Higham, Holton, Raydon, Stratford

Four churches united by God and his people

  • The Rectory
  • Raydon
  • Ipswich
  • Suffolk
  • IP7 5LH

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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.

Personnel of the Benefice

Rector and Bishop Nigel

The Rector and Bishop Nigel Stock (Bishop of the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich) at the Rector's installation at St Mary's Church Stratford St Mary in October 2009.

The Rector, Revd Rosalind Paul, came to the Benefice that year from a curacy in Cornwall.  Her contact details can be found on the right of this page.


Readers are allowed to lead many services in our churches, and they are an invaluable resource to our communities.

Richard Appleton (01473 311487)

Nicola Tindall (01787 212340)


In this Diocese, Elders are those who have offered, and been trained, as worship leaders and pastoral visitors (including being able to take Holy Communion to people in their homes).  In our Benefice, we have 8 Elders:

Higham:  Martyn Carr (01206 337 325), Peter and Margaret Snelling (01206 337590)

Holton St Mary:  Jean Styles (01473 828532)

Stratford St Mary:  Pat Ablitt (01206 322684), Christine Cousins (01206 322530), Janet Dewey (01206 322148), Sandy Ranson (01206 322156)

In addition, Paul Torrington (Holton) and Geoffrey Horrex (Raydon) are licensed to assist at the altar, and Christine Cousins (01206 322530) is licensed to take Communion by Extension.

Churchwardens (till April 2018)

Higham:  Martyn Carr (01206 337325) and Hugo Parker (01206 337234)

Holton St Mary:  Jeanette Appleton (01473 311487) and Paul Torrington (01473 312046)

Raydon:  Geoffrey Horrex (01473 310422) and Simon Tennent (01473 310320)

Stratford St Mary:  Christine Cousins (01206 322530), Jonathan and Janet Dewey (01206 322148)