Due to the government advice for everyone to avoid religious gatherings and other social interaction, the Church of England has decided to stop holding any public services. Please be assured that the Church community continues to pray for and serve all in our parish and country.
Due to ongoing works to our organ we reluctantly cannot keep the church building open at the moment. Please feel free to use the churchyard for prayer and reflection, or any other nearby churches. Brettenham, Thorpe Morieux or Rattlesden are all open during the day.
If you would appreciate a phone call or support from the Rector please contact Reverend Tiffer Robinson on 01449737197, 07789772024 or email@example.com
Hitcham Parish Church
All Saints Church, Hitcham is a community of Christians in The Church of England (Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich) who seek to love and serve one another and all in the parish of Hitcham.
We are blessed with a wonderful medieval building, right on the edge of the village (on the way to Bildeston) which is beautiful, light, and hard to maintain! It is open in daylight hours most days of the year, and you would be very welcome to join us for worship at 11am every Sunday.
The largely C14th All Saints Church is a grade one listed building. Knocked about a bit by the reforming Protestants but spared the excesses of Victorian ‘modernisation’, it has stood as a monument to mans’ skill and devotion to Christianity for more than 700 years.
Visitors’ initial impression is of the church’s size and simplicity. On closer inspection it not only contains important architectural features but also has an interesting history in that a past rector, Professor John Stevens Henlsow and its school children have played key roles in Darwin’s Theory of Evolution.
To find out more about the architecture of Hitcham Church click here
And for information on John Stevens Henslow click here.
The Friends of All Saints Hitcham Church
The Friends of All Saints Church Hitcham is a registered charity for those of all faiths and none who care about the village’s only Grade One listed building. They fund raise and project manage work on the church building, working with the Parochial Church Council, ensuring maintenance and repair work is now carried out as it falls due. This ‘stitch in time’ approach is vital as medieval buildings require constant attention.
To join the Friends of Hitcham Church, make a donation or enquire about leaving a legacy please contact the secretary, Nicola Currie, or The Rector at The Rectory Rattlesden, Bury St Edmunds IP30 0RA tel 01449 737197.
To view the Friends of Hitcham Church Data Protection Policy click here.
Hitcham Church Tower Project
‘Restoring Henslow’s Bells’ was the first and major part of Hitcham’s Tower Project managed by the Friends of All Saints Church Hitcham. Thanks to a £100,000 grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and generous support from a number of other charities and donors, the project has restored and rehung the existing six bells which date from 1697 and had been unsafe for decades, adding two new bells to give a peal of eight bells. The rare wooden C16th bell frame has been preserved in situ. The organ was moved from under the tower arch, restored and rebuilt in the north aisle. This made space for the new ringing gallery under which a room was made in the base of the tower. This new tower room is separated from the nave by an oak panelled partition with double doors. The layout and cost management dictated that the work was done from the top of the tower working down. Thanks to a grant of £68,293 from Viridor Credits through the Landfill Communities Fund, in 2020/21 an equal access WC and servery was then constructed within the tower room, dubbed the ‘Evolootion’ of Hitcham church, the lights were also upgraded to LED fittings and a set of folding conference chairs purchased to complete the second part of the Tower Project and make the building much more flexible for wider community use.
There is now a cctv system to enable people to view the bells and the old frame without climbing the 61 steps up the tower and a museum quality permanent exhibition on Rev. Professor John Stevens Henslow, our most famous rector who was Charles Darwin’s mentor. A man of regional, national and international importance, you can read more about him here.
The project was launched in September 2017, the £340,000 needed was raised in just 2 years and the work completed in March 2021 despite the COVID pandemic. Volunteers put in over 2000 hours of work to reduce costs. Thank you to everyone who made this tremendous project happen.
The Friends of All Saints Hitcham are grateful to the people who made so many generous donations and to the following charities for their support: National Lottery Heritage Fund and Viridor Credits, All Churches Trust, Church Care Trust Organ Fund. Friends of Hitcham...
Hitcham’s church bells returned on 21st October - in the pouring rain! There was a great sense of achievement, and wonderful that we now have a ring of 8 bells. Our Rector, Tiffer, named the new bell in a short ceremony and welcomed the others back with these words:...
An edited, fully searchable version of this document will be posted shortly. Massive thanks to David Turner and Nicola Currie for making this treasure trove of information available on the website. This page is under construction, but for the moment all the...
ALL SAINTS CHURCH consists of a large west tower, clerestoried nave, long chancel, two aisles, south porch and north double-storeyed vestry. This article gives more information about its history and architecture
In 1837 John Henslow – Regius Professor of Botany at Cambridge – came to Hitcham, a village described at the time as being “a populous, remote and woefully neglected parish, where the inhabitants, with regard to food and clothing and the means of observing the decencies of life, were far below the average scale of the peasant class in England.” As Rector he set about improving the life of his parishioners.