St Mary's Feltwell
St Mary's church is located in the heart of the village of Feltwell on Bell Street, near to the Londis and Newsagents and around the corner from the Post Office.
St Mary's Church
Longitude 52°29'15.2"N Latitude 0°31'28.6"E
St Mary's is open daily from about 9am to 6pm.
On Monday and Friday afternoons from 1pm – 3pm and Tuesday mornings from 9am – 1pm the kettle is always on and you will receive a warm welcome.
Sunday's at 11am we usually celebrate the Eucharist together. There is morning and evening prayer every week day and on Wednesday mornings we also have Holy Communion. See our worship section for further details.
Worship: Services are taken from the Church of England's Common Worship. On Sunday's we usually celebrate the Eucharist together. Hymns are usually accompanied by the organ and the Addington Setting is used to sing the Gloria, Santcus & Benedictus and Agnus Dei. The Eucharistic prayer is usually said, rather than sung. Churchmanship is central to modern catholic with the Priests wearing Eucharistic vestments. The congregation, though small, shares warm and supportive fellowship and there is sometimes tea and coffee after the services to give people an opportunity to chat and catch up.
Music: For special occasions a small, but enthusiastic, choir help to help lead worship which is co-ordinated by Sue Garland. If you're interesting in getting involved or of promoting music at St Mary's please talk to Sue.
Bells: There is a peal of four bells, which are chimed when manpower allows and can be requested for special events such as weddings or funerals. The tower is not strong enough to support the movement of bells hung for traditional British change ringing, thus the bells may only be chimed in the fashion found across mainland Europe.
The Aisle Project: The Aisle Project is working towards creating a new community space in the heart of the village. For more information about the Aisle Project please go to our dedicated page. You can find out about what events are happening in The Aisle through our What's On section. The Aisle also has a dedicated Facebook page with updates about what is on and progress with the development. Follow us here.
Community Information Point (CIP): Is a rural venue where members of the community can access a wide range of Council Services via the internet. We host a CIP in The Aisle at St Mary's Church. It is free to use and our volunteers will help you if you are not used to using computers. Find out more, including opening times, here.
History: St Mary's is a large church dating from the 13th Century, with an area to the right of the south door thought to be of Norman origin. It was one of the original Norfolk narrow churches until the addition of the north aisle in 1862. There are original Tudor pews of some renown, one featuring the 14th century English mystic, Julian of Norwich. The Victorian stained glass windows are also of great interest: made by Dideron and Ouidenot of Paris. They were installed in the 19th Century and exhibited at the Paris Exhibition in 1851.
Fabric: The church is a Grade 1 listed building and on the last quinquennial inspection in October 2003, varied problems were highlighted, not least of which was the nave roof, which required major repair work to the tune of approximately £190,000. Generous grants were received from English Heritage, the Norfolk Churches Trust and other bodies to enable the work to proceed. This funding was supplemented by generous donations and enthusiastic fundraising by the Friends of St Mary’s and the PCC. In 2011, after the last bitter winter which saw temperature plummet in St Mary’s down to -17, the electrical capacity of the building has been upgraded to enable more effective heating this winter, while long term sustainable energy sources are being considered in conjunction with the Aisle Project.
Churchyards: St Mary’s Churchyard is full for burials. The Churchyard at the redundant Church of St Nicholas’ is still open for burials and therefore St Mary’s PCC has the maintenance of two churchyards to organise and fund. The grass around St Mary’s is cut by a band of volunteers and contractors cut the grass at St Nicholas’.
St Nicholas’ Church: St Nicholas is a ‘round tower’ church [minus the tower which collapsed in the 19th Century], now redundant on the edge of the village. It is maintained by the Churches Conservation Trust. The Feltwell Archaeological and Historical Society organize an annual carol service in St Nicholas each Christmas which is very popular always well supported by the village. Occasionally concerts and Song of Praise services are held in St Nicholas.
St Nicholas' Church is located near The Chequers pub, just off of Hill Street as you head out of the village towards Methwold Hythe (See the map opposite).