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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.


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.



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?



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.


Diary dates for November: (No Evening Prayer until the Spring)

Tuesday 8th at 11am  Coffee, Cake & Chat in the church.

Sunday 12th at 11am Morning Prayer with Remembrance in church

Sunday 26th at 11am Holy Communion in church


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.



Jean Lindsay