Vicar's Letter

New for 2022

The Parish Church of St Cosmus and St Damian, Blean (‘the church in the fields’) has continued its activities throughout the period of the pandemic. Sometimes these had to be online, but we have been back in the building since early Spring and were pleased to be able to host several weddings and Christenings over Summer 2021, with our Sunday worship returning (more or less) to normal. The Vicar, the Revd Dr Stephen Laird (an experienced parish priest who is also Anglican Chaplain at the University of Kent) has recently been joined by The Revd Dr Stacey Rand as Associate Priest (Stacey also has an academic post at the University).

Our congregation is not a ‘closed club’! We are here for everyone and we aim to welcome occasional worshippers and those who are ‘just looking’; we are always keen to respond to your enquiries about Christenings, weddings and churchyard matters. We very much value our informal links with Blean Primary School. The Friends of Blean Church, meanwhile, organise coffee mornings on Wednesdays at Blean Village Hall in term time, and these have become a popular, regular social event; as have the Madagascar Lunches, held every few weeks to support our overseas link community.

A programme of concerts, lectures etc in the church will be advertised when it is safe and sensible for us to plan these activities again. 2022 is going to be an important year in the life of Blean Church, as we are going to make some much-needed improvements to our ‘church room’/hall: we hope this means that we will be in an even better position to serve the surrounding community. The interior will be made more welcoming, whilst a new roof and other environmentally-friendly improvements to the exterior will make the building more serviceable and attractive overall (there is already a kitchenette and accessible loo). 

With all good wishes for 2022

Revd Dr Stephen Laird