Clippesby Church and Countryside Norfolk
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by Jean & Sara

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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?




A new chapter opened for Clippesby Church at our annual meeting (APCM) with the election of two new Churchwardens, Sara and Fran, who will be sworn in at the Archdeacon’s Central Visitation in July at Norwich Cathedral. Pamela and I are very grateful knowing God has chosen that the future of St. Peter’s Church rests in such caring and capable hands.


Our Lent Course, ‘Exploring what it means to be human and what it means to be church’, prepared the ground well for Holy Week Services which began in Martham on Palm Sunday with a procession from The Green to St Mary’s Church and continued throughout the week with a Service of Compline in each of the four benefice churches followed by a Maundy Service – with feet washing – in Martham; there were Good Friday devotions at Repps and Martham and a lovely Choral Evensong at Thurne. On Good Friday evening we were treated to an absolutely amazing experience in Repps Village Hall, a film performance of St. John’s Passion with Bach’s divine music.


Easter Day started off perfectly with a Sonrise Service in Clippesby Church at 8am. The service began with the congregation gathered outside the church around the Easter fire, the four Easter Candles were then lit from the fire, one from each of the churches in the benefice. We then entered the church and processed up the Nave where the candles were placed either side of the Altar.


We sang a hymn and had a gospel reading then we gathered at the Font to re-affirm our Baptism vows; Steven sprinkled water from the Font over the congregation. After prayers we had the final hymn “Thine be the Glory”, which everyone sung out loud. The service was really lovely - and emotional – and we would highly recommend that, next year, other people join us for it really is the best way to start Easter Day.


Breakfast was served afterwards, we had sausage and bacon rolls with most of us eating outside enjoying the sunshine.


The Rector and Emma have quickly become involved in the life of our benefice entering into all aspects of it and showing support for social activities, schools and local businesses, which is very encouraging; Steven’s offer of a blessing for the new Base Camp at Clippesby Hall was very much appreciated.


Sadly Diane Bell passed away this April and we send condolences to Simon and to her children. Diane was such a warm and lively person that she is greatly missed by her friends as well as by her family.


Future Service patterns have changed for all our Churches, for Clippesby this means that Sunday services will begin at 9.30am on the second and fourth Sundays of the month and will be a service of Holy Communion. Evening Prayer will continue on Wednesdays at 4pm until the clocks go back in October. St. Peter’s is open every day for prayer and reflection.


Sara and Jean





Are there other Norfolk mawthers around - or chaps - who always watch the trees coming into leaf to check out the old rhyme?

“If the ash comes out before the oak we shall surely have a soak,

But if the oak comes out before the ash we shall only have a splash.”

Most years there’s hardly any time difference and it’s difficult to know which tree leafs first but this year the oak won by almost a month so, are we facing another hot, dry summer I wonder? The beautiful blue spruce in my garden is suffering from lack of water and looking very brown, how much longer can it survive? Maybe as global warming continues it will be replaced by an olive tree.


Sara and Fran, having responded to the call for a greater commitment to the Church, will have a support group of friends and family in Norwich Cathedral on June the 11th to witness them make their vows and get sworn into office as Churchwardens by the Archdeacon of Norfolk.


The Fund-raising Team’s report follows. They have been pretty active this month doing remarkably well in fostering a community spirit and helping to keep St. Peter’s Church alive.


‘On a cold rainy Saturday night on 4th May the fundraising team managed to carry on with a smaller garden party than originally planned, in the new games room at Base Camp, Clippesby Hall, we banked £104.50 from the event. Thanks go to the people who helped that evening. 

Our larger garden party will have already happened by the time you read this, as it will have taken place on bank holiday Sunday in the walled garden at Clippesby Hall.


