List of planned Activities associated with the "Save our windows" appeal
All activities suspended from the beginning of March.
11th Feb 2020 LAUNCH - “Divine Creations” Art At All Saints – call for creatives. Posters, Facebook post, local newspaper, radio advert
12th Feb 2020 Suffolk Record Office Visit: Visit to the archive in Bury St Edmunds to view and research material.
17th March 2020 Hard Hat Tour of the Church to view remedial works and the tasks that are undertaken by the conservators.
19th March 2020 Suffolk Record Office Visit:Visit to the archive in Bury St Edmunds to view and research material.
13th April 2020 Research Group meeting: Meet in the church hall to discuss progress on research
14th-17th April 2020 Excavation
20th May 2020 Hard Hat Tour of the Church to view remedial works and the tasks that are undertaken by the conservators.
21st May 2020 Hard Hat Tour
8th June 2020 DEADLINE – Artwork etc for “Divine Creations” To be brought to the church
9th- 12th June 2020 INSTALLATION – “Divine Creations”: Installation of exhibition
Preview – Evening of 12th June 2020 – Refreshments following
10th June 2020 Research Group meeting: Discuss progress of research
13th June 2020 Exhibition Opening: Launch of “Divine Creations” for the general public
13th July 2020 Preparation for Illuminated All Saints: Start to collect material and OHPs for the evening event to be held in August.
15th July 2020 Stained Glass Lecture : John Oxley FSA Former York City Archaeologist - Lecture on Medieval Stained Glass
16th July 2020
Research Group meeting : Discuss progress and finalise material ready for HA to start writing publication.
July 2020 DEADLINE – Miniature Master Masons: School Project Deadline – Can store the pieces in Church Hall
10th – 14th August 2020 Exhibition Prep and Illuminated All Saints
Take down “Divine Creations”, Install Illuminated All Saints 11th, 12th August 2020 evening event, 13th August take down IAS, 14th Research Group meeting to discuss exhibition
Heritage Open Days
Miniature Master Masons/ Restoration Project and History of Church
Church open for visitors and following activities available:
·0 Exhibition in the church – “Miniature Master Masons” and History of All Saints (Restoration project)
·1 Stained glass window workshop – demonstration of working with glass
·2 Tower climbing
This Autumn the Quiz, held on Saturday 23rd November. made a profit of £410 for church hall improvements. The next quiz will be as soon as we can hold one within the social distancing guidelines.
Annual Church Parish Meeting
The last business meeting of the church took place on Sunday 14th April 2019.
The PCC members for this year are
Janet Airey (newly elected)
Robert Fish (Secretary)
Sue Gilbert (newly elected– was co-opted in 2018)
Jane Jowitt (co-opted)
Malcolm Offord (warden)
Jane Penson (warden)
Amanda Reavell (Treasurer & Deanery Synod rep)
Sarah Smith (Vice-chair & Deanery Synod rep)
Copies of the accounts and the reports of our activities over the past year are available in church.
Saving our Windows
You’ll be pleased to hear that work on our beautiful stained glass window started on Monday 9 March. This will affect a number of areas of church life – for example parking during the week and access to various parts of the church. Marie our Heritage Activity Officer also joins us then. Please support her in any way you can – in addition to the activities she has advertised. Please see imminent details in Diary or the foot of the diary page for later ones.
Suffolk Historic Churches Ride and Stride took place on Saturday 8th September this year.
Suffolk has around 500 historic medieval churches and our towns and villages. Sudbury alone has 12 churches and chapels although not all with medieval origins. 9 of these will be ready to validate sponsor forms for any cyclist or walker taking part in this fundraising event. Jenny has the sponsor forms and a long list of churches to visit. To register for this year’s event and start collecting sponsors on your form or just for more information, telephone Jenny on 378924 .
Our quiz and ploughman's supper evenings was on 13th October in the Church Hall. It followed the popular format of general knowledge alternating with subject rounds.
Saturday 18th August: the Cream Teas in the garden at 98, Melford Road were enjoyed in a warm but cloudy afternoon, making over £250 for the Restoration and Development fund.
Opening the church
The church was opened for coffee for a trial period from Friday 8th June then on Monday and Friday mornings from 8.20 – 9.45 am and Wednesday afternoons from 2.45 – 4 pm until mid July. The building will be staffed by two or more volunteers who will make coffee and tea for anyone who drops in. Everyone who called in was made welcome for a drink, a chat or to look around the beautiful, old building. The tower was not open at these times.
Open Church Day
Saturday 7th July 2018 was our annual "open church" for the community to come in and look at the work in progress to make our medieval building more comfortable for worship and its intended daily use for passers by. The tower was open to climb to see the view over Sudbury. There were people who talked to anyone who came in about the work of our church in the neighbourhood and ways that anyone can become involved. It could be by anything, from bringing their children for baptism to helping weed the churchyard. The light lunches in the form of soup and rolls and afternoon cream teas in the hall proved popular. The refreshments, stalls and the tower realised just over £700 for the Restoration and Development Fund, despite competition from the Football World Cup, Wimbledon and Le Tour de France.
Day of Prayer
The church will be open for prayer on Saturday 23rd June 2018 from 9am until 4 pm for prayer. The following day will be the Annual Gift Day. Traditionally it coincided with our Patronal Festival, All Saints’ Day. In 2017 we moved Gift Day to Easter, so we combined praising God for the raising of Jesus with the opportunity to respond to His love with our loving giving. This year it has been delayed so we can use the new diocese method of giving, called the Parish Giving Scheme (PGS). In future we will return to the latter pattern.
Annual Parish Church Meeting
Sunday 22nd April
The Parochial Church Council elections were held after the main morning service at the combined Parish Meetings. Churchwardens elected are Dr. Malcolm Offord and Mrs Jane Penson. Two new members were elected to the PCC. Mrs Katrina Dalgleish and Mrs Nicki Dixon. Mr. Robert Fish, Mrs Elizabeth Wiles, Mr. Tony Rowe and Mrs Sarah Smith are continuing to serve until the end of their terms. There is one unfilled vacancy. Mr. Graham Naylor and Mrs Amanda Reavell are continuing as representatives on the Deanery Synod.
The kitchen is now fully equipped and in use. The final appliances were fixed and plumbed in on Friday 3rd November 17?. Coffee and tea are now served in china mugs in the North Aisle after main services.