The Benefice of Potton,  Sutton and Cockayne Hatley


Sutton and Cockayne Hatley

About Us

Potton, Sutton and Cockayne Hatley
are three  Church of England Parishes
in east Bedfordshire, United Kingdom
and the Diocese of St Albans.

Our three churches are:

St Mary’s Church, Potton

All Saint’s Church, Sutton

St John the Baptist’s Church, Cockayne Hatley

The Benefice of

Sue Ryder Care

St Mary’s Church, Potton, is proud to support the work of  St John’s Care Hospice at Moggerhanger by allowing a monthly Parish Lunch to be held in the Church Hall free of charge to the lunch organisers. This is usually at 12-45 on the last Friday of each month  and raises, on average, £4500 a year for the Hospice by providing a range of delicious Home Cooked Lunches to about 60 people, all for a very modest charge.

If you haven’t been to one of these lunches and want to know more about it or would like to help, please contact   Dave Thompson.

Next Parish Lunch: Friday September 28th.  

The Presentation to St John’s Hospice was at the 26 January 2018 lunch, with the proceeds from the 2017 lunches. A tidy sum of £4,400 was handed over this year!


First Steps

First Steps, an informal club for under school age children and their Mums/Carers meets in St Mary’s Hall every Friday at 09.30. The next session is September 21st. Enquiries about joining to Sandy Gravestock on 260430.  

Craft and Chatter

The next Craft and Chatter Evening is on September 21st, 2018, 19.30 in the Church Hall, an evening for anyone with Craft Hobbies of any sort to get together, swap ideas, show others what you do and enjoy the refreshments. Entry charge is £2-50 and includes the refreshments.  More details call 01767 260792 or see Facebook.

The list of dates for 2018 is now available and can be seen on Church Noticeboards, Tysoes, Tesco or pick one up at any C&C Meeting. But remember, most meetings take place on Potton’s Green Bin Day!!

Word Up

Sorry, no copy was received for August and so far, for September but will again be published on here in the near future

Our new monthly News Sheet is available each month. Please pick up your copy in any of our churches. To receive by email, contact: or find it on our website. Copies can be delivered by arrangement with Rev Gill

Church Roof Repair - Just Giving

The roof security has now been up graded and paid for by donations from individuals and some grant money. However, we have now closed our Just Giving Appeal but with a big THANK YOU to all those who gave in our times of need.

The repair to the damaged Masonry commenced in July and is progressing well. Much new stone has already been fitted as can be seen in the pictures below. Click any picture for larger view. Each new block shows up very white against the old ones. They have to be individually measured and hand cut to size at the quarry so only a few can be fitted at a time. Meantime the Stonemasons are working on removing and measuring the next batch!

Potton Storebox

We are sorry to inform everyone, but the Potton Storebox scheme has now finished. It was very successful for a long time but after ther original organisers, the Vineyard Church closed, the scheme began to fail so the decision has now been taken to close the scheme. Thank you to everyone who has contributed in the past. Preen and most Supermarkets run schemes if you want to donate in the future.

Open the Book

The group that runs this scheme in Potton and Sutton Schools, is in need of fabrics to make costumes and scenery for the dramatised stories they tell. If you can help, please call Margaret or Fay on 260532 0r 261742.

Twitter Page

Follow @StMarysPotton on Twitter

Craft and Chatter Evening

The Craft and Chatter evenings are held at 19.30 in St Mary’s Hall, every 2 weeks. (Green Bin week in Potton!) Entry is £2.50 including refreshments. Pictures from the 1st evening, follow this link  See notice opposite for the next meeting date.


Classes for this year’s Confirmation Candidates will now commence on September 24, not as previously published. The Confirmation Service with the Bishop of Bedford, is on October 28. Please call Rev Gill on 260782 to register for the course.


Sue Lane is now the Co-ordinator for the Prayer Chain. For URGENT Prayer requests, contact Sue on 261470 and she will start a new chain. To join the Train, please speak to Sue or Rev Gill.

Chronicle Weekly Column or News items for the Comet

Don’t forget, I need your reports if you run a group and need publicity or wish to report something your group has been doing, so please send me your notes at the earliest opportunity ( Monday PM latest) so that they can be included in the weekly report.

Please email me  or give me your copy in Church.

Thanks, Dave Thompson

The Causeway

Please do not park in the triangle at the top of the Causeway in wet or icy weather as the residents find it difficult to get a run up to exit onto Hatley Road



24th September - Confirmation Classes commence, contact Rev Gill on 01767 260782 to register

6th October Friends of Sutton Church, Autumn Supper, John O’Gaunt Golf Club, £30, Black Tie,

      Tickets from John and Pippa Ream,

24th October - Heroes: Theatre night in church

26th October - Film night: Pizzas and popcorn

27th October - Dinner £15.00 each and bring a non-church member guest free.

28th October -  2018 Confirmation Service with the Bishop of Bedford

3rd November - Bonfire night in St Mary’s Field

17th November - Jamaican evening

16th December - Carol Service

22nd December - Christmas social event.