Become a friend....

St. Peter’s, Carlton is one of three churches in the benefice of Saxmundham with Kelsale cum Carlton.  It is a small church set amid cornfields. It was founded on an existing church site by The Duke of Norfolk in 1326 for monks to pray for the soul of his late wife, Alice of Hainault. It has no electricity nor running water and is only open for services during the summer months.

St. Peter’s holds a special place in the hearts of many people as a tranquil location where the soul can reflect in peace. In 2014 it was decided to initiate an email group for people who would like to become a ‘Friend’ of  the Church, helping ensure that this special place remains a source of inspiration and comfort in the years to come. In 2018 we now have over 80 Friends on this list

Aims of the Friends:

To share news about the church and its related activities and needs.

To provide a way for people who care about St. Peter’s to work together.

Who can become a Friend?

Anyone can join the friends’ group. Friends might be local residents or visitors from afar, they might have been baptised or married in the church, or they may have friends or relatives buried there. Perhaps some will be regular local dog walkers or neighbours from Carlton Hall. 

How to join: by sending an email to or . There is no charge for membership

Ways you can help:

‘Friends’ may benefit and contribute in different ways, at different times in their lives.

Activities might include:

  • sending the name and email address of anyone else you feel might be interested in becoming a ‘Friend’
  • tending graves
  • cutting grass
  • catching moles
  • sponsoring trees
  • arranging flowers
  • making biscuits
  • organizing refreshments
  • cleaning the church
  • organizing concerts
  • manning open days
  • keeping photographic records
  • raising money by organizing a coffee morning or summer barbeque. 


There are existing groups relating to:

Flower Festivals

Soft furnishings


Open Church prayer and meditation

If you are interested in joining one of these groups, or any other activity, please get in touch, we would love to hear from you!


Funding required for present projects

Refurbishing kneelers (20 kneelers at £30 per kneeler)

Repairing the chancel door (£1,000)

Protective screening of three windows (£1,500 each) done

Repair of vandalized window ( £5000) done

Repair of East window (£7,000)

Repairing porch (£4,000) £1000 already raised


If you are interested in being involved with any of these things, or you have some other ideas that might help keep this little church vibrant, please get in touch!


If you would like to learn how to make a donation to Saint Peter's to help with a project at the church, it would be most graciously recieved.

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