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The Jackdaws have stolen the limelight!

Jackdaws and Pigeons have been nesting in the Church tower for many years but discreet nesting sites have now been created for our endangered Swifts in the lower louvres on the south side of the belfry. A call system to help attract the birds and a camera have also been installed.

If we are fortunate enough to get Swifts nesting this year, live footage of the nest will be filmed but until then the Jackdaws, who nest on the north side of the tower, will be the stars of the show.

A television has been installed inside the Church at the back of the Nave and upon which you should now be able to see Sooty and Sweep’s three chicks. But don’t delay… they’re growing up quickly!

This facility, sponsored by the Suffolk Secrets/AONB fund, has been installed as part of a town-wide campaign to provide nest sites and boxes for Swifts, organised by Alan and Christine Collett. To find out more about the Aldeburgh’s Amazing Swifts project, do visit their website and if you would like to read all about their rescued Swift, copies of Storm, The story of Aldeburgh’s amazing Swift, are available from the Aldeburgh Book Shop for a small donation.

Also look out for details on their website of the first ever UK Swift Awareness Week which is being held between Saturday 16th & Saturday 23rd June and of a fascinating evening talk about Swifts to be given by Edward Jackson of Save our Suffolk Swifts in the Church Hall on Thursday 5th July.

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‘Spring Watch’ comes to Aldeburgh


Our United Benefice Service

On Thursday 19th April, all four parishes (Aldeburgh, Aldringham, Friston & Knodishall) of the Alde Sandlings Benefice joined together at Aldeburgh Church (St Peter & St Paul) to witness the Institution, Induction, and Installation of The Revd Mark Lowther as Rector of The Alde Sandlings Benefice.  The Service was lead by The Bishop of Dunwich, The Right Reverend Mike Harrison and the Revd Canon Christine Redgrave.  It really was a truly memorable service.

Our Assistant clergy, The Revd Nichola Winter, The Revd Sheila Hart, and The Revd Johanna Mabey were also licensed, along with the Commissioning of Lay Elders, and Baptisms and Confirmations (which included our very own flower team leader Mrs Drusilla Cheesman).

Here are a few photos of the evening.  Click on image to enlarge.


Messy Church at Easter

On the 24th March, our Revd Johanna Mabey led her team of many helpers for the Easter Messy Church morning in The Church Hall.  This was a well attended event with 37 children and 27 adults.  All children and parents had a wonderful time, with making decorations for the church, making Easter nest cakes, and decorating eggs.

Please take a look at some photos from the day, and the children’s corner decoration.  The children made the decorations that were used for the displays.  They also made a wonderful Easter garden.


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Our beautiful Church decorated for Easter

Our flower team, led by Dru, made the most wonderful flower displays for our Church this Easter.  Dru had put a notice in the pew sheets leading up to Easter, to ask people if they would like to remember a loved one by buying a lily stem that would then be used for the Easter decorations.  Dru had an incredible response from this, and many people donated towards the lilies.  A notice was put up showing all the names of the loved ones, that people had bought a lily in their memory.  Here are a couple of photos of the flower displays.

Please see our flower team page  (under Church groups) for more photos.

Our ever dependable amazing team!!

What a week it has been.  The extreme weather conditions have really caused mayhem throughout the country this week.  Many poor people stuck on motorways and trains for hours on end.  Kind, thoughtful members of the public, supplying stranded people with hot beverages and food.  It has been touching to hear the stories on the news, on how kind our nation still can be.

Here in Aldeburgh the theme has pretty much continued.  Our wonderful team here, led by our Rector, Revd Mark Lowther have carried on, serving our community as usual.  No “I can’t get in due to the weather”, for them.   A huge thank you to all of our clergy, our church wardens, parish clerk, and our lay elders, for keeping the services flowing.   Your efforts are much appreciated.

Ken Smith, and Derek Cook (our deputy church wardens)  spent hours clearing the car park of snow, ready for the attendees of a funeral held at Aldeburgh Parish Church.  Jane, our organist,  has been digging her way out of her Road, and moving her car a bit closer day by day, since Thursday so she can get to us for our 10.30am service this week.  Our Revd Nichola Winter (who was snowed in)  made part the way, on foot to take a funeral service.   See photo.


