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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.


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.


Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Centenary Celebrations

On the 8th October 2017, we held a very special Service remembering Elizabeth Garrett Anderson.

Elizabeth Garrett Anderson was brought up in Aldeburgh from the age of 5.  After her remarkable life as the first British woman to qualify as a doctor and a physician she retired here too, spending the last 15 years of her life living close to the church which she attended regularly.  She also, of course, became the pioneering mayor of Aldeburgh – the first female mayor in the country.

The Trinity Chapel of our Parish Church already contains memorials to several of the Garrett family including Elizabeth’s father Newson, his wife Louisa and their son Edmund.  Many people have been surprised that there is no permanent memorial to Elizabeth and we are very pleased that the omission was rectified during this service.  Intriguingly, the East window of the Trinity Chapel features images of only female saints.  There seems no more appropriate location for a lasting memorial to a very remarkable lady – a true ‘woman of purpose’.

The unveiling of the plaque by Marian Barnes, our guest preacher.



Harvest Festival at Aldeburgh Parish Church

Our flower team, again showed their talents and skills in decorating our Church for Sunday’s Harvest Festival Thanksgiving Service.   All our visitors throughout the day commented on how wonderful the Church looked.  Thank you so much to everyone that contributed into supplying the produce/flowers and to the creativity shown for this special celebration.

Please take a look at the photos – Supplied by David Briggs.

For more photos, please click here to view our Flower Team page



Christina Johnston on tour in our Church

On Saturday 23rd September we were so lucky to be included in soprano Christina Johnston’s debut album tour ‘The Miracle of the voice’.

Christina and her pianist Inga Goldsmith really put on a performance to remember.  Christina looked beautiful in her amazing dresses, and a voice to match.  We had two instrumental pieces of music from Inga, which totally silenced the audience.  You could hear a pin drop.

Our Revd Mark Lowther introduced selected songs during the evening, and gave details of the story behind each song.  Christina signed copies of her album ‘Blessing” after the performance, and spent time chatting to her fans.

We highly recommend you going to see Christina during her tour.  A real talent.  All in all a wonderful evening enjoyed by all.  Thank you Christina for including us.  We hope to see you again soon.


Aldeburgh Carnival 75th Anniversary

This year’s Carnival theme was “Aldeburgh” for the 75th Anniversary.   So we just had to join in with the carnival fun, with Aldeburgh Parish Church being a large part of the Aldeburgh community.   Revd Jo Mabey took on the challenge of organising the Church float, and gathered many helpers that all contributed their time and skills to make a memorable Carnival.   Their efforts really did pay off.  Well done everyone!

We also held a Carnival Songs of Praise Service on Sunday 20th August by The Moot Hall.  This was a well attended Service.  Revd Mark Lowther took the Service along with Pastor Terry Smith and Revd Sheila Hart.  Some old friends of the Church told wonderful and amusing stories of carnivals gone past. We were also joined by the Mayor of Aldeburgh Councellor Jocelyn Bond, and The Carnival Queen of 2017 Shannon Strowger.

Please take a look at some photos taken over the weekend.

Revd Mark Lowther chats to Derek Cook.  Derek has been on the carnival committee for many years along with Catherine.


Mayor of Aldeburgh – Councellor Jocelyn Bond

Revd Sheila Hart

Revd Jo Mabey talks to Revd Mark Lowther about juggling her new role in wearing “the collar” and running her and her husbands restaurant.

The lovely Roderick Linsell tells us about his days in helping with the carnival.  Involved a lot of home made wine!!!  Say no more………


Pam Studd talks about her years in the Carnivals gone past, looking after the Carnival Queen.

This years Carnival Queen Shannon Strowger.  Both her parents are well known to the carnival.  Her father Vernon, was Mr Neptune in 2007, and her mother Beverly was Carnival Queen in 1981.

The amazing Salvation Army let Mark and Jocelyn loose on their instruments.  Our heartfelt thanks to The Salvation Army.  You just can’t beat a brass band.

Amazing Aldeburgh, AMAZING GRACE.  Here is our float.  We were joined by our retired clergy, Canon John Giles, and Canon Arthur Phelps and Canon John Tipping.   Revd Mark Lowther, and Revd Sheila Hart, performed different representations of services and ceremonies.  More tea vicar!


Not an easy task, getting that trailer around bends and up the hill past the church.


Here you can see the choir, and the youth club, and Anne Browning who organises our team of tip top cleaners that keep our church spick and span

Revd Mark Lowther and our wedding couple

These photos were kindly passed onto us by Jenny Digby, who had prime location on the steps of The Moot Hall to take the most amazing photos.  Thanks Jenny.  Are you availble for weddings?


AND………..  We won third prize


Aldeburgh Parish Church – Friday Markets

Today (4th August) at 10.00am Revd Mark Lowther kicked off the start of our Friday Markets, by announcing “doors open”. Our wonderful team have been working so hard all week setting up The Church Hall with stalls bursting with goods to sell. We had a cake stall with mouth watering temptations from our bakers, that even made Mary Berry look like a beginner. Toys, games, books, plants, veg, china, and clothes. The list goes on. And of course the most IMPORTANT job of all, the tea and coffee hatch, that supplied refreshments to our many visitors.

Whether you fancy browsing for a bargain, or a nice slice of cake for that afternoon cuppa, or just for a natter and a cup of tea, do come along. The Markets are being held every Friday from 10am – 12 noon throughout August.



Congratulations Revd Jo Mabey

On Saturday 24th June we all met in The Church Car Park to to make our way by coach, to the spectacular Bury St Edmunds Cathedral, to attend a very special Service. It was the day that our very own Jo Mabey was ordained to Deacon.  We were all honourned to be able to join Jo and her family for this Service. On our return Jo kindly supplied fizz and cake so we could all celebrate her big day. We are all so very proud to have Jo as a member of our Clergy Team.  She offers us a great deal, and we will all benefit from Jo’s special gifts enormously.  Congratulations Revd Jo Mabey………

Here are some photos taken on the day

With Kind Permission from Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich

Jo and her Husband Rob

Jo and her lovely family – very proud of Mum