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After Sandy took the last Benefice Service in St. Peter’s Church, Repps, (it was a packed church with standing room only) she officially retired as our Assistant Priest. This occasion when we were all together gave us an opportunity to make her a presentation and to offer our heartfelt thanks for the many years of selfless ministry she has given to our four churches. Sandy hasn’t abandoned us completely however as the Bishop has granted her permission to officiate.


Congratulations are due to Pamela, fellow Clippesby churchwarden, who has published the seventh edition of her hugely successful textbook ‘Child Development’ Pam is working on a new textbook as well. She is amazing.










The beautiful month of May has given us a total mixture of warm sunshine chilly breezes and rain. My beds of wallflowers are still in full colour but any day now they will be superseded by marguerites and scented geraniums.


Many of us take great delight in watching the birdlife especially in Spring, seeing wee chicks being fed by their parents, but we have mixed feelings about some birds, persistent wood pigeons for instance as they munch on the sweet peas. Sadly too, whilst we admire the magnificent resident buzzard we mourn his taking our pet duck. And we have just found the remains of our lovely white peacock, Snowy, killed by a fox, who last month killed the hens, also peahens. Life is cruel as well as a joy.


Diary dates for June:


Sunday 4th. at 9.30am   Pentecost/Whitsun: Holy Communion, Thurne Church w. Rural Dean

Tuesday 6th at 11am  Coffee, Chat & Cake in Clippesby Church

Wednesday 7th at 4.30pm   Evening Prayer in Clippesby Church

Sunday 11th at 11am  Trinity: Holy Communion in Clippesby Church

Wednesday 14th at 4.30pm   Evening Prayer in Clippesby Church

Sunday 18th at 11am    Benefice Holy Communion & Lunch in Martham Church w. the Bishop

Wednesday 21st at 4.30pm   Evening Prayer in Clippesby Church

Sunday 25th at 11am     Repps & Clippesby Patronal Festival in Clippesby Church

Tuesday 27th at 11am      Coffee, Chat, Cake & Hobbies in Clippesby Church

Wednesday 28th at 4.30pm   Evening Prayer in Clippesby Church


Parting thought:  “To watch the corn grow, and the blossoms set; . . . to read, to think, to love, to hope, to pray – these are the things that make men happy.   John Ruskin


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I’m writing this on the longest day of the year and June is still flaming but with rather a pleasant breeze to temper the heat. I wonder what the month of July has in store for us? Apart from fetes, garden parties, carnivals and musical soirées? We shall soon find out!


In store for us in Clippesby is Pamela’s Annual Music in the Garden Picnic at Stokesby House on Friday the 28th July from 7-30pm to 10pm; the Stokesby Strummers have generously offered to play for us again so we look forward to yet another jolly Soiree. Should it be wet the Stokesby Village Hall has been booked for the event; thank you Pam!


And on the following Sunday, July 30th from 2pm to 4pm Sara’s Fund-raising Team have planned their second Garden Party in the walled garden at Clippesby Hall as usual, with stalls and games and possibly Pimms,if we can persuade Fran and Lee! Not quite sure about a wet weather contingency but I guess they’ll think of something!


The Garfield Weston Foundation was a very generous donor to our recent Clippesby Church Repair Project. The Foundation gives about a thousand substantial grants to churches every year and, to celebrate sixty years anniversary of grant-giving, a book and a film are to be produced next year. Three churches have been selected to be featured in the book and St. Peter’s Clippesby is one of the three. We all feel so excited.


May I remind you that our little church is always open for you to visit and also remind you that you can find out about times of services for each of the benefice churches on this website; Pauline is very meticulous about keeping the website up to date.


Diary dates for July.  Everyone is very welcome to attend:


Tuesday 4th at 11am Coffee, Chat & Cake in the church.

Wednesday 5th at 4.30pm Evening Prayer in the church

Sunday 9th at 11am Holy Communion in the church with the Rural Dean

Wednesday 12th at 4.30pm Evening Prayer in the church

Tuesday 18th at 11am Coffee, Chat & Hobbies in the church

Wednesday 19th at 4.30pm Evening Prayer in the church

Sunday 23rd at 11am  Morning Prayer & Baptism in the church

Sunday 23rd at 2pm to 4pm Thelma’s Open Garden  with Flamenco

Wednesday 26th at 4.30pm Evening Prayer in church

Friday 28th from 7.30 to 10pm Music in the Garden of Stokesby House

Sunday 30th from 2 to 4pm Garden Party at Clippesby Hall



Parting thought from a friend:

