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: April 28 2017. The Presentation to St John’s Hospice was at the 27 January 2017 lunch, with the proceeds from the 2016 lunches. A record sum of £4,600 was handed over this year!


Soul Cinema  

Soul Cinema, a children’s film club, every Monday at 17.00 in the Church. More Information from Gill on 260782.  To subscribe to the newsletter, contact:           

The Gruffalo is the  Soul Cinema film on  April 24.

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 10.00. Next meeting is April 28. Enquiries about joining to Sandy on 01767 260430, or just turn up at the Hall on the day.

Craft and Chatter

The next Craft and Chatter Evening is on May 5 2017, 19.30 In St Mary’s 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 is £2.50 which includes the refreshments. More details call 01767 260792 or see Facebook

Oasis Café Church

The new Oasis contemporary café style church is postponed until further notice. For further details, contact the Rector on 01767 260782.

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 decided to close our Just Giving Appeal but with a big THANK YOU to all those who gave in our times of need. Many Potton Townsfolk and others with a link to Potton from further afield, came to our aid very quickly and for this we shall always be grateful. Thank you again.


The roof has still not been repaired but we now have the “Go-Ahead” and the start date is for 2nd May. It is expected the work will take up to two months.


See our latest news on  our Facebook Page

Val Robson

We have heard that Val who moved away from Potton last November to live near her daughter in Kent, died on December 18, only 6 weeks after her move. Val was the widow of one of Potton’s Doctors of several years ago and was the daughter of an even earlier Potton Doctor. She was a regular member of St Mary’s always attending the early Sunday Service. Her funeral was held in Kent on January 11 and her Ashes were interred in Potton on Tuesday Aprill 11 in Potton Cemetery.

Potton Storebox

St Mary’s are supporting the Potton Storebox project to supply food parcels to local needy families and individuals. Please leave items of non-perishables, toiletries or shop vouchers in the white bin near the church door or in the church hall.

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.

Soul Cinema

A weekly group meeting with a film and discussion afterwards. Meetings are held in the upstairs Priests Room at St Mary’s and is aimed at the age group 10 upwards. Suggested attendance donation, £2. Every Monday, 17.00.  Further details - call 01767 260782 or write to:  

 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.


You can now sign up for Seeround on line by clicking this link:

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


22 April: Medieval Banquet for St Georges Day

13 May: Prayer Walk and Picnic

21 May: Roast Dinner in aid of Christion Aid

3 June: Summer Banquet

4 June: Cream Tea Afternoon

New Social Events

Ruth Burmo, A Memorial Service

 At the service held for Ruth on January 21, a collection was taken for Macmillan Cancer Support and for St Leonard’s Hospice, York. This raised the sum of £543 and will be split between the two charities