The Church of St Andrew, Aldringham

The Church, together with those of the parishes of Knodishall and Friston, is in the Whinlands Benifice, which is now joined with the Aldeburgh Benefice.

Priest-in-Charge, Aldeburgh & The Whinlands
Photo of St Andrew's Church

St Andrew's Church, Aldringham

Revd Mark Lowther

The Vicarage,
1 Church Walk, Aldeburgh, IP15 5DU
Tel : 01728 452807
Email :

Monthly Commentary

Services & Activities for the month

Usual Sunday Services at St Andrew's are:

  • 8am Holy Communion
  • 11am Morning service

There is a Holy Communion Service on Wednesday at 9.30am

Click the Services & Activities link above for more details.

Welcome to St Andrew's Church

Consecration of the churchyard extension on 15 July. The Rt Revd Bishop of Dunwich Mike Harrison sanctified the site.

A visit from Bishop Mike

On Saturday July 15th The Bishop of Dunwich, The Rt Revd Mike Harrison, came to St Andrew's, Aldringham to consecrate the new churchyard extension.  He conducted a short service in church and then we all processed into the churchyard.  At each corner of the new area Bishop Mike made the sign of the cross with his crosier (the Bishop's staff) and asked for God's blessing, to 'sanctify it and keep it holy'.  So now we have a churchyard that will serve the local community and provide a resting place for the remains of loved ones for the next hundred years or so.  With advice from the Suffolk Wildlife Trust, the churchyard is being managed to be an area that is wildlife-friendly and should be a peaceful place to visit all year round.  Our thanks go to our generous benefactor and to all who worked so hard to make such a memorable day run so smoothly.

The Revd Mark Lowther -  The Vicarage, 1 Church Walk,Aldeburgh,IP155DU
Tel : 01728 452807          Email :

Summer Services in Thorpeness

Ever since St Margaret’s Church in Thorpeness was forced to close because it needed extensive repairs and considered unsafe, the Sunday services in July and August have been held in the Country Club. It is a short service, starting at 9.30am and lasts 30 mins, followed by coffee afterwards. People are encouraged to come in casual sports clothes, ready for the day’s activities. It is hoped people will come and support these services.

Maggie Boswell

We need YOU!

Whilst on the face of it the church seems to be doing well, we have a problem that is quietly nagging away at us. We have lost, through unavoidable personal reasons, some very key members of our congregation, namely our three elders. These people worked incredibly hard helping take services and in the day to day running of the church, and whilst we hope to have new elders it is becoming obvious that new people are not joining our congregation. We try to offer an 'across the board' selection of services ranging from the traditional to the more modern and as a result of a recent meeting we will be looking into providing even more different types of worship. Not all services are held within the body of the church. Some services, like our Easter Sunday Sunrise service start on Thorpeness beach and end in the Country Club, while our Animal Service, usually the first Sunday in August, takes place in the churchyard - a beautiful setting. Monthly, on a Sunday afternoon we enjoy a tasty snack of tea and toast whilst discussing all sorts of current and relevant issues. The venue for this is The Ogilvie Pavilion, idyllically set on the sports field in direct view of the iconic 'House in the Clouds' and windmill, about as far from a church building as you can get. Yet this is still a form of worship and outreach. 

But what we really need is YOU! We have many friends at the church who do so much for us but who don't wish to be in the congregation. If we aren't offering the type of worship you would like, come and talk to us. I'm sure our priest, the Revd. Mark Lowther and his assistant priest the Revd. Sheila Hart will be only too pleased to listen and discuss with you your thoughts and needs. We are always here for you! 

Sue Atkinson.

Tea & Toast takes place at the Ogilvie Pavilion at the Sports Ground in Thorpeness on the last Sunday afternoon of the month, at 4pm. Contact Mrs E Tipping on 454165.

Friends of St Andrew's

Events this year have been very successful. Read about our activities and the funds we've raised for the church.

The Friends are a voluntary group who provide a network for those who love our church and help to raise funds for it's restoration. You may perhaps have a loved one buried in the church yard, or just wish to support the church. If you would like to join the "Friends" and support their work please contact me.

Anne Norton, Membership Secretary. Tel: 01728 830519
114 Carr Avenue, Leiston, Suffolk IP16 4AT

Current Committee Members :

Mrs Angela Chandler, Mrs Fiona Gimson, Mrs A Goldstone, Mrs Anne Norton, Revd Sheila Hart, Mrs Patricia (Budge) Little, Mrs Janet Poll. We would like more Committee Members, so if you would like to join our Committee we would be pleased to hear from you. The Committee meets approximately 6 times a year.

Rainbow Tots Parent/carer – baby/toddler group

Read about the group, which was started by the Church in 2008.

A Guide to St Andrew's Church

Mr Roy Tricker has kindly written a delightful and complete Guide to St Andrew's, which includes it's history and is supplemented by pictures and photographs. You can read the Guide from the link above.

Photo of churchyard flowers

One of the many flowers found in the Churchyard

The Churchyard

Part of the churchyard is a wild flower conservation area, left largley unmown during the summer months. Over 40 species of native plants have been found here.

The churchyard has been extended to allow burials to continue here for the foreseeable future. At the moment it's a beautiful wildflower meadow.


Assistant Priest
Revd Sheila Hart
3 Keats Close,
Saxmundham, IP17 1WJ
Retired Clergy Revd Canon
Derek Johnson
452474 6 St Paul’s Close,
Aldeburgh, IP15 5BQ

Revd Canon
John Tipping
5 Peace Place,
Thorpeness, IP16 4NA

Church Officers

Church Warden Mr David Copp 635816 Hill House, Aldeburgh Road,
Aldringham IP16 4PU
Mrs Sue Atkinson 830497

Logwood, Aldeburgh Road,
Aldringham, IP16 4QH
Treasurer Mr David Gordon 452057

10 Aldeburgh Lodge Gardens,
Aldeburgh, IP15 5DP

The Home Team at St Andrew's Church

The Home Team is lead, guided and trained by The Reverend Sheila Hart. They are Sue Atkinson (Church Warden), Eric Atkinson (Chairman of the PCC), Jo Vallance and Jane Savage (Elder).