September 2018

The Parish Church of St John the Baptist has reopened following the extensive roof repairs. We celebrated on the weekend of Friday 14th to 16th September with a number of events, including our opening evening celebration. Displays can be seen in the church of the work carried out to restore the medieval roof. The church is open during the day, all are welcome.

May - June 2018

The new Cross has been added to St Johns Church roof looking out over Needham Market.

St Johns Church Cross


The new clerestory windows are now fitted.

St Johns Clerestory Windows


April 2018

In April, the new boarding for the roof was completed.

heritage april 1a


Also, undertaking of major repairs to two of the clerestory windows.

heritage april 2a


March 2018

In March various on site meetings are happening with the Church Architect and members of the PCC. The Chimney stack is being dismantled on the rear elevation. The lead is being removed from the main roof, in addition also the oak window frames are being removed from the clerestory windows, in order for these to be repaired. As the lead roof has been removed this allows further investigation in the condition what is underneath that structure.

The structural engineer has been on site to inspect the roof strapping (whether new steel roof supports are also required).

Jan - Feb 2018

Contractors 'Lodge & Sons' start on site to erect the scaffolding internally and externally to allow access to the Hammerbeam Roof.






The Vicar and PCC of the Parish Church of St. John the Baptist, Needham Market wish to give their sincere thanks to the following people/companies who so generously donated monies towards the Roof Repair Fund:

AllChurches Trust Ltd
Alfred Williams Charitable Trust
An anonymous donor
Mr Harry & Ms Kate Arnold
Lord Belstead Charitable Trust
Geoffrey Burton Trust
Leslie Mary Carter Charitable Trust
East of England Co-operative Society Ltd
Jill Franklin Charitable Trust
Ganzoni Charitable Trust
Garfield Weston Foundation
Glasswells Ltd
Heritage Lottery Fund (East of England)
HRH Prince of Wales’ Charitable Foundation
Mid-Suffolk District Councillors,
Mrs Wendy Marchant & Mr Mike Norris
Needham & Barking Welfare Charities
Needham Market Community Council
Needham Historical Society, Massachusetts, USA
Russell Quinton Trust
Scarfe Charitable Trust
Suffolk County Council,
Councillor Julia Truelove
Suffolk Historic Churches Trust
Veneziana Fund

Our thanks also go to everyone who organised fund raising events, and all those who supported these events by either attending or giving items for raffle prizes etc, namely :

Adnams Plc, Southwold
Apex, Bury St. Edmunds
Banham Zoo, Norfolk
Baroness Scott of Needham Market
Barret & Co, Hadleigh
Bosch Lawn & Garden Ltd, Stowmarket
W.D. Coe Ltd, Ipswich
College Farm, Creeting St. Mary
Creeting House Guest House, Creeting St. Mary
East Anglian Daily Times, Ipswich
Elton House News, Needham Market
English Whisky Co Ltd, Norfolk
Gilmour Piper, Ipswich
Helmingham Hall, Suffolk
Hintlesham Hall Hotel, Suffolk
In Harmony Beauty Salon, Needham Market
Ipswich Town Football Club, Ipswich
Kerridge’s Ltd, Needham Market
Kim’s Florist, Needham Market
The Limes Hotel, Needham Market
Loose Ends Hairdressers, Needham Market
Mid-Suffolk Leisure Centre, Stowmarket
Morrisons Supermarket, Sproughton
Muntons Plc, Stowmarket
Museum of East Anglian Life, Stowmarket
Needham Market Football Club, Needham Market
Neil’s Hairdressers, Needham Market
Pampered Paws, Badley
Regal Cinema, Stowmarket
Regent Theatre, Ipswich
Rollerworld, Colchester
Roots & Shoots Garden Centre, Badley
Sackers Recycling Ltd, Gt. Blakenham
Smith’s the Butchers, Needham Market
Snape Maltings, Near Aldeburgh
Suffolk Foot Health, Stowmarket
Suffolk Owl Sanctuary, Stonham Aspal
Thursford Collection, Fakenham, Norfolk
Wentworth Hotel, Aldeburgh


If you would like to find out how to contribute, please see the Donate page.

To find out more about the history of the Parish Church of St John The Baptist please see the History page.