St Peter and St Paul Parish Church
The parish church of St Peter and St Paul has occupied its
prominent position in the village of Scarning since the 12th century
and there have been Rectors of Scarning since 1299. The whole building,
which is mainly in the perpendicular style, was extensively restored in
1869, when the gable of the chancel roof was raised to its original
pitch for £1000. In 1894 the tower was restored, the nave buttresses
were entirely rebuilt and new churchyard gates were fitted - all at the
expense of Dr Jessopp.
The single gate was replaced in the 1950s by the Scarning Mothers'
Union and was refurbished in 2007 in memory of Fred and Lilian Hoskins.
The churchyard was levelled and re-seeded in 1970 and Scarning Parish
Council contributes to its upkeep.The church and vestry were re-roofed
in 1979.The double gates were replaced by the PCC in the 1980s. You
will find a lot more information about the church
and its history here.
As is customary the Flower Festival is held in the Church every second
year. Pictures of the exhibits from 2010 can
be seen here. The work of caring for the building continues.
Recent improvements include a PA system with loop induction and a ramp
to help with access. Switchgear and heating was replaced in 2007 with
the help of a grant from 'Awards for All'.
In 2006 the Dereham and District Team Ministry was created to
serve the parishes Dereham, Scarning, Swanton Morley, Hoe, East Bilney
and Beetley. The benefice is serviced by a team of clergy and lay
readers led by the Rector and Vicar.
The Parish Office, Church House, Church Street, Dereham NR19 1DN
open 9am-12noon, Tuesday-Friday
telephone 01362 693143
If you would like to know more about the Dereham and District Team
Ministry click this link: www.derehambenefice.co.uk or if you would
like to know more about the church click this link: history and architecture of the church
day off: Thursday
The Revd Jane Nursey
day off: Wednesday
The Revd Kenneth Pilgrim
The Revd Jenny Taylor
Rev’d Adrian Aubrey-Jones
Parochial Church Council
Alan Glister and Ron Steward are our Churchwardens – with Alf Webdale
and Charles Steward as deputy Churchwardens. Mike Quinnell is the
treasurer and Sue Rockley is the secretary to the church council.
Other members of the PCC are:Beryl Steward, Corinne Steward, Stephen
Archer, Yvonne Long, Charles Pope, Alan Nurse.
A warm welcome is assured to everyone who would like to join
us for a service at 11.15am each Sunday.
1st Sunday Morning Prayer – Common Worship
2nd Sunday Common Worship
3rd Sunday Parish Communion – sometimes with Baptism
4th Sunday Parish Communion (1662)
5th Sunday Songs of Praise– Lay led
The latest Dereham Benefice
newsletter which has details of Church Services is available on the
Benefice website and can be downloaded directly by clicking on the
following link: http://derehamanddistrictteam.org.uk/communications/newsletter-weekly/
The newsletter for each week
is usually uploaded on the preceding Thursday.
7th [Trinity 1] Morning Prayer-Sally
14th [Trinity 2] Parish Communion-Jane
21st[Trinity 13] Family Service-EvelynSpeed
28th [Trinity 1] Parish Communion (BCP)-Gill Wells
Dedication Service on
completion of building works-Bishop of Norwich
The monthly coffee morning are from 1Oam to 1 pm in Scarning Village Hall. Contributions
of cakes etc to sell and to serve with the coffee will be most welcome. Proceeds go to Scarning Church. Since inception we have raised £3,935.19
idea is for people to come along for a coffee and a chat. They are also
invited to bring along any surplus produce, preserves etc that they
would like to sell - so that others can enjoy the fruits of their
Coffee Mornings have been extremely popular and I would like to say a
big thank you to all those who have regularly supported me in this
venture, from those who look after the stalls, making cakes, providing
raffle prizes and helping to wash up. An idea is no good without
the willing helpers and it wouldn’t happen without you – thank you
again. Coffee Mornings in 2015 will be the second
Saturday of the month throughout the
year from 10 a.m. and we look forward to welcoming you, whether it be
for a “Bacon Buttie” or a coffee and cake and a mardle. Merry Christmas everyone – Tricia Foreman
Would you like to ring those bells?
Scarning's bellringers are making excellent progress
after deciding to learn the skill and they want more people to join
them. Anyone who wants to get involved should telephone Tricia Foreman,
tower secretary on 01362 687082.
