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St Mary's Church


News about the resumption of services

In conjunction with the churchwardens we have decided on a cautious approach and will begin Sunday worship on Easter Day with a similar rota of services which was in place after the first lockdown in the summer of last year:

May 2nd       9..30am  Sweffling

                   11.00am  Badingham

May 9th        9.30am  Cransford

                   11.00am  Dennington

May 16th      9.30am  Bruisyard

                    11.00am  Rendham

May 23rd      10.00am Benefice Service at Rendham

May 30th       10.00am Benefice Service at Sweffling

This rota will be in operation during May and June and then we hope to return to our normal services at the beginning of July as long as the conditions allow.

Find Archived 2021 addresses here

The Church is open for private prayer during the week. Check the Events column on the website's main page for changes to services. 

The Reverend Martin Percival is the Priest in Charge of the Upper Alde Benefice. If you would like to contact him, please phone 07789417050. You can also e-mail: revmepercival@gmail.com

Alternatively, you can contact your Dennington churchwardens: Veronica Maberly: 01728 638627 or Robert Rous: 01728 638712, email: robert@denningtonhall.co.uk 

The Upper Alde Link is our Benefice Newsletter. Find past copies of the Newsletter.


Church History

The Church has many interesting features including the famous SCAIPOD and  the tomb of LORD and LADY BARDOLPH. It has been mentioned in many publications. Examples of the features can be found here:


Find a brief history of the Church here, written by James Wardley

The Bells of St. Mary's

The bells of St Mary's can often be heard ringing out over the countryside. There are regular bell practices to help hone the skills of the bell ringers.

Dennington is fortunate to have a magnificent ring of 6 bells. The oldest of the bells date back to the early 15th century. It is known that the Church has had a ring of bells since 1553 and they were last re-hung in 1915.

In 2008 an appeal was launched to restore the bells to their former glory and the organisers were pleased to announce that by 2009, the sum of £75000 had been raised.

Early 2010 saw the welcome return of the bells and a rededication service was led by Bishop Nigel Stock. The Church was filled with parishioners, friends and family from near and far to celebrate the successful venture. It is hoped that the bells will be enjoyed by all for years to come.

Restoration of the Clock Face

In conjunction with the bell restoration it was decided to refurbish the Clock on the North wall of Dennington Church Tower. It has been restored to the original blue and gold and looks wonderful.

The PCC would like to thank everybody who has contributed to this project.