Lent and Easter at St Peter & St Paul’s

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Details of our Lent and Easter Services and courses can be found below.                             

Saturday 13th February                                                                                                                                    12-2pm               Lent Lunch (Soup, Cheese and Bread)                                                                                                               FREE but donation to charities welcome                                                                                                              (Village Hall, Lavenham)

Tuesday 16th February                                                                                                                                    10am                   Ecumenical Lent Course ‘Migration and movement’                                                                                 (Salvation Army Hall, The Common, Lavenham)      

Saturday 20th February                                                                                                                                    12-2pm               Lent Lunch (Soup, Cheese and Bread)                                                                                                               FREE but donation to charities welcome                                                                                                              (Village Hall, Lavenham)

Tuesday 23rd February                                                                                                                                    10am                   Ecumenical Lent Course ‘Migration and movement’                                                                                 (Salvation Army Hall, The Common, Lavenham)    

Saturday 27th February                                                                                                                                    12-2pm               Lent Lunch (Soup, Cheese and Bread)                                                                                                               FREE but donation to charities welcome                                                                                                              (Village Hall, Lavenham)

Tuesday 1st March                                                                                                                                             10am                   Ecumenical Lent Course ‘Migration and movement’                                                                                 (Salvation Army Hall, The Common, Lavenham)    

Saturday 5th March                                                                                                                                             12-2pm               Lent Lunch (Soup, Cheese and Bread)                                                                                                               FREE but donation to charities welcome                                                                                                              (Village Hall, Lavenham)

Tuesday 8th March                                                                                                                                             10am                   Ecumenical Lent Course ‘Migration and movement’                                                                                 (Salvation Army Hall, The Common, Lavenham)

Saturday 12th March                                                                                                                                             12-2pm               Lent Lunch (Soup, Cheese and Bread)                                                                                                               FREE but donation to charities welcome                                                                                                              (Village Hall, Lavenham)

Tuesday 15th March                                                                                                                                             10am                   Ecumenical Lent Course ‘Migration and movement’                                                                                 (Salvation Army Hall, The Common, Lavenham)

Saturday 19th March                                                                                                                                             12-2pm               Lent Lunch (Soup, Cheese and Bread)                                                                                                               FREE but donation to charities welcome                                                                                                              (Village Hall, Lavenham)

Maundy Thursday 24th March                                                                                                                            7.30pm                Holy Communion with Sermon                                                                                                                              (St Peter & St Paul, Lavenham)    

Good Friday 25th March                                                                                                                                           Noon                    Peoples Passion                                                                                                                                                              (St Mary the Virgin, Preston St Mary)                                                                                 2pm                       The Final Hour Meditation                                                                                                                                       (St Peter & St Paul, Lavenham)  
7.30pm                 Handel’s Messiah from Scratch Performance                                                                                              (St Peter & St Paul, Lavenham)  

Holy Saturday 26th March
6pm                         Easter Concert by Serendipity Singers                                                                                                             (St Mary the Virgin, Preston St Mary)

Easter Sunday 27th March
6.30am                   First Light & First Communion of Easter                                                                                                         (St Mary the Virgin, Preston St Mary)
8am                          Holy Communion (BCP)                                                                                                                                             (St Peter & St Paul, Lavenham)
10.15am                Holy Communion (Common Worship)                                                                                                             (St Peter & St Paul, Lavenham)


Consecration and Installation of the Bishop of Dunwich

Revd Canon Dr Mike Harrison after the announcement that he will be he will the new Bishop of Dunwich.

Revd Canon Dr Mike Harrison

All are invited!

Everyone is invited to join the Revd Canon Dr Mike Harrison and his family for the two services to mark the start of his ministry among us as our next Bishop of Dunwich. Details of how to obtain tickets to both or either service are below.  Please make your congregations aware of this information. Not everyone will receive this notice so please announce it in Church and post on your notice board, website, social media etc. so as many people as possible have the opportunity to attend both or either service.

Consecration Service
Wednesday 24 February, 11.00am at Westminster Abbey

A Eucharist with the Ordination and Consecration of the Revd Canon Michael Harrison to be Suffragan Bishop of Dunwich and the Ven Karen Gorham to be Suffragan Bishop of Sherborne will take place in Westminster Abbey at 11.00am. Tickets are free and administered directly by the Abbey. They are obtainable by clicking on the link below. Once you have submitted your details, you will receive a confirmation email which will contain your ticket. Please make sure you have entered your email address correctly so that the confirmation email reaches you – you can then print off your ticket(s).

