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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.


Parting thought:

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



Many of those who visited St. Peter’s “Harvest of a Quiet Eye” this weekend were appreciative of the very accessible smart path that stretches from the church gate round to the porch. The Rev. Michael Pickering cut the tape last month and blessed the path with holy water from Walsingham.  (Photos here)


The weekend exhibition of old photographs featured farming harvests from 1911 to the present day, showed haymaking, harvest in the cornfields of the 1950s, modern pea and potato harvesters and there were also photos of soft fruit harvests, of picking cauliflowers and the production of flowers in Clippesby from the '40s up to the '80s.


Also, pictures of people always create interest amongst we locals who knew them and they bring back memories and spark off conversations causing quite a buzz, always helped by the continuous provision of cups of tea. The Team had a tombola and a raffle and Cecily had her bright parcels. We were delighted to raise £440.00 and we are so grateful to every single person who helped us to do this.    Photos here


Basil Ransome has collaborated with his family and has written “Clippesby at War” and nearly everyone who looked at the ms copy has requested a copy of the booklet when it’s published; it’s very enlightening and full of surprises. We will keep you posted on it.


Clippesby church’s Autumn Bazaar is in Fleggburgh village hall as usual. It’s on the eleventh of November; the doors will open at 11.02am  - after a two minute silence - with teas and cakes and bacon butties and much more on offer.


Parting thought: “God created us in his own image and we decided to return the compliment”George Bernard Shaw  



I write this with sadness as we come to the end of 2017 and the end of the dream that our dear Rector would be with us in the years ahead. We will always be grateful for the teaching we received and for the example of warmth and generosity from both Karen and Mike. For those qualities, and so much more, we thank them both.


People often ask in surprise “How do you do it? How does Clippesby manage to raise that much money?” as they refer to the results from the various fund-raising efforts; and November’s Autumn Bazaar in Fleggburgh Village Hall was a case in point.


Because the Bazaar was at 11am on the 11th we observed a respectful silence before we launched into all the activity. What is so good is the way many young ones seem to enjoy helping, allowing Aunties, Mums and Grannies time to mingle. Ryan competently took over on the Tombola; Summer, with her pinny and her notebook was an efficient little waitress; Connie was at the seat of custom for her Gran’s weighty and wonderful Christmas cake and watching from the wings of the jolly parcels stall was Cecily’s great grandson ??? whilst David and Jessica manned games. It’s great too that kind friends from neighbouring villages help out manning stalls and that other friends come from further afield – Yorkshire and Lincolnshire - but . . . we still rely on the stalwarts! We cannot do without the team in the kitchen, the ones who man the bric-a-brac, bottles, books, jigsaw, knitting, games, and of course, Cakes. Our grateful thanks go to all of them and to the lovely people who come to give support. Thank you.


A very attractive Church Christmas card has been produced that will hopefully be delivered with your Parish Magazine; it lists the different Christmas services planned to take place in our Benefice in December. The Clippesby ‘Carols by Candlelight’ takes place on Wednesday the 13th led by the Clippesby Christmas Choir which is being trained as usual by Pauline Willmott and will be accompanied on the night by Anne Brookes. Anne kindly stepped in last year and is back by popular request as is Sally who will again take our service. There will be an inspiring programme of well-loved carols and readings after which mince pies and mulled wine will be passed round. The church will be warm and the new stone path will be very accessible so do come early to get a good seat!



Sara, Jane and Rachael would like to thank all those who helped at the Autumn Bazaar; over £800 was raised for Clippesby Church.

So many people put so much time in helping and it is much appreciated .Thanks also to all who came and supported us.

The next fundraising event is coffee morning on 16th December in Clippesby Church between 10 and 12


When the Thurne Lion was closed last year we arranged a Burn’s Night at the Bridge which went very well so the Fund-raising Team are starting off their annual programme with a Burn’s Night at the Bridge. Phil and Vanessa will put on a Scottish-themed three course meal and the tickets will be £22.00. The Clippesby team will organise the raffle for St. Peter’s Church and the toasts. If you would like a ticket for Burn’s Night please give Sara a ring on 01493 368251


On Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th February 2018 The fundraising team are holding their annual Winter Exhibition in Clippesby Church. This year’s theme is Famous People connected with Norfolk.

