Rector’s Study Leave 2016 – India Report & Lunchtime Presentation

Stephen Earl in IndiaNow that Stephen has returned from his extended study leave, he is keen that everyone in the parish (and further afield) are able to share with him the experiences he had in Southern India.

A copy of our Rector’s illustrated write up of his experiences in Southern India is on display at the back of the churches in Lavenham & Preston St Mary and can also be downloaded using the link below:
Rectors Study Leave 2016 – India Report


Stephen will also be giving a presentation on his time in India on Thurs 16th June at 1pm, including curry & rice lunch, in Lavenham Village Hall.

For catering purposes, please advise Mary Jackson if you are coming as soon as possible & at least one week before : Tel. 247631 or Email.

All are warmly invited.  The event is FREE, although donations will be gratefully received in support of some of the Church of South India’s humanitarian projects (specific details will be provided later)

Creative Workshop with Jonathan Boast in St Edmundsbury Cathedral

Local artist and member of Lavenham’s congregation, Jonathan Boast is hosting a ‘Creative Workshop’ at the Cathedral in Bury St Edmunds on Saturday 14 May 2016 from 9.30am to 12 noon in the Cathedral Lecture Room

There will be an introduction by the artist on the techniques and methods of his working practice before the practical session begins.

JonathanBoast MonalithWe will then use mixed media to create a group piece, a large scale mock-up of a stained glass window based around an image of Saint Edmund the Martyr using collage techniques. Participants will use printouts of the Bury Bible and the artist will also provide photographic source materials of suffolk landscapes (linked to his present body of work) along with archival prints from around the town of Bury St. Edmunds also printouts of historical documents linked to the town as a resource for the project. Using cut and paste techniques and layering images we will work together to create the final canvas and form the image of King Edmund.

Following the session each participant will receive an stained glass style acetate print of the completed piece to keep.


Cost of the workshop will be £10 each including tea/coffee.

If you would like further information or to book, please contact or telephone 01284 748722.

Curate to leave Lavenham following his new appointment

The Right Reverend Martin Seeley, Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich, has announced this morning that that our Curate, The Revd Mark Woodrow, has been appointed as the next Priest in Charge of Stoke by Nayland with Leavenheath and Polstead, and Nayland with Wissington.

MAP LARGEMark has spent the past three years serving the people of Lavenham and Preston St. Mary, as both Deacon and Priest.

His final Sunday in Lavenham will be at Lavenham’s Patronal Festival on Sunday 3rd July.

Mark will be then be licensed to his new parishes at a special service on Thursday July 21st, further details will be available nearer the time.

Please hold Mark in your prayers, as he prepares to move into the next stage of his ministry.


Lavenham to host top music ensemble for “Alarms for Churches Appeal”


With 45 churches and chapels in Suffolk still to fit alarms to their roofs, to foil lead thieves, the Suffolk Historic Churches Trust (SHCT) are to hold a fundraising concert at Lavenham church.

The concert will be at St Peter & St Paul’s, Lavenham, on Saturday 25 June, 7.00pm, and will feature The Marian Consort ( a young, dynamic and internationally-renowned early music vocal ensemble, recognised for its freshness of approach and innovative presentation of a broad range of repertoire. They have performed at many prestigious music festivals throughout the UK and Europe and have been acclaimed by the top music critics.

“We hope all supporters and Friends of the Trust will come and enjoy a top class concert and support our Appeal,” said Martin Favell, Chairman. “It is very generous of Lavenham church to offer their wonderful building for the concert and we are extremely grateful that E-Bound AVX, Ecclesiastical Insurance Group and Secure Response Services are generously sponsoring the event.”

SHCT have already given grants totaling £163,500 to 75 churches since their appeal was launched in September 2015 and these churches and chapels are now not only alarmed but are also fully insured if their lead roofs are targeted by thieves.


If you wish to purchase tickets, please follow this link to TicketSource or, if you prefer, contact Helen Read at SHCT on 01787 883884.  Tickets are also available at the Lavenham Tourist Information Centre, Lady Street, Lavenham.

Faiths, Hope and Love – A Faith Tour to North India in 2017

Golden Temple Amritsar

Our Curate, The Revd. Mark Woodrow writes “India is a country of colour, of spice, of exploration, and of diversity – especially in terms of languages and cultures, but most of all its faiths.

I first travelled to India at the beginning of the millennium, nervous with excitement about travelling into the unknown and unfamiliar. But many years and many trips later it has become a country which I now consider my second home and a place where I have experienced profound moments of faith as I have met with people from a wide range of different faiths, and have worshiped alongside other Christians.


And so following on from a successful pilgrimage to South India in 2015, I invite you to join me in 2017 as we will return to this land of diversity, this time to the North, as we visit the holy sites of the Sikh’s in Amritsar; the home of the Buddhist’s spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama in Dharamshala; to Varanasi and the River Ganges, sacred to Hindu’s and on to New Delhi where we will spend time at the iconic Lotus Temple home to the followers of the Bahaia Faith, before continuing to Old Delhi to visit Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India.

Lotus Temple Delhi 2

In addition to the faith sites, we will also take the opportunity to visit various UNESCO world heritage sites, including The Taj Mahal in Agra, the immense mausoleum of white marble, built by order of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favourite wife, and is considered the jewel of Muslim art in India; we will also visit the Jantar Mantar, in Jaipur an astronomical observation site built in the early 18th century it is the best preserved of India’s historic observatories. It is an expression of the astronomical skills and cosmological concepts of the court of a scholarly prince at the end of the Mughal period.


We will take the time to witness much of the beauty and splendour that North India has to offer, travelling up mountains to Shimla and through the desert region of Rajasthan, and everything in between – using, planes, trains, automobiles, and the ubiquitous auto rickshaws.

Space is strictly limited so early booking is recommended.   I look forward to journeying with you”

For more information please speak to Mark or contact our travel agent Soul of India:

Download a booking form here:   Booking Form