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St Mary Magdalene, Ickleton

20230413 105037 

We are a friendly church in the village of Ickleton.

Our Sunday Services happen at 8am on the fourth Sunday and 10am;  Parish Communion with Sunday Club on first Sunday.  All age service on second sunday

St Mary Magdalene, Ickleton

Ickleton is an elegant, architecturally distinguished village on the western side of the River Granta, just where the ancient trade-route of the Icknield Way crossed over. Walk along Abbey Street, and you can see a lot of the village’s history on display. From the name of the street to the pieces of masonry in the walls of the houses, reminders are everywhere of Ickleton’s role in the middle ages as the home of an important Benedictine nunnery.
But our most amazing inheritance from that time was hidden away for 400 years, and only came to light by accident. In 1979, an arson attack on the church unexpectedly revealed rare and beautiful wall paintings beneath the whitewash of the nave. They date from the 12th century, and they are unique in England. Nowhere else has such early surviving art from an age when every church had illustrations of saints’ lives and Bible stories bursting out all over the walls, like holy picture books or sacred comic strips. On summer days, Ickleton church’s frescoes glow in the sunlight in shades of rose and brown. In winter, by the candlelight of evensong, they make the past generations of Ickleton Christians seem very close.
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Friends of Ickleton Church: maintaining our unique heritage
Ickleton Church has stood at the centre of the village for over 1000 year (Have you spotted the  Saxon Grave tops on the Church wall?). The Friends of Ickleton Church has come together to ensure that we maintain this unique heritage. Our first aim is to support the restoration and conservation of the wall paintings.
To celebrate the launch of the Friends we have produced a  new Ickleton Guidebook in partnership with the Parochial Church Council (PCC),  Parish Council and Ickleton Society.  As well as providing an introduction to the whole village the guide features the wall paintings  in detail as they are a precious and rare example of medieval wall paintings.  The renovation is projected to cost tens of thousands of pounds. We are optimistic that, because of their national importance, grants will be available. However we do need to  support these grant applications with funds from within our own community. The establishment of the Friends will address this immediate challenge whilst ensuring that the Church is looked after in the longer term. More copies of the guidebook are available from Ickleton village shop or the church @£5
In the present, the church is at the heart of a vigorous and active community life. It’s the venue, for example, for the famous Ickleton Coffee Mornings.  Yes, we’re boasting, but our boasts are justified. See for yourself. Starting again, observing covid guidelines, in August. Check the diary events diary and come along on Tuesdays at 10am.
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Hello and welcome to our church. If you are a new visitor, we have a page for you to get to know us and learn more about planning a visit.
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Planning your Visit

A Warm Hello 

Here's what to expect if you're coming to Church on a Sunday morning.

Where and When

We meet at one of our three Churches (details here) for our main Sunday Service, which starts at 10am. 

We usually serve tea, coffee and biscuits after the service.

Accessibility: There is wheelchair access, and a sound loop for anyone who needs it. Duxford and Ickleton Churches have a toilet.

Children are more than welcome to all of our 10am services, however the services on the first and second Sunday of the month in Ickleton are more children orientated.

Getting Connected

Small Groups

We do have some small fellowship with bible study and prayer groups, please do ask for more information.

Serving and Volunteering

If you want to get involved in the life of the church and help us make Sundays run smoothly, you can sign up to serve on a team. 

Get in touch with us to plan your visit
If you would like to come and visit the church beforehand you are more than welcome! Get in touch and we can arrange a time that suits you.
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Comments / Questions or anything you would like to say?

Next, we will contact you by email to say hello and help arrange anything necessary for your visit.


We hope that whoever you are, you will feel at home at our church.