Clippesby Church and Countryside Norfolk
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Latest News 2019, 2020 &2021

A happy and healthy New Year to all our friends and website visitors!

As I write this on the 13th of January we have yet to hold the first event of our year, this will be on the 25th of January, Burns Night. Plans are well forward for this; the venue is Acle Bridge Inn where we will have a three course dinner with haggis. Steven Sivyer, our new Rectorwill begin the proceedings with Rabbie's Selkirk Grace.

Donald Blair will address the haggis in traditional style and he has also agreed to propose the toast to The Immortal Memory; Chris Wallace will be toasting  The Lassies and John Carter will 'pipe' the haggis in on his keyboard as well as entertaining us with some lively Scottish airs.

The Fund-raising Team have organised a Scottish themed raffle in aid of Clippesby Church. We are hoping for the usual happy,  jolly, friendly night.

More Burns Night details


Where sheep may safely graze.


This was the sight that greeted Verna as she opened her bedroom curtains one morning; her photo shows only part of the flock, apparently the churchyard was filled with sheep happily munching on the herbage.

Last Saturday 2nd March the coffee morning which was held in St Peter's Church was a great success. £361.80 was raised for Marie Curie. Over 30 people visited the Church over the 2 hours . Sara , Jane, Rachael and Faye thank everyone who supported this event.

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Marie Curie Coffee Morning



MARCH 2019

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Valentine's Weekend 2019


Valentine's Weekend 2019 was very different from all the ones that have preceded it. It was a showcase for local people to display their skills and it provided an opportunity for people to participate and attempt something new to them.


Michael and Sandy had each set up a studio in the Chancel and encouraged visitors to try their hand at painting and drawing.


Susie worked on her sewing machine amongst examples of her beautiful quilting and sewing.

Tricia had a workshop making greetings cards which proved a fascinating thing to do.

Wendy had a big array of crafts of all sorts that she gets involved in and she was happy to explain how she makes the various articles.


Julie with her lovely knitting display inspired some ladies to learn how to crochet.


Pauline's colouring table always had people sitting round it absorbed in making an attractive picture from her intricate patterns.


Ann was selling tickets for Cecily's jolly parcels whilst Cecily herself was in charge of the raffle.


Jane and Rachael tempted punters to have a go on their tombola table.


Marie and Sara looked after everone's needs with hot drinks and delicious cakes.


And just in case we got too relaxed Other Rachael led us in an exercise class with scarves and balls; it was physically beneficial and mentally hilarious.

Thank you Sara & Fund-raising Team, Crafters & Other Rachael for a fun weekend


JUNE  2019

New Churchwardens

The photo on the left was taken on a very happy evening after we had just returned from Mattishall where Fran and Sara our new churchwardens had attended the Archdeacon's Visitation and been sworn into office in a lovely, meaningful ceremony.

Mattishall Church is big and quite ornate on the outside, with a calm and peaceful churchyard; we were given a warm cheery welcome from the church members together with tea and biscuits.

Hymns and Pimms

The first event for the new churchwardens was a hugely enjoyable evening in St. Peter's. People had gathered to sing their favourite hymns whilst sipping a glass of Pimms and indulging in a few nibbles. We heard many stories about the hymns that had been chosen and there was a lot of laughter and gaiety as well as brilliant music with our Rector playing the selections and sometimes jazzing them up.



Our monthly coffee cake and chat meetings are still going strong, on the first Tuesday of every month.

This is our October gathering - plus eight more not in the picture.

Everyone is welcome (this is purely an informal social activity and not a fundraiser)

photo: Jean Lindsay



Ryan Garman


Congratulations to Ryan, a pupil at Martham, who is a very talented young bowler.


Ryan is pictured her proudly wearing his England jacket; he has been selected to play in the England under twenty-fives Bowls Team, which is certainly an honour for such a young player.


Well done Ryan, we look forward to hearing about your games.



A Quiz at Basecamp.



Donna organised another of her very enjoyable quizzes. There were a hundred of us competing to answer her questions, which made for a very jolly evening.

Sara, Jane and Rachael, the Clippesby Fund-raising Team, raised  £156.00 on their raffle for Clippesby Church.

Whenever there is an event for the Church the Team take our contactless machine with them  proving the Treasurer wrong for doubting its usefulness!


Coffee Morning   16th February  a Valentine's         weekend event.


Two children at Jane's ever popular tombola stall with Pam examining her tickets for a winning prize and in the background the Rector and Pauline are mardling over a cuppa.

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Burns Night 25th January 2020

Photos by Emma Sivyer

This year it took place at Clippesby Hall's Basecamp.  Allan the Piper played to greet guests on arrival.


Johnnie wlcomed everyone & after our Rector, Steven, said the Selkirk Grace we enjoyed a bowl of Cullen Skink before the Haggis was ceremoniously piped in to be addressed very ably by Chris, it then exited to the skirl of the pipes to be served to the diners with a wee tot o' whiskey.


We had our usual sing-a-long-a-John, it's always good. Our speakers, Allan, Paul Spychal & Linda Wallace, were very well-received . The Church Fund- raising Team  raffle made over  £200. for the Benefice.

Howard came to teach us some Scottish dances which he then played the music for on his accordian Marion accompanied him; most people danced, not stopping  till "Auld Lang Syne"ended the evening.

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Our Churchwarden, Pamela

Minett, celebrates the publication of the 7th Edition of her book "Child Care & Development"

Flashback to April 27th 2017

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Pictured left is the cover of Pamela's latest book which is listed on the front page of Amazon's Hot New Releases.


We wish Pam every success with her new book.If it can enjoy the same popularity as a previous textbook, which is featured below and, in thirty years, has never been out of print, this would be what we wish for. So, good luck Pam!


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                              CLIPPESBY AT WAR


We published a limited number of copies of Basil's book  to mark the 80th Anniversary of the start of the 2nd World War, "A Young Boy's Recollections of CLIPPESBY AT WAR"


An amazing description of little known facts about how Clippesby and it's environs were taken over by the military authorities in WW2, it is  illustrated with vintage photographs, All copies have been sold but it will probably be incorporated into another much larger book of Basil's memoirs which we hope will be published next year, 2021.


Basil has such a gift of storyteliing and such a fascinating story to tell of a vanished country way of life, so, make sure you order your copy!

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   for Clippesby and Billockby


This is sited at Basecamp on the North side of Clippesby Holiday Reception.


It is available 24/7.


It is very easy to spot housed in a traditional old telephone box now painted bright yellow.

     A Bench in Memory of Geoffrey Ransome


Geoffrey was born in 1930 and died earlier this year 2020. His young life was spent growing up in Clippesby with his five brothers and three sisters. He walked daily to Fleggburgh school in all kinds of weathers and he enjoyed wandering about in the country lanes and studying the wildlife.


Geoffrey never lost his love for Clippesby, in his ninety years he saw many changes and felt very keenly the loss of habitats of spinnies, hedgerows, trees and the resultant loss of insectlife and of birdlife, yet still he loved to see the trees he knew individually and relive his memories.

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October 11th. 2020 Harvest Festival in Clippesby Church


It was with much anticipation that we came to decorate the church with bunches of flowers and produce from our gardens. Decorations are quite simple as befits the way of things  in this pandemic  that we cannot escape from.  Nonetheless we country folk still feel the need to give thanks for

the harvest and all God's blessings when Autumn comes. This year we are especially grateful for the immense benefit we received from our gardens and beautiful countryside during lockdown.