Fornham All Saints
Standing proudly at the head of the village green, the parish church of All Saints has been at the centre of village life for more than 700 years. It has seen many changes and many people. It has seen battles fought, and bloodshed. It saw monks from the great abbey at Bury St Edmunds come to lead worship. It saw both the changes of the Reformation, and the turbulence of the English Civil War.
Now a Grade 1 listed building, floodlit to stunning effect during winter months, church facilities and activities have developed to begin meeting the needs of today. The church is wheelchair accessible and open to visitors all year round. During a variety of services and events, we have the use of an accessible WC, baby-changer, and kitchenette.
Outreach includes Songs of Praise and Afternoon Tea at nearby Thingoe Lodge, home communions, along with the active participation of the church community in village events.
The church stands as a reminder to the people of Fornham All Saints and those who pass by or enter in that God loves each one of us and is ready, like the father of the prodigal son, to welcome us home with open arms.
Written by Anne Scott (daughter of Michael and Marjorie Simon)
Michael and Marjorie Simon lived near Colchester, next door to their eldest daughter, Janet Holt. Marjorie was born Marjorie Jarman in Bury St Edmunds.
After Michael died Marjorie moved to Fornham House and attended both this Church and St Martins. Anne Scott lived with her husband Dr Ralph Scott at the Old Rectory in the village for 43 years and attended this Church, continuing the house’s connection with the Church and the village, enjoying Village Fetes in the garden. Their three children were married in this Church.
Ralph Scott’s ashes are buried in the garden of remembrance at the East end of this church.
The Plaque was moulded from clay by Anne Scott in an oval tin tray and decorated with the white leaves and a cross because their ashes were scattered at Whiteleaf Cross. The nail on which the Plaque was hung was already in the wall so there was no need for special permission to place it here.