70th Anniversary of VE Day – Lavenham Remembers


A three-day weekend of events will mark the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day from the 8th-10th May 2015, with celebrations taking place across the country.
William Hague, Leader of the House of Commons, made the official announcement in March and stated:

“I am delighted to announce three days of celebrations which will pay fitting tribute to those who did so much to defend this country and ensure victory in Europe.

“It is right that we take time to reflect on the sacrifices made, not just by those in the Armed Forces, but by civilians such as Land Girls and those in Reserved Occupation and make sure that the whole country has the chance to take part in commemorating this momentous anniversary and remembering those who gave so much for our freedom.”

The main celebrations in London will be echoed by other events across the country to mark VE Day 70 with local authorities and communities encouraged to participate. The Royal British Legion, as the national custodian of Remembrance, will act as the governments key partner in leading the nation in marking the commemoration, including hosting a major reception for 2000 veterans in St James’ Park.

Here in Lavenham Church, our weekend long celebrations begins with a Service of Commemoration at 10am on Friday 8th May where we will be remembering all those, both local and from around the world, who lived and fought through the war.
The church bells will ring out from 9.30am

For more information about the weekend please see the attached flyer:

ve day flyer-ds623

Parish Quiet Day – Wednesday 22nd April 2015

Amy Carmichael

A Parish Quiet Day reflecting on the inspirational life of Anglican Missionary to India, Amy Carmichael will be led by The Revd. Andrew Dotchin, Parish Priest in Ipswich and regular leader of Quiet Days at Otley Hall.

The Quiet Day is open to all,  and is offered without charge (although donations to defray costs are welcome), and will take place at the H.O.M.E. Retreat Centre in Monks Eleigh (IP7 7AU).   Please arrive for a 10am Start.  The day should finish no later than 3.30pm.   Refreshments will be available, but please bring your own lunch.

We will also have the use of the “Quiet Place” a 5 acre water meadow which is a haven for wildlife, located just over the road – where you can reflect and walk between sessions.

A statement regarding the Director of Music and Choir

The Parochial Church Council of St Peter & St Paul Lavenham has ended its contract with Mr Stephen Hogger in his role as Director of Music, and wish him well in the next phase of his career.

Mr Hogger was first appointed in May 1998 and has worked voluntarily and professionally on the enhancement of the church’s fine Willis organ.

The Rector and Churchwardens pay tribute to Mr Hogger’s musical talent and are grateful for all that he has given of his time and skills at Lavenham.

Whilst we are saddened by the subsequent announcement that members of the existing choir have chosen to leave as a result of this decision, they leave with our thanks for their past service.

Over recent decades the church has been proud of its music and choral tradition which it hopes will continue in the future.


All enquiries to: –
Mr John Howard,
Bishop’s Press Officer.
Mobile: 0787 2314653
Office: 01379 678416
Email:  john.howard@cofesuffolk.org

Tickets to the Consecration of Canon Martin Seeley, our next Diocesan Bishop

Martin Seeley (New Bishop of St Edmundsbury & Ipswich)

General tickets to the Eucharist, with the Ordination and Consecration of Canon Martin Seeley to be Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich, are now available.

The service will be held at Westminster Abbey on Thursday 14 May 2015 from 11.00am to 12.30pm.  The Diocese hope as many people as possible will attend.  Please note, you will be responsible for organising your own transport.

Tickets are issued on a first-come, first-served basis and are available to print out directly from the following link:


These tickets are administered directly by the Abbey.

For anyone unable to access the link above, please call the Abbey on 020 7654 4846 to order tickets by post.

