mobile menu button
Home > St Andrew's Parish Church

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

Priest-in-Charge: Revd Val White

Associate Priest: Revd David White

phone: 258149     e-mail address:

Readers: Helen Matter,     Elaine Miller,  Sheila Wright

Elders: Peter Paine,   Janice Shea,   Jean Willoughby  



Services for July 2018  

Every Sunday morning at 9.30am unless otherwise stated


1st – Trinity 5, Holy Communion & prayers for Healing - Revd Val White

8th – Trinity 6, Sea Sunday, Morning Worship –  Revd Barbara Bilston

15th,10am – Trinity 7, Benefice Family Communion at Wickham Skeith -

                                                            Ven John Cox            

22nd - Trinity 8, All-Age service – Sheila Wright    

29th, 10am – Trinity 9, Benefice Family Communion at Bacton


The following announcement was made at the Benefice Service at Wyverstone on June 17th:

At a recent meeting with Bishop Martin it was agreed that Val, together with David, will commence a period of extended leave from the beginning of August prior to Val’s retirement.Their final service in this benefice will be on 29th July, after which both will cease to carry out any duties.  The final service will be a Benefice service, 10am at Bacton and all other services in the benefice that day will be cancelled.

They will continue to live at the Rectory while the path for their future ministry becomes clear.

Advance notice - please note that August services will be Benefice services, one at each church in the Benefice, and all will begin at 10am.  Everyone will be welcome so please support the services and ask for a lift if you need transport. 

We will be pleased to welcome back the Ven John Cox to lead the Benefice service for July which will be here at St Andrew’s.

The Benefice will be bidding a fond farewell and thank you to Revds Jan & Tony Fowler on July 1st.  Jan has taken a number of services at St Andrew’s and elsewhere in the benefice in recent times and her calm and caring presence will be missed.  We wish them both well in their new post on Alderney.

Gift Aid- if you are a tax payer any money you give to the church, whether it is regular or occasional, a small or large amount, can benefit the church even more if you sign a simple form to enable the tax to be claimed back.  This doesn’t cost you, the giver, anything extra.  Our envelope system can be used for regular Sunday collections or more occasional gifts.  You can sign each envelope as you use it or, for more anonymity, sign one of our gift aid forms and then put the number on the form on each envelope you use without any need for a name.  This enables our Treasurer, Philip Cutting, to maintain a traceable record for the tax man but only you and he know the amounts involved. 

It is particularly helpful for maintaining cashflow if you are able to set up a standing order from your bank account so that there is known amount of income into the church account, whether or not you are able to attend the service each week, to help in planning budgets.  It costs at least £200 - £300 a week just to keep the church going in order that we can hold regular services and be available to everyone in the village who wants a baptism, wedding or funeral service.  Gift Aid forms are available from Liz D who will be happy to explain the system in more detail and receive completed forms to pass to Philip.


The Monday Morning Group continues this month, meeting on July 2nd & 16th in the Village Hall.  You will be welcome to join our small group. 



Church Flower & Cleaning Rota


 1st  Mrs J Kemp & Mrs S Merriam


8th &15th  Mrs L Hempstead & Mrs S Hempstead


22nd &29th  Mrs E Davidson & Mrs A Munns






There were two fundraising events in June and they were both on Sunday 10th!

Ritzi Tea 

In the afternoon a suitably genteel Ritzi Tea took place in the village hall with dainty sandwiches and cakes and strawberries and cream with lots of tea and coffee. Louise Reinders deserves a special mention for wo-manning the kitchen all afternoon. Liz Davidson and I were the waitresses and everyone else spent lots of money – thank you to all of you! We raised just over £300, very gently and pleasantly.


The Soiree

in Mel and Tom Rowe’s West barn began at 6pm with a delicious supper and then from 7 to 9pm we were entertained by incredibly talented people on the piano, violin, voice and guitar with beautiful newly written music, songs, poems, my favourite chapter of Laurie Lee’s Cider with Rosie – his grandmother cycling to the shops and some hilarious short stories! We all strolled home in the daylight, feeling quite high, while the team cleared up the barn and the kitchen so all was back to normal on Monday morning. Incredibly £530 was raised that evening for the church project.

We shall give you all a month off in July but on August 22nd another Dessert Evening is planned. These have been very popular – come to the village hall at 7pm and try as many desserts as you can manage! 

There will be plenty of tea, coffee and water, just don’t eat t Hope to see you there!Tickets will be on sale before the event.oo much before you come! Tickets will be on sale before the evening but you can also pay on the door. Just come and enjoy yourself.

29th September – advance notice. Save this date. Jilly Newstead’s daughter, Lottie, has very kindly agreed to arrange a concert for us in the church that evening.

We have an evening of wonderful music planned and look forward to seeing lots of you there. More details to follow.


Thank you so much everyone for all your support. The application for permission to the Diocese for our project is now at the delicate stage of going to The Chancellor so please pray for us, and keep your fingers crossed, too!  We thank all the friends of St Andrews Church for their huge support for the project.

Liz Davidson, Margaret Jones-Evans, Mary Paine, Jean Willoughby – the Fundraising Four. 



The PCC would like to thank Nigel Merriam and those who have helped him to keep the churchyard tidy so far this year while Stuart has been unable to do it. Nigel stepped in as soon as the grass began to grow and it continues to look as good as in previous years.  If there is anyone else willing to give up a little time with a mower or strimmer Nigel would be very pleased to hear from them as more volunteers will mean less time that each spends working.  Volunteers are welcome to claim petrol money, just hand the relevant receipt to Liz Davidson who will see that you are reimbursed. 

It has been suggested that others might be willing to help with maintenance by making donations to the churchyard fund which, as well as repaying petrol costs, also pays for the annual mowing of the conservation areas, which are thriving. The churchyard is rich in wildlife. Suffolk Wildlife Trust carried out a plant survey for us in 1997 to help plan the management of the short and long grass cutting regimes. The plan is still on display in the porch. Donations for the maintenance fund can 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.

Many thanks to all.