It will be running from 10am till 4pm on both days. Admission is free but donations for the Church would be appreciated.

Refreshments served throughout the day.


It just remains for me to remind you that St. Peter’s is open for you to visit every day, not only for services but for whenever you may need a place of quiet prayer, and also to wish you God’s blessings for Christmas and the New Year on behalf of the wardens and Clippesby PCC.

Happy, Healthy New Year Everyone! And as we anticipate new experiences ahead I would just like to express my grateful thanks for the help I have received in so many ways from so many people in the year that's awa'.


Thank you to our Rector & to Mike, thank you to Sandy and to others who have taken services this last year, Alison, Christine, Sally, Ivy & Michael.


A big thank you to the Fund-raising Team Sara, Jane, Rachael & Fran &  to their helpers Cecily, Ann and others, who do such a lot; thank you to my fellow churchwarden, Pam for all her support; thank you to our Organist, Geoffrey; thanks of course to the PCC, Yvonne, Sara, Jane & Fran; thanks to the lovely Clippesby Christmas Choir; thank you Pauline for your sterling work on our website; thank you Jonathan for a splendid path; thank you to Paul G-S for keeping the Loke in good shape; thank you to David for his care of the churchyard & to Paul M for help there too; thanks to Malc & Ben who are always willing to lend a hand also thanks to Karl..


I would like to thank my family for their valuable support including  Susie for making cakes for Coffee & Chat  thank you Trevor & Heather for cleaning & polishing the church;  and there are numerous other kind friends who gave their support, their time and their talents for which I am immensely grateful. Thank you all!


This year the Garfield Wesron Foundation celebrate sixty years of supporting  thousands of charities  with sustantial grants,  to make this milestone anniversary they have brought out a book featuring  some of the charities they have helped and Clippesby Church is honoured to be included.

2018 February Notes from Clippesby


2017 with its mixed fortunes of pleasure and pain has retreated to the history books and we are facing up to this New Year and trying to be ready for the opportunities and changes it will inevitably bring with it, we have to be adaptable so as we don’t get left behind.


Anyway Burn’s Night is coming up and that doesn’t change too much, though the people doing the toasts swop around a bit, Chris is exchanging his usual toast, to ‘The Immortal Memory’, with Ron and will be proposing the toast to ‘The Lassies’ instead so we are in for a treat there. Sara and Jane will be setting out their raffle with lots of goodies like single malt whiskey and Scottish shortbread. And if a piper doesn’t materialise then John will be playing in the haggis on his keyboard. All good fun! We are holding it at Acle Bridge again. So . . . moving on to February. . .


At the Ministry Team meeting it was suggested we hold a Lent course, and we are grateful to Howard for agreeing to lead this; it will begin on Friday the 16th of this month from 12 noon to 2pm, except on Friday the 2nd of March when it will start at 11am to give anyone a chance to take part in the Women’s World Day of Prayer Service at Hemsby. Our last day will be the 23rd of March. The venue is at my home and everyone is welcome to come, just give me a ring if you don’t know where to find me 01493 367802. It will start with a simple lunch - a bowl of homemade soup and a roll – to be followed by a study of Mark’s gospel. Bibles will be provided.


Fund-raising Team News:

On Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th February the fundraising team are having their annual Exhibition.

This years theme is Famous People connected to Norfolk.

Also in the exhibition with the help of John and Yvonne McCarthy, Jane and Sara have decided to do a piece on D & F McCarthy whose business was started over 100 years ago and is now in the 6th generation. We have found it most interesting so we hope others will. John and Yvonne have lent us some photographs and we are most grateful to them.

Free admission and refreshments but donations for the upkeep of St.Peter's much appreciated.

raffle tombola and quiz running both days.

The Exhibition is 10 am till 4pm both days


Diary dates:

Coffee, Cake & Chat on the 5th February & the 5th March at 11am in Clippesby Church

Sunday services are on the 11th and 25th of February at 11am in Clippesby Church

‘Valentine’ Exhibition on 10th & 11th February 10am to 4pm in Clippesby Church

Lent bible study course on Friday 16th February at midday in Clippesby Hall.  





