Recent Events 2023

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Midnight High Mass of the Nativity and Sung Mass for Christmas morning
Jacob carries the Baby Jesus to the manger and the crib is blessed.

Christmas Flowers
Thank you to all who created the beautiful Christmas flower arrangements which filled the church. Here is a small selection of the displays.

Christmas Carol Service
Sunday 17 December 2023

Our Service of Lessons and Carols for Christmas began with a beautiful solo verse of Once in royal David’s city sung by Amelia from Fairstead House School. Order of service.

Pre-Christmas Bring and Share Lunch
Sunday 10 December 2023

Another very enjoyable shared lunch at which we were able to celebrate the wedding anniversary of Val and Peter, married here at St Mary’s exactly 57 years ago !

Sung Mass with Holy Baptism
Sunday 15 October 2023
The Baptism of Nathan, the youngest member of our church family, just one month old.

Harvest Festival Services and Harvest Lunch
Sunday 1 October 2023
Photographs of our Harvest Thanksgiving Sunday including Harvest gifts which were donated to the Open Door Foodbank, beautiful flower arrangements around the church and plenty of food to share and enjoy. Thank you to all who contributed and helped in anyway towards these special celebrations.

Guild of Servants of the Sanctuary (GSS)
Friday 15 September at 3.00 pm

We were delighted to host the St Felix and St Fursey (West Suffolk) Chapter of the Guild of Servants of the Sanctuary this afternoon for Guild Office and Benediction, led by Fr Mark Haworth. Members of the St Etheldreda Chapter and the GSS Area Councillor, Mrs Joan Joyce, also attended.

Service of Licensing of Fr Jeremy as Parish Priest
Monday 21 August 2023
A wonderfully happy occasion for all at St Mary’s and for the many visitors from far and wide whom we were pleased to welcome.
Order of Service

These and further photographs from the service may be found here

Mass on the Feast of the Assumption
Tuesday 15 August 2023

Patronal Festival and Gift Day
Sunday 13 August 2023

Marian Blue and all candles lit for Our Lady on the Feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Guild of All Souls: Vespers and Benediction
Saturday 12 August 2023

We were pleased to welcome the Cambridge Branch of the Guild of All Souls with Fr Robert Mackley as officiant and preacher. Members of St Mary’s choir helped in the singing of the Contakion for the Dead and one of our servers was Thurifer during Benediction.

Parish Outing to the Richborough Family Festival
Saturday 5 August 2023

A splendid Parish outing today to St Alban’s Cathedral to join with the Richborough Family Solemn Mass and, afterwards, generous liquid refreshment in Bishop Norman’s garden (by which time it had stopped raining!)

Newmarket Jigsaw Festival and British Championships
Friday 23 – Wednesday 28 June 2023
Visit our Jigsaw Festival page for the latest news and more photographs

Corpus Christi Mass, Benediction and Procession
Thursday 8 June 2023
As part of our Mass and Benediction for Corpus Christi, Fr Jeremy blessed the town of Newmarket from the four corners of the church. Fr Jeremy’s sermon may be found here.

Beautiful Pentecost Flowers
Sunday 28 May 2023
Grateful thanks to all who helped create these lovely arrangements.

Parish Pilgrimage to St Edmundsbury Cathedral
Sunday 21 May 2023
A splendid Parish Pilgrimage was enjoyed by all who attended. Further photographs of the occasion may be found at and a link to Choral Evensong, at which Nicholas Longford was invited to read the first lesson, may still be available at

Admission of Churchwardens and Councillors
Sunday 21 May
At our 9.45 am Mass, this year’s elected members of the PCC were formally admitted to their office.

An acolyte from USA
Sunday 7 May 2023

At our 9.45 am Mass we were delighted to welcome Carolyn as an additional acolyte, all the way from Alabama, USA!

A video of Carolyn in the procession may be found here

Alleluia! Christ is risen!
Easter Sunday 9 April 2023

Holy Week at St Mary Newmarket
A selection of photographs from our Holy Week services.

Wednesday 5 April 2023
See of Richborough
Chrism Mass
Three members of St Mary’s congregation attended the Chrism Mass at the church of St Mary & All Saints, Little Walsingham. A video of the full service may be found here.

Parish Mass, Sunday 19 March 2023
Mothering Sunday
St Mary’s was pleased to welcome back The Venerable David Jenkins, Archdeacon of Sudbury as Celebrant and Preacher.

Parish Mass, Sunday 26 February 2023
First Sunday of Lent
The Revd David Mulrenan, Associate Priest of the Four Rivers Benefice which covers the Suffolk villages of Bedfield, Brundish, Cratfield, Laxfield, Monk Soham, Tannington, Wilby, Worlingworth and Southolt (all to the south-east of Diss, Suffolk) was Preacher and Concelebrant at our 9.45am Mass today.

Parish Mass, Sunday 19 February 2023
Sunday next before Lent
It was a great delight to welcome the Rt Revd Norman Banks, Bishop of Richborough, as the Celebrant and Preacher at our 9.45 Sung Mass