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.

Next Sunday Service

Our next service will be on Sunday 5th January at North Burlingham Church at 9.30 am. This will be a service of Holy Communion. Everyone is welcome to join us.

Christmas Services at Our Churches

You are warmly welcomed to join us at our celebration services in December:

Sunday 22nd 4pm Hemblington Church Carol Service
Tuesday 24th 4pm Blofield Church Christingle Service
Tuesday 24th 10pm Hemblington Church Midnight at Bethlehem Communion Service
Tuesday 24th 11.30 pm Blofield Church Midnight Communion Service
Wednesday 25th 8am Blofield Church Christmas Day Communion Service
Wednesday 25th 9.30am Hemblington Church Christmas Day Communion Service
Wednesday 25th 11am Blofield Church Christmas Day Family Service

Progress Report on Building Development

Since I last wrote to you I am pleased to report progress of our quest to improve facilities at the church. The electronic door lock is working well and our visitor book is showing a dramatic increase in numbers of people visiting. St. Andrews is also the centre for the village to show plans of the new A47 dualling for all to see.

The water pipe is in place to supply the new servery and toilet when it is built. Anglian Water will connect us to the mains shortly. We are extremely pleased that Norfolk County Council is helping us with the funding for this as they are keen to give extra facilities for the walkers and visitors.

We have been given planning permission for the changes and we expect the faculty to be ready in just over a month. We have received some grants already but other grants are in the pipeline as these were dependent on having planning permission. We hope to be able to go out to tender in the not too distant future but of course this depends on funding.

Apart from moving the font to a better location that it can be used, we want to open the space in the nave which means replacing the pews with stackable chairs. We will therefore have quite a few pews that we want to sell to defray the cost of the chairs. The villagers of North Burlingham have put in quite a few requests but we have more pews to sell when the builders start. If anyone would like to own a pew please contact me on ngelrolls@talktalk.net or Simon Weeks on scgweeks@aol.com

The prices have not been fixed but expected to be in the £150 to £250 price range. The buyers will need to collect .There are only a few three and five-seater pews but most of them are four-seaters.

Nigel Rolls