Welcome

Welcome to the website for St. Andrew’s Church, North Burlingham. The first recorded rector of our beautiful church was Richard de Runhale in 1199. Although the greater part of the church dates from the early part of the sixteenth century we are proud of our roof angels and the rood screen, the latter dating back to 1536 barely a decade before the faces of the saints were defaced during the reformation.. The screen by the tower is from the ruined St. Peter’s Church which is nearby. St. Andrews is surrounded by woodland and fields which is a centre for ramblers and dog-walkers who are always very welcome. The churchyard is a haven for wild flowers and we are part of the Norfolk Wildlife Trust conservation scheme.

Our church provides an oasis of calm and peace which is often remarked upon by visitors. We are open every day and worship monthly. Please feel free to join us.

Easter Fun Activities in a Bag

This Easter our churches are offering free Easter Fun Activities in a bag for children aged 5-11 years. Come along with your parents to collect one bag per family and enjoy a fun filled day at home, finding out about Easter and making your very own Easter and Spring creations. There are a limited number of these bags available on a first come first served basis so please contact one of the organisers to book a bag:

Yvonne Mack 01603 715213
Jennifer Harvey 01603 716970
Jenny Rolls 01603 712221

You will be able to collect your bag between 10 am and 12 noon on Saturday, 27th March at:

Blofield Church – from the church porch
Hemblington Church – 1 High House Lane, Blofield Heath
North Burlingham – These will be delivered to families in this area

Church Closure During Lock Down

A decision has now been made to cease all services of communal public worship in the three churches in our benefice with immediate effect.

Our church buildings will remain open for private prayer at published times and to offer online services.

If you wish to receive more information on these online services then please contact us and we will add you to our distribution lists.

Private Prayer

Our churches will continue to be open for private prayer and reflection.

North Burlingham Church will be open each day from 9.30 am – 4.30 pm

Daily Hope Phone Line

Daily Hope offers music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services from the Church of England at the end of a telephone line. The line – which is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044 – has been set up particularly with those unable to join online church services during the period of restrictions in mind.

If you know someone who does not have access to the internet and might appreciate this service then please pass on the number. Calls are free of charge.

Daily Hope

Building Project Update

Unfortunately after much hard work of fundraising the money raised from community based funds was insufficient for our needs. As a result the pared down project would have been unsuitable for our needs and so was rejected. The PCC decided to apply for Heritage Lottery funding and our initial application was accepted. We were advised by Lottery officials that they expect part of our claim for money to include a professional manager to organise our application, so we appointed James Mellish who has a track record of successful bids for Lottery funding for other clients.

The architect and builders are resubmitting their fees and plans for the project as time has elapsed. The project now includes a toilet, servery, air pump and radiant central heating, replace pews with chairs, redecoration and major quinquennial inspection repairs. A survey of our three church bells shows that they are historically very important. They were cast in a foundry off Ber Street in about 1450 and are an early example of their type. The frame and floor in the tower are in poor condition. Whether we can include this in our project or leave it as a separate project has yet to be decided until all the estimates are in. We held a public consultation in the church recently and it was well attended despite the lack of heating and pouring rain. Many positive comments were made and offers of help were given.

We plan to submit our full bid to the Heritage Lottery in June and if all is well, we could start work in the Autumn.