St Margaret's Church Ipswich

St Margaret's Church Pew News

We currently use the pew sheet, the noticeboards, the email circulation and the website to communicate information. If you would prefer something else (e.g. Facebook, Twitter) please let Margaret Woodward or David Cutts know.

Prayer Chain
Do you know someone who would appreciate prayers for themselves or others? The members of the Prayer Chain will include your requests in their prayers. All requests are confidential. So many people have appreciated the prayers. June Youngs Ipswich 213694 and Maureen Woodcock Ipswich 715891 will be pleased to pass the messages, via email or telephone, to the other members of the Prayer Chain.

Would you be interested in joining the members of the Prayer Chain? Requests are passed on by email or telephone, whichever is more convenient. You will be asked to pray for individuals or families during a difficult or worrying time in their lives. We would welcome additional links in the chain.


Chapel Gifts

We are very grateful for some beautifully made items for the chapel which have been given recently in memory of loved ones

  • The Aumbry light in memory of Gillian Sellgren
  • The Prayer Candle stand in memory of Marion Taylor
  • New bibles have been purchased with funds from a bequest from Isobel Smith
  • The hanging light in memory of Ernie Caddick


On Sunday, 27th November 2016, the new hanging Chapel light was dedicated in memory of Ernie Caddick.


Ernie and Kitty Caddick were married at St. Margaret’s on December 26th 1931 and they and then their family have worshipped there ever since. After retiring as Dairyman, Ernie became warden of the Church Centre, in Bolton Lane. Later he took on the role of the Verger at the church until he retired again at the age of 83.


Ernie was an advocate of good lighting and he would have loved the new light. His family were very proud to be present at the Advent Carol Service to see the light dedicated in his memory.




We were very sad to hear of the death of our one-time organist, Tony Roberts, after a long illness.  Our thoughts and prayers are very much with those who will miss Tony most of all, especially Liz.  The funeral service will be St Thomas Church, Bramford Lane, on Monday 31st July at 10.30 a.m.




July Prayer Diary



Wednesday evenings during June and July 7.30 p.m. Evening Prayer and a short address.


During July, we are welcoming Cat Connolly who is on placement with us.  Cat is training for ordination at Ripon College, Cuddesdon, Oxford and will taking part in a whole range of services and other activities.  It would also be good if Cat could spend time with lots of different people finding out about St Margaret’s and what makes us tick.  She would welcome invitations to coffee or to lunch!!


Grenfell Tower Relief Appeal
The congregations of the parishes of the South West Ipswich Team Ministry (SWITM) were, like so many others, shocked at the devastation caused by the fire in the Grenfell Tower housing block on the night of 14 June 2017 and the loss of life, the still missing, and the loss to 120 families of everything they had.  The Revd Robert Hinsley, Team Rector, said: “We would like to play our part and extend the hand of friendship from Suffolk to our sisters and brothers who have been affected."  The Grenfell Tower Relief Appeal has been set up by SWITM and donations will be sent through the Clement James Centre, a part of the church of St Clement and St James who have been responding since the incident began.  If you would like to donate, please send cheques, made payable to SWITM PCC, in an envelope marked ‘Grenfell Appeal’ to SWITM Parish Office, c/o St Francis Church, 192 Hawthorn Drive, Ipswich IP2 0QQ




Last month we invited anyone who was interested in visiting either of the two factories where our bells are being refurbished to contact David about a possible visit. Unfortunately there have been insufficient numbers expressing interest to make it possible to organise a visit at this time.



Work will be beginning on Phase 2 at the school on Monday July 24th so there will be no car parking from then onwards until sometime in 2018.


During the period when we are not able to use the playground, the Ipswich and Suffolk Club have kindly agreed that we can park in the section of their grounds accessed from Northgate Street (opposite the library).  You must display a permit to park there, obtainable from Maggie Conder, and only park there whilst you are attending a church service at St Margaret’s.



CCTV for St Margaret’s. In order for the church to be kept open to visitors throughout the week the PCC have agreed to the installation of a CCTV system with cameras inside and outside the church. Most of the funding is being provided by the HLF as part of the Heritage project. The process of obtaining permission from the Diocese (a Faculty) is well advanced and they have given their support in principle, subject to public consultation. Details of the scheme are displayed in church, on the back of the noticeboard by the Welcome table near the south door. If you have any questions please contact Lucy Drake on or tel 250499. The consultation period ends on 23rd August.


I am looking for a volunteer or two who are able to help with the 3rd Sunday Rise and Shine group services. If you feel you are able to help out occasionally or wish to help at any other all age/young people's events do come and talk to me or email 



On Sunday 30th July the Fifth Sunday Group are planning an evening service at 6.30 pm on the theme of Neighbours and hope as many people as possible will join in.


St Margaret's Bank details as follows:-
Bankers - Bank of Scotland
Current account number 00800145
Sort code 12-16-39