Church of England Diocese of Ely Fen Ditton

About Us

St Mary the Virgin, Fen Ditton (registered charity no. 1190028) is a village church near the banks of the River Cam just outside Cambridge in the diocese of Ely. It is joined with the neighbouring village parishes of St Peter's, Horningsea and All Saints', Teversham. The parish currently has no Priest-in-Charge, but our wonderful clergy team of the Rev Pam Thorn and the Rev Prof Ben Quash are steering the ship while we await a new appointment.

The parish of St Mary the Virgin Fen Ditton covers not only the village itself, but also a significant portion of the adjacent outskirts of the City of Cambridge, including Fison Road, Thorpe Way, Jack Warren Green, Howard Road, Dudley Road, Ditton Walk and associated streets (see map on the "Find Us" tab).

Our church has a strong connection with the river, as a landmark for walkers on the tow path and Fen Ditton meadows and for rowers on the Cam. Our weather vane and riverside scene depicted in the West Window celebrate the Cam's rowing heritage.

If you would like to discuss the possibility of getting married or having a thanksgiving or baptism for your child at our beautiful church, please contact us on the church email address via the "Get in touch" tab.

- If you are interested in baptism etc, check out this very useful website which will give you answers to lots of questions you may have: https://churchofenglandchristenings.org/ 

- For wedding inquiries, if you do not live in the parishes of Fen Ditton or Holy Cross then before you contact us please check first whether you are qualified to marry in our church by seeing whether any of the "qualifying connections" listed on this website applies to one of you: https://www.yourchurchwedding.org/article/finding-a-church/   You can check which parish you live in by searching under your address in the search box on the A Church Near You site.

All are welcome to join our services, whether you live in the parish, are visiting the area or just passing by as you walk along the river. Details of our services are listed on the "Services and Events" tab. We shall be resuming church services from September, with a monthly service at Fen Ditton on the 1st Sunday of each month at 10.30am.

We have to close our children's area in church for the time being, as a result of Covid19 safety requirements, so families should feel free to bring their own entertainment to church with them! There is lots of space in church for pushchairs and buggies. Level wheelchair/pushchair access to the church is via the gate beyond the main (stepped) churchyard entrance on Church St and there is then only a low step/sill down into the church itself. Communion can be brought to you in your pew or wheelchair if you are unable to walk to the altar.

Our Sunday Club, designed mainly for primary school aged children, generally meets in the Church Hall (located just around the corner from the church) on the 1st Sunday every month (except August) from 10-11.30am, joining the end of the morning service. It is run by DBS-checked volunteers from the church and aims to give children a broad experience of the Christian faith. You can contact the club leaders via [email protected]   We are currently reviewing our plans to resume activities in light of Covid19.

Owing to the coronavirus restrictions on bellringing, the open Monday night practices are suspended until further notice - we shall update the calendar as soon as they are reinstated. You can also contact the belltower team in the meantime via [email protected]

The three parishes - Fen Ditton, Horningsea and Teversham - publish a magazine, "New Life", with church and other community news. If you would like to subscribe (for just £4 for the 10 issues each year!), please contact us on the church email address, below. The Editor welcomes the submission of articles to be published in New Life - please send them to the editor at [email protected] by the 15th of each month.

If you are interested in taking an active part in church life, whether as a member of the bellringing team, flower arranger, reader, server, Sunday Club assistant or otherwise, please contact us.

Fen Ditton Church Community Hall may be booked by contacting: [email protected]

And lastly, you can help us raise funds at no cost to yourself while you do your internet shopping by joining our "easyfundraising" group: see http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/stmarythevirginfenditton

We look forward to seeing you at St Mary the Virgin, Fen Ditton!