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Ixworth, the largest of the parishes, lies at the southernmost end of the Blackbourne Team area, with a population of just over 2365 (2011). Over the last 40 years the village has grown considerably; new estates have been built and more are planned.It might seem to be a 'dormitory' for nearby Bury St Edmunds, but at its heart is a thriving Church community. We hope that increasing numbers of newcomers will join us. 

Our village is served by a good range of shops, together with public houses, restaurants and food outlets in the busy mediaeval High Street. There are two schools, care homes, fire and police stations and a well respected doctors' surgery and pharmacy, together with the branch library in the well-used village hall. Currently there are over twenty different voluntary organizations providing activities as varied as playgroup, Over 60s Club, outdoor bowls and carpet bowls, angling, garden club, Royal British Legion, army cadets, W.I and many more. The monthly Newsletter keeps us all in touch, and the Church is a regular contributor.  The parish also has a website and Facebook page.  

Today 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. 


The Church provides services, sacraments and parochial care for all residents, and it has strong links with the local Methodist Chapel congregation.  Each month we have a wide range of Sunday services, and everyone is also welcome at Thursday morning prayers, coffee on Friday mornings and at monthly soup lunches.   
Together we knitted the thousands of poppies with which we decorated our church for Remembrance Sunday in 2018, and at that service the congregation was so large that people were standing in the porch to take part. Later in the day the whole village joined in commemorative activities. At Christmas the Christingle service and the Christmas Eve Crib service are very well-attended; our close links with the primary school mean that the children are already familiar with our beautiful, recently redecorated church with its splendid and powerful organ.  We hope to rearrange the back of the church to make a more welcoming and flexible gathering space, and together we organize fund raising events towards this and everyday running costs.  In 2007 a legacy added two more church bells to the existing six, and their 'merry noise' is much appreciated. The Blackbourne Singers meet regularly in the church and sing at major services in the Christian year.



The parish also includes the nearby hamlet of Ixworth Thorpe, with its tiny self-contained population. Services are regularly held in the thatched church, dating back to Norman times, which is loved and well cared for.