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Interregnum - Our Roadmap To A New Incumbent

The Bansfield Benefice is now in interregnum. [Interregnum Definition: "An interval between the periods of office of two incumbents in a parish."]

The Bansfield Benefice which consists of the churches of Cowlinge, Denston, Lidgate, Ousden, Stansfield, Stradishall and Wickhambrook went into Interregnum on the 26th December 2017 when Rev'd Brin Singleton moved on to his next post at Haughley with Wetherden and Stowupland.

What does the interregnum mean for us here in the Bansfield benefice? We will continue to have regular services in the benefice and Occasional Offices (baptisms, weddings and funerals). We will lose the midweek service in the benefice and reduce to one Holy Communion service on a Sunday which will be held on rotation throughout the benefice churches at 10am. Services will be taken by visiting clergy resident in the Diocese or by clergy beyond under special license from the Bishop. The same will apply to Occasional Offices.

During interregnum all the services can be found as usual on the website under Services.

For anyone wanting to contact us with regard to a religious matter or Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals please see our contact page for details.

We will all be working hard during interregnum to make it as short as possible but the whole process will probably take between six and twelve months.


  1. 22nd October 2017 - Rev'd Brin Singleton announces at Wickhambrook church he is leaving the Bansfield Benefice and will be installed at Haughley with Wetherden and Stowupland on the 16th January 2018.
  2. 18th December 2017 - Pre Section 11 meeting with the Archdeacon of Sudbury, Ven. Dr David Jenkins, Rural Dean Rev'd Mitchell and Benefice Committee.
  3. 26th December 2017 - Interregnum starts.
  4. TBA - Section 11 meeting, to discuss the content for the Benefice Profile - the PCCs of all the parishes. Chair Rural Dean with Lay Chair of the Deanery in attendance.
  5. TBA - Section 12 meeting with Bishop Martin and all members of the Bansfield Benefice.
  6. TBA - Final version of the Benefice Profile sent to the Bishop.
  7. TBA - Selection Committee meet to discuss interview.
  8. TBA - Selection Committee conduct interview.
  9. TBA - Appointed of next rector of the Bansfield Benefice .
  10. TBA - Institution and Induction of next rector.


A prayer for interregnum

GOD Our Father
You have welcomed each one of us in Jesus
and called us to be His Body in this place;
Send us your Holy Spirit,
at this time of uncertainty and change,
to fill us with vision, energy,
and faithfulness in prayer,
that we may be true to our calling
to bring new life to our community;
And guide with your heavenly wisdom
those who are to choose a new
Incumbent for this parish,
that the one whom we receive
may be a wise and gentle shepherd
of your people:
ready to serve us with joy,
to build us up in faith,
and to lead us by example
in loving obedience to your son,
our Saviour, Jesus Christ.

Last Modified Thursday 21 December 2017