The first weekend in May we are planning our official 'Re-opening' of the church starting with a 'Clear-up the Churchyard day' on Sat 1st May commencing at 10am. Please come and join us and help make a difference. An hour or more of your time will go a long way, we look forward to seeing old and new faces. Don't forget your gardening gloves, trowels, shears etc! Light refreshments will be provided.
Sunday 2nd May
A service @ 11am in the church of 'Quiet reflection and music' All welcome. (Please adhere to social distancing rules, face masks and sit in family bubbles.)
The church will then hold their regular monthly services, dates to be published.
The APCM will take place on Thurs May 20th @ 6.30pm in the church.
Sunday 27th June A service of Thanksgiving with HYMNS! (time to be advised)
Sat 10th July; The PCC will be hosting an afternoon of 'Tea and Cake' in the churchyard (inside if weather is bad) with a tabletop sale. If anyone is interested in reserving a table, please email; firstname.lastname@example.org More details to follow.
Sat 11th Sept; Suffolk Historic Churches Cycle ride. Once again, we will be part of this great fund-raising activity for our beautiful churches and finally...
Sat 18th Sept we will be hosting 'A Harvest Supper' in The Hub, Huntingfield and welcoming our new Team Rector, Dominic Doble. More details to follow.
So, dust off your calendars and start entering the dates, we really can't wait to see you all!
St Mary’s Church sits in a beautiful wooded churchyard in the village of Huntingfield, with a population of 160 parishioners, tucked away in a valley in High Suffolk. The village has shrunk considerably from 411 folk in 1851 but has a very active community, with a pub and a new and very well used community centre, The Hub. Although a little way outside the village this beautiful and unique church not only creates a centre for worship but also provides a community setting for plays, children’s activities, talks and music.
The Church is an 11th century grade 1 listed building, largely due to its amazing Victorian painted ceiling - a masterpiece of Victorian church decoration, with carved and coloured angels, banners, crowns and shields, in the medieval style and reflecting the ecclesiastical devotion of the late Victorian period and the heightened liturgical practices of the Oxford Movement. The ceiling was painted by Mildred Holland, the wife of the Rector, who was resident for 44 years from 1848 and was restored recently. The church is old, with some fragments of carved stones a Saxon stone coffin and standing cross of the 10th century set into the wall of the tower. There are five bells, with its own team as well as visiting bell-ringing groups.
Regular, (once a month) BCP communion, plus family services for Christmas, Easter, Mothering Sunday etc.
Exhibitions, musical events, (typically concerts), plays (usually linked to Christmas stories or to the church story) and regular talks about the church – usually to art/book clubs, U3A.
Good communication between the church and the village hall in organising events.
The Team choir, bell ringers, priests and organists all participate in the life of this church and members also contribute to the Blyth Valley Team and the new Cluster arrangements.
We generally manage to meet our financial commitments
The church is in a good condition and is well maintained.
General activities are of a high standard and attract wide interest.
Security measures are either in place or are being installed.
Occasional services include Christingle and Mothering Sunday family services, and an annual Remembrance Day service on the village green.
A very popular wedding venue with several large estates providing bespoke wedding packages.
Working towards building a wider congregation.
Finding ways to improve income in order to maintain this local asset.