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

Easter Flowers April 2017

Our wonderful flower team recruited volunteers (with the promise of coffee and cake)  to decorate our Church with the most splendid flower arrangements for our Easter Services over this special weekend.  Our flower team and seventeen volunteers really showed their skills with the arrangements.  Please see the photos below.  If only we could also transport the scent that filled the Church with these beautiful flowers.


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


Easter Messy Church 2017

Thirty-two children, ten helpers and around twenty parents attended our Easter Messy Church service at the Fairfield Centre on Saturday 8th April.

The children were taught about the events of Holy Week through crafts, story and song.  They decorated hard boiled eggs, made chocolate Easter nests, Holy week calendars, Holy Week mobiles and decorated wooden scenes depicting the Easter story.  They also helped to make paper flowers which will be used to decorate our Easter display board in church.

The children were invited to write prayers to hang on an Easter prayer tree which has now been placed in the children’s corner in church.   Outside in the garden the children helped to construct and paint a cardboard Jerusalem Gate (through which Christ entered into the city on Palm Sunday).  To finish up there was an Easter Egg hunt in the garden with everyone passing through the gate to collect the things they had made to take home.  Revd Mark brought the morning to a close with prayers, a blessing and an invitation to our Easter church services.

The children appeared to thoroughly enjoy the morning and it was impressive to witness how well they listened and engaged with the story and real meaning of Easter – this was clearly evident in all the correct answers Revd Mark received when he quizzed them about what they had heard.

Grateful thanks to all the helpers; without your hard work and support this event wouldn’t be possible.

As Revd Mark observed: “this is not a substitute for church, this is church!”

Children sitting on the floor listening to Revd Mark

children sitting on floor, being addressed by a grown-up

children concentrating on crayoning children and adults at a blue table with paper flowers children doing something fun and messy with chocolate two little girls crayoning at a blue table with grown-ups looking on

children sitting on floor, grown-ups standing, all having some refreshment

children having fun with decorationschildren and grown-ups on the grass outside, doing something creative with a pile of cardboard boxes children adding cardboard boxes to a pile of boxes

Christmas Flowers

Our talented Flower Team has been hard at work this weekend and the church was resplendent on Sunday evening for the Service of Nine Lessons and Carols. The photos below give a taste of just some of the arrangements but if you possibly can, please come and see them for yourself!

Photos: David Briggs

Flowers over West door
Arrangement in West Porch
Flower arrangememt suspended from celiling in Choir
South wall of church, window decorations
Flowers along cabinet in Visitors' Corner
Flowers and candles at the Nativity Window
Flowers at Trinity Chapel altarArrangement on chest at West doorPulpit and manger flowers
Flowers on main altar
Arrangement in front of our noticeboard