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.

Harvest Festival

Our Harvest Festival service is on Sunday 2nd October starting at 9.30 am. Our Music Group will be playing accompanied by the Hemblington School Band and the Ukelele Band. After the service there will be tea, coffee or squash plus delicious cakes. After the service the perishable foods will go to the local Luncheon Club and non-perishables will go to the Norwich Food Bank.

Festival of Light Party

You are invited to a Festival of Light Party at Hemblington Church on Monday 24th October starting at 6 pm. We are throwing a party to celebrate “Light”. It seems a pity that the darkness of Halloween should be made so much of and the beauty and meaning of light ignored, so for the third year running Hemblington is celebrating “Light”.

The many activities will include lantern making, traditional games such as apple ducking and bobbing, a lantern procession, sparklers and of course a BBQ. In fact something for everyone regardless of age. So do come and join us, it’s all free of charge.

Make & Mardle

From October Make & Mardle moves to Gables Farmhouse on Hemblington Hall Road for the winter months and is on Thursday 20th October 10 am to 12 noon. As usual there will be coffee, cake, chat and craft (optional); all are welcome.

Craft Fair

We will be holding a Craft Fair at Hemblington Church on Saturday, 1st October from 10 am to 2 pm. Do come along for a fine selection of handmade gifts, cards, jewellery, woodworking, and much more – all at reasonable prices. A good opportunity to find that special gift. Light lunches and refreshments (and a loo!) will also be available. Go on – treat yourself!

Let’s Go Wild in the Churchyard

This event was planned by The Friends of All Saints Church, to encourage people to see what local conservation and wildlife groups do and spark an interest in their work, as well as enjoy and appreciate All Saints very special churchyard habitat.

On Saturday, 14th May, we were overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and resilience of the members of the Norfolk Wildlife Trust (NWT), the Bure Valley Conservation Group, our very own Blofield and District Conservation Group (BADCOG) and local naturalist David Bryant, all of whom encouraged children and adults alike to look for and identify wild flowers, birds, beetles, and bugs – regret it was too cold and windy for moths and butterflies – and make bird boxes, fir cone feeders, dragon flies, and generally get involved with wildlife in the churchyard.

There were also displays of information about local and national organisations supporting birds, bats and wildlife generally, and information about surveys undertaken in the churchyard in previous years.

Bug Hunting

Hemblington is one of the churches taking part in the NWT’s Norfolk Churchyard Conservation Scheme, which helps churches manage their churchyards to protect the plant species of particular interest while observing the main requirements of the church. Training, support, advice and surveys are offered by the Trust and a new team of six people is currently being trained and supported to undertake regular surveys at All Saints. The southern area of the churchyard has been exceptionally well managed by BADCOG for many years. Since Saxon times, it has never been ploughed nor treated with pesticide and consequently wild flowers have flourished. During a survey at the Wildlife Day, 67 species of wild flowers were identified, which is an excellent start for our new surveyors.

The birdwatchers spotted 30 species but only 3 types of butterfly. However it really was a very cold, windy day, which may have kept some visitors away from the event as well as the anticipated butterflies and moths!

The Friends of All Saints would like to say a big thank you to the NWT, the BVCG, BADCOG, David Bryant, the Church’s events team for providing all the food and hot drinks and all our intrepid visitors for braving the outdoors on such a cold day. We hope it will encourage people to get more involved with appreciating the wild life all around us.

Anyone who would like to volunteer to help us manage the north side of the churchyard, mowing and raking up during mid and late summer, will be most welcome. Please contact Hemblington@gmail.com or telephone (01603) 715 804.