Latest News:

23/8/13: Please note that there is a Benefice lunch at 1.00pm on Sunday 8th September in Pavenham Village Hall. All welcome from across the Benefice to mark Elizabeth’s retirement. For catering purposes please tell your churchwarden if you plan to come. Followed at 3.30pm by Songs of Praise in St Peter’s Pavenham. See Diary listing page.

23/8/13: Services at Keysoe Row Baptist Chapel have now stopped. There will, however, be just one final Baptist service at Keysoe Row Chapel on 29th Sept 2013 – an historical moment.

17/8/13: With effect from 1st September this Benefice Church Website will be maintained by Mark Jeffery instead of Brian Inall. See the Contact Us page. Please send Mark information about church activities, photos, updates and corrections as necessary.

23/7/13: See Milton Ernest School Leavers’ Assembly report and photo below.

23/7/13: The Milton Ernest Fete 2013 page now has full results of the class competitions and a list of the cup winners. (Link via Menu page.)

19/7/13: Milton Ernest runs a popular ‘Coffee Shop’ 9.30am every last Friday of the month in the Village Hall. Now ‘Tea and Chat’ is being held 2.30pm each third Friday in the Village Hall. Tea and splendid cakes for just £2 each. Do join in if you can. Although not a church activity, church members help out at these valuable community initiatives, and so they will be listed on our diary page.

14/6/13: New Hymn books have been bought and are now in all three churches. The old books have been removed and will be given to charity. This means the Supplementary song book has also been reworked and is rather shorter than the one it replaced.

Church Notices:    (please scroll down to see them all)


Milton Ernest VC Lower School had their end of term Leavers’ Assembly in All Saints’ Church on 23rd July. In front of parents, friends and school staff they performed Cinderella and Snow White, read out their best memories and sang songs. Debbie Inskip in her High Sheriff role presented to each leaver a book token, and Rev’d Elizabeth Inall presented each with a Bible given by All Saints’ Church. Picture shows the leavers’ group after prayers for them led by Elizabeth. (Photo published here by permission.)


At The Friends traditional annual service in Pavenham on 14th July 2013, also the church’s Patronal Festival, our reader Sue Ives was inaugurated as the Associate Minister to this Benefice. As a result Sue will be working and doing more in the Benefice.


The Thurleigh LEP (Local Ecumenical Partnership) was officially signed at an inauguration service at St Peter’s on 14th July ’13. Left to right:

Richard Singleton (Church Warden);
Rev’d Elizabeth Inall (Benefice Priest-in-Charge);
Rev’d Peter Protheroe (Baptist Minister – Moderator);
Lilian Wildman (Baptist Secretary);
Rev’d Stephen Copson (Baptist Regional Minister);
Rt Rev’d Richard Atkinson, Bishop of Bedford;

St Peter’s Church and Thurleigh Baptist Church are now committed, for a renewable 7 year term, to work together more closely in all their activities and to support one another.

The ‘Friends’ were formed in 2012, but already there have been several successful promotional and fund raising events, with more in the planning for 2013.

The Photographic and Painting Competition, with painting demonstration was successfully held on Sat 15th June.

Next events:

Sat 19th Oct 2013 (7pm): Another ‘Intoxicating’ wine tasting quiz in St Peter’s Church, Thurleigh. Tickets £15 from Wendy Armitage or Paul Rubens.

See also the Friends’ page on this website.

Discussion House Groups:

Christian discussion groups operate as follows:

Pavenham: Weekly on a Tuesday at 10.30am. See listings for venue. Stops over holiday periods, half term, etc. Occasional socials. The meetings last about an hour plus time for refreshments. All are welcome to this informal discussion group.

Milton Ernest: “Beer, Wine ‘n’ Banter” – also just called Beer ‘n’ Banter. A monthly evening group on the 2nd Monday of each month in the bar of the Queen’s Head, Milton Ernest. Just come along at 7.45pm for a drink and informal discussions about anything and everything.
Contacts: Ali (T:825127) or Nick (T:824337)

Some other monthly daytime and evening house groups have run during term time in the recent past in Milton Ernest and Thurleigh. They are not running at present but could be re-launched any time. Any information on that will be shown here.


The ‘Golf Day’ on 24th May was a good success despite dreadful wet and windy weather.

The traditional Friends’ Patronal Service took place on Sun 14th July.

Sat 23rd November 2013: Jazz Night.

Regular events take place during the year. Check out posters in Pavenham, information in The Villager magazine and church notice boards. See also the Friends’ page on this website. The Friends raise considerable sums to keep St Peter’s Pavenham in a good state of repair.


Money Advice at St Andrew’s provides free debt and budgeting advice to clients. In the current economic climate and changes in benefits this service has increasing demand. It is affiliated to Community Money Advice which is UK wide. Volunteers are needed to welcome clients, and others to advise clients. Training provided. Based at St Andrew’s Church Centre, Kimbolton Road, Bedford.

If you want to know more speak to Brian (tel: 822885) or go via the Links page to look at the Money Advice page on this website and then to follow the link to the official Money Advice at St Andrews website.


ALL SAINTS’ MILTON ERNEST: Monthly maintenance sessions inside the church and out in the churchyard take place on the last Saturday each month from 9.30am to 12 noon. (Not during winter months.)

ST PETER’S THURLEIGH: Occasional churchyard maintenance sessions during the growing season on a Saturday morning from 9.30am. Good fellowship! Refreshments! Dates when known will be put here.

Next is: (to be advised)

The Friends of the Thurleigh Community Memorial Garden have a gardening & tidy up session on the 1st Wednesday each month during the growing season at 9.30am for the memorial garden in the churchyard. Please check Diary Listing page. All welcome.

The Villager Church and Community magazine copy date:

The next Villager is the October issue with a copy date for submissions of articles of 18th September ’13.

Calling All Musicians – young & old:

Your skills are needed to join a church music group which plays at services across the benefice.
Please contact Jonathan Hunt – tel: 01234 210428.

Pavenham Village Choir:

The Pavenham Village Choir meets on Tuesday evenings from 7.30 to 9pm in the Committee Room of Pavenham Village Hall, under the direction of Mark Jeffereys. New members are always welcome.
For more information tel: 824841.