Ingham with Ampton and Great and Little Livermere is a united parish covering four villages with three parish churches, two of which are in regular use.
> Ingham is the largest village with a population of approx. 400. The A134 BSE to Thetford road divides the village, with the pub, shop and church on one side and the majority of the (mostly post war) housing on the other. There is a large farm and haulage business in the village and a small business park.
> Great Livermere has about 190 people in a mixture of estate, council and private housing, with a large farm and game shooting business in the village. It also has a recently refurbished village hall which is well used and is a focus for village social activities.
> Ampton has about 70 people and is an entirely estate village with the estate owner living in Ampton Hall.
> Little Livermere is a very disparate village with about 30 people in estate and council houses.
The estate houses in Ampton and the Livermeres tend to be let for social housing and have a high turnover of tenants. Many of the residents of these villages are retired or unwaged. In the whole parish, those who are employed mostly work outside the villages in Bury St Edmunds, Thetford or further afield.
Livermere has two famous sons: William Sakings, a falconer to three Kings in succession in the seventeenth century, and is commemorated thus in the village sign, and M.R. James, son of a nineteenth century incumbent who went on to become the provost of Eton College and the originator of the English Ghost story, many of which were set in the village. Ampton's famous son, Robert Fitzroy, developed the barometer as a method of forecasting weather, and invited Charles Darwin to accompany him on board the Beagle when he sailed round the world before writing "The Origin of the Species".
The villages are all set in an attractive rural landscape and there are many beautiful walks in the surrounding countryside.
Services (CW communion) alternate between Ingham (av. attendance 12) and Gt. Livermere (av. attendance 12). Ampton is only used occasionally for special services.
There is a monthly SMALL (Sunday morning at 11) service at Ingham, an all age service which has a gifted and inventive planning team and which attracts people who do not come to other services. Average attendance is 25, 14 adults, 11 children. Special occasions such as Remembrance Sunday and harvest are used as opportunities to attract people who do not come regularly. We also have a number of social events coffee mornings, church lunches, pancake party which enable us to involve people on the fringe as well as develop the church community. There is a lively, ecumenical housegroup.
All three churches are listed buildings. Ingham has been developed as a community building, with the pews removed from the nave and kitchen and toilet facilities added. It is the regular venue for coffee mornings, parish council meetings and other community events organised by the village social club. The PCC are anxious to encourage greater community use of the building once the current roofing work is complete. It is probably the easiest of the three churches to heat. All the church buildings are in a good state of repair; repairs have been paid for by grants and by community fund raising. The annual historic churches cycle ride not only helps the repair fund but also involves villagers who are not regular churchgoers. Fund raising is only done for the fabric, the whole of the parish running expenses, including the quota, are met from regular giving. The PCC give 5% of the income to charity each year.
We are a parish who seek to be outward looking, focussed more on mission than maintenance.