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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

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

SUNDAY 20th AUGUST 3.00 pm.



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

SATURDAY 9th SEPTEMBER from 9.00 am


BIKE, WALK, DRIVE sponsored event.

More information on the web site click here.

Pump up your tyres, dust off your walking boots, pack a picnic and plan a route from your own door to visit as many of the most beautiful churches in Norfolk as you can. PLUS you can raise money to help the Norfolk Churches Trust preserve these buildings for future generations. Simply get sponsored for each building you visit or make a donation.





Doors open at 6.45 pm.  Tickets £10.00 to include a drink. Call 01553 674286 more about the band at their web site. click here.


 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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