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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

23/04/2017 Baptism St Nicholas, Gayton Charles Robert Marsham


Funeral St Botolph, Grimston Lucy Panks


Baptism St Andrew, Lt Massingham Olivia Rose Eva Oldershaw
02/04/2017 Baptism St Lawrence, Harpley Oliver Michael Pitcher


Baptism St Nicholas, Gayton Harrison Robert Deane Reeve
27/03/2017 Funeral St Lawrence, Harpley Ronald Edwards

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

Red Notes ..........................

Lent News. There will  be a FISH LUNCH at St Botolph's, Grimston on Good Friday from 11.30. This follows on from the service at 10.00 am. So come to the service, or the lunch, or both. You will be very welcome. Please note the change of venue from the Pott Row Methodist Chapel to St Botolph'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 Andrews. Congham. Exciting new plans are in hand for the Church to be brought up to date and more available for village use with the addition of kitchen facilities in the tower. It is very important that the Church adapts yet still remains true to its original character and history. A great deal of attention has been paid to this and plans have been drawn up sensitively with this in mind. At the same time the PCC are intending to alter the pew arrangement in Church and the public notice and plans are available to be viewed click here.  Notice    ...  Pew plans ...... Kitchen Plans

As a result of the changes planned Congham Church now has 4 oak choir pews which are in need of new homes.After receiving approval from the Diocese of Norwich, these 4 choir pews have been replaced by 4 pews taken from the back of the church giving a large area suitable for social events. All the pews which now remain in the church were commissioned by the Everard family in memory of loved ones killed in the Great War.If you are interested in the choir pew(s) please contact the Churchwarden, Helen Lilley on 01485 600153, for more information and to arrange a viewing. All reasonable offers will be considered

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. To launch this new project there will be a walk-in event at St Mary's on Saturday 20th May between 3pm and 6pm.
Everybody is welcome to come along. There will be people explaining and displays showing the work to be done plus the inevitable tea and cake. There are a number of events (some fundraising - some just 'fun') in the planning. Come along and find out what's going on in your village! Perhaps you could even lend a hand or support some of them.

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 Wanted Urgently"  St Botolphs Church  needs volunteers from the community to assist in keeping the church vacuumed and clean.  The current church population is now mostly elderly and there has been attrition because of illhealth. The church is a very valuable asset to Grimston so I m hoping that a few people could find an hour every 2-3 months to give a hand with the vacuuming roster. The more people that volunteer, the less the work. Please phone Judith Gough 01485 609217 or email

St Lawrence, Harpley. A representative of the War Memorials Trust inspected the War Memorial on 31st Jan. and confirmed that our grant application wass uccessful and details would be in the post. This is wonderful news but still leaves about £500 to be raised to complete the work. 

SUNDAY 9th  APRIL 3.00 pm.  







We joined with Timmy & Jimmy (the donkeys) as we walked up to Church from Abbey Farm for a short service.

See more photo's by viewing our photo's albums. click here.

FRIDAY 28th APRIL  6.00 - 8.30 pm.


in aid of Trinity Charities and The Teenage Cancer Trust.

A panel of Horticultural experts including Martin Woods - Head Gardener at the Sandringham Estate, James Raines - Greenkeeper at  MHGC, Caroline Bishop and Cynthia Smith - Dobbies Experts. They will answer gardening questions and offer hints and tips. The evening starts at 6 pm with a glass of wine and a finger buffet all included in the price of £10 per ticket. There will also be a raffle ifor many prizes including an exclusive chance to shop during the evening.

Tickets are available from:
John Taylor at or 01553 840592 or Online at
and Dobbies Store The venue has a limited capacity so it is advisable to book well in advance.
This event, a joint venture charity fund raiser for Trinity Rotary Club in association with Dobbies, courtesy of Jane Yeldham, Garden Centre Manager, and her staff and all proceeds to the Charities above.

SATURDAY MAY 6th 7.30 pm



A campaign has been launched to raise £30,000 to pay for urgent repairs to St Botolph's church’s organ, which dates back to the 18th century.

It’s 250 years old and has not had to have any repairs done since it was built and, in the last few years, it’s been starting to fall apart. it is hoped that the organ can be restored back to its former glory & we will be able to teach the future generation of young, budding organists to keep the joy of music alive in the village.

Wordsworth organs are thought to be particularly rare in Norfolk and it is hoped restoration work could enable it to be played for at least another 100 years. A number of fundraising events are being planned, starting with a concert at the church on Friday, May 6. The King’s Lynn Male Voice Choir and the King’s Lynn Brass Band will be performing a host of songs and music at the event, which starts at 7.30pm. Tickets for the concert are available, priced £10 for adults and £8 concessions 

Anyone interested in supporting the appeal should phone 07837331023 or email for further details.




Ascension Day celebrates Jesus's ascension to heaven after he was resurrected on Easter Day.

A quotation from Mark 16:9-20 tells the story :

"He appeared first to Mary of Magdala. She went and carried the news to his mourning and sorrowful followers, but when she told them that he was alive they did not believe her. 

Later he appeared to two of the disciples as they were walking into the countryside. They also went and took the news to the others, but again they did not believe that the Lord was alive.

Then, when the eleven disciples were at the table. He appeared to them and reproached them because they had not believed those who had seen him after he was raised from the dead.

Then he said to them: 'Go forth to every part of the world, and proclaim the good news to the whole creation. Those who believe it and receive baptism will find salvation; those who do not believe will be condemned, Faith will bring with it these miracles: believers will cast out devils in my name and speak in strange tongues; if they handle snakes or drink any deadly poison, they will come to no harm; and the sick on whom they lay their hands will recover.'

So after talking with them the Lord Jesus was taken up into heaven, and he took his seat at the right hand of God."

TUES. 25TH 7.30 pm &

WED. 27th JULY  11.00 am & 7.30 pm.


& To Help the Church in Little Massingham

(Patron H R H The Prince of Wales)





Strings and Continuo conductor/harpsichordist ROBERT HOWARTH CHLOË HANSLIP violin

Vivaldi ‘The Four Seasons’    Grieg Holberg Suite Op 40   Mozart Two String Divertimenti in D major and F major K136 & 138



J S Bach Brandenburg Concerto BWV 1051 (arr. Kenneth Gilbert)   Couperin Pièces de Clavecin 

J S Bach Concerto in C major BWV 1061a


Haydn Quartet in D major ‘The Lark’ Op 64 No 5    Mozart Quartet in C major ‘Dissonance’ K465

Beethoven Quartet in C major ‘Razumovsky’ Op 59 No 3

Tickets start at £8.00 .General booking opens on Monday 29 May All applications for tickets will be numbered and dealt with in strict rotation. Tickets can be booked by post, by telephone or by personal callers from: WITLEY PRESS LTD 24-26 GREEVEGATE, HUNSTANTON, NORFOLK, PE36 6AD Telephone 01485 535071 MONDAY to FRIDAY 9.30 am to 4.30 pm. Check the web site here for more details and a booking form.

Light refreshments including wine and soft drinks will be on sale in the marquee from 6.00 pm, during the interval, and for twenty minutes after the performances. Buffet suppers will also be available before and after the concerts if ordered and paid for in advance. A booking form giving details of the menu and prices will be sent out with tickets.


In June, there is Grimston's FoSB Tractor Rally and, in July, there is Roydon's "Bit of a Do", Congham Fete & Snail Race, and there is the "Music in Country Churches" Concert.

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