Latest News and Events

Christmas and New Year Services and Events

Please see our calendar of Christmas and New Year Services and Events- something for everyone!

Our Next Shipments of Humanitarian Aid to Ukraine 

We are sending another 2 shipments to Ukraine before Christmas given the challenges Ukrainians are facing this winter and we are taking donations before 12.30pm on 19th Nov. We send primarily to a neo-natal clinic and an orphanage where we know our items make a big impact. We have enough clothes and blankets now, and our primary needs are:

- Good quality toys new or very well kept, wrapped if possible with a label "boy" or "girl" and the appropriate age range, good enough to be opened as a christmas present. We are likely to get a lot for younger children so please also remember teenagers!

- Essential items to get through the winter: batteries, torches, tea-lights, candles, nappies, baby milk, thermal vests and leggins (new/as new clean), Calpol   (we now have enough blankets and clothes).

If possible please bring items boxed so that they are protected in transit. 

If you have anything, you can drop off at our church this Sat 12th Nov or next Sat 19th Nov between 10 and 12.30. If it is a larger item please contact first so we can make sure we can get it in!  Helen Wittgreffe can answer any queries on 07825 004585 or helen.wittgreffe@btinternet.com

Please also pray for success and protection for the brave people taking these shipments through. 

Team Changes 

New news for our church is that Corinne and Tony have stepped back from their roles as Churchwardens, after such tireless work for over 6 years. Corinne will continue as Treasurer and new churchwardens will be elected at the special vestry meeting on 29th November. 
 

Corinne and Tony have made a massive contribution to our church in this time, in so many different ways, from refurbishment works, to maintaining the buildings and churchyard, to the organisation of services during interregnum, to being friends to people behind the scenes, and so much more. Our church is much richer from their time, energy and dedication- we thank them.

Our incubment Rev. Robin Spittle has retired after over 20 years at Kesgrave and more recently the rector for our new Benefice of Kesgrave with Little Bealings and Playford. Rev.  Robin managed a special Remembrance display where people were invited over 2 days to greet him before he left. Our benefice owes Robin so much for his years of service, where he made such a difference in so many lives. We are now preparing paperwork for recruiting a new rector, meanwhile Rev. Gary continues as our vicar. 

Special Vestry Meeting 7pm 9th November

Remembrance Service, Display and Refreshments 

Our Remembrance Service is on Sunday 13th November with an act of remembrance at the War Memorial in our churchyard at 11.00am, where the Roll of Honour will be read by Francis Mutimer. We have a wonderful display in the church open until 4pm with refreshments, which features remembrance creations from our Knit and Natter Group and also some histories behind each of the names on the war memorial sourced by Francis and John. Please come along and share in our remembrance, enjoy the display and refreshments, and find out more about the people of our village that gave everything for us.

Funding Crisis- can you help? 

We have reached a funding crisis where we do not have the funds to run the church anymore. We need £14K per year for our running costs (vicar, utility bills, insurance) however so far this year we have raised only £2500 and have spent savings. Most of our work is done voluntarily, but we still really need your help. Please find out more here. 

Borrowers Autumn Programme - from Weds 28th Sept

Our after school eco group Little Bealings Borrowers is now restarting on Weds 28th Sep, see the full programme here

In Memory of our Queen

Our church opened all day on the Friday and Saturday following the death of our Queen on Thurs 8th Sep. On the Sunday we held a memorial service and our Wednesday Morning Prayer service also had thanksgiving for our Queen. We held a thanksgiving service at Plaford the following Sunday. Our book of condolence was available from 8:00am to 10:00pm until after the state funeral, set up in the Angela Cobbold Hall porch, due to the redecoration works at the church. Our first bell was muffled, so we could use this until after the state funeral. Prayers were setup outside the church and flowers were laid at the sides of the church path. We thank everyone who helped with these arrangements. 

Hub for Refugees from the Ukraine

Working with Kesgrave All Saints we are running a Hub for refugees from Ukraine in Kesgrave, providing somewhere safe and friendly to meet during the day, chat with other refugees, and go to somewhere welcoming that provides wam welome. This is well used where we are supporting over 50 refugees and running English lessons for refugees over the summer (fully booked), these lessons have been enabled by a grant from the Bealings Village Hall Trust where the proceeds from the Jubilee fete were donated for this purpose. We are also working with Together for Ipswich in helping to match families to refugees and help them to get the things they need when they arrive and whilst they visit the hub. We have a rota of volunteer help from our congregations and the community to supervise, provide refreshements, help at lessons, etc... if you are willing to help with the running of this hub or you will be hosting a refugee family, please let us know by contacting helen.wittgreffe@btinternet.com

Volunteers Needed

Our church has become a lot more active and has lots for vounteers to help with! We would really appreciate your help across the range of our activities, whatever your interest or skills, we are sure there is something - please see our list of current needs here. We would very much appreciate your help.

Our Church Bells Sound Again!

Our new Captain of the Tower, Chris Cheeseman, has organised repair of the bells, one of which was ready in time for the Jubilee, the second is now also up and running! .We hope you enjoy hearing them ring out after several years of silence! Many thanks to Chris Cheeseman and also for the wonderful work from Chris Garner and Chris McArthur of the Suffolk Guild of Ringers for donning overalls and helping us out!

Let there be Light - again!

Many thanks to Paul Byrom for making this possible! We can now offer our external lights for your special occasions once more, having installed more efficient bulbs. If you would like to light up the church to mark a special occasion please contact Paul Byrom who will be able to arrange this for you: paulbyrom@gmail.com or 07768 195867.Sponsorship is £10 usually covering 2 hours of light, times/duration can be discussed depending on the time of year. 

Re-painting Phase 2

Phase 2 was completed in readiness for our Harvest Festival.  The South Aisle/Choir, the Tower interior, and the Sanctuary have been refrehed. This now completes the repainting and it's great to see our church looking so fresh and beautiful again. 

WOW! Just WOW!

What an incredible Diamond Jubilee bank holiday in our village! The gift of bank holidays from our HM Queen Elizabeth II was taken to the max in Little Bealings. Our Flower Festival made our church shine with incredible beauty adorned with flowers and the amazing knitted creations from our village knit and natter group, our tearoom turned out treats and cream teas across 3 days, we had over 300 people visit All Saints and over 70 people joined our church's Royal Walks with anecdotes of Royal connections in our parishes from some of our local celebs which were enjoyed by all. Then the wonderful and hilarious Music Hall night celebrating our Queen at the Angela Cobbold Hall was packed out, with numbers live and on the big screen which included some of our ministers and congregation as you had never seen them before! Then our Songs of Praise was so well attended from villagers and with the Martlesham Brass Band was a fantastic culmination before our relaxing social evening on the Saturday night.  And then more... the party at the Community Centre the next day!  Just how much can one small village muster? Huge thanks go to eveyone involved!