St Peter’s Church


St Peter’s Church
Church Lane, Hepworth IP22 2PU

Rector – Rev. Cathy Bladen

Lay Elder – Chris Anderson (01359) 250944

Secretary – Maureen Bacon (01359) 254054

(The following is taken from the page of the United Benefice, of which St Peter’s is one church)

St Peter’s Church has served the village of Hepworth for over a thousand years. There was a church here at the time of the Domesday Survey in 1086.

The present structure dates mainly from the 14th and 15th centuries.

Over the centuries it has been gradually enlarged and embellished. As we look at its solid walls and buttresses, its hefty medieval door and its soaring windows, we can sense the care and devotion that has gone into building and maintaining it over the generations.

It may not be one of the famous showpieces of East Anglia, but it has a solidity and peacefulness which speaks to us just as strongly.

Whether you visit this building frequently for its weekly services, or only occasionally for a wedding, a funeral, or perhaps a concert, we hope you will agree that such an ancient and beautiful building is an asset which deserves to be looked after.

We warmly invite you to become a Friend of St Peter’s and take your part in caring for this wonderful place.

Recent News

A Letter from Rev Bladen for March

Dear Friends and Neighbours, I recently read a story about some Missionaries in Africa who hired some local villagers as porters to carry some supplies. The porters were much slower than the Missionaries, so the Missionaries had to keep pushing the pace to get the porters to travel quicker. They kept increasing the pace and […]

March 2021 Services in the Benefice

Date Church Time Service Sunday 14th MarchMothering Sunday Coney Weston 9.30am Holy Communion Hinderclay 9.30 am Village Service Hopton 10.00am All Age Stanton 11.00am Family Communion Sunday 21st March Barningham 11.00am Holy Communion Hinderclay 9.30am Holy Communion Sunday 28th MarchPalm Sunday Barningham 11.00am Village Service Hopton 10.00am Holy Communion Stanton 10.30am Palm Sunday Celebration with […]

Services for Holy Week and Easter

Maundy Thursday 1st April Evening Service 7.00pm Barningham Church Good Friday 2nd April Benefice Bike Ride 9.30am… Starting at Barningham ChurchGood Friday Service 2.30pm Hinderclay Church Easter Sunday 4th April Family Services of Holy Communion at: 9.30am Hepworth9.30am Thelnetham11:00am Market Weston11:00am Stanton

Hepworth Village Church Clock.

An appreciation by John Carpenter. My wife and I moved to Hepworth from Duxford near Cambridge just before Christmas in 2012. We love it here and really enjoy the quiet rural setting. I’ve now reached that age where I have to admit my best years are probably behind me and my wife tells me I’m […]

Letter from Rev Bladen

Happy New Year! Hopefully it’s not too late to wish you a Happy New Year.But as I wish you a ‘Happy New Year’ my mind jumps to that quote from John Cleese (playing Basil Fawlty) in one of his episodes of Fawlty Towers, “Oh, happy. Yes, I remember that.” It’s an interesting time to be talking about being […]

Act of Remembrance at Hepworth Church Memorial on Sunday 8th November 2020

Due to the restrictions of the present lock down, Hepworth Church is presently closed and the usual service of Remembrance could not be held in the same way this year. But an Act of Remembrance led by Chris Anderson, our Church Elder, was held in the churchyard around the War Memorial and a very large […]

REMINDER – Carol Service Booking Required!

A carol service is being held at St Peters on Sunday at 1800, but if you want to attend, you MUST book in advance. Due to social distancing there will only be room for around 30 people in the church. As of 17/12/20, half those places were already booked! Please contact Rev Cathy Bladen to […]

Our Christmas Services will be different this year!

If you would like to attend any of our services across December, please would you book in with the churchwarden for your church (details below). We will ask you to please wear a mask (unless you have an exemption). We will also ask you to sanitise your hands as you enter and give your details […]

Food Banks

Thank you so much for the huge generosity that has been shown in the amount of food being donated to the food bank collection points in Stanton and Hopton church porches and in Barningham shop during the last few weeks and months.  Your generosity has been really humbling. The food is taken to central food bank collection points at Bury, […]

Churches Begin Re-opening

As I’m sure you will be aware by now, the government has said that we may open our church buildings for individual private prayer. There are strict protocols around how we open and the cleaning that is required. Our churchwardens have considered all the implications and each church has decided what is manageable, safe and sensible for them to […]

A letter from the Rector Rev Cathy Bladen – May 2020

Dear Friends & Neighbours, Hi … How are you doing in this strange time that we’re living through? For each of us our experience of this time is different. For some it’s providing a quieter time, a bit like an extended holiday. For some it is really isolating…especially those who are at home on their own. For […]

Letter from Reverend Barclay

June 2019 Growth and transformation in Spring As I write this, Spring-time is in full swing! And I never cease to have a tremendous sense of pleasure and privilege, living and working in Suffolk at this time of the year; all around us is an increasing volume, variety and vitality of new life- in the […]

Letter from Reverend Bladen – March 2019

March 2019 Dear Friends and Neighbours, As I write this letter exactly six months after being licensed as Rector to The United Benefice of Stanton, which includes, Barnignham, Coney Weston, Market Weston, Hopton, Thelnetham, Hinderclay and Hepworth, I’m reflecting on what a good six moths it’s been. I’ve loved getting to know the area, the […]

Letter from Reverend Bladen – February 2019

Dear Friends and Neighbours, As I write this letter the New Year is only a few weeks old, it’s traditionally the time of new beginnings, or at least for making resolutions, even if we don’t keep them. We resolve to do things differently or in a new way; to become healthier, to eat better, drink […]

Letter from Reverend Bladen – January 2019

Dear Friends and Neighbours, January is not one of my favourite months. The merriment and celebration of Christmas is fading fast and the optimism of the New Year, along with the New Year’s resolutions never seem to last very long. We are entering what I think often feels like a kind of no mans land, […]