All Saints church Hitcham is part of the Benefice of Rattlesden. Our Rector is the Reverend Sharon Grenham-Thompson. If you have an enquiry, including booking a christening, a wedding or a funeral or would appreciate a phone call or support from our Rector, Sharon can be contacted on 07894 467157 or rectorrattlesden@btinternet.com

A service is held in Hitcham church every Sunday at 11.00am to which everyone is welcome.

The 1st Sunday of each month: Moring Prayer

The 2nd Sunday of each month: Holy Communion

The 3nd Sunday of each month: Family Service

The 4th Sunday of each month: Holy Communion

When there is a 5th Sunday in a month there is a United Benefice service in either Rattlesden, Thorpe Morieux , Brettenham or Hitcham.

Details of the current Sunday Service are put on Hitcham’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/625839684150242

The Benefice Facebook Page is  www.Facebook.com/rattlesdenbenefice


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 Church Hitcham

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: 07894 467157.

To view the Friends of Hitcham Church Data Protection Policy click here.




Safeguarding Concerns

Are you, or someone you know, being hurt? Are you worried or afraid? We will listen to you. You can contact these people in complete confidence:

The Rector:   07894 467157

The Parish Safeguarding Officer: 07823 333754

The Safeguarding Officer for the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich:   07785 621319


Some useful links

Hitcham All Saints

About Hitcham All Saints (on BritainExpress.com)

About Hitcham All Saints (Simon’s Suffolk Churches)

Video of Church Tower Project


Hitcham Grave and Memorial records

Following extensive research and groundwork by village historian the late David Turner and by Nichola Currie, an updated list and location diagram of graves and memorials in our tranquil Suffolk churchyard is now available here for consultation.

The list will be updated as research on our history continues and can be viewed as a document here…. Grave Records Document

The document is searchable for dates, names & surnames, and a map of the areas in the document will allow you to easily trace the graves in the churchyard.

Our research has identified 777 graves and monuments in our churchyard, with the earliest dating from 1688. The ages of those laid to rest in the churchyard range from infants of less than a year to residents who lived well into their late 90s.

Surnames of families still found in the community today are evidenced by graves dating back generations, and in some cases centuries. Prominent individuals and families who have shaped the face of the village we live in today since the fifteenth century have chosen our tranquil surroundings as their final resting place and we honour them all.




Restoring Henslow’s Bells’ 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,...

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Donors to the Hitcham Church Tower Project

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...

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The bells have arrived!

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:...

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About the Church

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

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Professor John Stevens Henslow

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.

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