Click here to visit the EVENTBRITE ticket website
Installation Service
Saturday 27 February, 3.30pm at St Edmundsbury Cathedral

A celebration of mission to welcome Mike and his family to our diocese. The service will be based around the ‘Growing in God’ Diocesan vision for growth, and will include music and prayers for all ages and traditions. Everyone is invited to be seated in the nave, clergy (no robing) and laity together. Followed by tea and cake for all.

For tickets, email deanspa@stedscathedral.org or call 01284 748722.

Christmas at St Peter & St Paul’s

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Details of our Christmas Concerts and Services can be found below.                                        

Saturday 19th December                                                                                                                                 7.30pm                  Bury Bach Choir – a Christmas Celebration                                                                                                   (St Peter & St Paul, Lavenham)                                                                                                                                 Tickets and more information: http://www.burybachchoir.co.uk/

Sunday 20th December                                                                                                                                   4pm                          A Service of Nine Lessons and Carols                                                                                                               (St Peter & St Paul, Lavenham)      

Wednesday 23rd December
10am                        Holy Communion                                                                                                                                                            (St Peter & St Paul, Lavenham)

Thursday 24th December (Christmas Eve)
2pm                            Children’s Crib Service                                                                                                                                                (St Peter & St Paul, Lavenham)
5pm                             Family Carol Service                                                                                                                                                    (St Mary the Virgin, Preston St Mary)
11pm                          ‘Midnight’ Mass                                                                                                                                                              (St Peter & St Paul, Lavenham)

Friday 25th December (Christmas Day)
8am                             Holy Communion (BCP)                                                                                                                                            (St Peter & St Paul, Lavenham)
9am                             Holy Communion                                                                                                                                                            (St Mary the Virgin, Preston St Mary)
10.15am                   Parish Communion with Carols                                                                                                                            (St Peter & St Paul, Lavenham)

From Lavenham to Calais

Calais Camp

Louise Harrison, a resident of Lavenham is organising for a lorry to take clothing, sleeping bags etc (see list below) the the refugee camps in Calais on the 7th / 8th December.

You are therefore asked to deliver any of the items below (which must be in a clean and usable state) to Louise before the 3rd December and she will then ensure that they are delivered to the camps.

Items required 
Sleeping bags
Tents (4 man tents or larger)
Camp mats / Sleeping Maps
Wind up/ solar torches and lantens
Men’s waterproof walking boots, high ankle, or trainers, especially UK Size 9
Women’s boots/ shoes up to UK Size 6  (No heels!)
Waterproof warm winter coats
Socks and Underwear (men’s, women’s and children’s)
Hats, gloves and scarves
Goody Bags

For more information please contact Louise:

Louise Harrison
The Lavenhams
Bridge Street Road
Email; meyerharrison@btinternet.com
Tel 01787 247654

(The Lavenhams, is about half a mile out of the village on the left hand side of Bridge Street Road)

New Organist and Choir Leader

We have been very grateful to those organists locally who have kindly helped us out over the last six months or so for Sunday services and for weddings and funerals.

I am delighted to announce that Mr Peter Tryon has taken on the role of Organist & Choir Leader at Lavenham Parish Church from 22nd November.

Peter is a experienced Organist and has an excellent track record of recruiting and building choirs of all ages.  He has only just retired from his post at St Mary’s, Bury St Edmunds (the very big church close to the Cathedral) where he has served with great energy, enthusiasm and commitment from 1983.  Peter is highly regarded and well-known in music circles locally and will be continuing his additional work as a piano tuner.

Peter had heard about our vacancy and is tremendously excited at the prospect of working here and being instrumental (excuse pun) in carrying forward and building up the musical life of our church which we have all cherished.

Peter will undoubtedly make a very positive contribution to the life and worship of our church in the months and years ahead, and – not wasting time – is starting the ‘choir recruiting’ straight away!  All being well, this will be re-formed and singing early in the new year.  So Peter would love to hear from anyone who would like to enquire about being part of this new venture – his contact details are given below.

I am sure you will all be giving Peter a warm welcome and your wholehearted support.  We are so fortunate to have him!


Stephen  Earl (Rector)


Peter has written a short piece to introduction himself:

Peter Tryon (Organist)

I claim to be an East Anglian by birth as I was born in Cambridge in the back of an ambulance going down King’s Parade at 50mph.  I was however bought up near Portsmouth where I became a chorister at Havant Parish Church and started to take an interest in all things musical. I was offered an organ and piano building apprenticeship at 16, but the county intervened and offered me an organ scholarship to study the organ at Winchester Cathedral under the very aptly named, Alwyn Surplice.

