Friends of the Bells of St Mary's Church
Kersey Church has 8 bells ranging in weight from 3 cwt to 14 cwt. Practice night is every Thursday from 7.45 pm until 9.15 pm, to which beginners, learners and experienced bell ringers are most welcome. At present Kersey is very short of ringers so please come and give it a go. There is 30 minutes ringing before every morning Sunday service.
The object of the Friends of the Bells is to promote support for the maintenance and repair of the bells of St Mary’s Church, Kersey and the associated fabric of the bell tower. Membership is open to all; including people from outside the village who are interested in bell ringing. The Friends of the Bells is run by a committee of which the incumbent is an ex-officio member.
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The Forget Me Nots group was formed over 30 years ago and originally the group met every fortnight in the Village Hall to play cards and other games.
But over the years the members have changed and so has the format. After discussions with the present members, who are all reasonably fit and well, it has been decided that we would have two meetings a month, one a coffee morning, or in the summer months, we would meet for an afternoon tea. The other meeting would be for a long and sociable lunch in a friendly hostelry or a favourite restaurant of choice. We have travelled far and wide and found many a gem tucked away where the food is delicious, plentiful and the atmosphere welcoming.
If anyone would like to join us for such an outing, please contact Veronica on 01473 823188 and a lift can be provided, or ring to book a place at table. All are welcome.
Further details from Veronica Partridge on 01473 823188
The Friends of St Mary’s Church Trust was set up in 2019 to help raise funds to protect, restore and develop the fabric of our beautiful church building in Kersey. This is in addition to a similar trust to specifically protect and maintain the eight church bells.
Friends of St Mary’s is separate to the Parochial Church Council (PCC) but works very closely with them. The PCC takes care of the everyday running of the church. The Friends of St Mary’s Church Trust looks after the structural needs of the church as a building of architectural and historical beauty.
The Trust has already helped to fund repairs to the West doors and the area under the bell tower, giving a more dramatic welcome to visitors with a spectacular view down the nave to the vestry. The future focus is to restore both the North and South entrance porches to their former glory, as well as opening the passageway up to the top of the bell tower to access the incredible views across Suffolk. The view from the top of St Mary’s Church is reportedly in the top three ‘highest viewpoints’ in Suffolk.
The Trust raises funds in a variety of ways. Classical concerts, music evenings, jazz nights and other events held in Kersey throughout the year, as well as relying on the generosity of both residents and visitors alike to make simple donations to this great cause. You can also join our 500 Club members lottery, the prize money is divided between three lucky winners each month.
If you would like to know more about the work to protect the fabric of the church building, or indeed become a member or a ‘friend’ of the Trust and make a donation, please contact:
In 1910 the small one up one down former bakery on Church Hill was left in trust by the Rev William Brice Gray for use as a Reading Room. With improvements in education its original use became obsolete and from the late 1930s the downstairs room was used by a Men’s Club to play snooker and billiards. The upstairs room was used for church meetings and Sunday School. These uses gradually became infrequent and ceased in 1993, and the snooker table was sold in 1995. Different uses for the building were investigated and the parish was consulted, but nothing was identified. An application for lottery funds to convert the building into two small meeting rooms was rejected as an unviable project. The Charity Commission were consulted and a Scheme dated 4 December 2002 was granted giving the Trust different objectives but still maintaining Rev Gray’s original purpose in providing educational benefit for the people of Kersey and residual support for the church. The new scheme provided the Trustees with a power of sale of the Reading Room and this was sold in 2004 with permission to convert to a private dwelling. The proceeds of sale were added to the capital fund. The income from the capital may be applied to the following objects:
A notice inviting individuals and organisations to bid for financial support of educational studies appears in the Kersey Newsletter in July each year.
KCPC is a working group of the Parish Council, which has the aim of maintaining and improving the recreation facilities for local children and adults. The playground at the west end of the Glebe sports field was established following local fundraising efforts. It caters for children aged 2-12 years with a wide range of activities in a safe enclosed area. There is a cricket practice net located at the east end of the Glebe sports field and three pieces of outdoor gym equipment near the children's playground. KCPC hold regular fundraising events, including the popular quiz night in the autumn, so the recreation facilities can continue to be maintained and improved. The working group is fortunate to be supported by volunteers from the whole parish who help with mowing and maintenance of the playground. Anyone interested in helping at maintenance mornings or mowing the small playground area once a year as part of our rota of volunteers, using our mower, would be very welcome.
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The Glebe sports field is on the Hall Road adjacent to the Old Vicarage and is owned by the Kersey Playing Field Association, which is a registered charity. The objects of the charity are ‘to provide and maintain in the interest of social welfare a playing field and recreation facilities for the inhabitants of the village of Kersey and its neighbourhood’.