“Don’t bring me problems bring me solutions”

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This month, relating news in the parish magazine, isn’t working out very well, sometimes it’s like that. I can’t tell you about Pamela’s lovely musical evening picnic nor about Sara’s (and the Teams’ of course) afternoon garden party, as neither of these events has happened yet. And when I say that our cheery coffee and chat morning is on Tuesday the 1st of August you probably won’t read this in time to join us, so, can I just remind you again about looking events up on the church website? We will try to get photographs of the events on as quickly as we can and possibly include some of the christening  of little Sydney Biddle, Charles Archie ‘s baby sister that is due to take place this Sunday.


People find our church path difficult to walk on and it is quite a long path too,   round to the porch entrance on the South side of the church, so the PCC have decided to improve it and make it accessible for wheelchairs and prams and suchlike things, we’re hoping work will begin next month and be finished in time for our Harvest Festival in October, maybe even for the “Harvest of a Quiet Eye” exhibition which is also in October. The Church Loke access is much better for cars since Paul G-S has been working on it with his tractor and levelled out the potholes in front of the church and in our car park, he is stretching the area a bit too. We do thank you Paul.


Also we thank Paul M for giving a helping hand to David the church gardener; all the plants are growing apace in this beautiful Summer.


Diary dates for August:

Tuesday 1st at 11am Coffee & Chat & Cake in Church.

Wednesday 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th at 4.30pm Evening Prayer in Church

Sunday 13th & 27th at 11am,  Church Service


Parting thought:

“You can’t shake hands with a clenched fist”

5th August 2017

I would like to tell you about two fantastic events we have had recently. The first one wasn't quite as planned the venue was changed at the eleventh hour because of the forecast of rain, which did happen on cue. So Pamela's Music in the Garden became Music in Stokesby Village Hall. However the Stokesby Strummers  were up there on the stage keeping things fizzing & popping. We are very grateful to the Strummers for giving of their time and talents as they do; thank you Strummers! And a really big thank you to Pamela and her lovely family for their organisation and support of Clippesby Church. £800.00 was raised towards our Parish Share of £5,000.00 which as you can appreciate is a huge help.


And another great boost to get us on the way of paying our dues was the 2nd Garden Party at Clippesby Hall which brought in £650.00, a super result. Sara's Fund-raising Team of four young people gather together more young ones - & others not so young - to help and we are so grateful to them and to Johnnie &  the Clippesby Hall team for their co-operation with the venue. We had a nice sunny day to add to the enjoyment. The stalls and games all proved popular, there was some friendly rivalry going on between the local farming fraternity. Cakes & Pimms went down extremely well! Thank you everybody, thank you very, very much.


Sydney's Christening was such a happy affair; the church was full and the Revd. Sandy's magic tricks grabbed the attention of the children in the congregation. Baby Sydney Biddle behaved beautifully. There are photos of this on the Special Services page.


August notes continued below. . . .



If I leave these notes till the very last minute again (so, what’s new?) before sending them off to Editor Beryl we should be able to tell you about the church garden parties the third and last of which takes place on the 20th the  actual deadline for inclusion in the following month’s magazine. August was quite a jolly month in the Benefice wasn’t it? We had fetes, summer evenings, tea parties, open gardens, carnivals, music and flamenco dancing.


Pamela’s Music in the Garden transferred at the last minute to Stokesby Village Hall to avoid the rain. The Stokesby Strummers were then playing in their home territory – I think that’s where they practice most Friday evenings – and they entertained us very happily as we wined and dined on our picnics listening to the music. Thank you Strummers for always helping Clippesby Church, and for how you help other charities too, and we thank you Pam, and your family and friends, for raising the terrific amount of over £800.00 for St. Peter’s, an absolutely excellent result!


Thelma raised £770.00 for MNDA charity with tea and flamenco dancing in her fascinating garden, the dancers, accompanied by their guitarist, were very colourful and exotic and no-one let the rain spoil their enjoyment of the afternoon. Well done Thelma and Rod!


Sara and the Clippesby Church Fund Raising Team have organised three garden parties this Summer, which is certainly an undertaking as they all work full time. The weather has been kind to us and our holidaymakers enter into the fun of the simple fete games. A lady called Melanie - who nearly won at marbles - has just said how much she and her family enjoyed playing the old-fashioned games this afternoon. The total for our three fetes comes to a whopping £1,697.70??? that will go a long way towards our Parish Share. Thank you one and all.