We do still have some tickets left for the dinner / disco at Filby bridge on 16th November it's a 3 course meal costing £25 with £2 of ticket price going to Church funds , please contact Sara on 01493 368251 or Jane on 01493 740897 for more information’ 


Parting thought:

“The greatest saints of God have been . . . intensely human and loveable people with a twinkle in their eyes”James Philip

Sara & Jean  

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From Jean:

I may have mentioned before the pleasure I get as I sit and meditate on my swing seat in the garden watching the birds on the feeders and in the bird bath. They are quite accepting of me, especially the babies, so much so that the other day as I sat there reading, the tiniest little coaltit came and, to my surprise, perched on the middle finger of my left hand; being wet from a bath it shook its feathers a couple of times then settled down for a rest. It looked up at me and I looked down at it; our eyes met in wonderment; after a wee while it flew off to feed on the sunflower hearts leaving me enchanted by the experience.


By the time you read this Clippesby’s two new churchwardens, Sara and Fran, have been sworn into office at last. This should have happened on June 11th at the Central Visitation in Norwich Cathedral but because both DBS checks had not been completed it wasn’t possible. However it took place at Mattishall on the 20th. Pamela and I congratulate them and will support them as much as we are able to.


Norfolk Day will be held on the 27th of July. Clippesby is joining with its civil parish of Fleggburgh to celebrate being Norfolk with a village tea party. The event will be opened at 3pm by our new Borough Councillor, Adrian Thompson and the marching band of the Winterton and Caister Marine Cadets. All Clippesby people are invited to come to this free afternoon at the Fleggburgh Village Hall with their teddy bears for some thrills and join in the games and tug o’ war.


Sadly we learn that our dear friend Daphne Fuller has died, peacefully in her sleep. Daphne was a regular worshipper at St Peter’s, attending services faithfully every Sunday until age caught up with her and she stopped driving as far as Clippesby. Daphne was a valued member of our community with many friends here – she went to school in Martham – she was on our PCC for many years and supported all our events. She was much loved.                                                      


From Sara:                                                

Our garden party on bank holiday Sunday in the walled garden at Clippesby Hall, was a washout. The day started out hot and sunny. As we were setting up we felt spots of rain, after an hour we had to make the decision to pack up but we still managed to bank £145.00. The following Saturday night we decided to give it another try, this time banking £265.00. Thanks go, as always, to our many helpers. 

The next planned garden party is on Sunday 28th July, let's hope the sun will be shining then.


Pam has ‘Music in the Garden’ at her home in Stokesby on Friday 12th July featuring the Stokesby Strummers, tickets in advance £6 (£7.50 on the gate) 

On Saturday 28th September a quiz is planned at Stokesby Social Club; teams of up to 6. More information in next month's parish magazine.

Tickets are selling well for dinner/disco on November 16th at Filby Bridge Restuarant tickets £25 from Sara 01493368251 or Jane 01493740897



Parting thought:

“If you want to change the world start with yourself”    Mahatma Ghandi

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From Jean:

It almost seems as though as soon as we have the Parish Magazines for distribution the editor is asking for contributions for the next month, the time flies by so quickly. And is it really fifty years ago that we watched television with bated breath as Neil Armstrong manoeuvred his craft, against terrific odds, and actually landed on the moon?


Anyway let us have a look back at Pamela’s July event which was the ever popular Music in the Garden. I have lost count of the number of years that Pam has been opening her lovely garden and organising this very posh picnic; it is a lot of hard work to get the garden ready with marquees, PA system and catering for the large army of helpers! Should it have been wet there were contingency plans but fortunately the rain held off.


People sat with their picnics round the edges of the lawn under the open-fronted marquees leaving a nice area in the centre for dancing. The Stokesby Strummers were on top form with their music for a summer evening, we are extremely grateful to them for doing this for Clippesby Church as they do and of course we are really indebted to Pam and her family and also to all the kind friends who supported us. Thank you Pam! Thank you Strummers! We had a super evening.    Don’t forget! First Tuesday, Coffee, Cake & Chat!  



From Sara:

This is the first time I am writing a piece for parish magazine as one of the new churchwardens for Clippesby Church, I feel the position a great honour, but realise I have a lot to learn, I am sure Frances and I will be ok, We went to Mattishall Church to be Sworn in; we both said what a lovely relaxed atmosphere we found it to be.


