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.

We are delighted to announce that Reverend Manette Crossman joined us our new Priest in Charge on 14th December, following her Licensing at St Mary's Church, Stratford St Mary.

Priest in Charge

Reverend Manette Crossman (07947737789)

Priest in charge of the Benefice of Higham, Holton St. Mary, 

Raydon and Stratford St. Mary

The Rectory, Hadleigh RoadRaydon IP7 5LH


Reverend Nicola Tindall (01787 212340)

Benefice Safeguarding Officer

Mrs Frances Torrington (01473 312046) 


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 3 Elders:

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

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


Higham: Hugo Parker (01206 337234)

Holton St Mary:  Richard Noel (01206 298276) and Paul Torrington (01473 312046)

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

Stratford St Mary:  Jonathan Dewey (01206 322148)


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: