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 should be completed by Christmas. The second phase is weather sensitive and will be comleted 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.
The rôle of our local vicar was fulfilled by Rev'd Barrie Slatter until his retirement on 9th February 2014. We wish Barrie and Susan a long and happy retirement.
During the Interregnum all pastoral and administrative enquiries should go to the Benefice Administrator, Ann Boulter (contact details below). It has recently been announced that the Rev. Mandy Reynolds has been appointed as the new Rector for the Alde River Benefice. The Rev. Reynolds is expected to arrive in the Benefice at the end of December and be licensed on Wednesday 14th January. This is excellent news and we look forward to welcoming Rev. Reynolds to Blaxhall.
Our lay elder is Shirley Leeks. Our Churchwardens at Blaxhall are Robin Graham and Sue Cowling.
- Christmas Concert and Blaxhall Tea. A concert of familiar and festive music in the Village Hall, followed by a remarkable Blaxhall Tea 3pm Saturday 6th December 2014. Tickets £5 from Sheila Scopes, tel 01728 688178 or Sue Cowling 01728 689177.
- Community Christmas Carol Service Sunday 21st December, 6.30pm, St Peter's Church. All will be very welcome for this traditional celebration of Christmas. Refreshments will be served in Church after the Service. The collection will be donated to the Children's Society.
- Blaxhall Community Coffee Morning. This monthly event will next be held at 10.30pm on Tuesday 6th January 2015, at Ship Walk House, next to 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.
Upcoming Services and Events 2014
- 7th December, 2nd Sunday of Advent, 9.30am Holy Communion (CW)
- 14th December, 3rd Sunday of Advent, 11.00am Morning Prayer (BCP)
- 21st December, 4th Sunday of Advent, 6.30pm Carol Service
- 24th December, Christmas Eve, 11.30pm Midnight Mass (CW)
- 28th December, 9.30am Morning Prayer (CW)
- Parish Administrator during the Interregnum, 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!)