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.

On Saturday 3rd May Heathlands and Hemblington Church are holding their first Scarecrow Festival around the villages of Blofield Heath, Pedham and Hemblington. Local residents have been invited to create scarecrows and display them in their gardens or at Hemblington Church. These scarecrows will then be marked on a map to create a scarecrow trail starting at Heathlands and ending at Hemblington Church.

So start the trail by purchasing a map at Heathlands from 9.45 am and enjoy a leisurely walk around our villages spotting the scarecrows. For those who don’t feel they can walk the mile to Hemblington Church, there will be transport from the Hemblington end of Mill Road to take you to the church and back.

Refreshments will be available at Heathlands and at Hemblington Church. There will also be a range of children’s activities at Hemblington Church including making mini scarecrows and other craft activities. There will also be live music at the church from Broadland Rocks from 2 pm for about an hour. The event will end at 3 pm.

All proceeds from this event go to Hemblington Church for their Community Project.

For further information please ring Pat on 715163.

Saturday 17th May is a quiet day at Hemblington church led by Canon Rev. Paul Oliver starting at 11 am. All will be welcome, tea and coffee will be provided but please bring a packed lunch.

Our next Make & Mardle will be on Friday 16th May, 10 am to 12 noon, at Hemblington church. Usual format – coffee and cakes, bring whatever craft you would like to do and come for a chat

Welcome to North Burlingham! With changes in parish clusters which will see Acle join with the Reedham and Freethorpe benefice, North Burlingham will find a new home with us. Fishley is to join with the Broadside benefice.

In 1925 there were plans to link Hemblington and North Burlingham together under a pastoral plan. As it was Hemblington joined Blofield and North Burlingham St Andrew’s, along with the now ruined St Peter’s church in the same village, became linked with Lingwood and South Burlingham. Pastoral reorganisation is no new thing: Hemblington has been linked at different times with Woodbastwick, South Walsham (St Mary) and Upton before joining Blofield. Through various family links and ties William Heath (of Hemblington Hall) gave three identical silver flagons to Hemblington, North Burlingham and Lingwood in the 18th century.

North Burlingham will be having their monthly service on the first Sunday of the month at 9.30 am which is in the form of the traditional service from the Book of Common Prayer (1662). All are welcome and we hope and pray the church and village will be very much part of our extended benefice family.

With so much work completed at Blofield church including tower and roof repairs, the moving of the font, a new heating system, a new frontal for the nave communion table and the chancel monuments cleaned and stabilised it is right to give thanks. Our family service on 4th May will be a celebration of what has been done as well as prayerfully looking forward to kitchen developments.

If you have never explored the Great Hospital and St. Helen’s church in Bishopgate, Norwich then there is a great opportunity on Sunday 25th May when one of our Deanery Services will be held there. More than one Rector of Blofield has held the position of Master of the Hospital and, in ancient times, it was in the old Blofield Deanery.

Paul

Saturday 10th May is time for the annual Ceilidh (barn dance) at Heathlands at 7.30 pm with Willowspin (with John Hooton as caller). Always a good laugh and previous experience is not essential! Tickets £10 each which include food (quiches & salads). Call 270542 for tickets or more information.

Friends of Hemblington Church now has a Facebook page where it is planned to display lots of pictures and details of events taking place at the church.
http://www.facebook.com/FriendsofHemblingtonChurch