St Peter and St Paul Parish Church
The parish church of St Peter and St Paul has occupied its
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.
Parochial Church CouncilAlan 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 Parish Communion – Common Worship
3rd Sunday Family Service – sometimes with Baptism
4th Sunday Parish Communion (1662)
5th Sunday Songs of Praise– Lay led
November 20133rd [3rd before Advent] Morning Prayer–Alan Barrett
10th [2nd before Advent] 10.50am Remebrance service – Alan Barrett
17th Family Service – Evelyn Speed
24th [Christ the King] Parish Communion (1662) – Sally Theakston
December 20131st [Advent Sunday] Morning Prayer–Adrian Aubrey-Jones/Sally Theakston
8th [Advent 2] Parish Communion – Alan Barrett
15th [Advent 3] Family Service – Evelyn Speed
22nd [Advent 4] 16:00 Christingle – Adrian Aubrey-Jones
24th [Christmas Eve] 23:30 Midnight Communion – Jane Nursey
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:
Village Fete and Open Gardens events raise record amount.
Harvest ThanksgivingHarvest Thanksgiving - with a service at 7 pm on Friday 27 September to be followed by a Ploughman's Supper. All welcome and there will be a collection of non perishable foods for St Matthew Housing in Dereham. If people wish to stay for supper could they please ring Sue Rockley on 694886 or Yvonne Long on 693135 so that we have an idea of numbers for catering.
Shepherd's Pie SupperThere will be a Shepherd's Pie Supper with entertainment in the Village Hall at 7.30 pm on Friday 25 October. The cost will be £7.50 each - please contact Yvonne Long on 693135 if you would like tickets. Proceeds to Scarning Church Restoration Appeal.
Coffee MorningsOur next coffee morning in Scarning Village Hall will be on Saturday 5th October from lOam to 1 pm and then monthly at the same time on Saturday 9th November. Contributions of cakes etc to sell and to serve with the coffee will be most welcome. Proceeds will go to Scarning Church.
The 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 labour!If you would like to help with this new venture for the village, please contact Tricia Foreman on 01362 687082.
Would you like to ring those bells?
Scarning's new bellringers are making excellent progress after deciding to learn the skill and they want more people to join them. Frank and Tricia Foreman and Josh and Trish Harlow signed up as new recruits following a plea to get the six bells at St Peter and St Paul Church chiming regularly again and they have recently been joined by Janice Harris.
Under the tuition of Johnathon White and Paul Edwards, and support from the bellringers at St Nicholas' Church in Dereham, the group now holds practice sessions each week on a Wednesday. They also attend evenings in Dereham and Gressenhall for some extra experience. This year, they have also started ringing for special occasions such as the services for Easter, Mothering Sunday; and Fathers' Day.
Anyone who wants to get involved should telephone Tricia Foreman, tower secretary on 01362 687082.
Barbecue cooked and served by Roger Long and family held at the home of Charles and Heather Hewson
This picture shows the church as it is today.
This 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 Chapel lane.
Report to Scarning Annual Parish Meeting – April 2013
The church continues to provide a weekly service and it is pleasing to report a growth in the numbers attending on a regular basis. We also have a settled team of clergy and readers.
Festivals provided the highlights during 2012. In May we hosted our Flower Festival – the World of Fantasy with some truly spectacular displays master-minded by Corinne Steward. On the Saturday evening, Caroline Aston, a broadcaster and royal correspondent, gave a tantalising glance into the world of Edwardian high society. The Festival was linked to the Diamond Appeal to raise money towards the reglazing of the windows in the south wall of the nave and the porch. These works were completed in the autumn at a cost of over £20,000.
The second festival was the inaugural Christmas Tree Festival which was a successful collaborative effort. Again, the Church looked beautiful and this was a highly enjoyable event for the village. We were also very pleased to have a Christmas tree in the churchyard.
This time last year we were awaiting our architect’s quinquennial inspection report on the state of the building. The bad news is that we were correct in anticipating a challenging report. The good news is that English Heritage has recognised that the building needs urgent high level work and a new rainwater and drainage system – with costs totalling over £160,000. The Heritage Lottery Fund has made an offer of £17,000 towards the costs of stage one which total £23,226. Stage one covers the professional fees involved in preparing the specifications for the works, ground works investigations etc. There is then an in principle offer of £101,000 towards the building works. After reclaiming the VAT, there will be a shortfall of £24,526. The PCC can contribute £7000 from its fabric fund and hopes that local fund raising will generate at least a further £2000 – leaving a gap of just over £15,000. We are applying to other grant making bodies and have to show that this funding is in place by November so that English Heritage will authorise the works to go ahead.
Clearly this is challenging, but the offer from English Heritage is unlikely to be repeated and the works are crucial to securing the future of the building.
Fund raising events will include a gardens open day and barbecue on 9 June, plant sales and an Incy Wincy Spider campaign inviting people to help pay for the rainwater goods. sponsor the down pipes.
The Scarning bell ringers go from strength to strength and achieved first place in the NDA Western Branch Striking Competition at East Rudham in June 2012.
We are very grateful to the Parish Council for taking care of the grass in the churchyard and maintaining the clock. We recently used a grant of £400 from the Council for maintenance of the paths around the churchyard.
The choir in the time of Rev.Bignold about 80 or 90 years ago.
Scarning Hall which is adjacent to the church was once the rectory but now a private house.
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.