Exhibition to Commemorate the Ending of the First World War

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.

Friends Tour of Woodbastwick and Ranworth Churches

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.

Family Fun Days

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.

Adventures in Prayer

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.

Hemblington Church Treasure Hunt

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.

Friends Awarded Grant

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.

Take a look inside Hemblington Church

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.

Make & Mardle

The next Make and Mardle will be on Tuesday 24th July 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.