St Botolph’s Church

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St Botolph’s is the parish church of Helpston.  The priest in charge is Revd. Dave Maylor who took up the post in February 2012.

The church was built mainly between the twelfth and fourteenth centuries, though what was originally a Norman tower was rebuilt in 1865.  The first known rector of the church was Galfrid de Helpeston in 1230.

The poet John Clare is buried in the Churchyard.

There is a service each Sunday: these are generally Communion services with a congregation of about 25 to 30 people. There are also  two “all age” services a month, one with communion, the other an “All Age Praise”.

All Services are held at 10.45am. See the “Forthcoming Events” for full details

The Church  manages Botolph’s Barn in Church Lane as a community facility offering 2 meeting rooms which is available for renting by groups or individuals.

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Jackie Bedford April 9, 2017 at 8:57 pm

Thank you for the warm and friendly welcome John and I had today when we came to the Palm Sunday service at your Church. We were visiting my cousins Suzanne and Brenda after the occasion of our marriage in Stamford, we really enjoyed the service. We are now safely back home in Somerset, look forward to visiting again when we are in the area. Jackie.


Kate Hinchliff April 18, 2017 at 11:32 am

Dear Jackie and John
We are very pleased to see you both.
Come again!
PCC member


Emma Heys and Richard Jefferson May 23, 2017 at 11:47 pm

Dear Reverend Maylor,
My name is Emma Heys and I am engaged to my fiance Richard Jefferson.
At the moment Richard is in the final year of his degree at Aberystwyth University. I have one more year of my degree at the same university as i am currently studying on my year abroard in Germany.I graduate in 2018 and at the point the both of us willl be moving to Helpston.
The Pens in Helpston will become our marital home. For this reason we would like to get married in your church in summer 2019.
Unfortunately I will not be back in the UK until monday the 14th August 2017, but we would love to make an appointment to see you as soon as I am back to talk about this.
Would you be able to tell us if this is possible and how to go about it.

Emma Heys and Richard Jefferson


Clive Pearce May 24, 2017 at 5:10 pm


See my separate e-mailed reply. Clive Pearce (Churchwarden)


cs cook July 16, 2017 at 7:10 pm

Many thanks to the Rev’ Maylor the elders and congregation of St Botolphs, Helpston. for a kind and warm welcome when attending the service today 16th July. off back to Scotland now with many fine memories, not least of the harmony and community of the concluding hymn. Thank You all
Cliff Cook


Clive Pearce July 18, 2017 at 4:43 pm

Glad you enjoyed the church service and John Clare weekend
Clive Pearce (Churchwarden)


Harriet Frazer April 27, 2018 at 2:24 pm

I would be most grateful if someone could help me in giving me the email address of the Revd Christopher Seal. He and I were in touch back in 1993 &1994 over the memorial for the late Albert Snowball (Christopher was acting for the Ellis family). i am the founder of Memorials by Artists (MbA) and it was through our organisation that the memorial was commissioned. This year is the 30th anniversary of Memorials by Artists and we are holding an exhibition to celebrate this at the Lettering Arts Centre, Snape Maltings, Suffolk from 21st September to 12th November and we would very much like to feature the memorial with the wonderful portrait of the late Albert Snowball (we have copies of the original drawing and a good photograph). We will of course mention St Botolph’s church Helpston and hope this may bring you a few visitors. It sounds a wonderful church!
I would very much like to let the Revd Christopher Seal and his family know that we are planning this event.
With all best wishes,
01728 688285


Jackie Bedford July 1, 2018 at 5:54 pm

Thank you Dave and the Church family for your warm welcome again today, lovely service!
Look forward to seeing you on our next visit to my cousin. God Bless Jackie.


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