Welcome to Bardwell church

The Church of St Peter & St Paul


About Bardwell Church

Welcome to the church of St Peter & St Paul Bardwell.

Bardwell Church is a member of the Blackbourne Team of Churches, within the Ixworth Deanery.

If you are ever near Bardwell, please do visit. You can be sure of a warm welcome!

Our aim is to worship the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to teach the Bible in a way that is relevant to everyday life, to enable people to grow in faith, understanding and love, equip people to serve and to offer people the opportunity to meet with Jesus and discover forgiveness and new life.

Sunday Worship

Please see our Events section for dates and times


Church Road, Bardwell, Bury St Edmunds, IP31 1AH

Our 'Give a Little' Page

Would you consider making a donation to the church?

Your support makes a big impact to our village. It pays for the annual maintenance costs of the church building and also helps to pay for our Rector, Karen, and the costs of our clergy team.

Karen plays a vital role for caring for all in our community at special times of need. She has worked particularly hard this year and continues to actively support the children and staff at Bardwell school.

Your support is especially important now as we have lost much of our normal income from various monthly events.

Thank you.

Latest News

September 2021

Bardwell Church is open every day from 9am to 5pm for private prayer or reflection. We’re continuing to encourage people to wear masks when entering the church and singing. Masks can be removed when sitting; hand sanitizers are provided. Welcome!

We are looking forward to an extra special September when we welcome visitors during the Ride and Stride fund raising event for Suffolk Historic Churches Trust and to join Suffolk in celebrating our National Heritage.

We are holding Open Weekends on 11th, 12th, 18th & 19th of September when there will be an exhibition of historical items, guided walks, children’s trail and cream teas! There will also be a Bring and Buy Plant and Preserves stall.

Apart from Bardwell’s services, there is a 10am service of Holy Communion at St Mary’s Church, Ixworth each Sunday.

On-line services, for those who are at home, can be viewed on Blackbourne Team Ministry's Facebook page as follows:

Every Sunday:
8am: Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer, BCP).
10am: Holy Communion (Common Worship, CW) . This is the live streamed service from St Mary’s Church which is posted on the Blackbourne Team Facebook page.

Weekday Services continue on Facebook:
9am: Morning Prayer, Monday to Saturday
8pm: Evening Prayer, Monday to Friday

You don't have to be a member of facebook to join in - just follow this link to the page: facebook.com/BlackbourneTeam.

Our People

Meet the team

Karen Burton

Rev Karen Burton

Karen has been our Rector since September 2019.

Lesley Norburn

Rev Lesley Norburn

Lesley has been our Assistant Curate since October 2020.

Dinkie Williamson

Dinkie Williamson

Dinkie is a Church Warden and Lay Elder.

Julia Steed

Julia Steed

Julia has been a churchwarden since 2019.

Event Schedule

Find out what's on

Communion Service (CW)

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Ride and Stride for Suffolk Historic Churches

Guided Walks

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Cream Teas

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Guided Walks

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Cream Teas

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Coffee Morning

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This will be a Bring and Buy Coffee morning in aid of church funds. Preserves, garden produce or baked goods are all welcomed. Thank you.

Guided Walks

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Cream Teas

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Display & sale of Robert Whybrow’s paintings

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Morning Worship. Remembering Robert Whybrow

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Guided Walks

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Cream Teas

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Harvest Festival Family Service

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Bring and Share Harvest Lunch

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Everyone welcome - even if you didn't come to the service!

Harvest Messy Church

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Let's see how Messy we can get! All ages are welcome to enjoy this fun!

Bring and Buy Coffee Morning

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Preserves, garden produce and plants are suggested.

Communion Service (CW)

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Churchyard Work Party

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Soup Lunch

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All Souls Service

St Mary's Church, Ixworth

This annual service is an opportunity to give thanks and remember all our departed loved ones.


The care and protection of children, young people and vulnerable adults involved in church activities is the responsibility of the whole church. Everyone who participates in the life of the church has a role to play in promoting a Safer Church for all.

Safeguarding is an integral part of the mission and ministry of the church in this diocese and is in line with our Growing in God strategy. Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility.

If you have any Safeguarding concerns, please contact our Safeguarding Officer:
Rev Sue Nutt:
Tel: 01842 890409
Email: suenutt@hotmail.com

It is our policy to:

  • Promote a safer environment and culture
  • Safely recruit and support all those with any responsibility relating to those groups who are at increased risk of harm or abuse within the church
  • Respond promptly to every safeguarding concern or allegation
  • Care pastorally for victims/survivors of abuse and other affected persons
  • Care pastorally for those who are the subject of concerns or allegations of abuse and other affected persons
  • Respond to those who may pose a present risk to others

Find Bardwell Church

Location and gallery


The beautiful village of Bardwell is situated a few miles north of the medievel market town of Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.

Contact Us

Get in touch with us at Bardwell Church


Church Road, Bardwell, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP31 1AH


07974 983601

Our Big Project

Thank You

The church had a major project (Sep 19 – Feb 20) to carry out urgent repairs, conserve our precious medieval stained glass, and install new facilities. A pictorial record of the project is here. The church is very grateful for grants received from the following organisations:

Alfred Williams Charitable Trust
Allchurches Trust
Awards for All
Beatrice Laing Trust
ChurchCare (with support from the Pilgrim Trust and the Wolfson Foundation)
Churches Conservation Foundation
Diocesan Centenary Fund*
Ganzoni Charitable Trust

Garfield Weston Foundation
Harris Family Fund*
Havebury Housing Partnership
Idlewild Trust
John S Cohen Foundation
Leche Trust
Lord Belstead Charitable Trust
Miller Trust Fund*
National Churches Trust
One Family Foundation

Our Heritage (Heritage Lottery Fund)
Pargiter Trust Fund*
Saxham Trust
Scarfe Trust
Sir Frederick Hiam Charitable Trust
Suffolk County Council Locality Budget
Suffolk Historic Churches Trust
Veneziana Fund
William & Jane Morris Fund

* These funds are administered by the Suffolk Community Foundation

The church is also very grateful for a number of individual donations, for a grant from an organisation that prefers to remain anonymous, and for the fund-raising efforts of the Friends of Bardwell Church.