Clippesby Church and Countryside Norfolk Background-page-doubled Background-page-doubled church viewSeptember version copy Peacock feathers 2 IMG_4304

Jean's blog

L panel border copy L panel border copy L panel border copy L panel border copy L panel border copy L panel border copy L panel border copy L panel border copy L panel border copy L panel border copy L panel border copy L panel border copy L panel border copy L panel border copy

(stained glass border from the Margaret Rope window)

L panel border copy L panel border copy L panel border copy L panel border copy L panel border copy



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.


                                                    ~  ~  ~  ~  ~  ~  ~  ~  ~  ~  ~  ~  ~  ~  ~  ~  ~  ~


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?



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.


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.


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.


Parting thought:


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




Obviously the main news from us is we have a new Priest in Charge coming soon and we will welcome the Revd. Steven Sivyer together with his wife Emma and their young family. We look forward very much to working with Steven in our Parish and Benefice.


Because of the drought it has been quite difficult for wildlife to thrive yet lots of baby birds have been reared successfully and, with their parents, they are clustered on and around the sunflower hearts and fat balls. To our relief our one remaining peahen has somehow managed to survive without suffering the same fate as the other hens when nesting – being eaten by foxes – and has reappeared with five little peachicks! We are thrilled as these are the first chicks for four or five years. They are being fed on mashed boiled eggs and arrowroot biscuits. I find it amazing that these pretty little fluffy chicks have in them the mechanics to produce yearly after maturity their gorgeous plumage. When they display it is wonderful to observe each feather in its appointed place; the delicate fringes along the edges and the beautiful ‘eyes’ exactly where they should be. We hope that the hen can manage to protect her chicks from all the dangers that will threaten them.


The day after I wrote the above a neighbour’s white cat frightened the chicks and it was quite a heart-rending sound listening to the mother hen’s distressing call for what seemed like hours but thankfully she found them all and we were able to catch them and give them safety in a temporary cage until they are large enough.



We were blessed with ideal  weather for Pamela’s Music in the Garden of Stokesby House event; the evening was beautifully warm and sunny. And we watched the bright blue sky colour over with shades of pink, red and gold of the sunset. As I sat  there, sipping Pimms, listening to the Strummers, watching line dancers having a lesson, and being surrounded on all sides by lovely friends I thought that the evening was perfect. Thank you Pam; thank you Strummers; thank you Dance Teacher and thank you everyone who supported us.


The weather was not so kind to us for the Garden Party on Sunday the 29th it turned out blustery and wet so we moved into the Muskett Arms and had to abandon most of the games. A new innovation was a shellfish stall with little pots of ready to eat prawns, cockles and jellied eels, which was great fun so I think we will be repeating this at our next fete which is planned for Sunday the 19th of August.


Peacock feathers 1



Just a very quick update on the peachicks; there are five of them and they are starting to grow the little crests on the top of their wee heads. After the mother peahen managed to save them from an attack by a white cat we thought it safest to cage them until they can fend for themselves better.


We now have a date for the Licensing of our Priest-in-Charge and we face a new start for our Benefice. We look forward eagerly to the fresh ideas that Steven will bring to us and, as we prepare to give him our love and support, we remember with gratitude the legacies left by Karen and previous Incumbents.


We had a church full of young people when Sandy christened baby Ezra Simon Clarke; his brother Noah and all his cousins were there, it was a happy service. (Photos: Latest News)


After all that lovely sunshine, it had to rain for the second garden party of the season! Luckily for us Lee let us use the Muskett arms, we managed to get most of the stalls set up in there with bric-a-brac , children's hoop la game and the jellied eel stall going outside . We were really pleased to be able to bank just over £400. Thanks go to all who helped and supported us.


Looking forward to the Norfolk Churches Trust cycle ride Judith Ward has agreed to cycle with Sara along with a group of the younger ones who work alongside Sara; it should be a fun day out.


Preparations are starting for the Harvest of a Quiet Eye weekend in October with the main theme being the First World War .The date is 13th and 14th October, and we would be very grateful for any memorabilia or tales told by grandparents that may have been handed down in families.


Diary dates for September:

Sunday 2nd at 11am Morning Prayer in Clippesby Church

Tuesday 4th at 11amCoffee, Cake & Chat in Clippesby Church

Wednesday 5th, !2th, 19th & 26th at 4pm   Evening Prayer in Clippesby Church

Saturday 8th from 9am to 5pm Norfolk Churches Trust Bike Ride

Sunday 16th at 11amHarvest Festival & simple lunch in Clippesby Church

Sunday 30th at 11am Benefice Holy Communion at St. Mary’s, Martham



Parting thought:

Christians are like teabags – not much good until they’ve been in hot water’.

                                                                                                                           Selwyn Hughes


Sara May and Jean Lindsay