Great Waldingfield


The Church of St. Lawrence

Priest in Charge Rev. Caroline Hallett 01787-377287
  The Vicarage, Melford Road, Acton CO10 0BA  
Readers Gerry Higginson 01787-378047
Churchwardens Norma Chambers 01787-370117
  Faith Marsden 01787-312002
Lay Elders Edna Allen 01787-313799
  Pris Backhouse 01787-319073
  Lyn Culham 01787-313716
  Pam Eggby 01787-371093


1st Sunday of Month Acton 9.30am Holy Communion
  Great Waldingfield 11.00am Family Service (Early Birds at 10.15am in Church during school terms)
  Acton/Gt. Waldingfield 3.00pm Healing Service
2nd Sunday Great Waldingfield 9.30am Holy Communion
  Acton 11.00am Family Service (Sunday Club at 10.30am in Church during school terms)
  Acton 6.30pm Evening Prayer
3rd Sunday Great Waldingfield 8.00am Holy Communion
  Acton 9.30am Family Communion
  Great Waldingfield 11.00am Morning Worship
4th Sunday Great Waldingfield 9.30am Holy Communion
  Acton 11.00am Morning Worship
5th Sunday Acton/Gt. Waldingfield 10.30am Family Communion
Everyone is always welcome, whether a regular worshipper or not
For further information please contact Revd. Caroline on 01787-377287 or email


Little Tadpoles  Baby & Toddler Group

Run by local parents and volunteers and supported by the church and parish council, Little Tadpoles is a new baby and toddler group launching on 21st May and meeting on the 1st Monday of each month in Great Waldingfield Village Hall and the 3rd Tuesday in Acton Village Hall (Excluding school and public holidays). It aims to provide a safe space for children to play and learn and for parents to socialise and share stories. The group will meet from 9.30am-11.30am and admission is £1.50 (additional children 50p). There will be a soft play party on 21st May in Acton Village Hall to celebrate the first meeting. To find out more see the Facebook and Instagram pages


First Friends Pre-School Playgroup (Ofsted inspected)

Occupying its own building in Folly Road, the playgroup runs on Monday-Friday from 8.30am until 3.00pm. The aim is to provide a happy and stimulating environment in which the children can develop their social and personal skills and learning through play. The children are encouraged to carry out a wide range of activities which will help them prepare for school with confidence and independence. There is a warm and friendly atmosphere where politeness and care for others are encouraged. Prospective parents are welcome to visit at any time. For more information please contact the Team Leader, Mandy Branch on 01787-882473


Great Waldingfield Church of England Primary School

For information on our village school, its ethos, admissions policy, teaching arrangements, photos, and much, much more please visit its own website at


Great Waldingfield CEVCP School 100 Club

The club is run for the benefit of the Great Waldingfield CEVCP School and its members. To achieve this the aims of the club are:-

  • To provide much needed funding for those extra items for the children of the school
  • To provide members with opportunities to win monthly cash prizes

The club is registered with Babergh District Council under the Lotteries and Amusements Act 1976. For more details please contact the school.


Safer Neighbourhood Team

The local Safer Neighbourhood Team Officers are PC 182 Stephanie Roe and PCSO 3193 Siobhan Hemmett. In an emergency always dial 999; the new non-emergency number is 101. Their email address is and the website is There is a link on the Contacts page where you can email them.


Branchlines Woodland Project

"Old School Wood" can be found by approaching the church from the B1115, where it's the last field on the left between the public footpath and the old school. If anyone needs further information, please contact the Chairman (Dr. David Taylor) on 01787-373541, or the Secretary (Faith Marsden) on 01787-312002. A wide variety of other events are arranged and more information can be found from time to time in the Village News. The regular working parties are co-ordinated by Brian Rose, who can be contacted on 01787-376499 (email )


Horticultural Show Committee

For information please contact the Chairman, Linda Lutz (01787-378888 or 07773-161419), or the Show Secretary, Mr. John Hughes (01787-378342)


Great Waldingfield Bowls and Social Club

The club exists to provide indoor flat green bowling for local members. Although it doesn't have the most attractive of exteriors the club has a very pleasant bar and social area which is used for bridge, darts, pool and other social activities. New members are always welcome. For more information please contact the Chairman Ian Stares on 01787-370590 or via email at