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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Christmas with Thetford Voices (for ages 6-16)

This is not a church event!

To round off its tenth anniversary year, Thetford Voices is once again inviting young singers from across the region to join them for a Christmas Carolling holiday workshop on Friday 2nd December.
Singers aged from 6-16 meet at 11.15 in St Peter's Church, White Hart Street, Thetford to rehearse carols and Christmas songs before an afternoon singing in residential homes across Thetford.
The day ends back in St Peter's Church with a Christmas tea before guests join us in a concert at 6.30 for families, friends and members of the public.
There is no charge for the day, made possible through the support of the Chivers Trust and Coach Services of Thetford.
We aim to make Carolling Day a special day for audiences and performers alike; do come and join us.
For further information and enrolment forms (also available from schools, Thetford Library and Thetford's Great Information Centre in King's Street) email thetfordvoices@gmail.com or telephone 01842 820060

 
Contact Stuart for more details - 01953 714900
 

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