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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



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. A huge 'Thank you' to Albert and Marjorie Peach who hosted a Coffee Morning and Barbecue at their home in Low Road, Congham on Saturday 26th September in aid of St Andrew's Church.  Thank you to all who helped on the stalls too, and to everyone who supported the event.  A magnificent total of £510 was raised. 
Many thanks also to everyone who supported the first monthly Coffee Morning to be held in the church on Saturday 7th October.  It was lovely to see everyone in the church and making good use of the new kitchen facilities.  A further £86 was raised for church funds.The next Coffee Morning in church will be on Saturday 4th November.  Coffee and cakes from 10.30am - 12pm - (£3.50). There will also be an opportunity to view the Bible Display which will be in the church over the weekend. 

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




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 who is chief Liberian & Vice Principal of Tyndale House in Cambridge. Simon will be giving a talk on the work of Tyndale House which has the most comprehensive research library of biblical texts in the world (second only to the Vatican’s library) Simon will be bringing with him some very ancient texts for people to look at and there will be plenty of time to ask Simon questions after his talk, plus we will be serving refreshments.
Simon, is an interesting speaker, who travels extensively throughout the World promoting the work of Tyndale House and was recently awarded the prestigious ‘International Christian Fund Raiser of the year Award’ for 2016.

You can read more about Tyndale House at

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.



Presented by The FoSB at ST BOTOLPH'S CHURCH

As the annual time of Remembrance approaches, the renowned John Kirkpatrick returns to St. Botolph’s Church, Grimston to perform a kitbag of songs from the World Wars in a programme that highlights two different kinds of material. As you would expect, there’ll be a fair old smattering of the popular hits of the day – designed to keep our spirits high, to raise a smile, share a chorus and provide a moment’s respite from the horrors on every side, and to find the heart to keep going. Threaded through these, John will also be airing some of the songs sung on the Front Line by the service personnel themselves - tunes wedded to new words, conjured up far from home by an army of ordinary folk doing their best to be good soldiers. You’ll hear how experiences on the front were dealt with and described with great directness, wit, robust humour and occasionally fruity language.

John’s previous performances at St. Botolph’s of ‘The Victorian Farmer’s Year in Song’ and ‘Carolling and Crumpets’ proved to be hugely popular. Now this exceptional entertainer marshals his resources into a stirring new programme engagingly presented with his usual panache, energy and passion. Producing an alarming amount of volume for one person, John fills the room with a voice of great dynamic range and power, supported by his sparkling squeezebox playing.

This is a heart- warming show, with occasional poignant moments in amongst the jolly choruses, celebrating the comradeship and spirit that allowed those previous generations to Keep Smiling Through.

On the door £10 for members, £12 for non- members or non- members can pre-book for £10 via 01553 630301 or email including refreshments. All are welcome. Proceeds are in aid of Friends of St. Botolph’s.



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