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?




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

John Clepesby seal Seal Blue Wax Seal Red Wax Seal Rev-POS



The main activity this last month was the Norfolk Churches Cycle Ride and, with some of the youngsters that might have cycled for us off to University, our hopes rested on Sara, and she came up trumps flying the flag in her Clippesby Church tee shirt and raising a goodly sum. Thank you Sara!


As previously Yvonne did the first stint of manning the church and signing in the cyclists, she was followed by Cecily with Pamela doing the afternoon slot as per usual. We are very grateful to them; they signed in seven cyclists and had a few other visitors.


During Cecily’s watch, to help her while away the time and also to make the church look its best, the brasso and the furniture polish came out. It was as we were doing the flowers and thinking that we couldn’t lift the heavy cross to carry it back up to the altar that two friendly chaps came in to look around St. Peter’s and have a drink and a biscuit and they were very helpful. They appointed themselves Altar Boys and carried not only the cross but also the vases and the candlesticks; it was quite a jolly encounter.


Because of a clash with Martham’s Harvest Supper Pamela cancelled the Quiz night at Stokesby but we are hoping to rearrange this for another date.


The ‘Harvest of a Quiet Eye’ weekend is on the 12th and 13th of this month from 10am to 4pm each day. On the Sunday at 4pm we will hold our Clippesby Harvest Festival followed by Harvest Supper to which everyone is invited. Refreshments will be available each day over the weekend, there is no charge for this and entry is free. We gratefully accept donations for the upkeep of the Church. Basil will be in church on the Saturday to sign copies of his book which will be available for sale. Bob will be around with his incredible store of memorabilia which should trigge memories and tales that we would love to hear. Do please come and chat with us. We will be there with our notebooks and pens trying to capture nuggets of reminiscences for the archives and in return we will be happy to share our own stories. This annual weekend is always about observing life in a gentle look back at the past; a past that has shaped much of how we are today.


There hasn’t been a chance to explore far enough back to find out the relationship – how many generations – between the John de Clippesby of the seal that we mentioned in last month’s magazine and the John whose grave and brass memorial are in the Chancel of Clippesby Church, so more on that another time.


A defibrillator for Clippesby and Billockby has been sited  -in an old red telephone box that has now been painted yellow  - beside Clippesby Holidays Reception


Just a reminder:  Coffee, Cake and Chat is at 11am on the 1st October

‘Harvest of a Quiet Eye’ weekend is on 12th and 13th October

Harvest Festival is at 4pm on Sunday the 13th immediately following the Exhibition and our Harvest Supper follows on immediately after that.

In November will be our Filby Bridge Dinner and Disco and the postponed Quiz      



From Sara:


On Saturday 14th September I took part in the annual NCT bike ride, what a perfect day it was. I set off from Clippesby at 9 am and after visiting 23 churches I got home at 4pm, sadly I didn't meet too many fellow cyclists on my way, I am totally amazed and ever so grateful to the lovely people who sponsored me; I will be able to send £400 to the Norfolk Churches Trust, with St Peters Clippesby getting £200 of that back, plus gift aid. 





From Churchwarden Sara


The quiz in Basecamp was a really enjoyable evening; the pizza oven was fired up so we were able to purchase a pizza while doing the quiz.

Donna was a excellent quiz master, and the winners being Karen and Terry Williamson from Fleggburgh. The raffle made £107.00 for Clippesby church

This year's "Harvest of a Quiet Eye" was another successful weekend with the highlight being the launch of Basil Ransome’s book "Clippesby at war". Basil was in the Church all weekend signing copies of his book and talking to people. Basil's two daughters, Sharon and Maxine with their husbands, along with their good friend Martin were there at the launch and were obviously very proud. Thank you Basil for donating the proceeds of your book to Clippesby Church!

Thanks go to Bob and Sheena from memory joggers and Poppylands for the wonderful displays in Church. Fleggburgh Village school children did some lovely pictures. 

Fundraising team are very grateful to everyone who contributed to the wonderful sum of £650.35 raised over the weekend.

On Thursday November 7th at 6.30 in Basecamp, Clippesby Hall there will be a pamper and craft evening, free admission, the evening will finish at 9pm . With raffle and fees from tables going to Clippesby Church. This is not a ladies only evening as the bar will be open and men can come along and enjoy a drink


From Jean

I echo Sara’s thanks to everyone who kindly supported our special event and I would like to add a few thoughts about the weekend.

Bob’s store of exhibits jogged people’s memories, just as they are designed to do, and we heard some really fascinating stories as a result.

The star item for me in the Poppyland display was a perfect scale model of an Anderson air raid shelter, it was kitted out inside and was surrounded by sandbags and a little vegetable garden, it was a delight.

Basil’s book was a complete sell out; it told the story of when our sleepy little village found itself in the forefront of defence against the threat of invasion from across the North Sea. The lovely drawing on its front cover, which appeared in last month’s magazine, was done by Pauline Willmott.

In the children’s pictures that depicted ‘Evacuation’ I found a particularly poignant reminder of the never-to-be-forgotten-time when my brother and I were evacuated along with over three thousand other Yarmouth school children.


As well as our restored harmonium we now have, thanks to Howard, an electronic piano to accompany the hymn singing; Ann christened this when she played for our Harvest Festival, which, followed by a simple Harvest Supper, brought our weekend to its close.


We have now reverted back to Greenwich Mean Time and with this rather abrupt change to earlier darkness we think it best to move our midweek service of Evening Prayer to mine rather than heat the church. The service will be on Wednesdays at 4pm as usual and everyone is very welcome to come, we’ll probably either sit round the fire or the kitchen table. St. Peter’s itself stays open daily for you to visit and spend some quiet time. When the clocks go forward once more the midweek service will resume in the Church.


If you know of anyone who finds getting to church a problem because of age or infirmity and yet might appreciate having Holy Communion at home do tell any member of the church about them and our Rector will be very pleased to arrange a visit.


Coffee, Cake and Chat mornings are usually well-attended and these will continue to be held in the Church on the first Tuesday of the month, in addition, as another get-together, we would like to have a Knit and Natter group. In the Winter months this would be in Basecamp and possibly in St. Peter’s in the Summertime.


Parting thought:

“All human wisdom is summed up in two words – wait and hope”   Alexander Dumas