St Mary's

Church


Welcome to a church that embodies the true essence of rural community life.

Bridgham is an active village which draws community members together regularly at many different and varied events. Even the Vikings keep coming back, and once home to Nelson`s chaplain, read on to explore this vibrant community to which the church is central.

The name of the village was "Brugeham" in 1050, and "Briggeham" in 1280. It means "Ham (settlement) by a bridge".

It is likely to be a very ancient settlement, as the Peddar's Way forms the western boundary of the parish and the parish is crossed by the prehistoric drove road from Hockwold to the Thet.

The village but not the church is mentioned in the Domesday Book (1086). However, there was undoubtedly a church here in Saxon days, for a priest lived here at the time of the Domesday Book, and a church is recorded in the Inquisitio Eliensis (a contemporary document).

 

Bridgham Organ ConsecrationPicture left: the new organ at Bridgham Church being consecrated by Rev'd Varlie Sheldrake on 5th September 2010. This followed a huge push to raise funds which included organist Doug porter completing two sponsored '100 Hymns from memory' sessions!

Even earlier the village was given to the monks of Ely by Aelfwaru, a wealthy Saxon widow, in her will. She died in 1007. There is no sign however of Saxon work in the present building, which is mainly 14th century 'decorated' work. The north porch is the first part of the building approached by visitors. It was built during the 15th century.

 

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Village Summer Lunch

Come and join us for a delicious two course lunch of Salmon / Gammon or Vegetarian Quiche plus salads and a delicious pud!

Entry by ticket only

Please make your menu choice when booking your tickets.

Tickets cost £12 which includes a glass of wine (children £5 - but no wine!).  Tickets available from:

Rebecca Jacobs (01953 718132) or

Sue Dolling (01953 718658)

Organised by the "Friends of East Harling Parish Church"

 
Contact Sue for more details - 01953 718658
 

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An Evening of Musical Entertainment (3 weeks to go)

 

Bridgham Church Coffee Morning (4 weeks to go)

 

Bridgham Church Coffee Morning (2 months to go)

 

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Getting to Know Christ Better

David’s sermon on Sunday morning 30 April was based on the gospel reading from Luke 24, “On the Road to Emmaus”.

Verse 32 says: The 2 disciples asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?” (the scriptures that Jesus opened to the disciples on the road to Emmaus were from what we now call the Old Testament). Rev. David emphasised how the disciples came to recognise Christ through the scripture being explained to them; if we want to know Christ better, then we too need to spend time getting to know the Bible better.  David recommended using the Bible Reading Fellowship resources  to assist in this.

 Alternatively there are various daily reading study notes available.

 There is also the option of joining a Bible Study Group if you prefer to study scripture in a discussion environment.

If you would like help to take this further, please speak to David (01953 717140 / revdavidrsmith@gmail.com)

 

 

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Confirmation service (5 months ago)

 

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