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
March 20142nd first before Lent Morning Prayer-Adam Pyke
9th First of Lent Parish Communion -Adrian Aubrey-Jones
16th Second of Lent Songs of Praise-Lay
23rd Third of Lent Parish Communion (1662) Sally Theakston
30th Mothering Sunday Mothering Sunday Service- Evelyn Speed
The latest Dereham Benefice newsletter which has details of
is available on the Benefice website and can be downloaded directly by
clicking on the following link: http://derehamanddistrictteam.org.uk/weekly-newsletter/
Coffee MorningsThe first monthly coffee morning of 2014 will be on Saturday 11th January 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 will go to Scarning Church.
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! Dates for the year are:
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.
Scarning Glebe Copse
The small belt of trees between Chapel Lane and the burial ground to St Peter and St Pauls Church Scarning forms part of the Glebe land of the Parish of Scarning. Following concerns raised by neighbours opposite. The copse was inspected by the Glebe Surveyor for the Diocese. Neighbours were concerned that due to the height and density of the trees they may blow down across the road and bring down the telephone cables that run through them and in addition the trees blocked out the light from their gardens.
The woodland is made up predominately of Sycamore natural regeneration both from seed and coppice regrowth that is between 20 and 30 years old with a line of more mature sycamore on the Churchyard side and a Horse Chestnut and a yew, there is also an under storey of holly and laurel. The sycamore are vigorous and healthy but due to the density, they have grown tall and thin and whilst safe at present, the taller they grow the greater the risk of windthrow. It has therefore been recommended that the best thing to do would be to coppice the sycamore natural regeneration this winter, leaving the more mature specimen trees and the under storey of holly and laurel standing. The stumps left will soon send out coppice regrowth that will grow into trees again. In the interim, the trees left standing will maintain the wood as a landscape feature but light will be able to get through to the neighbouring properties.
The work requires a felling licence from the Forestry Commission and this has been granted. The Forestry Commission have imposed a number of conditions to the licence to ensure that the woodland is managed in the future. It is proposed that the work will be carried out overwinter and care will be taken to avoid damage or disruption.
If anyone wishes to raise any concerns or has any questions regarding the proposed works they may contact the Glebe Surveyor at Diocesan House 109 Dereham Road Easton Norwich NR9 5ES.