At 18 I went to teacher train at Bretton Hall in Yorkshire as my father persuaded me there was little future in pianos and organs as Hammond electronics would soon rule the day. This was followed by teaching in Bristol and for 35 years, at Beyton Middle School.  The desire to work on pianos however never subsided and I found myself tuning and restoring pianos in my ever diminishing spare time, my father’s prophecy never fortunately materialising.

What took the bulk of my time however, was as Director of Music at different churches in Winchester, Yorkshire, Bristol, Rougham here in Suffolk and finally St. Mary’s in Bury St Edmunds for the past 32 years.

St Mary’s is a very busy church which needs very good music and for this I maintained and enhanced an all male choir which gained an excellent reputation.  “Specials” with the choir included singing at a host of cathedrals, numerous foreign trips and even an appearance on the “Noel Edmonds Late, Late Breakfast Show” where sixty of us sang the Hallelujah Chorus on the back of a Land Rover in front of an estimated audience of 18 million viewers! Alongside this we had a ladies choir who sometimes joined the men, but never the boys.

As if my spare time isn’t taken up enough I have also had time to write three books.  The latter entitled “The Steinway that wouldn’t budge” or the comical confessions of a piano tuner/organist/teacher, comes out in the new year. (Plug,plug).

Personally I have four sons, two grandchildren and a wonderful wife called Glynis. We live in Drinkstone.

I am very much looking forward to getting to know you and to the challenges of the post here in Lavenham.  There is a lot to do, for which, I am sure, I will enjoy much support.

Peter Tryon
Organist and Choir Leader
Lavenham Parish Church
9 Green Close,
Bury St Edmunds,
Suffolk IP30 9TE

Tel: O1449 736049
Mobile: 07787 486726

Fundraising ‘Bridge Drive’ comes up trumps

A FUNDRAISING game of classic card game bridge came up trumps as more than £1,417.50 was raised to boost Lavenham Church’s Building Fund, which will be used to pay for the repairs to the roof, recently damaged by lead thieves.

The successful charity bridge drive was held on Wednesday 28th October in Lavenham Village Hall and attracted bridge fans from far and wide.

The players enjoyed some good and some not so good hands of the cards interrupted only by afternoon tea and a raffle.   A total of £1,417.50 was raised on the day, with a further £55 being donated after the event by supporters who were unable to attend.

Organiser Jean Charity, thanked all who attended, the helpers, and all who donated prizes for the raffle.

The Revd Mark Woodrow, Curate at Lavenham Church, said: “This was a fantastic result which shows what can be achieved when people, such as Jean and her team of helpers, come together to organise events to raise funds for our iconic place of worship, which we hope is at the very heart of village life.”

He added that “thanks to the support of the local community, work to repair the damage caused by the thieves is expected to begin in the next few weeks”

Donations can still be made to support the ongoing maintenance of Lavenham Church online at:  www.justgiving.com/lavenhamchurch 



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Fantastic fundraising achieves target for lead theft roof repair



Following the theft of an estimated seven tons of lead from the north aisle roof of Lavenham Parish Church during August, the community and supporters of St Peter & St Paul Lavenham have rallied round amazingly to raise the necessary funds to repair the damage and help prevent a recurrence.

It was initially feared that repairs might have exceeded £100,000 however, in part thanks to quick thinking volunteers helping to mitigate internal damage and local roofing firms quoting competitively, the final costs will be around £50,000.

Rector, The Revd. Stephen Earl said, “The response from the community has been fantastic and in less than a month and a half we have raised sufficient money to replace the stolen lead, repair the damage the thieves caused, as well as installing a state of the art alarm system, which we believe will prevent any future thefts from our church, and indeed we are fully behind the Suffolk Historic Churches Trust ‘Alarms for Churches Appeal’.”

Churchwardens, David Deacon and Graham Pattrick, commented that “as with any historic building such as ours, ongoing restoration and maintenance is both a great responsibility and also a privilege, as we strive to preserve the building for our children and grandchildren’s generation.   We can now return our attention to fundraising for more routine restoration, and have set up an online giving account www.justgiving.com/lavenhamchurch so that anyone can donate towards the future of Lavenham Church”.

Police investigations into this and a number of other Lead Theft from Churches over recent months are ongoing.