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.
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.
Our rector Rev. Kevin Billson is recording regular services during the lockdown. These can be accessed through the Blofield Church website.
To visit the Blofield Church website click here.
Due to the current gvernment restrictions we are unable to deliver Blofield News to subscriber’s homes or make it available in the church. However you can view it online from here.
All public services have been suspended and all social events have been postponed until further notice due to covid-19 concerns. In line with the Government’s announcement on coronavirus on 23 March 2020, sadly, until further notice, our churches will no longer be open. We hope and pray that we can soon return to community life as we know it.
Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord
‘He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God in whom I trust.’
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.