Scarning Church Restoration
The PCC and Incy Wincy Spider
would like to thank everyone for their generous support.
The good news - We are delighted with the response to the appeal and
have raised the £25,000 required in match funding for the initial grant
offered by English Heritage. This has been achieved through many fund
raising events, donations and offers of grants from other charities. In
the meantime we will continue fund raising to ensure that we can do
as much of the urgent work as possible.
Waste paper collection -
Charles Hewson has kindly
offered to run a waste paper collection
Foreman has written a
number of songs about life in the village (see below), and
the lyrics are now
available in book form at £5 and CD at £5 Both will be on sale at the
Village Hall Coffee Mornings and other functions, at the church on
Sundays or direct from Frank. All profits will go to the Church
Restoration Fund, with a donation to Parkinsons UK. For more
information please contact Frank on 687082, or email@example.com
SEASONS IN SCARNING
It's Springtime in Scarning , the
Lambs find their voices it's lovely to hear.
Clocks all spring forward as daylight extends.
It's getting warmer too.
These are the seasons they come round
A new one beginning, another just
The weather is varied with wind rain
Snow in the winter too.
Summer in Scarning the weather is hot.
There's fruit in the hedgerows, a bountiful crop.
The fields are all golden, the skies are all blue.
There's passing showers too.
Autumn in Scarning, the trees lose their leaves.
Winter draws closer theres a Chill breeze.
Clocks all go backwards as daylight recedes.
It's getting colder too.
Winter in Scarning, there's snow on the ground,
The birds are all hungry they forage around.
The East wind is freezing, Jack Frost's in the air.
There's rain in abundance too.
© Copyright 2012 FIF
shows the church as it is today.
reproduction of an old postcard showing the church as it was prior to
the first World War. The building on the extreme right of this
picture was the old Post Office on the other side of
Report to Scarning Annual Parish Meeting April 2015
The PCC was still some way short of securing sufficient funds for the
restoration project at the church involving high level repairs and the
installation of a new rainwater system.
English Heritage funded the lion's share of the project. On the back of
the success of the local fundraising campaign, we were able to secure
grants from the National Churches Trust, the Wolfson Foundation and the
Garfield Weston Foundation to enable the work to go ahead. it began in
July but unfortunately has been delayed for a number of reasons and is
due to be finished in the next few weeks.
As is inevitable with such a project, there have been some unexpected
difficulties including an east wall which was in a very poor state of
repair. Fortunately savings have been made in other areas so the
project is expected to come in within budget.
The PCC would once again like to record its thanks to everyone who
helped in any way with this project. We are delighted that the Bishop
of Norwich is coming to Scarning on 30 June at 7 pm to lead a special
service to mark the end of the project. We hope that members of the
Parish Council will come along to the service.
The PCC would also like to record its thanks to the Parish Council for
the maintenance of the churchyard and clock. This contribution is a
Significant help to the PCC and is much appreciated.
On behalf of the village, the PCC would also like to thank the Parish
Council for the Christmas tree which, together with the lights on the
Village Hall, makes a splendid focal point over the Christmas season.
Significant events for the church during the year included:
the splendid Flower Festival on the theme of
a confirmation service for four members of the
the special service commemorating the beginning of
the First World War
the rededication of the memorial to Dr Augustus
Jessopp and his wife.
The PCC is delighted with the success of the monthly coffee mornings in
the village hall. These were the brainchild of Tricia Foreman and
include splendid refreshments - the bacon butties being particularly
Highlights for this year will include a Gardens Open Day and Barbecue
on 14 June. On Friday this week we have a first - a Pop Up shop of
ladies Luxury fashions by the Francois Bouttier Studio of Holt.
During the year the Dereham and District Team Ministry has been
expanded to include Bradenham and Shipdham with an additional part time
We are pleased that our regular congregation continues to grow steadily
- boosted by the support of our own team of bell ringers with their
distinctive red sweatshirts.
The choir in
the time of Rev.Bignold about 80 or 90 years ago.
Hall which is adjacent to the church was once the rectory but now a
Scarning Bellringers now have their own website which has all
the up to date information about the group and their activities. Click
on the image below:
A record is kept in the church and anyone wishing to consult
the register should contact Alf Webdale on 01362 687558 or Alan Glister
on 01362 696674 who will ensure that the enquirer has access to
the register. A record made by Scarning WI is available online.
Click on the picture below to search records up to 1981