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The Parish of Honington & Sapiston.

Historically, the two Suffolk "estate" villages, separated by the River Blackbourne, retained their separate identities well into the 20th century, each with its own simple medieval church, school, pub, post office, shop and bakery.    In Honington the excellent school and pub remain.

The combined parish of Honington and Sapiston was established in 1972, when St. Andrews, Sapiston was declared redundant, its care transferred to the Redundant Churches Trust, now called the Churches Conservation Trust.    Although no longer the parish church, St. Andrews continues to have its place in the community, with permission from The Trust for a few services in it during the year, mainly for the Easter, Harvest and Christmas festivals.

Not so many years ago, the prosperity of the two villages was integral with the Euston Estate but now, although strong links remain, very few parishioners are in estate employment.   Within our community we have professionals, artisans, agricultural workers and civil employees of the adjacent RAF Station.

After a great deal of time and effort by the village hall committee, a lovely new village hall was built in 2014. It serves the many community organisations and their events: church soup lunches in winter, coffee mornings, the W.I., art and camera groups, the Parish Council, and recently formed village show, and drama group committees.    

The recently re-opened pub "The Fox", also contributes to the varied amenities we have in our parish.

An "Open the Book" group is at present being set up in the village school by the Head Teacher, one of our Team Lay Elders, the RAF Station chaplain and his wife, and a PCC member, which we are all excited about.

Villagers support church events such as soup lunches, coffee mornings, harvest lunch, the historic churches trust cycle ride (Ride and Stride), etc., and although some are seldom to be counted at services, willingly contribute to the life of the church through its events.

Particularly noteworthy among this involvement is the success of our annual country fair at Euston Park - the Rural Pastimes Event - which was formed in 1991.   Started as a fund raiser for some repairs to All Saints, this event, run entirely by volunteers, attracts much support and help from the adjacent villages of Barnham, Euston, Fakenham Magna and Troston, and has become a well-known feature of the summer calendar.    To date over £500,000 has been raised and shared between our local St. Nicholas Hospice and five of the parish churches involved in the event.   Over the years, the contributions All Saints has received, helped us re-tile the nave and chancel roofs in 2016.    It is an example of a church involved activity which would be impossible without strong local community participation.   We take some pride in its success.