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Gt. Massingham
Mary & the Angel Gabriel







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

From this month's Church Registers



St Botolph, Grimston

Nicki Carter & Michelle Norton



St Botolph, Grimston

Dean Buckingham & Georgina Irwin



St Botolph, Grimston

Robin Leggett of South Wootton



St Andrew, Lt Massingham

Hugh Symington & Heidi Oldershaw



St Mary, Gt Massingham Barrie Yeend & Jacqueline Pearson



St Botolph, Grimston

Nellie Sophie Dorothy Parkes



St Botolph, Grimston

Dulcie Christine Rhoda Parkes



St Lawrence, Harpley

Andrew Mayes & Kayleigh Grief




Richard (Ricky) Barlow of West Lynn



St Nicholas, Gayton

Joshua Ayres & Sarah Davies




Edna Cawston of Ashwicken




Robert Gadsby of Gayton



St Mary, Gt Massingham

Joan Green

16/07/2017 Baptism All Saints, Roydon Oscar David Rhoades


Funeral Mintlyn Freda Whitworth of Grimston
27/06/2017 Funeral St Botolph, Grimston

Roger Elsegood

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

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

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 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 this space.
Please phone Judith Gough 07766432418/01485 609217......or email

SATURDAY 23 rd SEPT.  11.00 - 13.00 pm


courtesy Albert & Marjorie Peach and in aid of St Andrew's Church Congham





THURSDAY OCT 5th 7.30 pm



Not so very long ago, Norfolk was criss crossed with railways so that it seemed as if every village and town had access to a nearby station. These lines not only provided essential services to many rural areas but also jobs and a way of life. The mania for building these railways began in the second half of the 19th Century and Norfolk’s geography with its generally flat landscape enabled rapid expansion.
Sadly, this era is now but a fading memory although some evidence remains, usually in the form of original station buildings converted to private homes, goods and engine sheds, level crossings, bridges, cuttings and so on. Aerial photography will often define the routes of previous trackways.
Richard Adderson’s knowledge of our local railway heritage is second to none. He has written several books and co-authored others. His extensive photographic archive of the Wells to Dereham line, which at one time was linked direct to London as well as King’s Lynn, will rekindle memories of a lost way of life in an illustrated talk in St Botolph’s Church, Grimston on Thursday, October 5th, starting at 7.30pm. Tickets on the door are £7, members £6 including refreshments. Proceeds are in aid of Friends of St. Botolph’s. 




The Bible is the world's best selling book of all time and there are thousands of editions and translations into many languages. We are planning an exhibition of Bibles in Congham church and welcome any offers of Bibles to be included in the display, for example, family Bibles, illustrated bibles, editions in different languages.Please contact the Churchwardens Hilary Scase (tel 600550) or Helen Lilley (tel 600153) by Monday 30th October who will arrange collection.

On Saturday 4th November we are privileged to welcome Simon Sykes, the Vice Principal and Librarian of Tyndale House in Cambridge who will give a talk at 3pm in the church.  Tyndale House has the most comprehensive research library of biblical texts in the country if not the world.  Simon will be talking about the work of Tyndale House and also bringing with him some very ancient texts.There will be plenty of time to ask Simon questions after his talk and refreshments will be available.

The church will be open on Saturday 4th from 10.30am until 12pm for Coffee and Cake and an opportunity to see the display, from 2pm until 5pm in the afternoon including Simon's talk at 3pm, and also from 2pm until 4pm on Sunday 5th November.


 Also in September "The WORD on the WASH". In October the FoSB present a talk on the Wells to Dereham Railway, and there is a Harvest Celebration also at St Botolph, and an Open Day at St Nicholas, Gayton.

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