Our Church Community
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Heathlands Primary School and St Mary's Church have a wonderful link very much treasured by pupils, staff and parents alike. With regular visits to the Church throughout the year and Reverend Mandy and Mr Chadborn regularly attending and conducting Acts of Worship in school. As well as services throughout the year, St Mary's also host many activities based around our community. Please follow the link below for more information. Our Community also stretches across the world to our twin school in Kenya, Ack Kathari. We have enjoyed visits from the Head Teacher of Ack Kathari and likewise some of our teachers have made the journey to Kenya to meet the children and teachers at their wonderful school.
Reverend Dr Amanda Elmes
I was appointed as the Priest in Charge of St. Mary’s Church, West Bergholt, on 31st July, 2014. As Heathlands is a Church of England Voluntary Controlled School it is my pleasure and privilege to be an ex-officio Governor of the school. I really enjoy coming into school to lead collective times of worship and to spend time with the children. The church community loves it when the children come to St. Mary’s Church for services, particularly the harvest, Christmas and Easter services, and it supports the school in prayer and other practical ways. Prior to this appointment I was a dentist as well as a priest in the Church of England and was based on Mersea Island. You can contact Rev Amanda at email@example.com
Mr Richard Chadborn
I moved into West Bergholt with my wife and four children in 1977. Pete and Pippa started at Heathlands as Juniors. I started worshipping at St. Mary’s. I was working as a C.D.T. ( craft and technology) teacher, having trained as an engineer. When I retired, I did the C of E course to become a Reader, and have been involved in leading worship, pastoral work, and the design and refurbishment of the church and hall.