The parish church of St Peter and St Paul has occupied its prominent position in the village of Scarning since at least the end of the 13th century, from which date we have a complete list of the rectors. It is very likely that there was a church on the site much earlier than that. The chancel and nave, which are in the Perpendicular style, were extensively restored in 1869 when the gable of the chancel was raised to its current 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.
The 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 Parochial Church Council in the 1980s.
The Parish Office, Church House, Church Street, Dereham NR19 1DN
Open 10 – 12 noon Tuesday – Thursday and 9 – 12 noon – Friday
Telephone 01362 693143
For more information about the Ministry – Dereham and District Team Ministry
- Team Rector – Rev. Canon Paul Cubitt 01362 694107
- Team Vicars – Rev. Laura Purnell 01362 821249
and Rev. Rachael Dines 01362 562034 or 07763 211901
- Churchwardens – Sue Rockley 01362 694886 and Tim Farnham 07831 106246
- PCC Secretary – Sue Rockley 01362 694886
- Parish Office – 01362 693143
Parochial Church Council
Tim Farnham and Sue Rockley are the churchwardens and Sue Rockley is the secretary. Other members of the PCC are Corinne Steward, Tricia Foreman, Stephen Archer, Gaynor Archer, Tony Bailes and Carol Farnham
Scarning Bell Ringers
There is a thriving band of Bell Ringers.
Scarning’s Four Chapels
To discover more about the four chapels which used to exist in Scarning, including the mysterious St Botolphs visit here