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 Parish Communion – sometimes with Baptism
4th Sunday Parish Communion (1662)
5th Sunday Songs of Praise– Lay led
August 20143rd Morning Prayer-Roper
10th Parish Communion -Jenny Taylor
17th Family Service- Evelyn Speed
3pm Baptism-Sally Theakston
24th Parish Communion (1662) -Kenneth Pilgrim
31st 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/
Commemorating the beginning of the First World War
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 2014This 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 making bodies.
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 memorial.
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 works they may contact the Glebe Surveyor at Diocesan House 109 Dereham Road Easton Norwich NR9 5ES.