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"I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people." Luke 2.10


From this month's Church Registers

17/06/2017 Wedding St Nicholas, Gayton Christopher Hill & Sarah Horne

10/06/2017

Wedding All Saints, Ashwicken Maurice Spain & Jennifer Eagle
08/06/2017 Funeral Mintlyn Diane Melton

An archive of previous month's entries in the Church Registers is on the  "From the Church Registers" page


Red Notes ..........................Congham Fete

St Andrew's, Congham OPEN CHURCHES WEEK 5th - 13th August. -  Congham church participated in the Norfolk wide Open Churches Week event by opening it's doors daily throughout the week and holding a Coffee Morning and an Afternoon Tea. There were displays about the work of the Nakwero Vocational Institute for young people in Uganda and about local girl Charlotte Page's expedition to Kenya and Tanzania with Camps International, as well as some local arts and crafts. In addition to local visitors we welcomed people from Norwich, Cromer, Wisbech, Southampton, Gloucestershire and Nottinghamshire. On Sunday 13th August voices were raised in celebration at a Glorious Songs of Praise service - a wonderful ending to the special week.
Congham Fete . - Racing conditions for the snails were good this year but despite exciting racing no records were broken.  The winner Larry and owner Tara Beasley from Castle Acre beat off fierce competition from 135 other entrants to claim the Championship. Visitors from far and wide enjoyed the snailracing and other entertainments including local band Freewheelers, the King's Lynn Ukelele Club, and sporting challenges run by Holly Meadows Youth Football Club. Many thanks to our sponsors IBA Insurance Services Ltd, Stebbings Car Centre and all who donated raffle prizes including Congham Hall, the Anvil, the Three Horseshoes and the Old Stores, Roydon.  Special thanks to G and L Homes and especially Graham who stood in for Les this year for all his support. Thanks also to the Scouts for their brilliant marshalling of the carpark, to all stall holders, and everyone who donated cakes, bottles, and books etc. As ever, thanks to all who came along to enjoy the action, and helped us raise £3,200 for church funds, an amazing achievement! Looking forward to seeing you all again next year on 21st July! Helen Lilley,  St Andrew's Church 

All Saints Church, Ashwicken. Norfolk Wildlife Trust have started to survey the Wildflowers in the Churchyard and an area has been set aside for conservation studies. More to see click here.

St. Andrew's, Little Massingham Roof AppealSt. Andrew's Church has been targetted by lead thieves, once again, and is appealing for support in raising funds to replace the roof. The roof was replaced back in 2006 and was first attacked by lead thieves back in 2014. Since then there has been a further attack and then this January 2017, another attempt was made to steal the lead from over the North Aisle. The thieves abandoned the building but completely damaged the roof. The lead is there and can be sold but the cost of replacement is huge. Thanks go to all those involved who helped to secure the building and prevent further damage. Special thanks to Neil from "Top Speck" who was just wonderful. He called in "favours" and between them all they got the rolled lead down and in his trailer and off to the scrap merchants. They managed to get tarpaulins on both roofs to make it as watertight as possible.
 
Pictures of the damage are courtesy of Stephen Hudson.

The cost of the repairs is frightening but every penny will help. You can see various ways to donate via the web site click here. If you use BTdonate, then add LM Roof in the message area and that donation will be allocated specifically to the roof appeal.

A special service for the Benefice to support St Andrews Church is being planned and there will be further fund raising appeals. The work needed gets ever more urgent and your help will be much appreciated. Thank You.

St Mary's, East Walton. Congratulations everyone in East Walton. We are delighted to inform you that we have been awarded a huge Heritage Lottery Fund grant to enable urgent work to be undertaken to preserve our Church for generations to come.
Don't forget our own village Lottery. There have been lots of monthly winners. Rachael, Rachel, Laurence, Anne, Chrissie and Rosie. A great way to help towards the Church for £5 a month. See Maureen for details. 

St Botolph's, Grimston.  We continue to thank Friends of St Botolph’s for all the money raising and work they do for the upkeep of our church and churchyard. The internal plaster repairs are completed and the leak on the south aisle is repaired.  The re-leading of the Clearstory windows is being carried out and they are getting quotes to repair the hinges on the North door, which is proving to be a bigger job than anticipated.  You can read  about all the events planned byThe FoSB for 2017 by  clicking here.
Vacuumers - We are fortunate in having some new recruits to our church vacuuming band but more are needed. It only requires an hour of your time every 2-3 months...and keeping our village sacred space looking welcoming and clean is important. I am told that there is probably a Roman temple under the foundations...so people have been worshipping here for 2000 years !! There will be a Vacuumers drinks party at the end of the year to thank all those who have given their time....watch this space.
Please phone Judith Gough 07766432418/01485 609217......or email goughpj@btinternet.com


SUNDAY 20th AUGUST 3.00 pm.

BAWSEY RUINS

STRAWBERRY TEA AND WALK

A short service followed by a 1.5 mile walk through the woods ( for those who wish to) and then a strawberry cream tea.


IN THE MONTHS TO COME :

September the Norfolk Churches Trust sponsored Bike, Walk, Drive and "Last Night of the Proms Concert " At St Botolph's, Grimston - featuring the Bilton Silver Band. Also in September "The WORD on the WASH".


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