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The Church of Saint Laurence


The Church of St. Laurence stands on the north side of the village. The oldest part of the church is almost 1000 years old, however much of the church was changed and rebuilt in the Victorian times.

St Laurence Church falls within the United Benefice of Cogenhoe, Great and Little Houghton with Brafield on the Green. Available to buy from the church is a booklet detailing the history of the church building including some very interesting facts that you might otherwise not notice.

More details can be found in the section on the history of the village.  Click here to link

To view the newly produced benefice website, covering all four churches in Brafield, Cogenhoe, Little Houghton and Great Houghton, and providing useful information and advice, then link here.

To go directly to the new benefice website for the Church of Saint Laurence in the village, then link here.




Parish Priest

Father Richard Stainer        Tel: 891166



Ray Henman                      Tel: 890748

Madeleine Donald               Tel: 899477


Service times


1st Sunday in the month

  • Family Communion - 11.00 am  followed by coffee and biscuits


2nd Sunday in the month

  • No service but we are encouraged to join the congregation in Cogenhoe, Great Houghton or Little Houghton


3rd Sunday in the month

  • Family Service - 11.00 am specially designed for children and young people also followed by coffee and biscuits


4th Sunday in the month

  • Said Communion - 8.00 am from the Book of Common Prayer


5th Sunday in the month

  • Benefice Service - 10.00 am at each of the Churches in rotation


Tuesday mornings

  • Said Communion - 9.30 am followed by coffee and biscuits



Special services include

  • Flower Festival Songs of Praise - Sunday evening at close of Festival in early June
  • Carols amongst the Christmas Trees - Saturday evening of Festival in early December



Other annual Church events include:


  • Flower Festival - 2nd weekend in June
  • Saint Laurence Day Service and Barbecue - early August
  • Horticultural Show - 4th Saturday in August
  • Harvest Thanksgiving -  this year 2007 September 2nd at 11.00 am
  • Harvest Supper - this year 2007 September 7th 7.00 pm for 7.30 pm
  • Christmas Tree Festival - 2nd weekend in December

For further details of events, including photographs, please see the News and Events section of this website.


Additional Information

Brafield & Little Houghton Parish Magazine

This monthly news booklet provides information on church and chapel services and various events and organisations in the villages. Subscriptions are paid annually in January and you can advertise an event in the village to over 100 households. Please deliver or e-mail any articles for inclusion to  Anne Henman, 1 Church Lane, Brafield.

e-mail before the 18th of the month. Businesses or services also have the opportunity to advertise in the magazine by contacting the editor, John Ford Tel: 890584.


Brafield Youth Choir

The Brafield Youth Choir is for any young person over 6 years of age. It meets on a Tuesday evening at 6.00pm – 6.30pm in St Laurence Church, Brafield. It is expected that young people attending the practice will attend Family Communion on the first Sunday and the Family Service on the third Sunday of each month. The young people work towards their RSCM Voice for Life Choir Ribbons. For information please contact

Anne Henman Tel: 890748 or the Organist and Choir Master, Geoff Best.

Benefice Choir (Adults)

The choir is made up of singers from each of the four parishes and leads the singing at the benefice services throughout the year. The choir also puts on at least one annual concert for the Flower Festival and sings at weddings and other events. If you enjoy singing and would like to find out more, then please contact Anne (as above).


Bell Ringing

Ringing practice is on a Wednesday evening in the Tower of St Laurence Church from 7.45pm – 9pm.  The band rings for half an hour before each 11 am Sunday service, at weddings and on other special occasions. There are six bells in the tower.   New and experienced ringers are always welcome. Contact: Tower Captain Ray Henman Tel: 890748


Hand bell Ringing

A small group of ringers meets to practise in the spring and summer, mainly for their own enjoyment.  In the autumn they practise Carols to be rung around the village at Christmas time. Contact: Ray Henman Tel: 890748 for details.




Date last updated:    25 Jun 2011                                                                                       Valid until:   31 Dec 2011