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.
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
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The Revd Jane Nursey
day off: Wednesday
The Revd Kenneth Pilgrim
The Revd Jenny Taylor
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
Other members of the PCC are: Corinne Steward, Stephen Archer, Charles
Pope, Tricia Foreman, Diana Rowland and Tim Farnham.
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.
Services January 2017
Communion - Kenneth Pilgrim
15th Family Service w Baptism-
Communion (BCP) - Jenny Taylor
of Praise– Lay led
Mornings in 2016 have continued to be very popular and have now become
an integral part of village life. It is very rewarding to see
people enjoying a coffee and cake, maybe a bacon buttie, and perhaps
purchasing local produce/cakes but, more importantly, enjoying a
leisurely morning relaxing in the company of others.
bacon butties continue to be a roaring success, and we have again
exceeded expectation with raising funds for the Church. The
total for the year, including the Christmas Craft Fair, was £4,031.38
making a grand total of £12,567.84 since inception in July 2013.
Once again, may I thank the volunteers who have worked tirelessly and
also everyone who has supported this very worthwhile venture for the
village – without you it would not happen. Well done for
what has become a most enjoyable occasion.
Coffee Mornings in 2017 will continue to be the second Saturday of each
month through to November with the Christmas Craft Fair on Saturday 2nd
you would like to help in any way please contact Tricia Foreman on
01362 687082. All funds raised are for Scarning Church.
Scarning Church Restoration
The PCC would like to thank
everyone for their generous support and are delighted with the response
to the appeal which has 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
The Bishop of Norwich with the rector,
Sally Theakston and two
churchwardens, Ron Steward and Alan Glister after the
re-dedication service in the church on 30th June 2015
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
SEASONS IN SCARNING
It's Springtime in Scarning , the
Lambs find their voices it's
lovely to hear.
Clocks all spring forward as
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
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
Clocks all go backwards as
It's getting colder too.
Winter in Scarning, there's
snow on the ground,
The birds are all hungry they
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 fund raising 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 re dedication 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
Would you like to ring those bells?
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
tower secretary on 01362 687082.
They now have their own
website which has all
the up to date information about the group and their activities. Click
on the image below:
Remembrance Sunday at Scarning 2016
a photo by Alan Glister
Saturday 14th January
COFFEE MORNINGS 2017
SCARNING VILLAGE HALL FROM 10 A M
Saturday 11th February 2017
Saturday 11th March 2017
Saturday 8th April 2017
Saturday 13th May 2017
Saturday 10th June 2017
Saturday 8th July 2017
Saturday 12th August 2017
Saturday 9th September 2017
Saturday 14th October 2017
Saturday 11th November 2017
Saturday 2nd December
2017 - CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR
Please take time to come and
some of your fellow villagers and enjoy a cup of coffee/tea, a cake, a
bacon buttie and a chat.
Contact Tricia Foreman on
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