6th Jan 2021




           Sept 2020

An important announcement from the diocese...............

The Right Rev'd Martin Seeley, the Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich, would like to advise that as there have been no expressions of interest for the post of Priest in Charge from two rounds of advertising, and following discussion and the agreement of representatives from all the parishes in the benefice, he is delighted to announce the appointment of The Rev'd Eleanor Goodison as SSM interim Priest in Charge in the benefice of Athelington, Denham, Horham, Hoxne, Redlingfield, Syleham and Wingfield. Eleanor has agreed to do this for an initial period of two years. Bishop Martin and Archdeacon Jeanette are very grateful to Eleanor for the support she has given the benefice so far in the vacancy and for stepping into this new role. This opens up new opportunities for the benefice for mission and outreach and together you can look forward to the future with excitement at what God is going to do. Details of the licensing will follow once arrangements have been agreed.

The Bishop would like to thank the parish representatives and all those involved in the vacancy process, and he assures you of his prayers.  Please pray for Eleanor as she prepares for her move into this new role.  

Exciting times!



Since our last report we are very pleased to say that the kitchen or server as some call it, is now up and running thanks to Andrew Castleden who solved the problem of the very heavy lid!  After the harvest lunch, which was a great success, we then had our quiz and we raised just over £600.  Our thanks go to Sharon, Michael and Jenny for arranging the event. 

Our next evet is an evening with Danny Fisher in the church on Friday 21st February.  He provides a program of 50’s and 60’s hits – there will also be cheese and wine after the show.

We are pleased to announce that we have co-opted three new members on to our committee: Debbie and Rob Hooker and Caroline Abbot. We look forward to working with then to raise more for the preservation of our church.

We will continue to hold our monthly coffee mornings and book sale on the third Saturday of the month.  Tea, coffee, cakes and lots of books. 9.45am to 11.15am.

Once again, our thanks to all who support us.

John Brawn, Chairman of the Friends Committee, 01379 668252


The ‘St Edmund Screen’ carved by the renowned Victorian, Harry Hems, is magnificent at the archway in front of the Maynard Memorial.  The screen is carved with intricate details, both within and without, displaying flora, fauna and fabulous beasties, and surmounted with the martyrdom of St Edmund. 

The Portland Stone steps inside the memorial area have also been repaired making them safe to use.


The Mother’s Union

The Hoxne branch of the Mother’s Union meets on the third Monday of the month at 2.30pm at Time House, Low Street, Hoxne.  New Members are always welcome.

See events page for dates

Cathie McGregor, Branch Leader 01379 668434