Diary of forthcoming events




Sunday 31st May: Confirmation Service; St Martin’s, 10am – Joint Benefice Service

Saturday 13th June: Exning Duck Races on the village stream & in the churchyard

Saturday 11th July: Concert by Kirbye Voices; St Martin, evening times tbc


Biography of our new priest in charge, Canon Mark Haworth

Mark was brought up in Sale, Blackburn and Altrincham, and is an honours-graduate forester from Aberdeen University (1973) where inter alia he was President of the University Forestry Society, played hockey for the university, and sang in the Scottish Episcopalian Cathedral (St Andrew’s) Choir when not walking in the Cairngorms and West Highlands. His subsequent 15 year career as a District Officer in the Forestry Commission took him to Peebles, Kendal, Thetford and Ludlow from where he became a Hereford ordinand in 1988. Mark has three children and three grandchildren. Sarah is now a family barrister in London and has a daughter Stella (2). Living close by her in Bethnal Green is Oliver who is married to Alex and works at NHS England HQ. Lucy is co-Deputy Headteacher at Barrow CEVC School near Bury St Edmunds, and is married to Nick and they have two daughters Amelia (9) and Olivia (4). Mark trained for the priesthood at Westcott House, Cambridge, serving his title curacy at Cherry Hinton & Teversham, before becoming Vicar of the Swaffhams & Reach, Rural Dean of Fordham, and Sub-Warden of Readers for the Archdeaconry of Ely, all in the diocese of Ely where he also served on a number of diocesan committees. After a brief spell as School Chaplain at Framlingham College and Brandeston Hall School in Suffolk, he became Bishop’s Chaplain at Peterborough, moving then to the diocese of Manchester to become Team Rector of the Pendleton Team Ministry, which then became the Salford All Saints Team Ministry ultimate comprising five churches, where he was also Borough Dean of Salford, again serving on a number of diocesan committees and the Bishops Council. After 7 years Mark moved to become Vicar of Rochdale, and was Acting Area Dean covering a sabbatical; he was made an Honorary Canon of Manchester Cathedral in 2012 in token of his varied diocesan involvements alongside busy parish and team ministry, which latterly included being Chair of the Manchester Area Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) and continued involvement with Affirming Catholicism and the Society of Catholic Priests. In his nearly 7 years in St Edmundsbury & Ipswich thus far he has been Team Rector of Lark Valley & North Bury, and has been Rural Dean of Thingoe for nearly 6 years, also serving on Diocesan Synod, Bishop Council, Safeguarding Panel, RSCM, Diocesan Council for Church Music, and the Diocesan Board of Patronage, Archdeaconry Mission & Pastoral Committee, and was acting Archdeacon of Sudbury covering a sabbatical in 2019. His own sabbatical was from August to November last year, including a project on patterns of governance and clergy deployment with particular reference to market-towns and hinterland villages, following on from being on a task-group in this diocese. Mark has a real heart for collaborative parish ministry; he is a member of the Society of the Resurrection at Mirfield, West Yorkshire, and has experience of leading away-days and pilgrimages to holy places within these islands. He considers that he has embraced a wide breadth of worship, spirituality, prayer-life and music in his lay and ordained ministry, and that his faith journey is Christ-centred, Biblically-grounded and pastorally-driven, undergirded by a facility and desire for good administration, prayer and parties!  Having lived on New River Green 1980-83, with Sarah & Lucy both christened at St Martins, he looks forward very much to being back as house-for-duty parish priest in Exning w Landwade, working with ordained and lay colleagues there and in Newmarket St Mary w Exning St Agnes, the schools, the hospital, and engaging with community agencies and events in the village and wider town, also playing his part in Mildenhall Deanery, building on what has gone before, and that which is already in place and flourishing. Mark and his third faithful Labrador Honey enjoy local walking and spending time with family and friends, and he also hopes to pick up his racquet-sports more often than has been possible in team-life in Bury St Edmunds. He continues to sing annually with the Manchester Cathedral Voluntary Choir and will enjoy becoming musically involved locally. He also particularly enjoys fellwalking and landscape, architecture, concerts, theatre and film; he is also a lifetime supporter of Blackburn Rovers FC (which feeds his love of sacrificial loyalty and sardonic humour).  The Revd John Hardy




Services may be accessed via YouTube or telephone, as detailed below.


