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.
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
The Parish Office, Church House, Church Street, Dereham NR19 1DN
open 9am-12noon, Tuesday-Friday
telephone 01362 693143
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
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
is available on the Benefice website and can be downloaded directly by
clicking on the following link: http://derehamanddistrictteam.org.uk/weekly-newsletter/
The newsletter for each week
is usually uploaded on the preceding
1st [Lent2] Morning Prayer-Alan Barrett
8th [Lent3] Parish
Family Service-Evelyn Speed
22nd [Lent5] Songs of
morning are from 1Oam to 1
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
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 –
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 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:
Scarning Church Restoration
The PCC and Incy Wincy Spider
would like to thank everyone for
their generous support in 2013.
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
￼The not so good news - When the works went to tender the lowest bid
was a daunting £52,000 more
than the original estimate of £109,000
for the building work. Ourarchitectisnowindiscussion with English
Heritage to see if they will increasetheirgrant. Incymighthaveto wait
longer for his new down pipes!
In the meantime we will continue fund raising to ensure that we can do
as much of the urgent work as possible. Events in the pipeline are:
Regular coffee mornings
These are now a fixture in the
calendar on every second Saturday from
1000 to 1200 in the Village Hall. Come along for a coffee, cake and a
Waste paper collection -
Charles Hewson has kindly
offered to run a waste paper collection
Frank Foreman's book of
Village resident Frank Foreman
suffers from Parkinsons Disease, a
progressive neurological condition. Recent research has established
that music therapy can help to improve the quality of life for people
with this condition. Since moving to Scarning in 2008, Frank has
written a number of songs about life in the village, and the lyrics are
now available in a book. A separate CD will be produced shortly. The
book is on sale for £5 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
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
this picture was the old Post Office
on the other side of Chapel lane.
Report to Scarning Annual Parish Meeting – April 2014
This time last year we were embarking on our major fund raising
campaign for urgent repairs to the church fabric and the replacement of
the rainwater disposal and drainage systems.
English Heritage had offered to fund most of the work and we were
originally asked to raise £24,500 towards the costs. We have been
delighted by the support from the community and from other grant making
bodies - resulting in a total raised in excess of £34,000. We wish to
record our thanks to everyone who has helped and supported the many
fund raising events over the last year - many of them involving food!
The original estimate from English Heritage for the actual building
work was £109,500. We received the very unwelcome news in December that
the lowest bid for the works was £161,000 - a daunting £52,000 more
than the original figure.
English Heritage have since agreed to increase their contribution by
£21,000. Our architect has, in discussion with English Heritage, pared
back the project by about £12,000. We have made more applications to
grant making bodies and await the outcome. At present we are around
£14,000 short of the total needed for the works and professional fees.
Work will begin on the basis of what is affordable and we hope that
other elements will be added if we receive good news from other grant
In the meantime local fund raising continues. Our flower festival runs
from 16th to 18th May with a preview event on Thursday 15th. The theme
for the event is Inspiration.
Looking back at other aspects of the church's life over the past year.
We are delighted that our congregations are steadily increasing. The
team of bell ringers goes from strength to strength. On Wednesday this
week there will be a confirmation service in church by the Bishop of
Lynn for four members of the congregation.
We said farewell to our curate, Ed Thornley, who has moved to a rather
different parish in London. Ed was closely involved with Oak Manor and
Scarning School and other members of the Dereham team are hoping to
continue this outreach work.
The church is grateful to the Village Hall Committee for funding the
restoration of Dr Augustus Jessopp's memorial in the churchyard.
We are also grateful for the support from the parish council in terms
of looking after the churchyard and the church clock.
We are planning a special service on the evening of Monday 4th August
to commemorate the centenary of the beginning of the First World War.
We will be sending invitations to members of the Parish Council in due
course and we hope that this will be a fitting way for the village to
mark the day and to remember those who are commemorated on our war
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 private house.
A record is kept in the church and anyone wishing to consult
register should contact Alf Webdale on 01362 687558 or Alan Glister on
01362 696674 who will ensure that the enquirer has access to the