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.

Open Garden at Gable End Cottage

On Sunday June 26th Richard and Margaret Ong will again be opening to the public their fantastic gardens at Gable End Cottage, Woodbastwick Road, Blofield Heath starting at 2 pm.

There will be teas, cakes, a raffle, books and some lovely plants for sale. Margaret will be on hand to answer your questions about the planting in the garden or about the plants for sale.

This is a true plants woman’s garden with lots to see and to provide you with ideas for your own garden. Or you can just relax in a deck chair by the pond with a cup of tea and a home-made cake.

Parking and entrance are on Holly Lane. Adults £2, children free, dogs on leads welcome. All proceeds will go to Hemblington Church.

Songs of Praise

On Sunday 12th June at 6 pm there will be a Songs of Praise benefice service at Hemblington church to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday. Tea and cakes will be served from 5 pm onwards.

Make & Mardle

Our next Make and Mardle is on Thursday 16th June, 10 am to 12 noon, at Hemblington Church. There will be coffee, cake, chat and craft (optional); all are welcome. In April we were joined by a group of pilgrims from North Carolina which was wonderful!

Let’s Go Wild in the Churchyard

This event was planned by The Friends of All Saints Church, to encourage people to see what local conservation and wildlife groups do and spark an interest in their work, as well as enjoy and appreciate All Saints very special churchyard habitat.

On Saturday, 14th May, we were overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and resilience of the members of the Norfolk Wildlife Trust (NWT), the Bure Valley Conservation Group, our very own Blofield and District Conservation Group (BADCOG) and local naturalist David Bryant, all of whom encouraged children and adults alike to look for and identify wild flowers, birds, beetles, and bugs – regret it was too cold and windy for moths and butterflies – and make bird boxes, fir cone feeders, dragon flies, and generally get involved with wildlife in the churchyard.

There were also displays of information about local and national organisations supporting birds, bats and wildlife generally, and information about surveys undertaken in the churchyard in previous years.

Bug Hunting

Hemblington is one of the churches taking part in the NWT’s Norfolk Churchyard Conservation Scheme, which helps churches manage their churchyards to protect the plant species of particular interest while observing the main requirements of the church. Training, support, advice and surveys are offered by the Trust and a new team of six people is currently being trained and supported to undertake regular surveys at All Saints. The southern area of the churchyard has been exceptionally well managed by BADCOG for many years. Since Saxon times, it has never been ploughed nor treated with pesticide and consequently wild flowers have flourished. During a survey at the Wildlife Day, 67 species of wild flowers were identified, which is an excellent start for our new surveyors.

The birdwatchers spotted 30 species but only 3 types of butterfly. However it really was a very cold, windy day, which may have kept some visitors away from the event as well as the anticipated butterflies and moths!

The Friends of All Saints would like to say a big thank you to the NWT, the BVCG, BADCOG, David Bryant, the Church’s events team for providing all the food and hot drinks and all our intrepid visitors for braving the outdoors on such a cold day. We hope it will encourage people to get more involved with appreciating the wild life all around us.

Anyone who would like to volunteer to help us manage the north side of the churchyard, mowing and raking up during mid and late summer, will be most welcome. Please contact Hemblington@gmail.com or telephone (01603) 715 804.

Big Churchyard Birdwatch

Very many thanks to everyone who came along and helped and watched at All Saints over the weekend of 30th/31st January.

On Saturday it was rather cold, but bright and there was good visibility. We had 46 people watching at different times during the day and altogether we saw 19 different species (though they did not all land in the church yard but could be seen from there!).

We recorded blackbird, robin, dunnock, house sparrow, blue tit, great tit, long tailed tit, chaffinch, wood pigeon, wren, French partridge, pheasant, crow, buzzard, common gull, black headed gull, lesser black backed gull, herring gull.

Sunday dawned rather damp and overcast and the visibility was not at all good, which meant that not so many people came long, though we had 11 people looking out who saw 9 different species during the day. As always the great delight was a group of 8 long tailed tits – such an attractive bird!

Very many thanks to all involved in this scheme, especially to Linda and David Bryant who provided a lot of bird food and feeders in advance of the weekend (the website Birds of the Heath: http://birdsoftheheath.blogspot.co.uk is always worth a look). David took some lovely pictures of the birds we saw on Saturday, and also of the church. We should also like to thank Peter Mallett who displayed his wildlife photography and made a generous donation to the church – http://www.wildnorfolk.co.uk.

RSPB Bird Watch

September Study Day

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.
Study Day

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. 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.