Our next Make and Mardle will be on Tuesday 20th October from 10 am to 12 noon at Gables Farmhouse, Hemblington Hall Road. Usual format of bring your knitting, sewing (or nothing at all!) and join us for coffee, cake and chat. No charge – everyone welcome.
Welcome to the website for All Saints Church, Hemblington. We do not know who built our church or when. What we worship in each week is a beautiful and simple building. The clear glass windows allow the light to flood the building. We gaze out at the rolling fields that surround the churchyard. This delightful building is very much part of the environment as the environment is part of the church.
This is a church that takes the visitor far away from the rush of a busy world. The round tower reminds us of the long history of Christian worship on this site. Within it one of the country's largest wall paintings of St Christopher greets the visitor. The uncluttered interior, medieval bench ends and magnificent font all tell stories of faith and worship throughout the centuries.
Our church was the venue for a study day on Saturday 5th September. Five speakers described the history of the church, from information found in medieval records through to descriptions and discussions about the elaborate font and excellent wall painting of St Christopher – probably the best example in the country. The presenters kept the audience of 40 people absorbed by discussing how the church had been built, the geology of the stones incorporated into the walls, and how the building had been changed over the years, especially following the Reformation. Well-known local historians Dr Nicholas Groves, Dr Kristi Bain and Gerald Randall were joined by geologist Jenny Gladstone and Dr Ellie Pridgeon, who had studied church wall paintings for her Ph. D.
The study day had been planned to celebrate a new step in the church’s history – the building of level access into the church, a W.C. and better kitchen facilities, and it is hoped that more local groups may wish to take advantage of the peaceful situation and the resources available at the church in future.
A more detailed report can be found here.
19 members of the Bure Valley Conservation Group visited our church on Wednesday, 26th September. After (proper) coffee, a Norfolk Wildlife Trust officer showed a presentation about churchyards and how they are often the last bastion for some species, as they are usually unimproved grassland, i.e. no chemicals have been used on them. They usually offer a mosaic of habitats with long and short grass areas, trees, bushes and hedges, sheltering wildflowers, small mammals, birds, insects, lichens and fungi. Some indigenous wildflowers that are becoming increasingly rare are often seen in such areas, e.g. meadow saxifrage, cowslip, pignut, lady’s bedstraw, oxeye daisy and Burnet saxifrage. The group then divided into small teams and surveyed different parts of the old and new churchyard areas. Their results will be written up and sent to us and will help initiate the conservation management plan that will be discussed with the church committee shortly. The Bure Valley Conservation Group offered to return to the churchyard to help with raking up mown grass and may offer to return on a regular basis, if the church team can suggest dates sufficiently far in advance to fit in with their three monthly programme.
The group was also very interested in the fabric of the church and were shown around the exterior, pointing out various features. A short discussion was held inside the church about how it had changed over the centuries and we briefly discussed the font and wall painting. The group was very interested in the fabric of the church and would appreciate a more in depth discussion about it in the future.
Our Village Harvest Supper is on Saturday 3rd October at Heathlands, Woodbastwick Road Blofield Heath and the doors will open at 6.30 pm. This year it is combined with a Ceilidh with Willowspin and Jon Houton. Tickets £10, £5 for children. Call 270360 or 270542 to reserve your tickets.
The building works are now substantially complete and we now have level access into the church through the new extension. The toilet and washbasin are fully operational and the new cupboards at the back of the church have been installed. The cupboards look great and will vastly increase our storage and display facilities. The right hand cupboard cleverly incorporates a hidden sink which will make catering a lot easier. The only outstanding item is the new internal door to be fitted in the old North doorway. Although the project has been delayed we have thankfully not gone above our original budget. Please come and have a look at our new facilities – we are open every day.
Don’t miss our spectacular Festival of Flowers celebrating “The Wonderful World of Books” held in the four neighbouring churches of Blofield, Braydeston, Hemblington and North Burlingham.
In each church there will be floral depictions of titles or scenes from books from the classics to the light hearted, from knitting patterns to novels.
Visitors may choose to drive, cycle or walk between the churches along country lanes or across fields. Entry is free but a programme purchased for £1 at any of the churches will direct you to the other churches. Refreshments will be available.
The Festival takes place on Saturday September 19th, 10 am to 5 pm, and Sunday September 20th, 1 pm to 5 pm (Hemblington 11 am to 5 pm). On Sunday at 5.30 pm a Songs of Praise service will be held in North Burlingham Church to which all are very welcome.
Many local people and businesses have been very generous by providing sponsorship for the displays and we are most grateful for their kind support. At Hemblington there will also be some impromptu storytelling and music outside (weather permitting), refreshments, raffle and book stall. If you have any unwanted books for the book stall then please call 270360.
A report has been prepared by the archaeologist, Giles Emery, who completed the archaeological excavation for our toilet extension. This interesting report can be downloaded here.
This is video shows our beautiful church on a lovely summers day in June. Music by the Octagon Singers of Norwich.
Friends of Hemblington Church now has a Facebook page where it is planned to display lots of pictures and details of events taking place at the church.