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.

Village Harvest Supper

Our Village Harvest Supper is on Saturday 3rd October and this year is combined with a Ceilidh with Willowspin and Jon Houton. Tickets £10, £5 for children. Call 270360 or 270542 to reserve your tickets.

Make & Mardle

Our next Make and Mardle will be on Thursday 24th September from 10 am to 12 noon at Hemblington Church. Usual format of bring your knitting, sewing (or nothing at all!) and join us for coffee, cake and chat. No charge – everyone welcome.

Development Project – Report from August 13th

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.

Four Churches Flower Festival

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.

Cycling or Walking for Fun

Could you, your family or your group of friends take part in the Norfolk Churches’ Sponsored Bike Ride and Walk on Saturday, September 12th?

Half of the money raised goes to your own chosen church and the remainder is used by the Norfolk Churches Trust for repairs, renovation and conservation of their buildings.
So, a chance to visit some lovely churches, as many or as few as you want, have a good day out and help your own church and others.

Choose any route that suits you around rural Norfolk or go into the city and walk round some churches. Perhaps some you have never entered before.
http://www.norfolkchurchestrust.org.uk/sponsored-bike-ride

Visit to Hemblington Church by the Bure Valley Conservation Group

We are expecting a group (circa 30 people) from the Bure Valley Conservation Group to visit All Saints Church on Wednesday, 26th August between 10am and 1pm.

The visit is planned as an educational session. Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s (NWT) Officer, Gemma Walker, has arranged for Emily Nobbs (Assistant Conservation Officer) to be at the church for 10am. She will outline the NWT Churchyard Scheme and show us and the group how to survey a churchyard and how to manage it with wildlife in mind.

The group has several members who have expertise in many aspects of wildlife. The group tends to make lists of any observations seen on such visits and sends them onto the appropriate bodies responsible for recording the county’s wildlife. They will make sure that we get a copy of any such observations as well.

Anyone who would like to join this free session will be warmly welcomed – as we hope to continue to manage the churchyard in a way that will encourage wildlife and native plant species to thrive in this special space.

All Saints Study Day

All Saints Church, Hemblington is a gem of a medieval church which has seen many changes to its fabric over the years. To celebrate the most recent development, providing level access into the church via a new north entrance, with a W.C. and a kitchen area, a study day has been arranged for Saturday, 5th September from 10:30 to 16:00.

If you would like to learn about how and when the church was built and altered, what stone and other materials have been used in its walls, the iconography of the font and to hear an explanation and interpretation of the wall painting of St Christopher, then you should consider coming to the study day. Five presenters, well known for their knowledge of church history / architecture in general, have offered to speak about All Saints in particular and various features will be discussed in detail, both inside and outside the church.

The church in its historical context Dr Kristi Bain
An introduction to the architecture of the church Gerald Randall
The geology of the ‘rubble’ walls Jenny Gladstone
The Font : an exploration of its iconography Dr Nicholas Groves
Mediaeval Wall Paintings in England:
Hemblington, St Christopher and Beyond
Dr Ellie Pridgeon

Cost for the day is £20 including lunch and refreshments

Because of the size of the church, numbers need to be limited, so please apply early! Application forms are available at local churches or contact (01603) 715804 or download from here.