23 November 2020

Dear All

Hoxne Benefice Virtual Christmas Market and Catalogue

As we can’t hold our usual Christmas fundraising events safely this year, we are planning a virtual Christmas Market. 
Look out for our catalogue (which we will email to those on this benefice news email list as well as print out) of homemade eatables, crafts and gifts to order and pick up at your convenience. It will all come together with a Zoom event at 11am on Saturday 12th December with festive cheer, a quiz and, who knows, maybe a visit from Father Christmas!


We are still looking for items for the catalogue. If you can make Christmas produce, cards, crafts, gifts, whatever, that you would like to donate, please send details and photos, if you have them, to me on hoxnebeneficeoffice@gmail.com

I will need your name, phone number and the name and price of the item, please, as soon as possible. 

We hope to send the catalogues out by this weekend. 

When someone chooses to buy your item, they will phone you and place an order and you can arrange with them to pick up the items and pay you. You then pay the money to the church of your choice. Please contact me or Eleanor with any queries. If you have already given your item details to Eleanor, I have them and won't need them again.

Just so we don't miss out on your Christmas card/calendar orders:

*   Hoxne village calendar, £6.00 with envelope. Contact Cathie McGregor on 01379 668434.
*   Lighted tree in Athelington church, £5.00 for 5 cards with envelopes. Contact Colin Palmer on 01728 628747.                                                     
*   Wingfield church in snow, £5.00 for 10 cards with envelopes. Contact John McCracken on 01379 384181.                                                     

Thank you.

Very best wishes


Virginia Skoyles

Hoxne benefice administrator

01379 586708

07900 350117





1st NOVEMBER 2029

St Peter & St Paul Church, Hoxne 

Pending any guidance to the contrary, I can confirm there will not be a congregational Remembrance Sunday service at Hoxne church on 8th November, either inside or outside the church.  We are considering alternatives, such as recording a service on Sunday with clergy only, to be posted on Facebook, or even pre-recording a service on Tuesday or Wednesday, again to be posted on Facebook on Sunday, but no decision has yet been taken.  .

All the best
Revd Eleanor Goodison
Priest in Charge, Hoxne Benefice
Tel: 07876 143579

Sept 2020

An important announcement from the diocese...............

The Right Rev'd Martin Seeley, the Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich, would like to advise that as there have been no expressions of interest for the post of Priest in Charge from two rounds of advertising, and following discussion and the agreement of representatives from all the parishes in the benefice, he is delighted to announce the appointment of The Rev'd Eleanor Goodison as SSM interim Priest in Charge in the benefice of Athelington, Denham, Horham, Hoxne, Redlingfield, Syleham and Wingfield. Eleanor has agreed to do this for an initial period of two years. Bishop Martin and Archdeacon Jeanette are very grateful to Eleanor for the support she has given the benefice so far in the vacancy and for stepping into this new role. This opens up new opportunities for the benefice for mission and outreach and together you can look forward to the future with excitement at what God is going to do. Details of the licensing will follow once arrangements have been agreed.

The Bishop would like to thank the parish representatives and all those involved in the vacancy process, and he assures you of his prayers.  Please pray for Eleanor as she prepares for her move into this new role.  

Exciting times!





Since our last report we are very pleased to say that the kitchen or server as some call it, is now up and running thanks to Andrew Castleden who solved the problem of the very heavy lid!  After the harvest lunch, which was a great success, we then had our quiz and we raised just over £600.  Our thanks go to Sharon, Michael and Jenny for arranging the event. 

Our next evet is an evening with Danny Fisher in the church on Friday 21st February.  He provides a program of 50’s and 60’s hits – there will also be cheese and wine after the show.

We are pleased to announce that we have co-opted three new members on to our committee: Debbie and Rob Hooker and Caroline Abbot. We look forward to working with then to raise more for the preservation of our church.

We will continue to hold our monthly coffee mornings and book sale on the third Saturday of the month.  Tea, coffee, cakes and lots of books. 9.45am to 11.15am.

Once again, our thanks to all who support us.

John Brawn, Chairman of the Friends Committee, 01379 668252



The ‘St Edmund Screen’ carved by the renowned Victorian, Harry Hems, is magnificent at the archway in front of the Maynard Memorial.  The screen is carved with intricate details, both within and without, displaying flora, fauna and fabulous beasties, and surmounted with the martyrdom of St Edmund. 

The Portland Stone steps inside the memorial area have also been repaired making them safe to use.

The Mother’s Union

The Hoxne branch of the Mother’s Union meets on the third Monday of the month at 2.30pm at Time House, Low Street, Hoxne.  New Members are always welcome.

See events page for dates

Cathie McGregor, Branch Leader 01379 668434