To access via YouTube, follow the link provided, which should become active half an hour before the advertised service time.

To access via telephone, dial 03300 945 940, use number 24456910 and PIN 7760. You can do this from a mobile or landline, and do not need an internet connection to do it. Calls cost the same as for a landline number, so if these are included in your call package, the call will be free.

Orders of service will be available on the St Mary's and St Agnes's website: https://www.stmarysandstagnesnewmarket.org.uk/service-times/. Palm Sunday is already available to download, but if you don't have the service sheet you should still be able to join in.

Schedule of services:

Palm Sunday (5 April) at 10am: Liturgy of the Palms and Mass - https://youtu.be/x0D_uUQoYvY

Maundy Thursday (9 April) at 7pm: Mass and Liturgy of the Watch - https://youtu.be/p22fdLc3L1Y

Good Friday (10 April) at 2pm: Liturgy of the Cross - https://youtu.be/DE42wBOgoRk

Easter Eve (11 April) at 8pm: Easter Vigil - https://youtu.be/XchC6gkAOsU

Easter Sunday (12 April) at 10am: Mass of Easter - https://youtu.be/D_AXD0xXhN4


In addition, we will make the phone line open for a couple of other things over the next week:

Wednesday 8 April, 10-11am: Come and Chat (clergy will 'sit' in the 'church' and be available to talk - a bit like Kettle's On, but you have to brew your own)

Wednesday 8 April, 7pm: Hymns for Holy Week (an experiment: Christine will play the piano, and we will try to sing along!)

Do pass these details on, especially to people who might not be online and would appreciate the opportunity to connect via telephone.

Every blessing to you all, and may Holy Week and Easter be holy and blessed for you and your loved ones.

Best wishes, MAX



OFFERINGS TO THE CHURCH VIA STANDING ORDER  I have had a few requests for details of how we can keep on giving over this time of isolation & restricted access to our churches.  Here are the details if you would like to set up a regular payment through your bank.  If you wish to gift aid your payments, please let me know & I will send a gift aid statement to you if you haven’t already done one.

Account Number: 44358318

Sort Code: 60-15-47

Account Name: Exning PCC



A pastoral letter to clergy from the archbishops of Canterbury and York. Dear Sisters and Brothers,

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement last night, it is imperative that for the health of the nation and in order for the National Health Service itself to manage the increase in those requiring medical help, the Church of England strictly observes the new guidelines on staying at home and only making journeys that are absolutely necessary, such as shopping for essential items and to take daily exercise.

Our church buildings must now be closed not only for public worship, but for private prayer as well and this includes the priest or lay person offering prayer in church on their own. A notice explaining this should be put on the church door (please find template attached). We must take a lead in showing our communities how we must behave in order to slow down the spread of the Coronavirus.

We must also do all that we can to provide resources and support for those who are isolated, fearful and vulnerable. But we have to do this from our homes.  A number of national online resources (https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/church-online)

including  weekly streamed services and daily audio, as well as additional worship provision on the BBC are there to help us, and more are on their way. Please do all that you can to point people to this content. It is also imperative that as the Church of Jesus Christ, called to offer hope and light in the darkness of this world’s ills, we maintain a praying presence for our community, though from today onwards this must happen from our hearts and from our homes.

Our Church buildings are closed but the Church must continue to support and encourage our communities making use of telephones and other forms of technology to keep in touch with people and ensure pastoral care is maintained, and as shepherds of Christ’s flock we are committed to making this happen. In summary, these are the guidelines we must follow:

1. Our church buildings are closed for public worship and for private prayer.

 2. Emergency baptisms can take place in hospital or at home, though subject to strict hygienic precautions and physical distancing as far as possible.

 3. There can be no weddings in church buildings until further notice.

 4. Funerals can only happen at the Crematorium or at the graveside. Only immediate family members can attend (if the crematorium allows) – that is, spouse or partner, parents and children, keeping their distance in the prescribed way.

 5. Live streaming of services is more important than ever and is still permissible from homes. We encourage us all to consider how we can be as creative as possible with streaming services and other resources. There are many, many fantastic examples of churches and clergy using technology to reach and engage communities. Read more guidance here: https://www.churchofengland.org/more/church-resources/digital-labs/labs-learning-blog/beginners-guide-going-live-your-service-or . 