Coffee Concert on 17th March at 11am

Franz Schubert – Winterreise

We will be joined by Rainer Gramer (Baritone) and Christopher Moore (pianist) on Saturday morning the 17th March at 11am. They will be performing the Franz Schubert – Winterreise.
Doors open at 11am for coffee, and the concert will start at 11.30am. Admission free – Retiring collection

Franz Schubert
1797 – 1828


Die Winterreise

1. Gute Nacht 13. Die Post
2. Die Wetterfahne 14. Der greise Kopf
3. Gefrorne Tränen 15. Die Krähe
4. Erstarrung 16. Letzte Hoffnung
5. Der Lindenbaum 17. Im Dorfe
6. Wasserflut 18. Der stürmische Morgen
7. Auf dem Flusse 19. Täuschung
8. Rückblick 20. Der Wegweiser
9. Irrlicht 21. Das Wirtshaus
10. Rast 22. Mut
11. Frühlingstraum 23. Die Nebensonnen
12. Einsamkeit 24. Der Leiermann

Poems by Wilhelm Müller (7 October 1794 – 30 September 1827)

Winterreise (Winter Journey), a song cycle for voice and piano by Franz Schubert, is a setting of 24 poems by Wilhelm Müller. It is the second of Schubert’s two great song cycles on Müller’s poems, the earlier being Die schöne Müllerin.

Rainer Grämer (Bass-Baritone) was born in Kronach, North Bavaria, Germany. Whilst attending university in Erlangen, Germany, he studied with Norma Lerer, Nese Pars, Manfred Capell and Dr. Z. Edmund Toliver. After Rainer moved to London, UK, in 1991 he continued his musical studies with David Mason, Ian Massa-Harris and most recently with Richard Edgar-Wilson. He sang in the extra choir at Bayreuth in the 1980s; he had solo appearances in Aschaffenburg, Schweinfurt, Forchheim, Erlangen, Nürnberg and Haßfurt while he lived in Germany. In the 80s and 90s he attended several master classes under Hanno Blaschke. Rainer was a member of the church choir of St. Peter’s, Streatham from 2010 until 2014 when he moved to Norfolk. In 1992 Rainer appeared on BBC Radio with the Gabrieli Consort under the direction of Paul McCreesh. While living in London Rainer sang with the Philharmonia Chorus, and was a member of the BBC Symphony Chorus, the New London Singers, OSJ Voices and the London Philharmonic Chorus. In October 2008 he sang in Coburg Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and in December 2009 he sang in his birth town Haydn’s Creation. In October 2013 he sang in Kronach and Coburg in Bruckner’s Te Deum and Mozart’s Coronation Mass. In April 2014 he sang Jesus in St. Matthew passion in London under Philip Collin. On Good Friday in the following years he sang Jesus in Telemann’s St. John Passion, St. Matthew Passion, Brokes Passion by Händel and Stölzel in Kronach. This year he will sing Jesus in Bach’s St. John’s Passion in Kronach.

Christopher Moore was educated in Hertfordshire and at Durham University. He worked in schools and churches in Dorset, London and Sussex before moving to Cambridge in 1986 to take up the post of Director of Music at Great St Mary’s, later moving to the Church of Our Lady and the English Martyrs. In 1998 he moved to Sudbury, Suffolk, and then in 2002 to London where he was Acting Organist to the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn. In 2004 he moved to South Africa to be Director of Music at the Cathedral of St Michael and St George, Grahamstown, but returned to the UK in 2006, resuming a freelance career. For thirty years he was an examiner for the ABRSM. Christopher now lives in Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk and is busy as pianist, organist, harpsichordist, accompanist and teacher as well as being involved in many aspects of musical life both locally and further afield. He is Choir Director at St Mary’s church and pianist of the Sokolowski Trio and the Linnet Ensemble, both based in Bury St Edmunds.

Knitivity visitors join us

We have been joined by a life sized “Knitivity” group in the visitors corner (at the back of Church) throughout Advent and Christmas. The knit and natter group (under Rita Fryer’s leadership) have really done the most amazing job in creating them.  We are so grateful they have given us the opportunity to display them in Aldeburgh Parish Church,  and for allowing any funds raised from their display to go to the church.

Take a look at this link for the EADT article published on Friday 8th December

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Here are the knit and natter group, carpenter Adam MacIntyre, and of course our Rector, Reverend Mark Lowther. 

First Steps at Aldeburgh Parish Church

Every last Wednesday of the month Reverend Johanna Mabey leads the First Steps group for small Children.  Recently they have decorated the Children’s corner with poppies to teach the children about Remembrance Sunday.  

They have also had great fun in making bay Christingles with clementines and birthday candles.  

Please do contact us via the contact page, if you would like to join us in this group with your child. You are most welcome.

Christingle magic

The team are pulled in to make The Christingles – Thank you all.

Aldeburgh Parish Church at Christmas, with Classical Chart Topper Christina Johnston

We are delighted to welcome Soprano Christina Johnston back to Aldeburgh Parish Church, on December 23rd at 4pm, with guest pianist Roger Seville.  

It will be a wonderful concert full of Christmas music, with Mince Pies and refreshments served during the interval.  Just the way to spend your Saturday afternoon before Christmas to get you in the festive season celebrations mood. 

You can also buy Christina’s Albums Blessing, and her latest released Christmas Album, which includes “In the bleak midwinter” written by the other very talented Sheeran brother, Matthew Sheeran.

Book in advance to avoid disappointment.  Or please come along on the day.