The Trustees have leased to the Parish Council 3 plots, one at the west end of the Glebe on which the children’s playground has been established, another adjacent to the children's playground for fitness equipment and another plot at the east end of the Glebe for a cricket practice net. During term time the field is used regularly by the school. It is available for organised events.
Further details from the secretary Mark Pertwee 01473 810227
Kersey Projects consists of six parishioners who organise social events in the parish, mainly for entertainment but also for fund-raising. Any funds raised are always steered towards charities or organisations that benefit the parish of Kersey.
Amongst other ad hoc events, Kersey Projects stage a bi-annual Kersey Open Gardens event, where 20+ parishioners’ gardens feature; a bi-annual Flower Festival in Kersey Church and a bi-annual Christmas party to which all residents of Kersey are invited. Kersey Projects also sponsor the parish Christmas tree and decorations.
Kersey Projects are always happy to lend support to any fund-raising event in the parish of Kersey.
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KVG is a working group of the Parish Council. The aim of the KVG is to make Kersey a pleasant and safe place in which to live, work and visit. This is done by the volunteers continually collecting litter, reporting to Suffolk County Council highways problems and hazards such as potholes, and notifying Anglian Water of leaks.
Anyone interested in joining the KVG would be very welcome.
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This Trust Fund was set up in memory of a well-known Kersey gardening enthusiast and character. Fund income came from hiring out the 2 village marquees, now administered by the Village Produce Association, of which Lewis Mowles was an initiator and founder member. Monies are used to support various village projects at the discretion of the trustees.
Further details from Secretary Mrs Rachel Wells 01473 822230
There is currently a vacancy for a Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator for Kersey. The co-ordinator acts as a two-way communication channel between the police and parishioners. However, with the advent of the Police Connect service which offers everyone the ability to receive regular updates from the police via text, telephone or email the Neighbourhood Watch scheme is fairly quiet. More information about the Police Connect service is available on the useful information page of this website.
Further details from The Parish Clerk, Sarah Partridge 01787 210859
The Nightingale Trust was founded in 1580 by the will of Robert Nightingale. There are 6 trustees, two representative trustees appointed by the Parish Council and 4 co-opted trustees who must be residents of the village. The income, mainly derived from garden allotment land, is distributed at Christmas to the elderly of the parish and also any resident of the parish who may require assistance during the year.
The Trust has managed to include Kersey Parish residents in the existing Boxford and Hadleigh Community Car Scheme. Kersey Parish residents in need of assistance with transport to and from local medical appointments should contact Jen Eastwood on 01787 211853 or Mark Rigby on 01473 829147 for further information.
The allotments are situated at the end of Kedges Lane and are owned and managed by the Nightingale Trust. They are let, as available, generally on a first come first served basis.
There is now a special class at the VPA show for allotment holders. The annual tenants meeting is held in October.
For further details about the allotments and applications please contact the secretary Natalie Blyth 01473 827805
The Kersey Table Tennis Club was formed in September 2009. The Kersey Parish Plan, completed in 2008, indicated that there was considerable interest in table tennis amongst parishioners. As a result, a group of volunteers successfully applied for some grant funding to purchase 2 tables and start a table tennis club in Kersey Village Hall.
The objective of the club is to promote sporting and social activity for anyone in the locality. The club’s mission statement is to promote healthier living through exercise, give the opportunity for people to learn, improve and play table tennis and to provide a recreational amenity for all age groups to interact and socialise.
The club hires Kersey Village Hall on a Thursday evening from 7.30 pm — 9 pm. The club will run between September and June each year depending on demand from players. Players pay a small charge each week to play; currently adults pay £1.50 for 1 hour or £2 for the whole evening and juniors pay £1/evening.
Further details from Adrian Blyth 01473 827805
The Club meets on the first Tuesday of the month from March to December, usually in Kersey Village Hall at 7.30 pm. It is open to any age group. A mixed programme is arranged each year including speakers, demonstrations, a meal and a fundraising event. It may include a visit to a place of interest. Everyone is welcomed to meetings, £1 per meeting to cover the costs.
Further details from Mrs Rachel Wells 01473 822230
The Association was formed in 1947, the idea being to enable members to buy seeds and seed potatoes and also hold an annual flower show. Now the main function of the year is still the Flower and Vegetable Show, usually held in September. Annual outings are organised to gardens, etc. The Association also owns 2 marquees, which are available for hire to groups and individuals. The AGM is held in March with other meetings as required. Membership is £1 per year.
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