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St Agnes' Church, Exning

Whether you ride a horse, drive a car or walk, undoubtedly the best view of Newmarket is from the top of Warren Hill. Looking down over the town, one sees the skyline is marked by the squat tower of All Saints' Church, the slim Hertfordshire spike of St Mary's, and the slender turret of St Agnes'. All Saints' and St Mary's have a longer history but (arguably) St Agnes' is the most interesting of the three. Amalgamation notwithstanding, St Agnes' has never become a daughter church of St Mary's, but thanks to the labours of devoted lay people, retains its tradition of middle-of-the way Anglicanism, somewhere between the High Churchmanship of St Mary's and the Evangelicalism of All Saints'. Theoretically, the church serves the Bury Road, but in practice its members live all over the town. Although never large congregation-wise, St Agnes bravely continues in faith, trust and hope.

27 April 2019
East of England
Faith Groups, Arts, Membership organisation, Voluntary, Care, Recreation
Local Alliances:
Newmarket Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

St Agnes’ church supports people living with dementia, and the vulnerable, helping them feel supported in the community.  We ensure that, as a worshipping family, we are welcoming, helpful and supportive to all visitors, thereby helping people living with dementia to feel safe. 


2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

We would hope that respect and care for people living with dementia is part of our usual service. However, we are anxious that as many of our number (especially within the PCC) have a good understanding of the issues surrounding people living with Dementia by attending and cascading training. We shall be looking to arrange an awareness-raising session in the reasonably near future.

2. Actions

  • Improve our understanding of Dementia

    We will arrange for PCC to be as dementia aware as possible to ensure greater understanding of the condition and how we can help. 

  • Work in partnership with Newmarket DAA

    St Agnes’ will work with the Newmarket Dementia Action Alliance to support Newmarket to become a dementia friendly community and encourage other organisations to attend Dementia Friends sessions and sign up to the Dementia Action Alliance.

    Being implemented
  • Promoting dementia awareness

    St Agnes’ will display the NDAA window sticker to show it is a member of the NDAA. Also when applicable and appropriate the dementia friendly sticker, to demonstrate it is a dementia friendly organisation.

    Being implemented