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.

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.

Late Summer Colour in the Garden at Bird in Hand

Claire and Terry Norton will again be welcoming everyone to their gardens at the Bird in Hand, Mill Road in Blofield Heath on Sunday 16th August 2 pm to 6 pm for their annual Open Garden and plant sale.

This beautiful village garden has a large array of mature shrubs and plants. Even if you have been before there is always something new to see in the garden and Claire and her helpers will be on hand to answer any plant or garden questions.

There will be delicious home-made cakes and teas. We will also have a raffle, cake stall, tombola, a book & white elephant stall and donations to any of these would be greatly appreciated. The Bowls Club will again arrange a Target Bowls competition and, served from the original “cellar”, we will have Pimms, wine and a choice of Woodfords ales. Claire will again have a load of the most amazing plants for sale but we suggest you get there early as they always sell quickly.

Entrance charge is £2.50 for adults, free for children. All proceeds will go to Hemblington Church and Heathlands.

Talk by our Archaeologist

On Friday 7th August at 7 pm in Mautby Church our archaeologist, Giles Emery, will give a talk about his recent finds both at Mautby and Hemblington. Tickets £2 on the door. Mautby Church is a short distance off the A1064 to Caister just after Filby village.

Make & Mardle

Our next Make and Mardle will be on Tuesday 4th August 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.

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.

Four Churches Flower Festival

Over the weekend of 19th and 20th September we are holding our Four Churches Flower Festival. This is held every 3 years and the participants are Blofield, Braydeston, Hemblington & North Burlingham churches. The title will be the Wonderful World of Books.

There are a number of ways anyone could help and be involved with this event:

• To help with the flower arranging (all levels of skills will be very welcome)
• Sponsorship by local businesses for the various displays. In previous years local businesses have been very supportive with mutual benefit
• Dedicating a display in memory of a loved one
• Help nearer the event with setting up, serving refreshments etc

If you would like to be part of this in any of these ways, do contact any of the people below:

Blofield: Barbara Pilch or Sarah Toothill (emilylatos@tesco.net)
Braydeston: Doreen Graham or Ann Walters (i.s.walters@btinternet.com)
Hemblington: Sandra Bussey or Catherine Howe (ancaviniam@hotmail.com)
North Burlingham: Jenny Rolls (jennyrolls4@gmail.com)

Opportunities To Meet The New Rector

All are very welcome to come and meet or get to know Kevin and Helene over refreshments on:

Sunday 12th July at 2.30 pm at Hemblington Church
Sunday 26th July at 3.00 pm at The Rectory, 10 Oak Wood, Blofield

Please contact Catherine Howe on 270360 or Yvonne Mack on 715213 if you require further details.

Development Project – Report from July 11th

We are pleased to report that some significant progress has taken place over the past month. The new oak external door on the extension is now in place and this extra security has enabled the builders to break through the previously bricked-up north doorway, thereby linking the extension with the church. The original stone doorway is now visible from both sides and will be preserved as an important historical feature. Within the extension we now have quarry tiles on the floor but more importantly a toilet and washbasin. Unfortunately the interior of the church is a little untidy at present due to the electrical rewiring work but this should be finished very shortly.

Quiet Day

On Saturday 25th July we will be holding a Benefice Annual Quiet Day at Hemblington Church. This will be led as in previous years by Rev Canon Paul Oliver and will start at 11 am. Hot or cold drinks will be provided but please bring your own picnic lunch. The topic for the day will be announced on the website in due course.

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.