Nineteen different species of birds were seen in and over the churchyards at All Saints Church by hardy birders over two hours on Sunday, 27th January. The enchanting little long tailed tits were the greatest in number with 10 at one sighting, and it may be that two buzzards and a kestrel roaring past may have made some birds harder to spot! Some 18 people braved the cold to assist in the birdwatch but spirits were also raised by warming soup, tea, coffee and some astounding scones and cakes. For a full report with spotting statistics click here.
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 Lent course for 2019 will be a series of guided conversations together about worship in our churches, using a professionally produced course material designed for churches such as ours. The course will ask us to consider together what it means to be a worshipper and how each of us can play our full part in the worship of our benefice and the churches we attend. We would value hearing from everybody who joins in the worship of our churches, no matter how often you attend. The course will take place on Wednesday evenings at Blofield Church on 13th March, 20th March, 27th March, 3rd April and 10th April. A course booklet will be available, priced £5.
On Sunday 3rd March we will be holding a Family Pancake Party at Heathlands from 3.30 pm to 5.30 pm. More details to follow.
On Friday 1st March, there will be a quiet morning at Hemblington Church as part of the nationwide World Day of Prayer event. There will be prayers and a short reflection at 10am, 11am & 12noon followed by lunch. At 6pm we will join folk from the area for a service at Brundall church. Everyone will be most welcome to be part of this.
The next Make and Mardle will be on Thursday 21st February at Gables Farmhouse, Hemblington Hall Road, Hemblington. 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.
On Saturday 16th February, 10.30 am to 12.30 pm, there will be a work party in the churchyard just to tidy up and keep on top of things. Everybody will be most welcome to join in – young, older and everyone in between! Hot drinks and cake will be served.
Our Burns Night event at the Heathlands Community Centre on Saturday 26th January has had to cancelled due to circumstances beyond our control. If you have already purchased a ticket then a full refund is available, please contact whoever sold you the ticket. We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused.
Well “what a night it was, it really was such a night!” Heathlands Community Centre hall was filled to capacity for the Friends first quiz night and a huge vote of thanks goes to Linda and David Bryant for organising the whole thing! All the rounds were music related in various ways, from completing a line of lyrics, recognising film themes, identifying the titles of albums from their pictures, and most popular, perhaps – identifying songs from live guitar intros played by David. The dingbats was a popular round too, and all seemed to appreciate the ploughman’s supper. Over £700 was raised from ticket sales and the raffle and the Friends is very grateful to all who came along for an enjoyable evening which will also help to support the repair fund for work which needs to be carried out on the church soon.
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
This is video shows our beautiful church on a lovely summers day in June. Music by the Octagon Singers of Norwich.