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.
Everyone is welcome to another spectacular Open Garden at the Bird in Hand on Sunday 12th August, 2 pm until 6 pm. Entrance £2.50, children free. Delicious homemade cakes, teas, raffle, tombola, book and White Elephant stall. The Bar will be serving Woodfordes, wine & Pimms and the Bowls Club will arrange Target Bowls. Best of all there will be “LOADS” of plants for sale. Proceeds are shared between Hemblington Church and Heathlands Social Club.
So do join us at “The Bird in Hand”, 80 Mill Road, Blofield Heath, NR13 4QS.
On Friday the 13th July the year 1 and year 3 classes of Hemblington School visited Hemblington church as part their religious education studies. We discussed what the church is used for, emphasising that its main purpose is for worship. We then looked at the structure and layout of the building. The children put labels on plans, drew their favourite part of the church and drew their ideas of what the missing face of our St. Christopher might be like.
For many of them the high spot was a chance to try their hand at bell ringing. We ended the visit with a bible story, prayer and blessing. All of us involved were very pleased with the enthusiasm shown by our visitors, the way in which they engaged with the activities and we were impressed by their good behaviour. Hopefully this will be the first of many visits from the school.
The Friends committee is very pleased and proud to let you know that The Friends has won the above award, which was presented on Tuesday 16th July by the sponsors at a ceremony held at The Abbey Conference Centre in Norwich.
The Norfolk Community Biodiversity Partnership offers awards which “celebrate groups and individuals whose voluntary efforts lead to improvements for biodiversity and to greater community engagement with local nature sites. Winning an award is a recognised accolade for efforts to improve the local environment.”
Receiving the Award on behalf of The friends, Joyce Burtenshaw confirmed that managing the churchyards at Hemblington has been a combined effort over many years with groups including Blofield & District Conservation Group (BADCOG), Bure Valley Conservation Group, Friends of All Saints, members of the congregation, Duke of Edinburgh award scheme volunteers and many others all contributing their time, knowledge and experience to make the churchyards a haven for a large variety of wild flowers as well as safe habitats for birds, bees, butterflies and mammals. A huge vote of thanks also goes to the officers of Norfolk Wildlife Trust, for their energy, enthusiasm, knowledge and training sessions which have inspired many to become involved in such projects.
A link to an article in the EDP is: http://www.edp24.co.uk/business/farming/norfolk-community-biodiversity-awards-winners-2018-1-5611953
An exhibition is being mounted in Church, during Open Churches Week – Friday 27th July to Sunday, 12th August, during the Heritage Open weekends 6 – 9th and 13th – 16th September and in November, to commemorate those local people who fought and died during the First World War, and to mark the Armistice. A collage to be made by local children will also be on show.
If you have any memories or stories of family members involved in the war, either at the front or supporting the war effort at home – or have family memorabilia from the time, we should love to hear from you.
We are also planning a special event on Saturday afternoon, 15th September, where such stories could be retold over afternoon tea, perhaps with poems or readings if anyone would like to offer these. Please get in touch with Catherine (270 360) or Lynda (713 597) or Sue (715 804) if you would like to learn more about this.
This year’s tour on 24th June enjoyed the beauty and tranquillity of Woodbastwick Church, followed by the wonderful architecture and sumptuous rood screen at Ranworth. The Revd. Canon Nick Garrard led the tour and astonished all by opening the security case and carrying the unique (and heavy!) Antiphoner across the church to a lectern. He then turned the parchment pages for us all to enjoy the manuscript verses and responses. All were amazed that the colours of the illuminated letters were still incredibly vibrant. The afternoon was rounded off by tea in the churchyard at Hemblington, kindly provided and served by several of the Friends of All Saints. For once the weather behaved itself too. Feedback from participants was very positive. Income from the tour will go towards the repairs that need to be undertaken at Hemblington over the next 3-4 years. Thanks to all who attended and all who helped make it such a successful afternoon.
Cycle or walk the lanes, visit beautiful churches and raise money for Hemblington church! Please consider taking part in the Norfolk Churches Trust annual sponsored cycle ride on Saturday 8th September. Details on http://norfolkchurchestrust.org.uk/bike-ride/taking-part/ or contact 01603 270 360. Stewards in church that day to welcome walkers/cyclists will also be much appreciated.
The next Make and Mardle will be on Thursday 23rd August 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.
Children of all ages are invited to join in two Family Fun Mornings of games and crafts at Hemblington Church on Tuesday July 31st and Thursday August 2nd from 10.30 am until 12.30 pm. Then join us afterwards for a picnic lunch, please bring some food to share. As usual we will provide drinks and cakes. Please note that children attending this event must be accompanied by an adult.
During July and August the Ministry Team ( Kevin, Paul, Judith and Sue) are planning a series of study groups called Adventures in Prayer which will help us find new and different ways to pray, taking us on a journey and explaining all we ever wanted to know about prayer but were afraid to ask. The series of five meetings will be held fortnightly on Tuesday evenings (7.30 pm until 9.15 pm) alternating between the Courthouse in Blofield and Heathlands in Blofield Heath. You are free to come to all or pick whichever most interests you. More information will follow soon but you can contact us via the form on the Contact Us page in the meanwhile.
if you fancy a walk around Hemblington and Pedham, looking out for the answers to the clues, you can find the trail forms in church. £2 ensures a fun couple of hours with some useful exercise thrown in! Give it a go!
If you want to check your answers or find the answer to that clue you could not work out then you can see all the answers here.
The Friends committee is very pleased to confirm that a successful application was made to the Norfolk Community Foundation World War One Fund earlier this year. £409 has been awarded to the Friends in order to purchase a sturdy tent which will help house the exhibition commemorating the ending of WW1. It is planned that this exhibition will be held at various times during August, September and during November, at the time of the signing of the Armistice Treaty on the 11th of the 11th.
The Friends Committee is very grateful to the donors of this grant, and to the Norfolk Community Foundation. The tent selected was purchased from Norwich Camping & Leisure in Blofield, who kindly offered a substantial discount on the tent, for which The Friends is most appreciative.
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.