St Andrew’s Walberswick

Vicar In Charge: Revd. Simon Pitcher Tel: 01502 725424
Church Warden: Verger - Penny Buncombe
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Postcode: IP18 6UZ

Joanna Saunders – Safeguarding Officer – Tel: 07511 013829  eMail: The Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser can be contacted on 07785 621319 (available 8am to 8pm)

Our safeguarding statement can be viewed in the downloads section of this page.

Open from 9am to 6pm.

The wearing of face masks is optional.  Worshippers are required to sanitise their hands on entry to the church and to respect the need to maintain a safe distance from others while moving around the church.

Standard Service Pattern – 

1st Sunday of Month        2nd Sunday of Month

11.15am  Eucharist (CW)    6pm Choral Evensong

3rd Sunday of Month  4th Sunday of Month

                                            11.15  Family Service

5th Sunday of Month No service

Special services are undertaken throughout the year so please check our upcoming services page


Walberswick@church means an all age service, suitable for families.  We use some traditional and some modern music.  Piano and band.  Relatively informal and children friendly

Eucharist = Holy Communion.

CW means Common Worship, using contemporary language.  Mostly traditional hymns, piano or organ

Choral means with choir and organ and traditional hymns



For church bookings please contact Darryl Dawson 01502 723072 { between 9am and 5pm} Monday to Friday.

St. Andrew’s, Walberswick.  The church seen today stands in the remains of the south aisle of a substantial Grade 1 listed church, originally built between 1473 and 1493 onto an earlier tower.  The ruins of the bigger church can still be explored.  When this larger church fell into disrepair in the 18th century the citizens of Walberswick wisely decided to downsize and to maintain a smaller church that better suited their needs.

Restoration of the Ruins, St Andrew’s Church, Walberswick

Your parish church PCC is delighted to announce that it has been awarded grants totalling £175,000 to enable much needed restoration and preservation work of our stunning, but crumbling church ruins.

Once the urgent repairs are completed these important, mainly coursed cobble flint, ruins will be rid of ivy, security wires and signage and be restored to the greatness their size and scale indicates, revealing the story of the history of the village dating back beyond the 15th century.

The work will preserve this part of our heritage for the future, enable greater access around the site, enhance the visitor experience and open up the area for community activities, even outdoor weddings!

How it came about

Earlier this year, Historic England, by invitation to visit the site, placed the ruins on its Heritage At Risk (HAR) register. Fortunately it was one of the bodies that made a significant grant to undertake the extensive repair and conservation work to the tune of £100,000 for which we are enormously grateful, in particular to its HAR Principal John Ette.

A successful application to WREN’s FCC Heritage Fund brought in a further £75,000, and our appreciation goes to this not-for-profit business that awards grants for community, biodiversity and heritage projects from funds donated by FCC Environment through the Landfill Communities Fund.

A condition of the funding is that the work is completed by the end of the financial year March 2016. So we needed to act fast to make it happen.

Who is doing the work?

During the summer Nick Jacob Architects of Ipswich, who has been working with the PCC, and on the re-ordering at St Edmunds, Southwold, drew up the tender documents and he will oversee the project.

Following a three way tender R&J Hogg Ltd were awarded the contract, chiefly due to the amount of specialist knowledge they would bring to the project.

What  happens next ?

During October contractors will start preparing the site ready for work.

Autumn, winter and early Spring are not the most ideal weather-wise for this kind of specialised mortar work, so the scaffolding, erected to allow access to the ruins only, will have a canopy so work is not held up by inclement weather.

Please respect that the churchyard will become a building site. Multi-level work, some at a great height, other nearer ground level will be continuous, so there are health and safety risks if people stray into marked- off areas.

Please also be vigilant and do let Rev Simon Pitcher or any of the church wardens know if you feel suspicious about any activity on site.

Hear more about it – sign up for a tour!

John Hogg has very kindly agreed to host a couple of tour parties around the site to tell us about the detailed nature of the work and how they approach it. If you would like to join one group, places are limited to 12. Please email: or call 07785 551193 to reserve a place.

Stephanie Anderson, vice-chairman, St Andrews PCC, October 2015

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