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The Cathedral of the Marshes

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Nice mention of Holy Trinity by India Knight in the Sunday Times Magazine, 27 March 2016

"We were driving back from lunch last weekend when we detoured via Blythburgh church in Suffolk, the ‘Cathedral of the Marshes’, which has an angel roof — 12 insanely beautiful 15th-century wooden angels carved along its ceiling, wings unfurled, gazing down at the congregation (saved, somehow, from Puritan destruction/desecration in 1644, presumably by virtue of their great height). I love these roofs and wanted to show my daughter. It so happened that the choir was rehearsing. We sat, looked up, listened for a while, and then traipsed wordlessly out, dazed and transported. I genuinely can’t think of a comparable experience anywhere outside of a place of worship."

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NEWS FOR APRIL 2016

Annual church meeting
Holy Trinity’s Annual Parochial Church Meeting will take place this year at 9.30am on Sunday 10 April, followed by coffee and simnel cake, before our normal 11am service

Park up
Blythburgh’s church car park is a valuable local amenity, but it has become overgrown and potholed, affecting the space and safety of the facility. This area has been cleared and improved, for the benefit of local residents, and visitors to the church and the area.

Raising the glass
In one of the windows on the south side of the church we have a few remaining pieces of medieval stained glass. On 4 April Holy Well, the stained glass conservation studio in Wells, Somerset, will remove these pieces and carry out conservation work on them together with other medieval glass fragments from the church that they already have in safekeeping. These will then all be placed back in the window together.

We hope that this intricate, but visually delightful exercise will be complete by July this year. It is being undertaken, thanks to the generous legacy of Mr John Lee.

APCM
On Sunday 10 April we will be holding our Annual Vestry Meeting and Parochial Church meeting at 9.30am, before the 11am service. This is an opportunity to have a say in the life of the church and to support your Church Council, so do come along. Coffee and simnel cake will be served between the meeting and the service.

Coffee time
The monthly village café and mini-market, held in the church, restarts on Friday 29 April.

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NEWS FOR FEBRUARY 2016

Quiet time
We had a quieter than normal Christmas, with no Midnight Communion this year, but had good numbers and raised almost £600 from our various services and events. This will be divided between our two Christmas charities: Embrace the Middle East’s appeal for Syrian refugees in Lebanon and Christian Aid’s project with marginalised women in Central America — Reydon’s ongoing charity project. We are grateful for everyone’s generosity.

Profitable questions
We are also delighted to receive funds from the monthly pub quiz at the White Hart in Blythburgh. If you’re looking for a fun night out on the second Tuesday of the month, teams of four compete at £2.50 per head with proceeds being split between the winning tem and Holy Trinity Church. The church benefited by nearly £250 last year, for which we are very grateful.

Post sabbatical
As new year arrived Malcolm Doney, formerly Associate Priest at Blythburgh, returned from a nine-month sabbatical. From now on, while he will hold no formal position, he will be looking after the Eucharistic services at Holy Trinity in the interregnum.

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Welcome to the first of our news pages.

NOVEMBER 2015

Unusually — we think it may be a first — we have a baptism taking place during Choral Evensong in Blythburgh, Sunday 1 November 6pm.

That Sunday also sees the start of a new pattern of services for us. It’s not a major change, only affecting the fourth Sunday of the month, but this is how it works:

1st Sunday: 11am joint service of Holy Communion (Common Worship) at St Andrew’s, Walberswick.

1st Sunday: 6pm Choral Evensong with the Blythburgh Singers at Blythburgh.

2nd Sunday: 11am joint service of Holy Communion (Common Worship) at Blythburgh (with Walberswick).

3rd Sunday: 9.30am Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer) at Blythburgh.

4th  Sunday: 9.30am Morning Prayer at Blythburgh (this used to be BCP Holy Communion).

5th Sunday: Team service, see church notice-board or   www.solebayteamministry.co.uk for venue.

Every Wednesday: 5pm service of Evening Prayer or Compline (Night Prayer) at Blythburgh.

Christmas comes early

We’re hosting, for the second time, the Blythburgh Christmas market on Saturday 28 November, from noon until 4pm. It’s the perfect opportunity for buying Christmas gifts — there’ll be as many as 20 stalls selling crafts, jewellery, cards, and more. Home-made soups and a winter barbecue will warm your body, and the concluding carol singing will warm your soul.