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The Parish Church of Saint Mary and Saint Martin's, Blyth

The Parish Church of Saint Mary and Saint Martin's, Blyth

The Parish Church of Saint Mary and Saint Martin's, BlythThe parish church of St Mary and St Martin’s, Blyth is one of the oldest examples of Norman architecture in the country. Originally part of a Benedictine Abbey there has been a place of worship on this site since 1088, and much of the building you see today dates from that time. The church is still very much a place of worship as it ever was and there are services every Sunday at 11am (apart from 5th Sunday). We also run a family service for all ages on the fourth Sunday where we enjoy coffee, doughnuts and the Sunday papers. Blyth is a place proud of its history, beauty and tradition but committed to being a continuing place of worship, witness and celebration in its future.

The church community here delights to welcome around 20-30 couples each year to make their marriage vows in this very special place, many of whom then go on to Hodsock Priory for their receptions, making it a truly memorable day.
The church has a beautiful organ and excellent organist, very fine bells and talented bell ringers. The church community can also help you with flowers and refreshments and the church and its grounds make a great backdrop for photographs. And yes you can throw confetti!

A wedding service at the Parish Church of Saint Mary and Saint Martin's, BlythThe vicar at Blyth church is The Reverend Kate Bottley and has a great reputation for taking weddings, getting the right balance of formal and informal to make you and your guests feel right at home, without taking anything away from the significance of the ceremony. Kate encourages brides and grooms to think creatively about their service and is happy to include individual touches such as music and readings alongside traditional elements to help make your service personal to you.  Kate would only be too happy to help you talk through the possibility of a church wedding in Blyth or to put you in touch with couples who have already married at Blyth so can hear the reviews first hand! Kate does take most of the weddings at Blyth but just occasionally, when she is unable the Reverend Irene Tissington or other visiting clergy will lead the service; they all do a great job. You can contact the Reverend Kate Bottley by email revkatebottley@googlemail.com

Although there are a few ‘terms and conditions’ to getting married in church it’s surprisingly easier than lots of people think.  You can find out more about getting married in a Church of England church and read the ‘small print’ at www.yourchurchwedding.org

The church is open for coffee and a look round every last Saturday morning of the month or you can arrange to collect a key. The Reverend Kate Bottley and the church family at St Mary and St Martin’s look forward to welcoming you as you celebrate your love and make this important commitment in front of God and your family and friends.

A collection of photographs of the Parish Church of Saint Mary and Saint Martin's, Blyth