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Evening prayers

In Earith we hold a Compline service on the second Sunday of the month at 5 pm in the Rector’s Hall, Earith (accessed by a footpath from Chapel Lane, almost opposite the Chapel Road turning – see map). If you have friends in Earith who would appreciate a bit of quiet at the end of a Sunday, do pass the word on.

St Mary’s Church, Bluntisham-cum-Earith

The parish

Bluntisham and Earith are two villages about 1 mile apart, close to the River Ouse in Cambridgeshire. Situated on the edge of the fens, the land in this area is low lying and mostly flat. Fruit farming used to be profitable here but has declined since the influx of cheap fruit from abroad. Fields of rape have replaced many of the orchards and some farmers have found it necessary to put their land to other uses. However, it is still possible to buy locally grown fresh fruit and vegetables in season from farm shops and roadside stalls. Both villages have primary schools.

The church

St Mary’s Church serves both villages and parts of it date back to the 13th century. It is an attractive building and has recently undergone extensive restoration.  It stands on the edge of Bluntisham, overlooking Bury Fen. The church is kept locked but visitors can obtain a key from the Rectory, which is nearby. St Mary’s has links with the writer Dorothy L. Sayers, whose father was Rector here  in the early 20th century; she spent part of her childhood in the village.

St Mary’s is fortunate to have a spacious Church Hall. It is an unassuming Victorian building next to the church, set well back from the road. It was renovated and refurbished in the 1990s and is extensively used by church members for coffee after church services, meetings and various celebrations. It is also rented out for art classes, a mother and toddler group, parties and other social events.