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 – Common Worship
3rd Sunday Parish Communion – sometimes with Baptism
4th Sunday Parish Communion (1662)
5th Sunday Songs of Praise– Lay led
December 20147th Morning Prayer-Lydia Crick
14th Parish Communion -Sally Theakston
18th 19.30 Carol Service-Sally Theakston/Adam Pyke
21st Christingle Service at 4pm -Jane Nursey
24th 23.30 Midnight Communion-Adrian Aubrey-Jones
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 monthly coffee morning are 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 go to Scarning Church. Since inception we have raised £3,935.19
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.
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. 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.
Bell ringing team
Scarning Church Restoration Appeal
The PCC and Incy Wincy Spider
would like to thank everyone for
their generous support in 2013.
Regular coffee mornings
Frank Foreman's book of
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.