Church opens specially to aid needy
The demand on the Storehouse food bank is so high that St Mary's Church at Chilton is opening on extra days this year to collect imperishable food gifts for the needy. The church will be open the weekends of 2nd and 3rd December and 9th and 10th December, as well as on Wednesday 6th December from 10am-3.30pm on all days. During the second weekend gifts can be put under the Christmas tree. On the second Sunday10th December the annual candle-lit Christmas Carol Service at 3pm will be followed by punch and mince pies.
In addition to the traditional spruce hung with baubles and sparkling lights, there will be a second tree on which visitors at can hang memories written on decorative tags. ‘We hope to collect more food gifts this year because with the rising cost of living and the roll out of Universal Credit it looks as if Christmas cheer is going to be in short supply in many more homes,' said David Tibbetts Chaplin who is chairman of the trustees for the retired church.
Events during 2018
Tuesday 27th March at 7pm - Compline (Holy week)
Sunday 13th May at 3pm - Pet Service
Saturday 16th June - Swyft Singers
Sat & Sun 16th / 17th June - Flower Festival
Thursday 21st June at 7pm - Summer Evening Walk for the Longest Day followed by Compline at 8.30pm
Sunday 8th July at 3pm - Holy Communion on St Benedict's day
Sunday 9th September at 3pm - Harvest Festival
Sunday 14th October at 4pm - Taize Service
Sunday 9th December at 3pm - Carol Service
The Trustees of St Mary's are planning to install electricity in the church. We have an acceptable quote and hope that the Churches Conservation Trust, which looks after the building, will approve our plans the reaction so far is favourable. No need to be concerned that St Mary's will lose its unique atmosphere created with candles and lamps as there are no plans to wire the church for lighting. The Trustees intention is to enable greater use of the of the building mainly by heating it, but also to make it possible to illustrate talks with digital images and so that musicians can use electronic instruments and actually see to read their music!
The low-key modernisation we envisage has been made possible by a legacy from Tony Wheeler. He loved St Mary's and although he was a leading elder of the United Reformed Church in Sudbury he often came to our services and on occasions read a lesson. When it came to the day of the Historic Churches Bike Ride, he would walk his way around the local churches and St Mary's was always first on his list. We miss him. His guide to Sudbury street names What's in a Name? was published by the Sudbury Museum Trust just four weeks before he died in 2012. It has been reprinted twice and you might find a copy at the Kestrel bookshop for £5, but very few remain. Valerie Herbert, who has succeeded her husband Veryan as trustee of St Mary's, helped Tony to expand his research and edited the book. Did you know that Aubrey Drive was named after Veryan's father? He lived at Chilton Hall and served on the Suffolk County Council for 22 years.