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.

Friends of Hemblington Church

What a good start for The Friends group. Thanks very much indeed to all those who came to our successful launch at the church on 14th April where wine, cheeses and nibbles were enjoyed by 30 people. The aims of the group were discussed, some useful points made and the proposed events for the next few months were outlined.

All local people, and any who have left the area but have links to the church, perhaps through weddings or family members buried in the churchyard, are encouraged to consider becoming a Friend. Such a pledge would help us fund the conservation and maintenance of the fabric of this lovely little medieval building.

Enquiries please to Hemblington@gmail.com.

Village Garage Sale

The annual Village Garage Sale in Blofield Heath is on Sunday 1st May. We are most grateful for the kind hospitality offered to us again at the Bird in the Hand for this event. If you have any items that we could sell, please call 270360 to arrange collection – many thanks.

Make & Mardle

Our next Make and Mardle is on Tuesday 17th May, 10 am to 12 noon, at Hemblington Church. Coffee, cake, chat & craft (optional); all are welcome.

Let’s Go Wild in the Churchyard

Everyone is welcome to join us for a free wildlife event at Hemblington Church on Saturday, 14th May from 10 am until 4pm. There will be wildflowers, fungi, birds, bees, butterflies, moths, perhaps even bats to spot! We hope to find all these and more in the churchyard during the day.

We are being supported by the Norfolk Wildlife Trust team, who are working hard to help people manage their churchyards (and other areas), to encourage wild flowers and all sorts of wildlife find a safe place to live, in our increasingly built-up environment.

Local groups such as the Blofield and District Conservation Group (BADCOG), the Bure Valley Conservation Group, the Blofield & District Gardening Club and the University of East Anglia “Norfolk Wild Nights” project will be on hand to let you know what they are doing to help promote good habitats for wildlife. There will be bird, butterfly and moth watching during the day too – and people on hand to help us identify what we see. There will also be a wildlife quiz and lots of activities for children such as making bird feeders, creepy-crawly hotels and putting together an art and craft mural.

Our local naturalist, David Bryant, has offered to show photos and speak about the wildlife he has seen in the area. His regular blog might interest you too – http://birdsoftheheath.blogspot.co.uk.

Refreshments will be available all day inside the church, which will also give you the opportunity to see our unique 15th century wall painting of St Christopher and find out what other events are being planned locally.

This is a free event, arranged by The Friends of All Saints Church, to encourage everyone locally to see what can be done to help wildlife thrive. Do come along and bring your family and friends for a good day out!

Big Churchyard Birdwatch

Very many thanks to everyone who came along and helped and watched at All Saints over the weekend of 30th/31st January.

On Saturday it was rather cold, but bright and there was good visibility. We had 46 people watching at different times during the day and altogether we saw 19 different species (though they did not all land in the church yard but could be seen from there!).

We recorded blackbird, robin, dunnock, house sparrow, blue tit, great tit, long tailed tit, chaffinch, wood pigeon, wren, French partridge, pheasant, crow, buzzard, common gull, black headed gull, lesser black backed gull, herring gull.

Sunday dawned rather damp and overcast and the visibility was not at all good, which meant that not so many people came long, though we had 11 people looking out who saw 9 different species during the day. As always the great delight was a group of 8 long tailed tits – such an attractive bird!

Very many thanks to all involved in this scheme, especially to Linda and David Bryant who provided a lot of bird food and feeders in advance of the weekend (the website Birds of the Heath: http://birdsoftheheath.blogspot.co.uk is always worth a look). David took some lovely pictures of the birds we saw on Saturday, and also of the church. We should also like to thank Peter Mallett who displayed his wildlife photography and made a generous donation to the church – http://www.wildnorfolk.co.uk.

RSPB Bird Watch

September Study Day

Our church was the venue for a study day on Saturday 5th September. Five speakers described the history of the church, from information found in medieval records through to descriptions and discussions about the elaborate font and excellent wall painting of St Christopher – probably the best example in the country. The presenters kept the audience of 40 people absorbed by discussing how the church had been built, the geology of the stones incorporated into the walls and how the building had been changed over the years, especially following the Reformation. Well-known local historians Dr Nicholas Groves, Dr Kristi Bain and Gerald Randall were joined by geologist Jenny Gladstone and Dr Ellie Pridgeon, who had studied church wall paintings for her Ph.D.
Study Day

The study day had been planned to celebrate a new step in the church’s history – the building of level access into the church, a W.C. and better kitchen facilities. It is hoped that more local groups may wish to take advantage of the peaceful situation and the resources available at the church in future. A more detailed report can be found here.