Category Archives: Church

The Thornhams each have a beautiful parish church: St. Mary Magdalene Thornham Magna and St. Mary Thornham Parva  form part of the South Hartismere benefice which in addition includes Mellis, Gislingham, Yaxley, Stoke Ash with Thwaite, Thorndon with Rishangles, and Wetheringsett cum Brockford. The staff are currently as follows:
The Priest in Charge is the Revd. Julia Lall – – 01379 678064
Churchwardens   –  Thornham Magna, Julia Henniker, 01379 783336 & James Fawcett, 01379 788130                            –  Thornham Parva,  Martin Kay, 01379 783531 & Christine Moore, 01379 783226
Thornham Magna church is actively supported by The Friends of St Mary Magdalene, chair: Lorna Polke, 01379 678409, membership secretary: Jennifer Vaudrey, 01379 783761.
The Clergy are the first point of contact regarding weddings, baptisms and funerals.
The current monthly pattern of services is
Ist Sunday:  Thornham Parva  8.30am Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer)2nd Sunday: Thornham Magna 10.45am Sung Eucharist3rd Sunday:  Thornham Parva  10.30am Sung Eucharist4th Sunday:  Thornham Magna  8.30am Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer).
For services elsewhere in the benefice see the church notice boards or the South Hartismere website where there is a calendar which is usually kept up to date .

Forge Community Church

4pm Every Sunday at Hartismere High School

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Music in Thornham Parva

Book now for a great concert coming up on Sunday May 8th! The sound in Thornham Parva church is near perfect for music-making of this kind. Tickets are £15 but it is free for children and full-time students. See below, or visit for … Continue reading

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Remembrance Sunday

There will be an Act of Remembrance at the War Memorial at 10.45 this Sunday, preceding the 11am sevice.

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Harvest – change of venue

This Sunday [10th October] there is the Harvest Festival service in the church at 11.00am. We were due to have lunch in the Village Hall but due to small numbers able to come this year we will instead be going … Continue reading

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Church photograhy exhibition

There is still time to take part in the church photographic event – do send in your photos!
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Church Bike Ride

Suffolk Historic Churches Bike Ride Saturday 11 September, 9-5pm.
contact: Jennifer Vaudrey 01379 783761

Have you oiled your bike, had a practice ride or two and started collecting sponsors? Time is getting near for the annual Suffolk Historic Churches Trust Sponsored Bike Ride and the thousands of regular participants are being joined this year by riders and walkers from Healthy Ambitions Suffolk and Suffolk: Creating the Greenest County.

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Church Lead

Theft of lead from a stained glass window and from a church roof has been reported as part of three separate incidents involving thefts from rural churches in Suffolk recently. The first incident was reported on Friday 22nd January, as having occurred between the 19th and 22nd January, two further incidents were reported on Saturday 23rd January.

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Harvest Festival


Harvest Festival is on Sunday the 11th October, the church service
is at 11.0 and we will be joined by our new young curate, Revd.
Christopher Robinson. Lunch will follow in the Village Hall at around
12.30. All are very welcome at either event – the lunch is for
everyone, not just church-goers, and we would like to welcome as many
from Thornham as possible. Lunch is £7.50 [children £2.50], please ring
788130 to let us know you ae coming.

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