These events that we put on to raise money rely as heavily on the generosity of those who come to buy our raffle tickets and our cakes as they do on the open-handedness of everyone who kindly donates them in the first place; it’s a happy situation and we are very appreciative of the wonderful support we receive on all fronts.


In September The Norfolk Churches Trust Cycle Ride takes place and the Clippesby team will be tackling it in their varying ways. I think Sara and Jane plan to walk round the Norwich churches for a change, Felix should be borrowing a bike to cycle the usual local route he has taken, on and off, since he was a baby on a tag- along. Will Jill and Henry come down from London to take part again? We hope so.


Coffee and Chat morning is on the first Tuesday in the month, everyone is warmly welcome. Just a reminder that Clippesby Church is open every day.


September dates for your diary:

Tuesday 5th at 11am Coffee, Cake & Chat in church, no charge & all welcome.

Sunday services at 11am on the 10th & the 24th in the church

Every Wednesday at 4.30pm Evening Prayer in the church

Saturday 9th from 9am – 5pm Norfolk Churches Trust Bike Ride

October dates:

Tuesday 3rd at 11 am Coffee, Cake & Chat in church everyone welcome

Sunday services at 11am on the 8th & the 22nd in the church

Every Wednesday at 4.30pm Evening Prayer in the church (after the clocks go back to GMT at the end of this month we will discontinue till Spring)

Saturday & Sunday the 14th & 15th from 10am – 4pm Annual Exhibition of “Harvest of a Quiet Eye” in the church.

Harvest Festival


Instead of a parting thought I would like to pay tribute to another very dear friend who died this week, Charlie Gander. Charlie will be greatly missed, he was always so kind and helpful with a warm and outgoing personality and we loved him very much. We offer our deepest sympathy to Lyn and family.



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A Message from the Fund-raising Team, Sara, Jane and Rachael:

We would like to say a huge ‘Thank you’ to all the people who helped and all who came along to the three Garden Parties which we held at Clippesby Hall over the Summer months; they made £1697.70.


We three love fund-raising but we realise we couldn’t have achieved this excellent amount without everyone’s help and time so we thank you, all of you, again.


This year for the Norfolk Churches Trust sponsored Bike Ride we made our way to Norwich and walked around the city visiting twenty-eight churches.

Our next fund-raiser is in St. Peter’s on the weekend of the 14th and 15th of this month; it’s our annual “Harvest of a Quiet Eye” exhibition, when we hope to attract people who had friends and relatives who lived or worked in Clippesby in past years.


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More Notes, from Jean:

September has seen two milestone events, for which we offer good wishes and congratulations. One is the Christening of baby Lincoln Lacey on the 23rd. and the other was the Diamond wedding of John and Yvonne McCarthy on the 14th.


We have been experiencing some untypical showers for September more reminiscent of April instead of Autumn, and these have hampered Jonathan’s work on the church path but he still hopes to have it finished for Harvest Festival and for our “Harvest of a Quiet Eye”, which is a contemplative look back at Clippesby, its way of life and people in past times. The photos in the display for the Valentine’s weekend created quite a lot of interest so we thought we would develop this a bit more, concentrating on the period in living memory rather than further back as we sometimes do. Please come to have a look round and enjoy a cuppa and a mardle – we really love mardling – there is no charge and everyone is warmly welcome.


Harvest Festival is on the 22nd of October starting at 11am and will be followed by a simple Harvest lunch in the church. If anyone has flowers or produce and time to give we would be delighted to have some help and we plan to decorate on the 21st (Trafalgar Day)


Coffee, Cake and Chat is on the 4th October, the first Tuesday in the month as usual, do just breeze in if you’ve nothing better to do for an hour or two.



Diary dates for October:

Tuesday 3rd  at 11am    Coffee, Cake & Chat in Clippesby Church

Wednesday 4th at 4.30pm   Evening Prayer in  church

Sunday 8th at 11am      Holy Communion in church

Wednesday 11th at 4.30pm    Evening Prayer in church

Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th at 11am till 4pm “Harvest of a Quiet Eye” in church

Wednesday 18th at 4.30pm   Evening Prayer in church

Saturday 21st at 11am Decorating church for Harvest Festival

Sunday 22nd at 11am Harvest Festival & Harvest Lunch in church


Sunday 29th at 11am   Benefice Holy Communion at St Peter’s, Repps


Parting thought:

If I was put on this world to help others why were the others put on?