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Spring Field Day Reminder – Saturday 12th May 2018


Spring Field Day Reminder

Saturday 12th May 2018

Darsham – Blythburgh – Southwold

Please bring your own picnic lunch

10.30 Meet at Darsham, All Saints – Coffee followed by tour of the Church

12 Noon Holy Trinity Blythburgh – Talk by Dr Alan Mackley on The Restoration of Blythburgh 1181-1906; followed by our picnic lunches, tea and coffee will be available.

14.15 Southwold, St. Edmund (parking has been arranged in the adjacent school playground). Guided tour of the church plus tea and coffee.

All three churches have a WC

The charge is £12 per head and includes a donation for the parking

To reserve your place please download this booking form and send with your cheque to the SHCT Office

A celebration of spring: Sunday 29th April 4pm at Badley church

As Yalda Davis continues her odyssey round Suffolk she has furnished us with a further update.

Dear friends,
I would like to invite you to an afternoon concert at Badley church (near Stowmarket and Needham Market) on Sunday 29th April at 4pm. I will play 2 Bach cello suites, No. 5 in C minor and No. 3 in C major.

Entry is free (donations to the Churches Conservation Trust). Refreshments will be provided.

For anyone who doesn’t know Badley church… it is quite something – the music is just an excuse! If you are able, I would thoroughly recommend a spring walk from Badley (to the east) or Little London or Moats Tye (to the west), both are about a mile’s walk. If you wish to drive, the church can be accessed only from the B1113 (the Stowmarket-Needham Market road): a track leads across the fields, also about a mile, and there is plenty of space to park outside the church.

To read Yalda’s account of Badley church and to see photos, in case your appetite needs whetting click here

For information about future concerts by Yalda please click here

Winter Study Day – Saturday 10th February 2018

Winter Study Day – Saturday 10th February 2018


Thanks to the generosity of Robert Williams and his family we are delighted to invite you to the annual study day.

The programme will be both interesting and thought provoking. Mark Mitchels, the well known local historian and author will speak in the morning on Parson Woodforde, and in the afternoon Tony Redman, chartered building surveyor  and Anglican priest, will surprise us!

As usual, the venue will be The Barn at Haughley Park, near Stowmarket. The day will start at 10:30 with coffee. There will be a hot lunch (including a pudding with custard), followed by the afternoon session which will end about 3:00pm. The cost per person is £12. Bookings should be made via the SHCT office in Long Melford.

Ride and Stride 2017 – Update


The results of our bike ride this year show a total of over £140,000 was raised, with more still to come. This is the best year we have had since 2014, and a marvelous outcome for all those who visited churches and chapels on foot or bicycle on that September Saturday.

Many thanks to all who supported this event by manning the churches and so generously sponsoring the participants. Our ancient places of worship need constand work to the fabric to keep them sound and watertight, and the shocking thefts of lead fom the roofs continue to be a cuase for concern.

Whether churchgoers or not, people in Suffolk love and value their heritage of medieval buildings which provide a focal point for so many communities. Support the ride and join us next year. More information can be found here.

Patrick Grieve
Ride and Stride Chairman

Yalda Davis Update


As you may remember earlier in the year we reported that Cellist Yalda Davis is endeavouring to play her cello in 439 Medieval country churches across Suffolk to raise funds for the SHCT alongside the Churches Conservation Trust and the Suffolk Wildlife Trust. Well her journey continues this Winter with this trio of concerts:

Sunday 5th November, 3.30pm. Bradfield St Clare church.
Informal afternoon concert (30 mins); Bach cello suite in C minor. Free entry, donations to church funds.

Sunday 5th November, 6pm. Liston church (near Long Melford).
Performance of Bach cello suite in C minor during Compline. Free entry.

Sunday 17th December, 2.45pm. Hitcham church.
Performance of Handel Trio Sonata for 2 cellos and keyboard before the carol service (3pm). With Will Bass (cello) and John Wilkin (piano).

This video gives a flavour of what to expect:


If you would like Yalda to play in your church you can contact her here

Darwin’s Hitcham Friends


History, Architecture and other Fascinating Facts

by Edward Martin

Demonstration & Have a go at Hand Bell Ringing
led by Dave Ward, Rattlesden Tower Captain

Sat 18th November
at 7pm
in Hitcham Church

To launch the Tower Project including the restoration of the bells

Entry is free but donations to the Tower Project would be appreciated

For more information & to help with the organisation including an  interval drink please telephone 01449 741265 with numbers attending.
Organised by


Suffolk Cello Church Tour

We are excited to read in the East Anglian Daily Times that Cellist Yalda Davis is endeavouring to play her cello in 439 Medieval country churches across Suffolk to raise funds for the SHCT alongside the Churches Conservation Trust and the Suffolk Wildlife Trust. You can read the full EADT article here. 

You can also keep up to date with Yalda’s progress here.