Thursday 8th November at 10.40am

A short Act of Remembrance at the  War Grave of Noah Smy

Poppy Festival of Remembrance

Clopton Church  8th to 11th November

Open each day from 10am until 4pm

Remembrance Service 10.50am 11th November 

followed by Refreshments and live music by Peter Day and WW1 Sing-along.

Sunday November 25th 

9.30am Family Holy Communion


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

My Boy Jack, by Rudyard Kipling
"Have you news of my boy Jack?"
Not this tide.
"When d’you think that he’ll come back?"
Not with this wind blowing, and this tide.
"Has any one else had word of him?"
Not this tide.
For what is sunk will hardly swim,
Not with this wind blowing, and this tide.
"Oh, dear, what comfort can I find?"
None this tide,
Nor any tide,
Except he did not shame his kind
Not even with that wind blowing, and that
Then hold your head up all the more,
This tide,
And every tide;
Because he was the son you bore,
And gave to that wind blowing and that tide!
John Kipling was the only son of the author Rudyard Kipling. He was
killed in September 1915 at the Battle of Loos whilst serving with the
British Army during the First World War, six weeks after his 18th


Village History


Brief History of Clopton

Clopton was recorded in the Domesday Book as Clopetuna. The Oxford Dictionary of Place Names states that the name comes from the Old english 'clopp(a)+tun' and means farmstead or village near a hill.

Edward 1 granted a charter to John de Wayland to hold a market and fair in Clopton. These ceased many years ago. A road called Market Hill was probably the place where they were held.

In the past the River lark was navigable between Clopton and the River Deben, one of the fields being named Clopton Dock.

The present village has no real centre and the four ancient manors of Kingshall, Brendhall, Rousehall and Wascolies are probably responsible for the small groups of houses and farms. Aerial photos show evidence of a medieval village behind the church.

White's Directory of 1844 lists a shoemaker, blacksmith, wheelwrightand thirteen farmers. The 1912 edition shows that Clopton had a postmaster, a schoolmaster, a builder, nineteen farmers, a shoemaker, a wheelwright, a storekeeper, a farm bailiff, a grocer, hardware merchant, furniture remover/carrier, a publican and an insurance agent.

The school closed in the late 1930's and The Crown public house was sold and became a private house in the 1990's.

Villagers worked hard to raise money for a new Village Hall to replace the old Mission Rooms beside the school. This was opened in the 1990's. There is a large playing field with play equipment for young children and two five a side goals.

For more information about the village see the

 Parish Council web site