Project Update

Nearly there!

So what’s left to do?

There are a few defects to put right and the contractor, Stone Edge, has still to install ramps for disabled access on both sides of the building leading to the lavatories on one side and the café area on the other. We hope this will be completed by the beginning of March. As to the “putting right” the main thing is the servery floor where the laid linoleum floor has not been a success. At the time of writing the solution remains unclear but all concerned understand that it cannot stay as it is.. so it will be sorted.

At last the water connection to the church has been completed and we can begin to explore and appreciate the plumbing and electrical system we have. The latest cold snap has caused a little concern. The church, when not in use, can be an extremely cold place and it has been vitally important to avoid any sort of freeze up. So far so good. It has been shown that provided common sense precautions are in place, we should be able to keep everything serviceable in very cold conditions.

In the old days decorating the white walls of the building was a daunting job, with the necessity of applying multiple coats of lime wash to the walls. (Lime wash had to be used because it was the only thing that allowed the walls and plaster to “breath”.) Modern paint technology to the rescue! Now we have been able to cover walls with sometimes only a single coat of the up-to-date stuff that not only breathes, but doesn’t rub off on your clothes.

Now the task for us is to clean up the mess that has accumulated over the months as the work has been done, then put everything into its proper place and to bring our new facilities into full use.

The plan is to celebrate the completion of the project with everyone in the community and other people who have assisted in making all this happen.

Here are a few photos of the updates.

Christmas at St Marys: Village Carol Evening

Christmas at St Marys: Village Carol Evening

Christmas at st Marys Sutterton

Sutterton Village Carol Evening on Tuesday 4 December in church starting at 7pm.

Carol singing accompanied by Swineshead Silver Band
Carols from the children of Fourfields School
Parade of Lights by the children of Jelly Church

Father Christmas a gift for all children

A visit from Father Christmas with a gift for every child

Mince pies, tea and coffee afterwards

Remembrance Sunday 2018

Remembrance Sunday 2018

sutterton remembrance sunday

Sunday 11th November this year will commemorate 100 years since the end of the first world war.

We will have a Service of Remembrance at 10am when the names of the men from Sutterton, who made the ultimate sacrifice, will be read out.

Refreshments after

Coffee will be served afterwards, and then we will go to the war memorial for 11am for the 2 minutes silence and a short Act of Remembrance.

We will remember them.

Holland Places of Worship Festival

Holland Places of Worship Festival

Open Day at St Mary’s Church: September 8 & 9 2018, 11am til 4.30pm.

Refreshments served throughout both days:

  • Freshly made sandwiches
  • delicious cream teas
  • cakes
  • hot and cold drinks

sutterton cream teas

St Mary’s Organ played

The organ will be played at intervals and will be available to the public.  Sounds amazing.

The church will be decorated with flower arrangements and this year we are also holding an Art Exhibition.
Anyone who would like to exhibit their work should contact the organiser Christine Mason on 01205 461331.

Guided tours of the church will also be available.

September 8 & 9 2018, 11am til 4.30pm

Progress Report…The Project

Groundworks at St Mary’s Church, Sutterton

We knew, before they even started, the first major work to be undertaken would be to install the drains from the north side of the church (the new kitchen) and from where the new lavatories are to be in the south transept. This meant laying waste pipes and water supply around the outside of the chancel and then down the south side of the building to the road and through it to the main sewer which is deep under far side of the road outside the Church. For it all to work properly there has to be a fall over the whole length of the installation. The point where the new drains meet the sewer the connection is almost 3 metres under the surface.

There have been difficulties. The route of the trench has had to be changed on a couple of times. As a result, from time to time the Church yard has resembled a battlefield, with trenches and all. Inevitably, some very old burials have been disturbed, but where this has happened the rules that govern these things have been followed carefully and respectfully.

Now we are happy to report that the foul drain is completely laid and ready for the completion of the facilities inside the building. Unfortunately, there is a little more disruption to be expected when Anglian Water connect the water supply; we don’t know when.


The new spaces within the south transept are taking shape with all the associated electrics and plumbing. We have already had a glimpse of the high quality finish that will, in time, mellow to compliment the oak that surrounds the organ.

The Effigies

Now they have been cleaned the three effigies are positioned in the Chancel resting on individual oak stands so they are about a foot above the floor.  In fact, nothing will be fixed to the floor so they will be movable, so we will be able to change their positions if there is a need. The stands have been ordered.


So far this has been the re-pointing of the clerestory walls on the north side. As this is being written this is being completed and they are about to move to the south side. This re-pointing is necessary because before it was done, wind driven rain finds its way into the core of the wall and the water runs down through the wall, over the aisle rafters, into the building.

The impressive array of scaffolding is likely to be with us for most of the period of the project. The major work, on the north transept, is due to take place in September and October. This is to avoid disturbing the bat population. Please remember we have no choice over this; it is illegal to disrupt bats.

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Flower Festival 2018

We have a flower festival on until Monday 7th May, so we hope you will come along to visit and see the stunning displays.

If you need to call for information on times, facilities and or other questions, do please call us on the number at the foot of this page.

Here are some photos taken from this event.