Church of England Diocese of St.Edmundsbury & Ipswich Glemsford

Facilities and features

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Baby Changing Facilities
Car Park / Parking Available
Accessible Toilet
Ramped entrance
Hearing (induction) Loop
Large Print
Assistance Dogs

Our Building

St Marys Church is Garde 1 listed. Historic England's description of the reasons for listing are as follows:

A fine C14 and C15 flint church with stone dressings. The C14 west tower, in 3 stages, has diagonal buttresses, a castellated parapet and a 3-light Decorated window in the upper stage. The nave arcade and clerestory are C14 and the aisle walls, chapels and the north and south porches are C15 with good flushwork panelling. The aisles and chancel have castellated parapets and the windows have Perpendicular tracery. In 1447 money was left for a south window, in 1454 for a north window and for clerestory windows in 1474-5. The north aisle roof has carved beams and there is a C15 carved font. Graded for its architectural historical and topographical value.

Music and Worship

St Mary's has a ring of 6 bells, the largest or tenor weighing around 14cwt. Practices are on Mondays 8-9pm except for Bank Holidays. Established ringers, learners or the simply curious all welcome. CURRENTLY NO PRACTICES BECAUSE OF THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

Concerts / Live Music

St Mary's has a fine 2 manual Victorian pipe organ made by Forster and Andrews of Hull. Installed in 1877, it has given valiant service with only routine maintenance (and an electric blower added) since. It was granted a Grade ll* Historic Listing by the British Institute of Organ Studies in 2018. We have started raising funds for a full restoration of this splendid instrument - donations welcome!

In our normal pattern of services, currently suspended, the Book of Common Prayer (BCP) Orders of Service are normally followed for the 9a.m. Holy Communion on the first Sunday of the month and for the 10.30am Wednesday Morning Prayer.

Groups, Courses and Activities

Nurture Courses

Messy Church started in Glemsford in 2014, organised jointly with Glemsford Methodists Church. We normally meet every 2 months on a Saturday, 4-6pm in Glemsford Village Hall. We enjoy games and crafts, a celebration with songs and a story and a shared meal to finish with.

Help for Visitors

Guidebooks / Notes

Other Features

The church is committed to using and serving Fairtrade products on its premises where possible, to give a better deal for small producers in developing countries.

St Mary's Church is in the village's conservation area, in a beautiful setting overlooking the Glem Valley.

Back to Church Sunday

For many years the church has had use of a hall in the centre of Glemsford village. Recently renamed the Old School Hall in view of its origins, it is available for bookings for receptions, birthday parties, club meetings and much more. Please message A Church Near You for further information.