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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?




"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."

                                                                                                        Sara and the Fundraising team 


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.


Parting thought:

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




May is here, the loveliest month of the year, with long warm days, gentle nights and the scents and colours of nature’s wonderful flowers. I write this in the middle of April when finally our longed for Spring has broken through the foggy weather. Today a few butterflies were flitting in my garden and I watched fascinated as a tiny bee-fly hovered round the red blooms of a dead nettle with its delicate long proboscis extended and, over everything I could hear the glorious birdsong really lifted my spirits. But. . .  I didn’t set out to write a nature page only tell you what we’ve been doing here and what we hope to do.


We offer our condolences to the families of Anne Ellis of Repps and Sue Armes of Billockby, two lovely ladies, friends of Clippesby and much respected.


GY Tree Services pollarded three of the lime trees in the churchyard they bravely did this by climbing without the aid of heavy machinery that would have ruined our new church path. We now have a quantity of six foot logs for sale if there are any woodcarvers that would like some. I understand it’s nice soft wood that lends itself to sculpting.


The Fun-raising Team have their first Garden Party planned for the afternoon of Sunday the 27th of this month from 2pm to 4pm in Clippesby Hall’s walled garden. There will be the usual games and stalls and Fran’s delicious Pimms.


Coffee, Cake & Chat in the church will be on Tuesday the 1st of May, everyone is very welcome to join us there is no charge, it is not a fund-raiser just a sociable gathering.


Evening Prayer is in the church every Wednesday at 4pm, again everyone is welcome, though usually it’s just God and me.


Our most exciting services are weddings and christenings and we have a christening coming up at the end of April, my great grandson Isaiah, John. This will be recorded in our Baptism Register that dates from the year – 1823– when churches were first obliged to record baptisms, weddings and funerals in separate registers instead of all in the same one; it will probably be the last time this register will be used as we have to replace it. Isaiah’s mother’s and grandfather’s christenings are both recorded in it. By the way all the Clippesby registers are featured on our church website including the first one from 1737.


Diary dates for May:

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

Wednesday 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th May Evening Prayer at 4pm in Church

Sunday 13th and 27th Service in Church at 11am


Parting thought:

“If you are depressed you are living in the past. If you are anxious you are living in the future. If you are at peace you are living in the present.”

Lao Tzu



Since I usually seem to begin the monthly notes with reference to something in the world of nature I thought you might like to hear about a bird cabaret that takes place each morning which I find very intriguing. Every day just after 8a.m. as regular as clockwork, a pretty penny wagtail dances on my bedroom windowsill for several minutes, he does little steps and jumps up and down and I really can’t work out why; he doesn’t peck at the window, he’s not looking for spiders or insects, he simply dances for a little while before flying off. I wonder if any readers have an explanation.


Did anyone spot the deliberate mistakes in last month’s notes? The Fund-raising Team were described as the Fun-raising Team and the year from which the church registers date is 1813 not 1823. Also, in the piece about Royal Maundy, it should have said that the reception was in St. George’s Hall not in the ballroom.

My apologies!


St. Peter’s Annual Church Meeting took place last month, there were several extra forms to fill in to comply with increases in regulations as with every other organisation but, apart from that there were no changes.


A further Royal honour came to Clippesby Church when two members of the PCC were invited to a Reception in Buckingham Palace; their story follows.


From Sara May and Jane Foskett:


On Monday May 14th we were invited by Prince Charles to Buckingham Palace.  He was hosting a reception for the Garfield Weston Foundation’s 60th anniversary. 

For those of you who don't know about the Foundation, for the last 60 years they have given over a £1 billion to charities. St Peters Clippesby was lucky to be given a grant when we needed it for our repair work.

It was an evening we will remember forever and we feel very privileged to have been invited.  We met so many lovely interesting people and we were lucky enough to be introduced to Prince Charles.

We were served a selection of canapés and champagne and at the end of the evening after the speeches and cutting of the anniversary cake we were handed a goody bag.

As we walked out of the Palace we were buzzing, what a wonderful experience; something we both thought would never happen to 2 ordinary girls from a small village.

Thankyou so much to all involved in making this happen for us especially the Garfield Weston Foundation.


Diary dates for June:


Tuesday 5th  Coffee, Cake & Chat at 11am in the Church.

Wednesday 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th Evening Prayer at 4pm in Church

Sunday 10th Holy Communion at 11am in Church

Sunday 24th Morning Prayer at 11am in Church


Starting in July our pattern of Services will change to the 1st & 3rd Sundays in the Month.

July 1st Holy Communion at 11am in Church


Parting thought:

“I’m tired, God. But I’ll lift one foot if you’ll lift the other for me.”  Saidie Patterson




As I look back at June the most memorable part of the month has been seeing the old garden wall completely smothered in climbing roses. They looked so beautiful in shades of pink and white and the heavenly scent from them is drifting my way as I write. I wonder if their display can possibly last out until our next Church Garden Party?


What will the month of July hold for us? What adventures will we have? Will we be blessed with a prospective new Priest? We hope and pray there will be candidates coming for interviews on the 9th of July; that would be really good news.


Pamela’s Music in the Garden is planned to take place on Friday the 13th July – hopefully a very lucky day – her lovely garden lends itself so well to an event like this and we look forward to it each year. The Stokesby Strummers will be entertaining us again and you are invited to come along with your picnic and your friends and just enjoy a relaxing evening. Tickets can be booked in advance by ringing either 01493 750645 or 01493 367802 or by using the contact details on the church website as above. Tickets cost £5.00 if pre-booked or £7.50 on the gate.


Don’t forget you are welcome for Coffee, Cake & Chat on the 3rd of July in the Church.


And if you are a Clippesby/ Fleggburgh resident please don’t forget about the Norfolk Day Event on the Fleggburgh Village Hall Playing Field; it’s a free event for the whole Parish and there will be a flyer coming through your door which has been designed by the children of Fleggburgh School and will give you more details.


Then there is another Church Garden Party in the walled garden at Clippesby Hall on Sunday the 29th July from 2pm to 4pm; we are hoping for sunshine so that you can enjoy playing some of the usual country fete games and browsing round the stalls.


Diary dates for July:


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

Wednesday 4th, 11th & 18th at 4pm Evening Prayer in Church

Sunday 1st & 15th at 11am Sunday Service in Church

Friday 13th from 6pm Music in the Garden at Stokesby House

Sunday 29th from 2pm to 4pm Garden Party at Clippesby Hall


Parting thought:


“Travel with an open mind, you will see so much more”        E.G. Vanlint