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St Andrew's Parish Church


St. Andrew’s Parish Church is the Church of England place of worship in the ecclesiastical parish of Wickham Skeith; it is part of a group of churches known as the "Bacton Benefice" which includes Bacton, Cotton, Wyverstone, Wickham Skeith, Old Newton and a chapel at Gipping.

All contact details and further information about services in St Andrew’s and other churches in the Bacton Benefice can be found on their web-site

Rural Dean: Rev Canon Diane Williams 720316, mobile 07714016554

Readers: Helen Matter  780379,   Elaine Miller  770337,  Sheila Wright  766392

Elders: Peter Paine  767897,  Janice Shea 781263,  Jean Willoughby  766621


Services for August 2019      

Benefice service every Sunday morning in August at 10am


4th– Trinity 7, Benefice Family Communion at Old Newton – Rev Canon Barbara Bilston

        3pm – Evening Prayer at Gipping

        6.30pm – Praise in the Community at Wyverstone

11th - Trinity 8, Benefice Family Communion with the Methodists at Cotton

                                                                                               Ven John Cox, preacher Rita Carr

        6.30pm – Reflective service at Bacton

18th - Trinity 9, Benefice Family Communion at Wickham Skeith - Ven John Cox

        6.30pm - Reflective service at Bacton

26th - Trinity 10,BeneficeFamily Communion at Wyverstone - Rev Adrian Copping  

        6.30pm - Reflective service at Bacton

Sept 1st, 9.30am – Trinity 11, Holy Communion & Healing - Rev Canon Barbara Bilston


Please note that as in the last few years, all August services will be Benefice services and all will begin at 10am.  Everyone will be welcome so please support the services and ask for a lift if you need transport.  Services go back to the normal pattern from 1st September.

Thank you to everyone who turned out to clean the church after the builders had finished – many hands made light work!

Our Monday Morning Group will take a break during August as with holidays and other commitments numbers will be very low.  We will begin our normal pattern of 1st & 3rd Mondays again in September. 

We have a beautiful churchyard but it is expensive to maintain.  The PCC are always grateful for help towards churchyard maintenance in the form of donations to the churchyard fund which, as well as the regular mowing, also pays for the annual mowing of the conservation areas, which are thriving.  Donations for this purpose can also be given to Liz, either cash in an envelope marked 'Churchyard Fund' or a cheque made payable to 'Wickham Skeith Church Fund' marked 'Churchyard Fund' on the back.  Thank you to those who do contribute.


Flower & Cleaning Rota

 4th  & 11th  Miss M Jones-Evans & Mrs J Keable

18th &25th  Mr& Mrs I Hempstead

Sept1st &8th  Mr& Mrs P Paine



The PCC was glad to receive the church building back from the builders on Thursday 18th July! A snagging list was drawn up and two men returned quickly to fix most of those little problems. For the next six months as we use the church we shall draw up a final list, holding back a small percentage of the cost until, in six months’ time, the project will be complete. 

The Fundraising group will take a few months to gather their thoughts and then will launch events again to raise funds for new heating and sound systems in church, which both collapsed as the project began. The electrician found that some of our power sources were wrongly wired to the lighting system too so they have been switched off until we can afford remedial action!

In the meantime if you have a moment do visit the church to see the changes – a totally re-built gallery, water supply, cess pit, accessible loo, servery, sink for flower arrangers and lots more power sockets, lights for the bell-ringers etc. Thank you everyone for your support and encouragement – none of this would have happened without you - the people in this village and your friends.

With thanks from St Andrew’s Church PCC.


Suffolk Churches Ride & Stride – Sat 14 Sep

Suffolk Historic Churches Trust has been organising this event since 1982.Hundreds of churches will be open on the day between 9am & 5pm & you can get sponsored to visit as many or as few as you feel able, by cycle or on foot. Of the money raised, 50% goes to the SHCT & 50% to your nominated church. I have done the ride for most years since 1987 & it’s a great way to see churches in Suffolk & Norfolk.

For sponsorship forms & further information see Pete Davidson.


If there is anyone willing to sit in church for an hour on Saturday 14th September during the SHTC Cycle Ride to welcome and sign in any cyclists and offer them refreshment please contact Liz D, Margaret J-E or Mary Paine.