St Mary’s, Woodbridge launches Building Project Appeal


    On Sunday 30 June, St Mary’s Woodbridge launched the plan to refurbish St Mary’s House and improve facilities for the church.

    The Parish was delighted to welcome back some former clergy members – David Pitcher, Kevan McCormack and Paul Hambling – as well as Mr Michael Booth (former Master of the Abbey School) and Sir Nick Young (former CEO of the British Red Cross), both of whom have agreed to serve as two of the project’s Patrons.

    At a very moving Eucharist, the Rt. Rev Tim Stevens, former Bishop of Dunwich, preached about the need for trust and faith in all communities and, afterwards, fizz and canapés were shared and enjoyed!

    Mindful of the need to preserve a building at the historic heart of Market Hill, and after
    receiving a very generous legacy from Dr James Harper (former Deputy Head of
    Woodbridge School) and other donations, earlier ideas have led to plans for a robust hub
    for St Mary’s House and wider community, well into the future.

    Currently, conversations with grant-giving bodies are in place and there will be a
    Discovery Morning with coffee and cakes from 10am-12noon in the hall at St
    Mary’s House, 11 Market Hill, Woodbridge IP12 4LP on Saturday, 20 July, at
    which all are welcome.

    The church would welcome help from any local person, who may be able to support any
    part of the fundraising process to completion.

    Details and some listed events may be found on the church website and any such offers made via email to [email protected]

    Pictured are Fr Nigel Prior and Bishop Tim Stevens – Photo courtesy of Janice Poulson