Our 2nd big garden party was being held on 28th July, we have another planned for Sunday 11th August between 2pm and 4pm in the walled garden at Clippesby Hall.     Update:- this one has been cancelled, but there will be two "Mini Fetes" from 6 - 8 pm  at the Clippesby Hall Base Camp.


A Quiz night is being planned for 28th September at Stokesby Social Club,


Looking forward to our annual Harvest of a Quiet Eye weekend on 12th and 13th October with this year's theme being "How the Second World War affected you and the villages" we are hoping to have people speak in the church over the weekend so if anyone is interested please contact us 

The exhibition is running between 10 am and 4pm both days 

For more information contact Sara 01493368251 or Jane 01493740897 








Obviously we can never know what awaits us around the corner and this week’s surprise was an email from a metal detectorist in Yorkshire who had unearthed an ancient bronze armorial seal with Clippesby connections.  .


The finder, Darren, said that at one and thee quarter inches in diameter “It is big for a seal, and the engraving of the name in French is very fine which would suggest a pretty high status man. It dates from the early 1300s; the use of French died out in the C14. Armorial seals are a precious thing, not something you would toss away into a field”.


So why was a seal belonging to John Clepesby found in a field in North Yorksire? Was his wife a Yorkshire lass? Had it been stolen? Did he go North to engage in the wars with Scotland? Did one of his descendents lose it? . . . Who knows?!


The probable owner of the seal was a John Clipsby born around 1336 in Norfolk; he married Alice de Longstrother in about 1362 their daughter Elizabeth de Clippesby was born in Norwich and son John was born at Clipsby in 1366.


The coat of arms on the seal is the same as the arms of Clippesby of Norfolk which can be seen on the splendid brass memorial, in the Chancel of St. Peter’s, to John Clippesby who died in 1594. Would he have been his great grandfather? Rodney Pointer is helping to trace this back.


For the present we have a new time for our Sunday Services of Evening Prayer at 5pm. ( I’d like to call it Evensong as it’s a more beautiful description but am unsure if this applies only to Book of Common Prayer services) It is a lovely service to end the day and it affords us the chance to sing some well-loved evening hymns.


Several people who read the manuscript copy of Basil Ransome’s memories of “Clippesby at War” a few year’s ago when we first saw it at a ‘Harvest of a Quiet Eye’ exhibition will be interested to know that we are hoping to have some copies for sale in this year’s exhibition in October and Basil has kindly said that he will be in church at some point over the weekend to talk about the memories of a young boy caught up in the turmoil of what surprisingly happened in the sleepy little village of Clippesby.


We are fortunate that Bob Warnes has also agreed to come along on that exhibition weekend with stories and exhibits. We think that the theme for this year will be a fascinating one and we urge you to look at the programme in next month’s Parish Magazine and come along to some of the talks and have a cake and a cuppa with us and share any memories that you may have in a question and answer forum. “Harvest of a Quiet Eye’ will end on the Sunday with our Harvest Festival and a simple Harvest Supper                                                                                            .Jean


Our garden party on 28th July wasn't particularly well attended but we did manage to bank nearly £400 . The fundraising team then decided to not go ahead with the planned one on Sunday 11th August but to hold one on Saturday 10th in the evening; our hearts sunk when the weather wasn't kind yet again, but we went ahead with it and were able to bank £507.30, a great result , We are as ever grateful to everyone who gives up their time to help and also to John and Lee for allowing us to hold our garden parties in the grounds of Clippesby Hall 


We would still be pleased to hear from anyone who would like to give a talk in Church at our Harvest of a Quiet Eye weekend on October 12th and 13th. The theme being :

"How second world war affected village life" please contact Sara 01493368251 or Jane 01493740897 .


Pamela Minett is organising a quiz night for Church funds at Stokesby social club on 28th September.                                                                                                                                             Sara

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