The first meeting of the Friends of All Saints Church, Hemblington, will be a free cheese and wine evening. This will take place on Thursday 14th April from 7 pm at the Church. All are very welcome to come along, when the aims of the new Group will be discussed together with suggestions for encouraging people to become a Friend and what events could be organised. Please let friends, neighbours and anyone with a link to the church know about this event – we’d love to see the church completely full!
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.
Calling all who like to clip and hack back the undergrowth. We are having a work party at Hemblington Churchyard to smarten up the area before the birds start to nest. This will be on Thursday 18th February from 10 am to 12 noon. Refreshments provided. Bring along gloves, shears, secateurs, and any other handy tools you may have. All help welcome. If the weather is bad we will reconvene on Saturday 5th March at 10 am.
Our next Make and Mardle is on Thursday 25th February, 10 am to 12 noon, at Gables Farmhouse, Hemblington Hall Road. Coffee, cake, chat & craft (optional); all are welcome.
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.
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. 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.
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.