The first incumbent at St Mary's, Dullingham was a William de Eneheale in 1337-38. The stoop and the double and single piscinas in the original walls are all 14th Century. The North and South aisles appear to have been built at the same time as the chancel. The font is 17th Century. The pulpit is recent – 1905 – and is possibly not the Church’s finest feature! The earliest of the bells is 1600. The north door is 16th Century and the West door replaced in 1899 – both are wonderful big oak doors. The east window is the crucifixion and the stonework 15th Century. We can seat approximately 200 people in the nave plus we have space in the choir stalls.
We are also very lucky to have Taylor Hall right next to our Church - this village hall is very well used by groups and individuals and can be booked via the link further down on this page.
We hold a monthly morning prayer service at 10.30 am on the second Sunday of each month, and a Family Holy Communion on the fourth Sunday of each month. Like other churches, we also hold services at different times of the year and would love to have you join us.
Our Injured Bat!
On 15 March during our Frogs service, we found an injured bat - we got in touch with the Cambridgeshire Bat Group (link to their website here) and he was taken for treatment - he was pretty poorly when we finally captured him and not expected to survive - the update from the Cambridgeshire Bat Group is below:
"This is Lord Dullingham, a soprano pipistrelle who's been in the bat hospital for the last few weeks. He was injured (by a cat) sometime in the second week of March, although it's difficult to be precise as he evaded capture for several days. So it was about a week before he arrived here. Both his wings had been clawed, the left wing was so swollen that it couldn't be opened or closed, the thumb was red and very swollen. He had a huge scab on his back, that looked like part of the skin had been pulled away. But he was lively and healing had already started. At 3g he was underweight but immediately took to mealworms. The swelling didn't go down until 01/04 and then physio was started. At first he would just hang from my gloved finger trying to open his wing, it took just over a week until he could fully open it and then it was still stiff. The injury to his back had affected his shoulder. On a couple of days I found large bits of scab that he had pulled off- with some fur attached. He's been in the indoor flight tent for 3 days now and today he flew properly for the first time. He still has a reverse 'C' scar on his back. Bats are incredible and I'm completely in awe of the healing power of something so tiny."
Well he did survive and on Friday night about 9.10 pm , he was released, watched by Anthea who reported: "He certainly recognised his environment and his squeaks told it all. He flew round in circles for a short while before other bats called to him. It was a wonderful moment and has encouraged me to know more about the work of the Bat Preservation Society".
On the Cambridgeshire Bat Group Facebook page, they posted the picture here just before he was released to re join his friends!
Coming up at Dullingham:
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