St. Peter's Church, Blaxhall, built in the 14th century, is set within a hedged graveyard. It is a warm and welcoming village church, with the touch of local hands through the ages very much in evidence.
St. Peter's is now in need of some repairs to the exterior fabric. Details are available on display boards in the Church porch. The Parochial Church Council (PCC) has been fundraising so as to be able to undertake these repairs as soon as possible. As a result of some grants and many generous donations, the PCC now has sufficient funds to undertake the repairs as soon as the final permissions for the work become available. The work started in October 2014 and the first phase was completed by Christmas. The second phase is weather sensitive and will be completed in April 2015. The PCC wishes to express its very sincere gratitude to all those individuals and organisations whose generous contributions are making it possible to undertake these repairs.
From the beginning of 2015 we have been delighted to welcome the Rev Mandy Reynolds as the new Rector for the Alde River Benefice. We look forward to the future with her at the helm. Mandy's contact details are listed below.
All administrative enquiries should go to the Benefice Administrator, Ann Boulter (contact details below).
Our lay elder is Shirley Leeks. Our Churchwardens at Blaxhall are Robin Graham and Sue Cowling.
- St Peter's Annual General Meeting The annual public meeting of the Parochial Church Council, to receive the Annual Report and Financial Statement for 2014, election of Churchwardens, members of PCC, etc., will be held on Monday 23rd March at 7.30pm in the Church.
- Blaxhall Community Coffee Morning. This monthly event will next be held at 10.30pm on Tuesday 7th April 2015, in the YHA Hostel, Blaxhall. All are welcome, whether Blaxhall residents or visitors. There is no charge but voluntary donations to the YHA Charity, which provides holidays for disadvantaged young people, are welcome.
- Spring Concert and Blaxhall Tea. A concert of First World War music, including a 'sing-along' to some popular tunes of the time, will be provided by 'Windblown' in the Village Hall, followed by a remarkable Blaxhall Tea 3pm Saturday 11th April 2015. Tickets £5 from Sheila Scopes, tel 01728 688178 or Sue Cowling 01728 689177.
- Blaxhall Festival The annual Flower Festival and Art Exhibition will be held on the weekend of 27th-28th June with the St Peter's Patronal Festival service on the 28th.
Upcoming Services and Events 2015
- 1st March, 2nd Sunday of Lent, 9.30am Holy Communion (CW)
- 8th March, 3rd Sunday of Lent, 11.00am Morning Prayer (BCP)
- 15th March, Mothering Sunday, 11.00am Family Service
- 22nd March, 4th Sunday of Lent, 9.30am Morning Prayer (CW)
- 29th March, Palm Sunday, 10.00am Benefice Holy Communion (CW), Benhall Green
- 29th March, Choral Evensong with the Alde River Singers, Sir John Stainer's Crucifixion, 6.30pm Snape Church
- 3rd April, Good Friday, 6.30pm Cross of Christ
- 5th April, Easter Sunday, 9.30am Holy Communion (CW)
- Rector, Rev. Mandy Reynolds, 01728 602846
- Benefice Administrator, Ann Boulter, 01728 603180
- Robin Graham (Church Warden) 01728 602039
- Sue Cowling (Church Warden) 01728 689177
- Mike Cowling (Secy. Parochial Church Council) 01728 689177
Ebb and Flow
- Ebb and Flow is the (free) monthly newsletter of the River Alde Benefice, including Blaxhall. A copy of Ebb and Flow is delivered to every household in Blaxhall and spare copies are usually available in the Church porch.
- The electronic version may be found at www.ebbnflow.org.uk
- Anyone wishing to place a notice or advert in Ebb and Flow please email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone Mike Cowling, 01728 689177
During Christmas 2003 (and over subsequent years) Philip Dunnett had the great idea of floodlighting the church, which made St Peter’s look comforting enough for me to creep around the graveyard in the dead of night taking photographs! Please click on the image for a high resolution version.
Simon Knott has included St Peter's on his Suffolk Churches website, and our place of worship also features on the Open Churches Trust site. Various facts, figures, dates, and old photos of the church can be found on our history pages and pictures taken from the tower can be found in the photograph section of the site
The greetings cards shown below are available for sale inside the church, with proceeds going towards church funds (no high-res versions of these - if you want one you’ll have to buy it!)