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"I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people." Luke 2.10

From this month's Church Registers



St Mary, Gt Massingham

Thomas East & Harriett Segasby



St Botolph, Grimston

Marjorie Bushell




Bernard Stratton of Congham

07/10/2018 Baptism St Nicholas, Gayton Jessica Louise Watts
07/10/2018 Baptism St Nicholas, Gayton Oscar Benedict Corner
30/09/2018 Baptism St Nicholas, Gayton Logan Charles Addison
30/09/2018 Baptism St Nicholas, Gayton Haileigh Zia Addison




Graham Harris of Ashwicken




Ronald Gurney of Ashwicken



All Saints, Ashwicken

Ian Savage & Katie Collison



St Nicholas, Gayton

Ashley Colvin & Alexa Barge



St Botolph, Grimston

Valerie Warner




Cherryl Davey of Grimston



St Botolph, Grimston

Steven Parkes & Rachel Ackers

An archive of previous month's entries in the Church Registers is on the  "From the Church Registers" page

Red Notes .......................

St Botolph, Grimston ... First...a very big thankyou to the current vacuuming crew. Our church always looks well cared for but it is a big job...and none of us are getting any younger. If anyone out there can spare an hour every 8 weeks or so..we would be so pleased to add you to the number. A vacuum cleaner is provided...all that is required is some stamina.There will be a drinks party on Dec 7th so that vacuumers can get to meet socially instead of just being a name on a roster. Please contact me for details. The new roster is out but please arrange a swap if your date doesn't suit. Judith Gough. 

St Lawrence, Harpley ... Harpley Open Gardens was better than ever with 8 gardens open and a Church full of flowers. Over 2 days 171 people wandered around the village, enjoyed the beautiful sights on offer and paused for nrefreshment in teh Church. Special thanks go to the eight gardeners, without whom the weekend would not be possible and the totalm raised was an amazing £2,236.35.

St Mary's Great Massingham ....Come and enjoy tea, cake and a bit of a chat on Wednesday afternoons in St Mary's Church. There is always a friendly welcome for everyone.
Sadly, due to illness, we have lost one or two of our regular volunteers. Wednesday teas are very popular with local people as a regular social gathering and for visitors. We work on a rota system, in pairs, which means you don't need to commit weekly. We would love to hear from you if you feel you can spare a Wednesday afternoon every few weeks. Please phone Anna on 520196 or Margaret on 520135 for more information.

St. Andrew's, Little Massingham Roof Appeal....St. Andrew's Church has been targetted by lead thieves, once again, and is appealing for support in raising funds to replace the roof. The roof was replaced back in 2006 and was first attacked by lead thieves back in 2014. Since then there has been a further attack and then this January 2017, another attempt was made to steal the lead from over the North Aisle. The thieves abandoned the building but completely damaged the roof. The lead is there and can be sold but the cost of replacement is huge. Thanks go to all those involved who helped to secure the building and prevent further damage. Special thanks to Neil from "Top Speck" who was just wonderful. He called in "favours" and between them all they got the rolled lead down and in his trailer and off to the scrap merchants. They managed to get tarpaulins on both roofs to make it as watertight as possible.
Pictures of the damage are courtesy of Stephen Hudson.

The cost of the repairs is frightening but every penny will help. You can see various ways to donate via the web site click here. If you use BTdonate, then add LM Roof in the message area and that donation will be allocated specifically to the roof appeal.

A special service for the Benefice to support St Andrews Church is being planned and there will be further fund raising appeals. The work needed gets ever more urgent and your help will be much appreciated. Thank You.

St Mary's, East Walton.     Congratulations everyone in East Walton. We are delighted to inform you that we have been Image result for heritage lottery fundawarded a huge Heritage Lottery Fund grant to enable urgent work to be undertaken to preserve our Church for generations to come. Stage 1 is complete and we are now appealing for funds for Stage 2. Many thanks to The Heritage Lottery Fund who are elping make all this work possible.


Don't forget our own village Lottery. There have been lots of monthly winners. Rachael, Rachel, Laurence, Anne, Chrissie and Rosie. A great way to help towards the Church for £5 a month. See Maureen for details. 


From NOW to OCT 28th. & Nov 3rd.




A small shoe box can have a big impact. What goes into a box is fun, but what comes out is eternal. Be part of changing Children's lives all over the world in Jesus name through the power of a simple gift. These boxes are a small gesture to children all over the world who are sufferng from poverty or caught up in wars they have no say over. One box can make a difference.

Step 1.   Find an empty shoebox and wrap the lid and bottom separately.

Step 2.   Obtain a leaflet from St Mary's or the shop, decide whether for a boy or girl and what age.

Step 3.   Fill your box with a variety of new gifts, toys, games, school supplies - writing pad, pencils, or toiletries - combs, toothpaste and brush, flannel, puzzles, hat, scarves and gloves, jewellery etc. No chocolate or liquids please.

Step 4.   Add a donation (suggested £5) to cover processing costs, shipping to 17 countries and training local Church partners. A lot of volunteers are involved but somme costs cannot be avoided.

Step 5.   Secure your box with an eastic band and bring to St Mary's during the week commencing Sunday 28th October.

Lets beat last year's magnificent total.

We are also holding a special event on Nov. 3rd. at Church where you can come along and help fill the shoeboxes.    Thank You. Margaret Bowes.

Image result for singing togetherTHURSDAY NOVEMBER 2nd , 16th & 30th at 10.00 am




Come and Sing with Julian Thomson.

This is time to get together for a vocal warm up and sing hymns old & new.




Commemorative services were held throughout the Benefice.

The Poppy display opposite was done by The 1st Gayton Brownies
and can be seen in St Nicholas Church, Gayton 

As part of the commemoration of the end of the 1st World War, All Saints Church at Roydon would dearly like to hear from anyone who knows of any descendants of Albert Hanslip, Arthur Twiate or Charles Crowe who were killed in the War. Please contact Revd. Judith Pollard on 01485 601252 as soon as possible 

There are more details of these soldiers here.


THURSDAY NOV. 22 nd 7.30 pm

FoSB present "A year in the Life of Norfolk's Wildlife"

Grimston Village Hall, PE32 1BY

The Friends of St Botolph present a talk by Steve Cale. Steve is a renowned Norfolk wildlife artist and he takes us through the year looking at some of our amazing wildlife. Join us at Grimston Village Hall, Pott Row PE32 1BY. Tickets are £6 on the door and include refreshments.


SATURDAY 1st DEC. 11 am - 2.30 pm




Come along to the Christmas Market held in the village hall. Games, Cakes, craft stalls, refreshments, raffle & tombola See Get her Christmas with a free gift.



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