Lead Theft at Lavenham Church

We are saddened to have to report that sometime between 10pm last night and 8am this morning a significant of lead was stolen from the north aisle roof of Lavenham Church, resulting in large amounts of rainwater e11924905_10206379250292745_1388948384095559162_nntering the building this afternoon.

John Howard, spokesman for the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich, said it was too early to know the value of the lead stolen or the cost of repairs – but early indications are it c
ould be similar to Combs’ Church (which had their lead stolen on Sunday night) which is facing a £150,000 bill.

11954768_10206379251012763_212557111113281344_nMr Howard said “The stealing of lead from church roofs is not just an attack on the church building but also the community which it serves,” he said.

“The diocese is working with Suffolk Constabulary to make communities aware of how they can frustrate thieves.”

Earlier today Suffolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Tim Passmore, said: ““[A] dedicated rural crime team, led by Pc Mark Bryant is doing an excellent job. This team, supported by Suffolk’s two dedicated rural Special Constabulary units, has a very good understanding of the negative impact heritage crime has in rural areas.

“We all have a role to play to protect our county’s beautiful churches but so often they are in remote areas so I would urge everyone to keep their eyes peeled and report any suspicious activity.”

Anyone with any information about the Lavenham crime should call Babergh west police on 101, quoting crime number SU/15/2046.

Calls can also be made to Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111.

If you would like to make a donation to help towards the eventual cost of repairs, you can send cheques payable to “Lavenham PCC” (marked ‘Roof Repairs’).

Alternatively you can give by Text Giving.   Just Text LVCH01 £5 (or any other amount) to 70070.

Tower Open Day 2015



This coming Saturday (8th August 2015) see’s our popular Tower Open Day.

This is your chance to see Lavenham and beyond from a completely different perspective.

Climb the 198 steps to the top, stopping along the way to visit the Bell Ringing Chamber (where demonstrations of ringing will take place), as well as seeing the bells themselves.     When you reach the top, 141ft above the ground, and if the weather is clear, you might be able to see the cranes in Felixstowe docks.

Refreshments will be available throughout the day.   The tower will be open from 10am to 5pm.


If you have a health condition, restricted mobility, or dislike enclosed spaces, you may find that this is not suitable for you.   However, there is plenty to see at ground level in and around our magnificent church.

All are welcome!


We extend a special welcome to those who are single, married, divorced or widowed, of any sexual orientation, confused, filthy rich, comfortable or dirt poor.

We extend a special welcome to those who are crying new-borns, skinny as a rake or could afford to lose a few pounds.

We welcome you if you’re Old Lavenham, New Lavenham, or just passing by.

We welcome you if you can sing like Pavarotti, or can’t carry a note in a bucket.

You’re welcome here if you’re ‘just browsing’, just woken up, or just got out of prison.

We don’t care if you’re more Christian than the Archbishop of Canterbury, or haven’t been in a church since little Jack’s baptism.

We extend a special welcome to those who are over 60, but haven’t grown up yet, and to teenagers who are growing up too fast.

We welcome keep-fit Mums, football Dads, starving artists, tree huggers, latte-sippers, vegetarians, and junk food eaters.

We welcome those who are in recovery or who are still addicted.

We welcome you if you’re having problems, or you’re down in the dumps, or you don’t like ‘organised religion’ – we’ve been there too!

We welcome you if you’ve blown all your money on the horses.

We welcome you if you think the world is flat, work too hard, don’t work, can’t spell, or because grandma is visiting and wanted to go to church.

We welcome you if you’re tattooed, pierced, or both.

We offer a special welcome to those who could use a prayer right now, had religion shoved down your throat as a child, or got separated from your coach party and wound up here by mistake.

We welcome tourists, seekers, doubters… and YOU!!!

Honest, Decent, Legal, Truthful? Confessions of a Theologian Working in the Marketplace – 3rd Annual Jean Guy Memorial Lecture

Jean Guy Memorial Lecture Poster (2015 - Martyn Percy)

The Church of St Peter and St Paul, Lavenham are delighted to announce that The Very Revd Professor Martyn Percy, Dean of Christ Church, Oxford (and the only living Theologian to be quoted in Dan Brown’s “The Da Vinci Code”) will be delivering The Third Annual  Jean Guy Memorial Lecture, in Lavenham Church on Tuesday 15th September 2015 at 7pm.


Professor Percy’s lecture, entitled “Honest, Decent, Legal, Truthful? Confessions of a Theologian Working in the Marketplace” and he will be speaking about his work in public ethics in advertising, film, media and consumer affairs – as well as religious literacy.


The Revd. Stephen Earl, Rector of Lavenham Church said: “We are delighted to welcome Professor Percy to Lavenham Church.  He is a highly respected theological educator, and this interactive lecture will draw extensively on Martyn’s roles in public life, having served a Director of the Advertising Standards Authority, and as an Adjudicator for the Portman Group (the self-regulating body for the alcoholic drinks industry), as well as his current roles as a Commissioner of the Direct Marketing Authority and as an Advisor to the British Board of Film Classification.    We very much look forward to hearing what Professor Percy has to say”.


The lectures are free, but donations towards expenses and for the upkeep of the church are welcome.

Jean Guy Memorial Lecture Poster (2015 – Martyn Percy)

Polar Explorers Summer Holiday Club



Summer Holiday Club “Polar Explorers”

With the help of Sir Random Finds and Bare Feet, the children are explorers who go on a mini-expedition each day and learn about a New Testament character. Through the lives of these people, they learn that no one is too big or too small, too rich or too poor, even too naughty, in fact no one is too ‘anything’ to be part of God’s big expedition, that is, to be a friend of Jesus and go out and help other people be friends of Jesus too.

Tuesday 4th August – 10am to 1.30pm – Salvation Army Hall, The Common, Lavenham

Tuesday 11th August – 10am to 1.30pm – Salvation Army Hall, The Common, Lavenham

Tuesday 18th August – 10am to 1.30pm – Salvation Army Hall, The Common, Lavenham

Tuesday 25th August – 10am to 1.30pm – Salvation Army Hall, The Common, Lavenham

Concluding with a special Family Service* on Sunday 30th August – 1o.15am – Lavenham Parish Church

* this event will be followed by a family shared picnic to which all are invited.

Polar Explorers is open to Primary School age children (younger children i.e. kindergarten/pre-school are also welcome to attend but MUST be accompanied by an adult)

A simple FREE lunch and snacks will be provided to all children attending, with Tea/Coffee available for adults.

For more information or to reserve a space for your child, please contact Mrs Mary Jackson (01787 247631 or maryndave@tiscali.co.uk) or The Revd Mark Woodrow (01787 247959 – revdmarkwoodrow@gmail.com)