6. Foodbanks should continue where possible under strict guidelines and may have to move to be delivery points not places where people gather. If you can do consider making a financial contribution to your nearest foodbank.

 These are unprecedented times. We are all having to get used to being the Church differently. It is not easy. However, our belonging to Christ has never been measured by the number of people in church on a Sunday morning (though we long for the day when this way of knowing Christ can return) but by the service we offer to others. Therefore, and despite these very harrowing restrictions, please do all that you can to minister to your people safely, especially to the sick, the vulnerable and the poor. With our thanks to you all for you are bearing at this extraordinary time. We know that God is with us and we pray with you that in the midst of all this pain and sorrow we can remain focussed on the One who gives us hope. JUSTIN CANTUAR; SENTAMU EBOR

The Revd John Hardy


SONGS OF PRAISE  Sadly we will not be able to hold our monthly services for a while and I know this time of worship and fellowship will be greatly missed by those who regularly attend, especially those who live alone with limited mobility and no internet access.  During this time of social distancing it would be good if we in the S of P team can keep them in our thoughts and in our prayers.  PAM MORTER

CANCELLATION OF EASTER STORY & EGG HUNT  Easter Sunday at St Martins.  It is with great regret that, due to the Covid-19 outbreak, we need to cancel the Easter Story and Egg Hunt.  Thank you to all those who offered eggs, agreed to be stewards, to make coffee and plant the garden.  Hopefully, next year, we will return to our usual routine for the children.  JENNY KING

ANNUAL PAROCIAL CHURCH MEETING & MEETING TO APPOINT CHURCH WARDENS.  These have been postponed. We have received instruction that the revised date of the meetings must be by 31st October. Meanwhile all current post-holders (including deanery synod representatives) will remain in place. I will keep all of the charity voting forms that have already been cast, and will add another two weeks to vote when the churches resume the normal service pattern.  JOHN PASCALL

VOICE MEETING  In case there is any doubt the next Voice Meeting (scheduled for May 6th) has been cancelled.  JOHN PASCALL

ST MARTIN CHURCH CLOCK  Works on the clock are now completed. The winding mechanism is now by small electric motors. After nearly 14 years of climbing up to the level of the window under the clock face twice a week I am redundant. That said, from being the clock winder/minder I am now just the minder, which means the only time I have to climb again is for any minor adjustments Like putting on the hour and returning it to GMT. Regards, ALAN BALCOMB


PERSIMMON HOMES PUBLIC CONSULTATION 31st MARCH – CANCELLED  Please see the attached poster from Persimmon detailing ways of looking and commenting online.  Please take the time to do this if you can as this may be the only chance we get to express our views as there is no guarantee at this stage that they will be carrying out a face-to-face public consultation in the future.  CATHY WHITAKER

FOODBANK UPDATE  The new voucher system is beginning to show dividends with increased use of the foodbank. We are hoping to broaden access across the area through schools and churches. What we need at present: Small jars of instant coffee, Toilet rolls, Cook in sauces, Pot noodles and similar easy to prepare instant meals, Brown sauce, Tinned rice puddings, Long life milk (not flavoured or milk substitutes).  We currently do not need: Soups, Sugar (we had a very large donation), Baked beans, Pulses, Pasta, Breakfast cereals. Many thanks for your continuing support - you may like to know that last year the foodbank provided nearly 700 food handouts, and the need is increasing unfortunately.  TONY WHITE


World Day of Prayer Commitments

Dear all,

Part of this year’s World Day of Prayer was to make a commitment. In giving these to God through prayer we become empowered by His grace to continue to work towards those goals. So please pray for:

Our churches:

For unity, for sharing,

To listen well to God and to one another and our communities that we can be aware of the needs of those we encounter and share God’s love with them and how we can fulfil their needs, in body, mind or spirit..

For ourselves to be more giving and forgiving. To be humble, healed and to dare to try.

To be bold in sharing God’s word.

To welcome all – cherishing what we hold in common and not what separates us.

To continue to support the clubs, other than church ones.

To prioritise our time and skills.

For our communities:

For those addicted in any form.

