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.
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A very successful event held on Sunday June 30th in a beautiful garden – and in lovely weather. Very many thanks to Mr and Mrs Ong for so generously opening their garden, offering all the proceeds to the All Saints Hemblington Church. A magnificent £773 was raised. The event was well supported and as well as enjoying the garden’s trees, flowers, shrubs and comfortable seating, visitors were treated to a cornucopia of amazing cakes, all freshly baked by Mrs Ong, her friends and by members of the church team. Thanks to all who contributed cakes and raffle prizes but most of all a huge thank you to Mr and Mrs Ong for such a magnificent afternoon.
At Hemblington Church on Tuesday July 30th, between 10.am and 12.30pm we will be holding a “Family Fun Morning” based on the theme “All things Bright and Beautiful”. All ages are invited. During the morning, amongst other things, we will be creating a giant collage to display in the church, playing games, solving puzzles, decorating biscuits listening to stories and of course eating cake.
On Thursday 29th August we will be holding an “End of the Holiday Picnic” at the church from 11am to 2.30 pm. Bring a picnic to share and join in the fun and games.
As usual both of these events are free. Drinks and cakes will be available.
On Tuesday 16th July (10 am – 12 noon) all are welcome to come along to help us survey and record wild flowers, birds, bees and butterflies, as part of the Norfolk Wildlife Trust/Caring for God’s Acre projects. The northern section of churchyard is to be cut by the Bure Valley team the next day. Raking up the hay will take place on Wednesday 24th July (from 10 am). Good fun and good exercise too!
All are warmly invited to come to All Saints Church, Hemblington, to view an exhibition looking back not just to the past 50 years, but at the long history of the area. Evidence of flint knapping goes back to the Middle Stone Age, the Romans and Saxons left pottery sherds, and the village is listed in the Domesday Book. The exhibition is being held in a Medieval building with a unique wall painting of St Christopher and reminders of what pre-Reformation churches contained. There will be original Parish Records, kindly lent by Norfolk Record Office, together with maps, and more recent photographs and memories generously supplied by local people.
You are also invited to attend the formal opening of the exhibition on Saturday, 20th July at 5 pm and the Act of Thanksgiving Service on Sunday morning, 21st July at 9.30 am. The exhibition will then be freely available to view each day until Sunday, 28th July – daily between 9.30 am – 5 pm (Sundays from 11.00 am).
The June issue of the Deanery Newsletter is available to download here
On Thursday evening, 6th June we had a wonderful turn out for the Friends AGM, held jointly with the Hemblington Parish Council to inform all about the exhibition in July to celebrate its 50th anniversary. Over 70 people crammed into the church to hear an excellent presentation by landscape historian Prof. Tom Williamson (UEA) which ranged over the use of wood and timber over the centuries, which trees were most ubiquitous in Norfolk – and why – together with examples of detailed maps of estates and woodlands in the county and further afield. The causes of various diseases which have affected trees was very interesting, and the audience raised several thought provoking questions afterwards. The Friends is most grateful to the Parish Council for arranging for Prof Williamson to speak at the meeting, as he certainly drew people in.
After a refreshment break, some 17 people stayed for the actual Friends AGM, in which the highlights of last year were outlined, the current financial position confirmed, and events planned for the coming year were presented. Several Annual Friends renewed their 2019/20 subscriptions, and if anyone else would like to become a Friend or renew their membership, please contact Sue Rowe, Secretary – tel. 01603 715804.
The next Make and Mardle will be on Thursday 25th July at Hemblington Church. It will be at the usual time of 10 am to 12 noon. As always there will be coffee, cake, chat and craft (optional); all are welcome. Call 270360 for more information.
Walking boots on, pencil to hand, it’s time to have a go at the walking trail Treasure Hunt, this year around the Hemblington and Burlingham area. If you tried to solve all the clues in last year’s treasure hunt, you will know what fun it is. If you didn’t, now’s your chance to find out! The entry forms are available at All Saints Church for just £5 per team. They contain all the instructions you need, and you can attempt the trail in one go, or do it over several sessions, as the mood – and the weather – suggests. The prize of a “Candlelit dinner for two” will be awarded in early September, as the closing date for completed entries is 31st August. All profits are going towards the Hemblington Church Repair Fund.
As a retirement project, Andrew Hawkins is building a website which takes a virtual tour of places of interest in and around the historic city of Norwich, presented as a series of interactive 360-degree panoramas in which you, the viewer, can ‘turn the camera’ to look left and right and up and down. He has just added a section about Hemblington Church which contains beautiful views of our church. The Hemblington Church entry can be found at:
But have a look round the rest of the website for interesting insights into our local heritage.
For anyone who is researching family history in the Hemblington area we have a page explaining how you can access our church records.
This can be found here.
Thanks to Paul Brittain of Norfolk360.co.uk you can now experience a 360 degree tour of the inside and outside of our church by using the following links:
View inside All Saints, Hemblington Church on Google Tours
View outside All Saints, Hemblington Church on Google Tours
This is video shows our beautiful church on a lovely summers day in June. Music by the Octagon Singers of Norwich.