Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 19°C

min temp: 14°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Ickworth: Baby Jack Porter is the first to be christened at Ickworth Church for almost 40 years

11:00 20 January 2014

Ollie Porter and Helen Seaton are pictured with Jack Porter for his christening at Ickworth Church.

Ollie Porter and Helen Seaton are pictured with Jack Porter for his christening at Ickworth Church.

Archant

Family and friends turned out for a christening at a historic church at the weekend.

shares

What made this occasion different to others was it was the first christening at Ickworth Church, on the Ickworth estate near Bury St Edmunds, in almost 40 years.

The church is now back in use after falling into severe disrepair thanks to £1.2million restoration project spearheaded by the 8th Marquess of Bristol, Frederick Hervey, whose family have been buried there for 600 years.

On Saturday Jack Porter - the grandson of Ickworth Church co-ordinator John Porter - became the first person to be christened there since Lady Victoria Hervey in 1977.

Mr Porter said it was an incredibly special occasion - also because of his own link with the church.

He said: “That’s what I was so chuffed about. He’s the best person in the world of course - he’s our first grandchild.”

Jack’s parents are Ollie Porter - Mr Porter’s son - and Helen Seaton, who live in Fordham, near Ely.

The Reverend Michael Banyard, a vicar based at Fordham, conducted the service.

Mr Porter said people came from all over the country for the christening, with the godparents travelling over from America, but unfortunately the Marquess of Bristol could not make it.

Mr Porter said: “He is absolutely delighted that an occasion like this is happening in the newly-restored church.”

Previously, Lord Bristol said restoring the church, called St Mary’s, had been “an emotional decision” as it was the spiritual home of his family.

Six services a year can take place there. Anyone who would like to volunteer at the church should contact Mr Porter on 01284 735006.

shares

0 comments

Colchester General Hospital

A new permanent chief executive has been appointed to lead the trust running Colchester’s hospitals.

The Red Arrows thrill the crowds at the Clacton Air Show.

A record 220,000 people attended the Clacton Airshow over the last two days – leaving organisers content that they had made the right decision to host the event so soon after recent tragic events.

One lane of the A12 has been closed because of a multi-vehicle collision.

Chelmsford Crown Court

A Lakenheath man convicted of sexual abuse of boys in Essex has been sentenced to eight years in prison.

The Woodbridge Heritage Group are campaigning against the proposed relocation of

For 35 years it has been rooted to the same spot in a Suffolk town – representing a defiant stand against an unyielding adversary.

An efit has been released by police after an attempted robbery

Police want to trace two men in connection with an attempted robbery in Bury St Edmunds.

An efit has been released by police after a woman was assualted

An Efit image has been released by police after a woman was assaulted in Ipswich

More needs to be done to keep cyclists safe in Ipswich

More action is needed to making cycling in Ipswich safe and accessible.

Police were called to the scene

Police are urging residents not to leave valuable items in their cars and make sure outbuildings are secure following a spate of thefts from vehicles and garages this week.

Two-vehicle crash on the B1119 between Framlingham and Saxmundham

A two-car crash has blocked part of the B1119 in Framlingham, at the crossroads of the main roads to Cransford and Glemham.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages