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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

17/02/2017 Baptism All Saints, Roydon Archie Stanley Adams
16/02/2018 Funeral Mintlyn Derek Benn of Pott Row
11/02/2018 Baptism St Nicholas, Gayton Scarlett May Coker
07/02/2018 Funeral St Botolph, Grimston Leonard Delph
03/02/2018 Wedding All Saints, Ashwicken Matthew Spragg & Rebecca Nichols
25/01/2018 Funeral St Lawrence, Harpley Pamela Watts
31/12/2017 Funeral Mintlyn Jennifer Marson of Grimston
21/12/2017 Baptism St Botolph, Grimston Erin Louise Isabel Piggott
21/12/2017 Baptism  St Botolph, Grimstob Florence Elizabeth Barnicoat
20/12/2017 Funeral Mintlyn Queenie Pegley of Harpley
15/12/2017 Wedding St Botolph, Grimston Nicholas Brennock & Jenna Tuffs
14/12/2017 Funeral  St Mary, Gt Massingham Henry & Amelia Edwards
09/12/2017 Wedding St Andrew, Congham William Dickinson & Ruth Gallop
07/12/2017 Funeral St Mary, Gt Massingham Linda Coe
05/12/2017 Funeral St Nicholas, Gayton Jamie McRann
01/12/2017 Funeral  Mintlyn Trevor Fordham of Gt Massingham



St Botolph, Grimston

Leslie Lambert




David William Steele



St Botolph, Grimston 

Kathryn Campbell



St Botolph, Grimston

Neville Raymond ( Ray)  Galea



St Andrew's, Lt Massingham

David Todd



St Andrew's, Lt Massingham

Frances Chase



All Saints, Roydon

Brian Pickering & Emma Stephenson



All Saints, Roydon

Graham Hardy




Lorna Sedgewick of Roydon



St Mary, Gt Massingham

Cici Bettine Morton



All Saints, Ashwicken

Archie Harry Martin George



St Nicholas, Gayton 

Stella Borley



St Botolph, Grimston

Daisy Louise Buffham




Stephen Aubrey Burman

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

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

St Mary's, Great Massingham . Christmas shoeboxes. Have you heard? I have. My shoebox, packed with gifts, went to Ukraine. A total of 678,942 boxes were despatched to children in Eastern Europe, Africa, Central Asia and the Middle East. Just in Ukraine there are 18 teams wih 1,200 ministry partners who distributed 90,201 gift boxes. Please le me know when you hear where your box went. Margaret Bowes.

Also : Jenny Borley is asking for oddments of knitting wool for making children's hats for 2018 Operation Christmas Shoe Box.

Children's Society. I wish to thank everyone who contributed to the Children's Society via your boxes. The total at the end of the year came to £367.52 which is quite amazing. With teh Christingle collection of £288.55 we have collected a total of £656.07 which will go supporting vulnerable children in this country. Thank you for your support and generosity. Dorothy Shalom.

St Andrew's, Congham. St Andrew's Church was full on Friday 22nd December for the Carol Service which was led by Rev'd Judith.  Carols rang out joyfully accompanied by visiting organist Andrew Kingcome. Mulled wine and nibbles were enjoyed following the service. A retiring collection amounted to just over £200.The previous evening members of King's Lynn Trinity Rotary and their guests held their annual Carol Service at St Andrew's, again led by Rev'd Judith and with Gina Wagg playing the organ.  Their collection amounted to £150. The combined collections of £350 has been donated to the Purfleet Trust to support  work with homeless people in King's Lynn.  Thank you to everyone for your contributions.

St Mary's, Gayton Thorpe. We have had our usual summer issues with bats at the church. We are now part of the Bats in Churches project which has received backing from Historic England. The aim is to find solutions to the problems we encounter with bats. It will be quite a long process, but we are hoping to find and implement a solution which solves the problems we are encountering inside the church, while not adversely affecting the bat colonies.

I have been sent an online questionnaire to complete to give information to the project about the problems we encounter. If anyone who helps with the church, particularly with cleaning between April and September, would like to complete the questionnaire to give their feedback, please let me know and I will email or text you the link . Sarah

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 Image result for heritage lottery fundawarded a huge Heritage Lottery Fund grant to enable urgent work to be undertaken to preserve our Church for generations to come. Stage 1 is complete and we are now appealing for funds for Stage 2. Many thanks to The Heritage Lottery Fund who are helping make all this work possible.



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


Lillies will once more play a large part in Church decoration over Easter.

Many of our Churches welcome sponsorship for lillies in remembrance of a loved one whose name(s) will be displayed in Church.

The cost is only about £2.50 per lily and you are asked to contact the following by  March 22nd. if you would lke to participate.

( of course dobnatons towards flowers are very welcome at any time by our Churches.)

For Grimston Church please contact Jenny Heywood on 01553 630301 or email:
For Ashwicken Church please contact Steve Williamson on 01553 630203 or email:

For Great Massingham Church please call Gladys Newton on 520772 or Anna Burpitt on 520196. Lilies cost £1.50 and all names will be displayed in Church over Easter.

SATURDAY MARCH 17th  5.00 pm



London Based but with a very local connection as Gill & Dave Davies from West Heath Barns have a daughter as a member of the group. The Omnia Voices Chamber ensemble are giving a FREE concert to help raise funds for the Church Kitchen fund.
Entitled " Tristis est Anima Mea" it is a reflection on Lent and the short programme of choral work explores themes of sacrifice and penitence, ranging from Renaissance polyphony to masterpieces of the 20th century. The recital will last about 40 mins after which the choir invite you to join them for light refreshments served in the Church.

SATURDAY 7th APRIL 10 - 12.00 pm.



Join us for Coffee and Cake at St Andrew's Church, Congham on Saturday 7th April between 10.30am and 12pm. 

Our March Coffee Morning was cancelled because of the snow.  Let's hope for spring sunshine for our April event! 

Coffee and cake £3.50 - Proceeds to the church. Special this month - Raffle in aid of Tapping House.




MAY 7th 10 - 3.00 pm



Every One is Welcome to a Family Day and 5 k Fun Run at Holkham Hall. NR23 1RX (South Lodge Entrance)

Get sponsored and raise money for your Parish Church & the East Anglian Air Ambulance.
Bring your own picnic - Refreshment & Cake stalls - Craft Market - Live Band - Children & Youth activities - Classic cars. Entry £5 per adult - under 18's free - Free parking.
More details at 01603 881724


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