Barham, St Mary & St Peter, Barham

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This is the Parish Church of Claydon and Barham and is world famous as the home of one of Henry Moore's sculptures of the Madonna and Child. This life size sculpture is a war memorial for the men of Claydon who fell in the 2nd World War. The Church is one of the three Churches in the Claydon Group covering Claydon, Barham, Gt Blakenham and Henley.

The villages of Claydon and Barham are separate civil parishes but became United Benefice 1974. St Peter's in Claydon was closed for regular public worship in 1975 and St Mary's became the Parish Church of Claydon & Barham. In 1977 the Church in Claydon was declared redundant and St Mary's became the Church of St Mary and St Peter. St Peter's Claydon is now maintained by the Churches Conservation Trust.

The Church today is an active Church with an Electoral Roll in the region of 120 and the main Sunday service usually has an attendance of over 60. We have an enthusiastic choir who lead the musical side of the worship at every 10am Sunday service. We actively encourage children and young people with groups targetted at their needs.

Everyone, whatever their age, is most welcome at Claydon and Barham Church. For a full list of services this month visit

We have ample car parking and attached to the Church is a modern hall which is available for hire during the week.

Rev'd Carl Melville  was licensed  as the new Priest-in-Charge for ourselves and the adjoining parishes of Gt Blakenham and Henley on 9th October 2016. He leads a ministry team of 2 non-stipendiary women priests Rev'd Jenny Ablett (Claydon & Barham) and Rev'd Cathy Austin (Henley) and two  readers Liz Stone and Chris Farley. We also enjoy the services of two retired priests Rev'd Bernie Rose and Rev'd Bruce Wakling. .

The Church building is well maintained with finances from grants, legacies, donations and 3 major fundraising events each year. Our policy is that finance for the mission of the Church should be provided by those who actively support this work but we seek support for maintaining the heritage in the building from the wider population. We believe that fundraising events have an important role to play in the social life of the Church and are also an important outreach to the wider community and above all they should be fun.


The Revd Carl Melville
The Rectory, 7 Back Lane, Claydon, IP6 0EB
Tel: 01473 833542
Mob: 07554 014695

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Rev Carl Melville
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Roger Colthorpe
5 Phillipps Road
01473 833542 (Rev Carl Melville, Priest-in-Charge) or (01473) 830205 (Rev Jenny Ablett - Self Supporting Minister)

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Said Holy Communion
A quiet act of worship held every Sunday with Book of Common Worship. A time for quiet reflection - no hymns. Sung communion is held at 10am most Sundays. Worth checking with "what's on" as this service is not held on any fifth sunday
Every first second third and fourth Sunday at 8:00 AM for 50 minutes
Common Worship
First Sunday Communion
Communion Service to Book of Common Worship format with a theme addressing issues of concern today. Designed to appeal to both the regular worshipper and those not so familiar with the Communion Service. Full Choir.
Every first Sunday at 10:00 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Creche Refreshments Common Worship
Second & Fourth Parish Communion
Communion service in book of Common Worship format with Gloria and some responses sung. Full Choir
Every second and fourth Sunday at 10:00 AM for 1 hour and 10 minutes.
Refreshments Common Worship
Third Sunday Community Worship
An informal service for all ages with full choir. Often led by Church or Community groups. Suitable for all ages and Church experience (or none)
Every third Sunday at 10:00 AM for 55 minutes
Family Friendly Creche Refreshments
Fifth Sunday Family Communion
An easy to follow communion service for all the family on the 5th Sunday when this occurs. Full choir. PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS SERVICE IS A JOINT SERVICE AND MOVES ROUND THE THIS CHURCH, HENLEY AND GT BLAKENHAM. THIS IS THE ONLY SERVICE ON 5TH SUNDAYS
when it occurs
Every fifth Sunday at 10:00 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Refreshments


A monthly mid-week service in the Village Hall for carers of young children
Once a Month (See Diary)
Every Thursday at 10:00 AM
Family Friendly Creche Refreshments



Wheelchair accessible toilets

Public telephone accessible to wheelchair users

Designated wider space(s) for people with a disabled parking badge

(Hymn Books / Orders of Service etc.)

Assistance dogs (eg guide dogs, hearing dogs, dogs for the disabled) welcome

Stained Glass Wall Paintings

Hall for Hire
Other information
A Church Near You ID (venue number): 2007
Built: 1200
Architect: Shawn Kholucy
Style of worship: Central
Our Patron: Mrs M Rusinow and GR Drury (RIP 11.8.91)
Archdeaconry: IPSWICH (331)
Deanery: BOSMERE (33101)
Benefice: Claydon and Barham (33/061 P)
Parish Legal Name: Claydon and Barham (330005 )
CofE Church Info: (633005 33/5)
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The current editor is: Roger Colthorpe

This page was last updated on Friday 31st March 2017
Barham, St Mary & St Peter : Church Lane, Barham, Suffolk, IP6 0PT - Vehicle access via Bridle Way

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