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.
Work to improve the path from the gate to both entrances of the church began on Monday 28th June. For health and safety reasons the church building will be closed from Monday 28th June to Friday 9th July inclusive.
As part of our “Nature Watch Week”, we invited the whole of Hemblington School to visit our churchyard in their Covid bubbles. The children had the opportunity to explore the churchyard, learn something of the wildlife found there, and how we try to look after it. They also studied the outside of the church building, discovering the different materials used in its construction.
Of particular interest to the children, was a moth trap which had been left overnight in the churchyard. They were fascinated, both by how it worked, and the moths which were found in it. We are indebted to Tony McKie from BADCOG for setting it up for us.
Many of the children tried their hand at making bark and leaf rubbings, drawing plants, and making a cross from twigs. All planted a sunflower seed to take home. Hopefully, these will eventually be planted in their own gardens to help encourage wildlife there.
Many thanks to those who volunteered at the Hemblington Nature Watch week in June, especially to BADCOG who provided a very interesting presentation and conducted a moth watch one night. 31 species of moth, 21 species of bird, 4 species of bee, 3 species of dragonfly but sadly no butterflies were seen. Sincere thanks also to David Bryant who organised a Zoom session on birding sites in Norfolk in advance of the week, and a presentation in church about the Butterflies of Norfolk. School children from Hemblington enjoyed various activities in the churchyard too on Friday, so many thanks to the school staff and the people who volunteered with those sessions too.
The lack of butterflies is very concerning, presumably the result of the cold wet days in April and May. The Butterfly Conservation Big Butterfly Count is taking place between 16th July – 8th August, with a survey taking place at Hemblington churchyard on Thursday, 22nd July (10:30-11:30 am). All findings can be submitted via: https://bigbutterflycount.butterfly-conservation.org/
Sunday services now regularly take place in the Churches of Blofield and Hemblington and we look forward to welcoming worshippers.
Sunday services are held in Hemblington Church with North Burlingham at 9.30 am and in Blofield Church at 11.00 am. Services alternate between Holy Communion and a Service of Morning Worship.
There are benefice Morning prayers on Tuesdays at 9.00 am by Zoom. There are benefice Morning prayers on Thursdays at Hemblington Church at 9.00 am.
The Wednesday morning service at 9.30am is now held in Blofield Church. It alternates between Holy Communion and a Service of Morning Worship.
Our church buildings will remain open for private prayer at published times.
Hemblington Church is now open to visitors every day from 9.30 am until 5 pm.
We request that you follow government guidelines by cleaning your hands with the supplied antiseptic gel, providing your contact details and not entering the cordoned off areas.
We hope you enjoy the history and peace of our lovely church.
Our organist Rory Marsden recently recorded a performance of Medieval Music in our church for the Festival of Medieval Music in the Dales which this year was online. Rory’s performance can now be seen on YouTube.
For more information about the Dales festival please visit their FaceBook page at https://www.facebook.com/medievalmusicinthedales.
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.
For anyone who is researching family history in the Hemblington area we have a page explaining how you can access our church records.
This can be found here.
Thanks to Paul Brittain of Norfolk360.co.uk you can now experience a 360 degree tour of the inside and outside of our church by using the following links:
View inside All Saints, Hemblington Church on Google Tours
This is video shows our beautiful church on a lovely summers day in June 2014. Music by the Octagon Singers of Norwich.