Holy Week in Lavenham and Preston St Mary

Holy Week and Easter

“Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, during Lent we have been preparing by works of love and self-sacrifice for the celebration of our Lord’s death and resurrection.  We now come together to begin this solemn celebration in union with the Church throughout the world.   Christ enters his own city to complete his work as our Saviour, to suffer, to die, and to rise again.  Let us go with him in faith and love, so that, united with him in his sufferings, we may share his risen life.”  (Introduction to Palm Sunday)


Wednesday 1st April (Wednesday of Holy Week)

11am to 2.30pm         FREE Children’s Easter Activity Day – Lunch Provided (St Peter & St Paul, Lavenham)

Thursday 2nd April (Maundy Thursday)

7.30pm                        Choral Eucharist with foot washing (St Peter & St Paul, Lavenham)

Friday 3rd April (Good Friday)

12 noon                         Peoples Passion (St Mary the Virgin, Preston St Mary)

2pm                               Devotional Service observing “the Final Hour” (St Peter & St Paul, Lavenham)

Sunday 5th April (Easter Sunday)

6.30am                         Easter Sunday Dawn Eucharist  (St Mary the Virgin, Preston St Mary)

8am                               Holy Communion (St Peter & St Paul, Lavenham)

10.15am                        Parish Communion followed by Families Easter Egg Hunt (St Peter & St Paul, Lavenham)

Parish Retreat to Walsingham – England’s Nazareth – 17th-18th October 2015

Walsingham Shrine Arial

Pilgrims have made the journey to Walsingham since the 11th century, after a vision of Mary, the Mother of Jesus appeared to the Lady Richeldis in 1061.

Join with The Revd. Mark Woodrow for the whole weekend or for just a day, as we explore all that one of England’s holiest sites has to offer.

  • Accommodation and Full Board Cost for the Weekend is £74.95  

(Deposit of £30 required on booking)

  • Day Cost for Saturday is £10.25 (Lunch) or Sunday is £13.95 (Lunch & Tea)  

(Full Payment Required on booking)


For more Information:   email: revdmarkwoodrow@gmail.com  or telephone: 01787 247959


Gift Day – Saturday 7th March 2015

Dear Friends

At Lavenham Church we serve many people in many ways: giving the opportunity for worship to those attending our regular services; sharing the joy of a couple coming to be married or a family bringing their child for baptism; comforting the bereaved.   To all these and many more we seek to be a channel of God’s love to those looking to our church for help and encouragement.

Our impact is also felt well beyond the church building itself, sometimes to those who may not normally look to the church for help.  Through our outreach into our community, often in partnership with others, we are constantly seeking to meet the needs of the marginalised and vulnerable in our society.

All this is possible because of the continued commitment of time, skills and energy which people bring to our church and also the financial support given over the years by many in our village.  And this is why I am asking for your help today.

Like every household our church needs to keep up with the cost of living. While we are as careful as possible with our funds, our outgoings like heating, insurance, our clergy and many other day-to-day costs mount up.   You may not realise that this comes to a staggering £2,215 each week. We receive some money from funeral and wedding fees and also from fundraising during the year, but the vast majority comes from our church members, our visitors, and from our supporters in the village itself, each one giving faithfully to ensure that our church continues to be here, today, tomorrow and in the years to come.

In order for us to sustain our historic grade one listed church building, a sacred place that has been at the heart of our village for over 500 years, to continue to support our community, to develop our work with young people, and to be able to welcome the many visitors who visit the village every year we need to bridge our anticipated income shortfall of just under £200 a week.

As custodians of such an integral part of our villages history we also have a duty maintain the fabric of the church, and whilst we are fortunate that there are no immediate structural concerns, however, our architect has identified that the building will require close to £200,000 of structural repairs and maintenance over the next few years, but with your support this figure is achievable.

 So I am asking of you one or two things:-

  1. Join our Regular Planned Giving Scheme by completing a monthly standing order form. *
  2. Give a one off gift for the work of the church. *

In both instances if you pay income tax or capital gains tax please complete the ‘gift aid’ declaration as this will increase the value of your gift to us by 25% at no additional cost to you.

May I thank you in anticipation for responding to this request, hoping and praying that you will join us in supporting our church’s ministry.

You are invited to bring your gift to church on Saturday 7th March from 9.30am to 12.00pm where you can join us for coffee, climb the tower (weather permitting) and find out more about what’s going on at the Parish Church.  If you are unable to join us for our Gift Day, by all means put your gift/response through the letter-box at The Rectory, in advance or afterwards.

If you would like any more information or want to talk this through, please do contact me.

With every blessing.


The Revd Stephen Earl


* Please complete your details below and we will be in touch to provide you with the necessary information

Lavenham Parochial Church Council is a Registered Charity No. 1131642