Church Administration


Our Parochial Church Council (PCC – see below) currently has 13 members, all of whom regularly attend Sunday services and are fully involved in supporting the work of the church.

Members are elected annually and meetings are held approximately every two months. We are an inclusive PCC and believe all have a positive contribution to make in the life of our church.

Our current Parochial Church Council members were elected at St Mary’s Annual Parochial Church Meeting on 15 March 2017 and are:

Churchwardens: Peter Sampson and Ann Boulter

Lay Members of the Deanery Synod: Ann Boulter and Carolyn Glennon

Lay Members of the PCC:

  • Deanery Synod Representative: Ann Boulter
  • Treasurer: Hilary Havard
  • Chair and Parish Safeguarding OfficerElaine Hawes
  • Deanery Synod Representative: Carolyn Glennon
  • Alice Jacob
  • Geoffrey Lilley
  • Hannah Pemberton
  • Secretary: June Sampson
  • Peter Sampson                                               
  • Wendy Sampson
  • Margaret Swannenburg    
  • Jenny Toombs

Priest in Charge: Rev Rachel Cornish


Our Benefice (local group of 7 churches) has 5 Lay Elders, licensed to support the Priest in Charge. Ann, Carolyn, and Elaine are regular members of St Mary’s Church, and the other 2 Lay Elders are members of Blaxhall (Sue Cowling) and Gt Glemham (Jill Pascoe) parishes.    


Supporting Tanzanian Orphans and Widows (STOW) is a registered charity founded by a group of people in Suffolk in 2005. Its aim is to relieve the poverty and advance the education of children who have been orphaned by AIDS and also other vulnerable children in Tanzania. It works through Tanzanian charities in Tanga. STOW has also created links between local Suffolk and Tanzanian schools.

Osiligi Maasai Warriors

A UK Charity is working in the Maasai community in Kenya to help improve lives through clean water, education and better health. To read about the many improvements at the Charity’s primary school and other activities in the Maasai area, please read the latest newsletter. There is much more about the Warriors and their life on the website including a short video about the Maasai life. St Mary’s Church recently hosted the Maasai Warriors for a performance. At the performance, some people expressed an interest in child sponsorship to help a disadvantaged child attend school. If you feel able to help, there are more details on these pages, the child sponsor page and F.A.Qs. The cost to give a child an education is about the same as 2 coffees per week.

Food Bank

Food donations from the Harvest Festival all went to our local food bank.

Ipswich Night Shelter

Our 9 Lessons and Carols in 2017 raised £300 for the Ipswich Night Shelter.  We have now supported this local charity for several years.


Get In Touch

Reverend Rachel Cornish: 01728 768136

Mrs Ann Boulter: 01728 831485

Mrs Ann Boulter: 01728 831485
Mr Peter Sampson: 01728 602320


St Mary's Church is part of the Alde River Benefice and can be found on:

Dead Mans Lane, Benhall, Suffolk IP17 1JL