Worship

Sunday 9th at 11am

Lay led Family Service

 

Sunday 23rd at 9.30am

Holy Communion

 

Monday 24th at 6pm

Canlelight Carol Service

Followed by mulled wine and mince pies 

 

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

 

 

 

John Causton

 

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In February 2009 an article by Dr John Blatchly was published in the East Anglian Daily Times. Part of this article is reproduced here--

'One of the most splendid works in Ipswich Town Library is the 'Deske Ortelius' a large world atlas, presented shortly before his death in 1631 by John Causton, rector of Clopton and Otley.

Born in 1567, he was prepared at North Walsham School for entry to Corpus ChristiCollege, Cambridge, aged fourteen; there he took his MA, BD and a fellowship. His brother Leonard was three years behind him at Corpus and also came to Suffolk, flourishing as an Ipswich merchant and living in Pykenham's House in Northgate Street. When he died in 1618 Leonard left generous bequests to the poor of St Mary-le-Tower parish.

The library was set up for the use of the sternly Puritan Samuel Ward, town preacher from 1605 to his death in 1640, though in 1635 he was banned from the pulpit for life by Archbishop Laud. The Ortelius was the first secular book admitted to the library shelves in the former dormitory of the Friars Preachers in Foundation Street. Ward entered the value of the two books Causton gave as £5.'

The article concluded with the words 'Of his modest memorial tablet in Clopton church, only fragments found in the churchyard remain; how nice if it could be repaired and refixed on the chancel wall. He "earnestly desired his resurrection".

Dr Blatchly visited the church with conservator Antonia Hockton and they decided that the missing pieces of the alabaster memorial could be made to restore it to its original  form. Grants for the work were obtained by Dr Blatchly and John Causton's memorial was repaired and replaced once again on the chancel wall.

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Nobody knows why it was broken and buried in the churchyard.

A translation of the latin inscription reads--

John Causton

(educated at) North Walsham School

and Corpus Christi College, Cambridge,

senior fellow, bachelor of sacred theology (BD)

at one time rector of Otley church, rector and

patron of Clopton church, died on the Feast

of St Andrew (30 Nov) 1631 in his 64th year

and here expecting his resurrection.

 

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