Ixworth is the largest of the parishes, situated, as it is, at the southernmost end of the Blackbourne Team area, with a population of just over 2000 people. The village has grown, since it was by-passed twenty years ago, from a larger than average rural community, to an open and diverse centre, more properly described as a 'town', fulfilling the role of a satellite to the principal administrative centre of Bury St Edmunds.
The growth of the village and population is not without its rewards however, as it continues to be served by a large range of shops, together with a Post Office, Public Houses, Restaurants and food outlets, in the busy medieval High Street. There are two schools, care homes, Fire and Police Stations and a well respected Doctors Surgery, together with the County Library in the well used Village Hall. Currently there are twenty nine different voluntary organizations providing activities as varied as Playgroup, Over 60's Club, outdoor Bowls and Carpet Bowls, Angling, Gardening Club, Royal British Legion, Junior Youth Club, W.I and many more.
The Church continues to provide services, sacraments and parochial care for all residents, from its fine medieval church building, in the centre of the village; it has strong links with the local Methodist Chapel congregation. It also supports a large and enthusiastic group of Bell-ringers and is home to the Blackbourne Choir. Its daughter church is in the hamlet of Ixworth Thorpe with its older thatched roof church building and tiny self contained population. Services are regularly held in the church building, which is loved and well cared for.
Modern Ixworth is a busy, thriving and exciting place with its mixture of old and new, and forms a vibrant and caring community with something for everyone. It has excellent access to all the major East Anglian towns, by road, and nearby bus and rail links to London and the rest of the U.K. and it is only 50 minutes from London Stansted airport.
It has to be commended!