Worship

Sunday 10th September 2017

9.30 am Holy Communion

 

Sunday 24th September 2017

11 am  Harvest Festival

All donated produce will be taken to the Salvation Army Hostel for the Homeless in Ipswich

 

Bell Ringing

Bell ringing practice takes place at the church every 

Friday at 7.30pm.

Please contact David Stanford on 07711683792 for details.

New ringers very welcome

Prayer for the Month

“The Way It Is” There’s a thread you follow. It goes among things that change. But it doesn’t change. People wonder about what you are pursuing. You have to explain about the thread. But it is hard for others to see. While you hold it you can’t get lost. Tragedies happen; people get hurt or die; and you suffer and get old. Nothing you do can stop time’s unfolding. You don’t ever let go of the thread. William Stafford (1914-1993)

 

Heritage

 

We are developing an area in the church where village history will be available for all to see. A team of people has been formed to research,collect and collate information about the village, past and present. Regular exhibitions will be held in the church.

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The first meeting was held in the Village Hall on Friday 11th January 2013 when Tim and Sheila Holmes from Campsea Ashe Heritage Group joined us and told us how their group was established and what they have achieved.

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The meeting was a great success. Tim and Sheila told us the story of their group from when it first started up until the present day. We heard of the excitement when new items were found and of the problems as well, all told with clarity and humour. They brought along lots of examples of their research and everyone agreed that it was a superb evening.  It concluded with a brainstorming session and  possible research topics were listed. These were --

History of the church,

 Changes in the church,

 Church organ,

Footpaths,

Field Names,

Land ownership,

Boundary issues,

Farming through the centuries/ historic buildings,

History of the pub, shops and school,

History of the slaughter house,

Photos of all houses in village today,

Dating houses,

Village layout and road names,

American influences,

493rd memorial board,

P.O.W's

River Lark

Transport through the ages

Famous people who have lived in or been associated with Clopton

Transcribe and collate all census returns.

The second meeting was held on March 22nd. Several people discussed their research and photos and articles were shared.

Our third meeting was held on Friday 5th July.

We met again in September and again in January 2014. We now have tables and storage facilities ( purchased with grant money from Heritage Lottery) in the church and all the currently held records are being copied to disc and hard copies made for the church. Most of this workis now complete.

Jean and Peter Day have done extensive research on the organ. They discovered that it was made by Hill and are hoping to replace the missing nameplate.

We have been promised photographs dating back to WW11 and some of later events to add to our collection.

If you would like to help with the research or you have any old photos, documents or even oral history of Clopton please contact us.  All materials will be copied and returned.

We met on 25th July in the church to watch a film about Clopton and farming in the Second World War.

The folders are now in the church for people to use.

Friday 30th January 2015

Richard Taylor gave a talk entitled 'When the Yanks came to Debach'.

The arrival in Debach and Clopton of over three thousand Americans caused quite a stir! They built runways, erected Nissan huts, constucted a sewage system and also had to generate their own electricity as there was no electricity in Clopton at the time.

Thirty four people enjoyed the talk and the chance to look at all the Heritage material that was on display.

Friday 11 September 2015 

There will be a light hearted talk by Peter Driver at the Village Hall starting at 7.30pm. The title of his talk is 'It's a Grave Business!' He will give us a history of tombs and gravestones with lots of humour.

 

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