Higham, Holton St Mary, Raydon, Stratford St Mary

Four churches united by God and his people

  • The Rectory
  • Hadleigh Road
  • Raydon
  • Suffolk
  • IP7 5LH

07947 737789
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Who are we?

We are a Benefice of four different parishes - Higham, Holton St Mary, Raydon and Stratford St Mary - who were brought together by the Diocese some years ago.  Each church maintains its own unique, historic identity within its own village, and its PCC and finances are dealt with separately from the other churches.  But we are more and more functioning as one worshipping community, with our worship rota containing one morning and one evening service a month for each church.  Please see our Services page for where the services are held month by month.

Rector:  Rev'd Manette Crossman:  Tel. 07947 737789

Email: Rev'd Manette

Assistant Priest:  Rev'd Nicola Tindall: Tel 01787 212340
 Rev'd Nicola

Lay Elder:  Sandy Ranson: Tel 01206 322156

Email: Sandy Ranson

Please contact Rev'd Manette if you or your children would like to be baptized, if you would like to get married in one of our churches, or if you need to arrange a loved one’s funeral.
Home Communion for the housebound can also be arranged.

This year’s annual Diocesan Confirmation Service led by Bishop Martin will take place at 10.30am on Sunday 5 May 2024 at the Cathedral. If you would be interested in being confirmed, please contact Rev’d Manette. 

Regular updates about what is going on in our parishes can be found on the Benefice Facebook page:



Higham             Churchwarden Hugo Parker  01206 337234
                          Assistant warden Martyn Carr

Holton               Churchwarden Richard Noel  01206 298276
                          Churchwarden Paul Torrington  01473 312046

Raydon             Churchwarden Geoff Horrex  01473 310422
                          Assistant warden Simon Tennent

Stratford           Churchwarden Sandy Ranson  01206 322156
                          Assistant warden Christine Cousins 

Benefice Safeguarding Officer:

Martin O’Brien

Tel. 07964 543718
Email: martinobrien@orwellpark.org


Within the Benefice we are grateful for continued support / donations that are vital in helping us keep our churches going.

Two of our churches have joined the Give A Little campaign and you can donate to these churches via the following link:

St Mary's Church, Stratford St Mary: 


St Mary's Church, Holton St Mary: 


St Mary's Church, Raydon:

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