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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.  St Lawrence, HarpleyRaising funds to provide a car for Hospice Ethiopia. A total of £543.10 was donated over the 6 weeks of Lent by those attending the soup lunches. A further £135.78 in Gift Aid will be added to this which means
that the Bishop’s Lenten Appeal will benefit by £678.88. Thank you to all those who prepared soup and hosted, and to all whocame along and soupported..

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

Satuday May 6th. 11.00 - 2.00 pm. OPEN CHURCH. Do come along and see the work already completed in Church with the new kitchen and enjoy tea, coffee and biscuits in the new seating area.

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. 




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."

SUNDAY 18th JUNE 9.30 - 10.30 am.



courtesy of Roger & Christine Coe.

Tractors on view from 9.30 - 10.30 am before they set off on their run, returning to the Farm for the afternoon at about 2.30 pm..  All parking on site and free entry. Bacon butties, tea & coffee available from 9.30am until 10.45am

SUNDAY 18th  JUNE afternoon  2.00 - 5.00 pm

Craft Demonstrations & Stalls, Games & Sideshows, Steam Traction, Static Engines, Vintage Farm Machinery

Live Music with DNA

Hog Roast, Strawberries & Cream, BBQ, Tea & Cake, Bar

Free entry and parking

Proceeds in aid of Friends of St. Botolph’s

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The evening will start with bat related crafts for the children and a BBQ. This will be followed by a talk from our bat expert, Peter Parker and then a bat watch. Tickets are £5 for adults - children are free - and includes the crafts, talk, tea & biscuits. (BBQ is extra).
There should be plenty of bat action and so hope to see you there.

SATURDAY 8th JULY 1.00 - 4.00 pm.
"A Bit of a Do" 2017


Roydon is arranging another "Bit of a Do".  All the usual great attractions in a beautiful setting. Stalls, Teas, Music, Dog Show, Games and loads of Fun.

15 th JULY 2.00 - 5.00 pm



A typical village Fete but with the added attraction of International Snail Racing. Free Entry and parking.

If you have any unwanted books, we will be happy to find new homes for them on the Book Stall at the Fete. Please contact Jackie Powell on 01485 609219 to arrange delivery or collection. AND HELPERS WANTED TOO - Can you help with setting up in the morning or clearing away afterwards  - or perhaps run a stall? Please contact Helen Lilley on 01485 600153 or Hilary Scase on 01485 600650.


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 August there is a Walk and Tea at Bawsey Ruins and in September the "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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