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Gt. Massingham
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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


Funeral Mintlyn Raymond Simons of Gayton


Baptism St Botolph, Grimston Ella Jane Allen
12/03/2017 Baptism St Andrew's Lt Massingham James Bolderstone


Baptism St Andrew's, Lt Massingham Robin Taylor
08/03/2017 Funeral Mintlyn Henry Loane of Gayton

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

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

Lent News. This year Easter falls on Sunday April 16th. If you would like to sponsor a Lily in memory of someone please contact as below:

Gt MassinghamOn Easter Day at St Mary's we usually have a large display of white lilies. The lilies are donated in memory of loved ones. We have sheets with all the names in Church and a printed booklet for everyone. The lilies cost £2 each and any names and monies can be passed to myself or any member of the congregations to pass on. I must have a closure to the list by the 30th of March as I have the lists and booklets to print before the 4th April. Contact Stephen Hudson 01485 520450
for Ashwicken - Mrs Joy Smith 01485 600769 - and Harpley - David & Clem - 01485 520381.

LENT LUNCHES ...St Lawrence, Harpley are havng a series of Lent Lunches to be held from 12 noon to 2.00 pm on Fridays. Delicious simple (soup) lunches will be served to raise funds for the Bishop's Lent Appeal for Hospice Ethiopia. Donations will help fund an off road vehicle to help enable care and equipment to reach those who cannot travel to the Hospice.

Dates are: 3rd March at Hillside, Short Lane courtesy of Jane Osbaldeston,  10th March at Rose Cottage, Brickyard Lane © Jean Pocklington, 17th March at 22, Back Street © Gina Wagg, 24th March at The Coach House, Cross Street ©Lindsey Symington, 31st March at Flint Cottage, 3 Back Street © Clem Caunt & David Mallows and 7th April at The Old Rectory, Nethergate Street © Lucy Brown.

There will also be a FISH LUNCH at Pott Row Methodist Chapel on Good Friday.

St. Andrew's, Little Massingham Roof Appeal. St. 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 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 Mary's, Great Massingham. There was a record result to their Samaritan's Purse Christmas Shoebox appeal with 174 boxes of small gifts sent to vulnerable children in Central Asia. It is a wonderful thing to think that the efforts of everybody involved have such a meaningful outcome for needy children. You can read more here.
Also at St Mary's, the Christingle service raised almost £300 for the Children's Society. many people also keep a Society collecting box at home and this year they totalled a further £300. With Gift Aid added a total of £620.30 was sent to the Childrens' Society. If you would like to have a collecting box at home, plesae call Dorothy Shalom on 01485 520496.

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. 

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.


SATURDAY APRIL 8th 10.00 am.



Easter Bonnets and Easter Garden - on Saturday 8 April we will be making Easter Bonnets in the Massingham village hall from 10 o'clock. Please bring your craft bits and bobs, but lots will be provided, along with refreshments. We will hold an Easter Bonnet Parade during the Easter Sunday Service. We will also be looking into designing our Easter Garden for St Mary's Church. Come and explore your creative skills and have fun

SUNDAY 9th  APRIL 3.00 pm.  




Timmy & Jimmy (the donkeys)  invite you to join them as they walk up to Church from Abbey Farm for a short service.

SATURDAY 15th APRIL 10.00 - 12.30 pm



A craft workshop, refreshments and songs.  Parents- you are welcome to join us or if not please make sure your child has an adult with them

and at 3.30 pm. THE GREAT EGG HUNT 


Come and join in the FUN for kids Old & Young.





SATURDAY APRIL 22nd 7.00pm.


at St Nicholas Church, Gayton

After a very successful concert last year, Glenda Smeed returns to present Raise the Roof II to help fund a new roof for St Mary's Church, East Walton. 

We have a folk group, and a bass baritone ( who is so busy rehearsing for the shows he is currently doing) that I'm thrilled  will be able to help. Also by public demand... The K.L. Male Voice Choir and also 'The Batty Old Lady' . and a newcomer to our area,  a classical guitarist Peter Turrell. The folk group is from Fakenham. They have an unusual name, 'Daisy's Cat' !  Michael Carter-Rowlands has again agreed to be our compere.  The bass baritone hopes to sing a duet or two with ? soprano.

This is a FREE Concert so please donate generously.

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.

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.


 The Archdeacon's Charge in May - and An organ Concert in St Botolph's in May. 

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