"Our annual Exhibition which we hold in Clippesby Church, this year raised over £400 for Church funds. Over the 2 days we recorded 60 people visiting the exhibition this included a visit from Radio Norfolk's treasure quest programme on Sunday morning. Sara Jane and Rachael wish to thank the many people who helped to make it a worthwhile fundraiser; Cecily for getting in touch with radio Norfolk and for selling raffle tickets all weekend; Ann for the lovely valentine cake; Mary for her wonderful dressmaking skills; Michael for travelling from Yorkshire to help out; Frances and Sue for baking cakes; Gill and others who put together the items for display; Paul and Eric for helping with the heavy lifting and clearing up. Thanks also to Jean and Pam for your support with our fundraising . Last but not least thanks to everyone who came and donated money."

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As you can see from Sara’s report above we had a very successful ‘Valentine’s Weekend’. The weather was cold and wet outside but inside the church we were warm and dry with a welcoming hot drink for everyone who came in. Pam and I are very grateful to the Team for their hard work. We were fascinated by the exhibits and certainly learnt more about some of the incredible people featured.


The Friday lunchtime Lent Course has begun, we are studying Mark’s gospel with Howard leading us. Everyone is very welcome and you don’t need to bring anything at all; lunch is simple, just a bowl of home-made soup and a roll.


The search for someone to fill the vacant post of Priest for our Benefice is on, so prayer is needed for this.


Parting thought:

“If we believe that those we have loved and lost are with God in heaven, and if we believe that Jesus hears our prayers, then we have in him one who can say to those we have loved and lost the things that mortality prevents us from saying.”    John L. Bell



From the Fund-raising Team:

"On Saturday April the 21st between 10a.m. and 12noon there will be a Coffee Morning in the Church with a raffle, tombola, £1.parcels and free refreshments; all are welcome.


Looking ahead to our annual HARVEST OF A QUIET EYE Exhibition which we hold in October we are focussing this year on the hundredth anniversary since the end of WW 1.

If anyone has memorabilia we could borrow we would be very grateful and we would take great care of it.

If you can help us please contact Sara on 01493 368251 or Jane on 01493 740897

Thank you! "                 Sara, Jane & Rachel.


The Benefice Lent Group which has been meeting weekly on a Friday has been well-attended with each of our four churches represented. After a simple lunch people have comfortably and easily shared their thoughts on the scripture that we have studied. We are grateful to Howard for leading us and we have very much enjoyed the fellowship with each other.


March’s CC&C (Coffee, Cake & Chat) in the church was terrific. As usual Diane, helped by Thelma, looked after teas and coffees for everyone and we hardly found time to drink it with all  the mardling going on, mostly because Helen, the Revd Synett Davies’s daughter, and her husband came - all very unexpectedly - with tales to tell of the time she lived in Oby Rectory when her father was our Rector at the end of the war. She and Janet hadn’t met for over seventy years and they were recalling incidents and people they both knew from that time; their laughter was infectious. Our Community Police Officer also called in. He was saying goodbye as his post is being axed; we shall miss him.  He has been a very visible and reassuring presence.


By the time you read this a start will have been made on pollarding the lime trees in our churchyard. It must be at least twenty-five years since they were previously done and in that time they have shot up.


A Norfolk Day is being planned county-wide to take place on Friday the 27th of July and parishes are being asked to give it support. We discussed this in our Fleggburgh Council meeting and decided to set up a small group of interested people who would be keen to move this forward. An idea suggested is an afternoon Parish Picnic for Burgh, Billockby and Clippesby on the playing field at the village hall. If anyone would like to be involved do please get in touch. We hope that every family and every person in our villages will join in. I haven’t heard what is happening in Martham, Repps or Thurne, if anything, but it’s early days yet.


Diary dates for April:

Tuesday 3rd at 11am Coffee, Cake & Chat in Clippesby Church, all are welcome.

Sunday 15th at 11am Holy Communion in Clippesby Church, all are welcome.

Saturday 21st at 10am Coffee Morning in aid of the Church in Church

Sunday 22nd  at 11am Morning Prayer in Clippesby Church, all are welcome


Parting thought:

“The purpose of faith isn’t always to keep us from having trouble. . .but to carry us through trouble” Joyce meyer