Church of England Diocese of St.Edmundsbury & Ipswich Claydon and Barham

About Us

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 the normal service pattern click on Services and Events on the left. For a full list of services this month visit You are particularly advised to visit that website to check on any particular service.

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
Email: [email protected]

For further Information visit the links listed on the right.