For the lost and lonely, the poor and the homeless.

Pray for God to wipe County Lines away, protecting the vulnerable caught up in this and release for the captives.

For peace and understanding for all.

Against the busyness of our society.

For those with mental illness or with learning difficulties that the support they need is available to them.                               REVD SUSAN ALLISON


ECO-CHURCH  We get our church office paper from The Green Stationery Company, a small family run business based in Bath.  They provide good quality white & coloured paper at a decent price.  I received a message from them today & thought I’d share it with you – many businesses will suffer because of the pandemic.  Let’s hope this one survives.

“We all know humanity has been putting immense pressure on the environment from unsustainable activity. The result in the last few months, has been floods, fires, locust devastation and now the arrival of a lethal virus. We need to change our business and economic behaviour. The Green Stationery Company has been working for 30 years putting the environment first and profits and growth second. Please support us by continuing to place your online orders. With best wishes for the future and please keep safe.”

A ROCHA is the Christian organisation that we supported last year.  This is a message from them.

“We hope and pray that you and your families are keeping safe and well during these challenging times. Around the world, A Rocha teams are being impacted, as are each of you. The importance of biodiversity conservation, and related issues such as access to clean water, is clearer than ever. A Rocha is feeling the effects in various ways: from suspended fieldwork and reduced guest income, to confinements, funding questions and temporary staff dismissals. Uncertainties over the duration and ultimate scale of the crisis make it difficult to plan and many are seeing unforeseen knock-on effects. In Peru, community members are unable to look after the tree saplings planted as part of the reforestation programme. In India, staff are confined to the centre where they are living and working together. And at Karioi in New Zealand, the team is unable to carry out their usual predator control work. We join them in praying that all the work done to date will be enough to keep the returning Grey Faced Petrels or Oi safe as they find their lifelong mate and breed. Through it all, we are thankful for the resilience of the teams and that we are part of a family that cares for and supports each other. Please pray for the immediate and long-term impacts on all the A Rocha projects and for the safety of the staff and volunteers”

LANDWADE EVENSONGS 2020  Dear Colleagues, A 'heads-up' regarding the preachers for summer evensongs, 3pm, at Landwade chapel of ease:

April 26: The Ven. James Ridge, Chaplain General/Head of Faith Services, Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service

May 31 (Whitsun): Revd Canon Sandie Barton, priest-in-charge of the Lark and Lee benefice. nr Mildenhall

June 28: Revd David Everett, retired parish priest, formerly an incumbent in the east riding of Yorkshire, now living in Mildenhall

July 26: Revd Canon Mark Oakley, dean of chapel, St John's College, Cambridge

August 30: Mr Phillip Allison, licensed reader, Exning with Landwade

September 27 (Harvest Sunday): Mr David Ball, licensed reader from the Lark and Lee benefice.


PEN-PORTRAIT OF THE VENERABLE JAMES RIDGE, LANDWADE PREACHER 26th APRIL  “James born in Kent, spending his formative years in the Medway Towns and subsequently in Gravesend. University took him to Exeter (with a year abroad in Rennes, Brittany) and it was there that he discerned, more or less simultaneously, a vocation to Priesthood and a calling to Prison Ministry. After three years working as a lay assistant in Parishes in NW London and back in Kent he went to do a Theology degree and ministerial training at Westcott House, Cambridge. He spent four wonderful years as a Curate in the Halstead Area Team Ministry before briefly being Priest-in-charge of St. Peter’s Bocking, on the edge of Braintree. The calling to Prison Ministry was persistent and James went to be Anglican Chaplain and subsequently Managing Chaplain of HMP Chelmsford, a Victorian Category B local prison serving Essex and East London. After seven years there he went to HMP Wayland, a large Category C training prison in Norfolk, which primarily works with prisoners serving a number of years, lifers and those on indeterminate sentences. After two years there he became Chaplain General and Archdeacon to Prisons in October 2018. Based in London he oversees Chaplaincy in 121 prisons in England and Wales co-ordinating the ministry of approximately 1200 Chaplains. He spends much of his time travelling around the country visiting prisons and Chaplaincy teams and is acquainted with every single traffic cone on the M6! He is married to Ruth, a Methodist Minister, and they have one son, Joshua, who is 8.”  JOHN HARDY