In Earith we hold a Compline service every Sunday at 5 pm in the Rector’s Hall, Earith
(accessed by a footpath from Chapel Lane, almost opposite the Chapel Road turning
– see map). If you have friends in Earith who would appreciate a bit of quiet at
the end of a Sunday, do pass the word on.
Bluntisham and Earith are two villages about 1 mile apart, close to the River Ouse
in Cambridgeshire.Situated on the edge of the fens, the land in this area is low
lying and mostly flat. Fruit farming used to be profitable here but has declined
since the influx of cheap fruit from abroad. Fields of rape have replaced many of
the orchards and some farmers have found it necessary to put their land to other
uses. However, it is still possible to buy locally grown fresh fruit and vegetables
in season from farm shops and roadside stalls. Both villages have primary schools.
St Mary’s Church serves both villages and parts of it date back to the 13th century.
It is an attractive building and has recently undergone extensive restoration. It
stands on the edge of Bluntisham, overlooking Bury Fen. The church is kept locked
but visitors can obtain a key from the Rectory, which is nearby. St Mary’s has links
with the writer Dorothy L. Sayers, whose father was Rector here in the early 20th
century; she spent part of her childhood in the village.
St Mary’s is fortunate to have a spacious Church Hall. It is an unassuming Victorian
building next to the church, set well back from the road. It was renovated and refurbished
in the 1990s and is extensively used by church members for coffee after church services,
meetings and various celebrations. It is also rented out for art classes, a mother
and toddler group, parties and other social events.