• A prayer for the season

    Creator of the heavens,
    who led the Magi by a star
    to worship the Christ-child:
    guide and sustain us,
    that we may find our journey’s end
    in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Welcome to the Blackbourne Team website. 

Please click through the menu to find out more information about what's happening in the team and how to contact us.

United in one Team Ministry since 1992, we are a group of eight diverse, rural parishes working collaboratively across 13 villages which lie in beautiful countryside north-east of the attractive market town of Bury St Edmunds.

  • Bardwell
  • Barnham
  • Euston 
  • Fakenham 
  • Honington with Sapiston 
  • Ingham with Ampton and Great and Littte Livermere
  • Ixworth with Ixworth Thorpe 
  • Troston

We are in the Ixworth Deanery of the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich. 

We are a supportive and prayerful community and our aim is to worship God; to encourage people to meet with our Lord Jesus Christ and to discover forgiveness and fulness of life and to equip people to serve God in the whole of their lives, growing deeper in faith through prayer and listening to and studying God's word.



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The Team takes its name from the Blackbourne River, which rises near Ixworth and crosses into Norfolk from the parish of Euston, there to be swallowed into the Little Ouse. The river was a vital element in the farming scene of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries since it powered no fewer than five mills, one of which still grinds corn.

The villages within the team are served by a wide variety of minor roads and lie mostly between two A-class highways running more or less south to north, one coming from Bury St Edmunds and the other from Ipswich, meeting at Thetford over the county boundary in Norfolk. The Icknield Way long-distance footpath crosses the Team area at its northern end and there are many other footpaths along historic routes linking ancient settlements.

For more information on each of our villages, have a look at the our parishes pages.

For more information on our church buildings, all of which are listed, please see the church buildings pages.