Wolferton Church Carol Service - 11th December

Wolferton church held their Carol Service on the 11th December at 4pm. As we arrived at the church, there was a lovely sunset over the marshes. (See photo). The Church had been beautifully decorated with masses of greenery and candles. Ivan McCreedy and Tom Scott provided the music in the church beforehand on their Cellos.

After 12 years of playing the organ, Clive Brown has had to resign. The church is extremely grateful for all his hard work over the years and a presentation was made to him. He has had to leave as his commitments as an organist at Dersingham church have been extended. Over 80 people attended, which is not bad for a village with a population of about 100!

Over £800 raised for good causes!!

The West Newton Christmas Fair was held on 3rd December. It was a well supported, lovely festive event.  Members of the Church worked hard to produce mince pies, crafts and gifts which sold well on the day. Donated gifts meant we had a popular raffle and Tombola.  
The Sunday School was represented by tables with games and competitions.  
We also had a WI table selling home made cakes and table flower arrangements.
In addition to our own tables, the East Anglian Air Ambulance fund-raisers ran a Tombola. Supporters of Tapping House had a table selling teddies and Christmas Wreaths.  We also had other stalls selling gifts including hand made table lamps, toys, crafts and other gifts.
Even Santa Claus found time during his busy period to spend the morning with us and every child received a small gift from him.
The event took a lot of hard work by many parishioners but we were rewarded by raising over £800 for Church funds which will be used for renovations constantly needed to keep the building in good order.

The Light Up a Life Service

The Light Up a Life Service was held at the Sandringham Visitor Centre on the 5th December. This is an annual event organised by the Norfolk Hospice (Tapping House) to allow those who have been bereaved to light a candle for a relative or friend who has died. Over 150 people gathered at the Visitor Centre for the service of carols and readings and included a reflection by the Hospice Chaplain The Reverend Sue Martin. The Sandringham Choir kindly helped with the singing of the carols.

The Light Up a Life Services are held at 4 different venues during Advent. For details please see the Hospice website.

Christingle Service West Newton 4th December

The Christingle service was held on the 4th December in West Newton church. At the service each child was given a Christingle, a decorated orange with a candle on the top, signifying that we believe Jesus Christ is the light of the world. When the Christingles have been lit, the children form a loop round the church and we turn out the lights in the church and sing Away in a Manger. The candles shine brightly in the darkness. Over 70 Christingles were made and distributed and tea and cake was served by the Sunday School parents.

Over £1200 raised for 2 fabulous causes!

Bernice Allen held her annual evening of entertainment on November 18th at West Newton village hall. The evening, centered around a program of sketches and monologues, was  well supported and more than an amazing £1200 was raised, to be split between Sandringham and West Newton churches and the Carole Brown Heath Centre in Dersingham. A big thank you to Bernice and all the children who supported her from the Sunday school.

The very efficient raffle team doing their bit!

The very efficient raffle team doing their bit!


December 22nd Carol Service at 6pm
Christmas Day 11am Mattins
January 1st 11 am Mattins
January 8th 11am Mattins – Preacher The Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich
January 15th 11am Mattins – Preacher The Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham at Flitcham Church
January 22th 11am Mattins – Preacher  The Bishop of Guildford
January 29th 11am  Mattins – Preacher The Bishop of Newcastle

People from the Group of Parishes are very welcome to attend any of these services but please could you contact our Verger, Michael Wheatley, by the Tuesday evening so that he has an idea of numbers and can arrange the seating. Christmas Day and the Sunday after Christmas are always very busy and we may not be able to accommodate everyone who wants to come but we will do our very best. If, having requested a seat, you then find that you are unable to attend, please let Michael know as it may give someone else an opportunity to attend.
Please contact him at verger.sandringham@gmail.com  or, if you do not have e-mail, by phone on 07798 716574. It becomes increasingly important that you do inform Michael if you are coming and that you arrive in good time. Otherwise there could be a danger that you will be refused entry. The Police do not always know who is a regular and who is a stranger.  
Members of the congregation are also very welcome to come to the Rectory for a glass of sherry or apple juice after the service in order to meet the visiting Bishop on 8th, 22nd and 29th January. There will be a list in the porch and we would ask people to sign up to one or two Sundays that they would like to come to the drinks. If you are able to sign up to a Sunday that is looking less full that would be great. We will then have an idea of how many to expect.

A Request For Unwanted Foreign Currency


We are planning to make a Group collection of unwanted foreign currency so that we can make a donation to King's Lynn Samaritans to support their cause this ChristmasPlease hunt around your homes and offices for any unwanted foreign currency - notes or coins.  It doesn't matter if the currency is not in circulation any more.  There will be collection points at each Church in the group.  If you cannot get to one of the churches, please let Jayne Windsor know Jayne.windsor@yahoo.co.uk and she will arrange for your donation to be collected.

Your unwanted currency can be turned into hard cash for this very helpful cause.  It costs £51,000 a year to run the King's Lynn branch of Samaritans and there is no government or central office aid, and no paid staff.  Despite this last year they dealt with over 15,000 contacts from people who are desperate, in despair and sometimes, close to suicide. 



West Newton Village Hall

Saturday 3rd December 2016

10am to 1pm



    Lots of Christmas Gifts & Crafts Tables

    Home Made Mince Pies

    Home Made Cakes

    Bottle Tombola

    Raffle with great prizes

    Tea, coffees and (even more) mince pies!

Santa Claus

Bring the children to meet Santa and get a free gift

 All Proceeds to Church Funds

Another big THANK YOU from the 2016 Archdeacon’s Charge and Picnic

Dear Jonathan,
 Another big THANK YOU from the 2016 Archdeacon’s Charge and Picnic
 In May, we were warmly welcomed to Sandringham for a return visit for the biggest Charge to date.  
One thousand people took part; the new development of the Craft Fayre and Vintage Car Rally were very popular and we were again entertained by the Aylsham Town Band.  We were very grateful to Her Majesty for graciously allowing us to use the grounds of her home.  Her staff were most helpful and welcoming and our own team worked very hard to make the day such a success. It takes some time for all of your contributions to come in and be counted and I am now delighted to be able to tell you that we raised £16,657.87.  This magnificent sum will be divided between the East Anglian Air Ambulance and the Churches of all who raised the money. Thank you, again, to all who took part and made it such a successful day.

 We are delighted to announce that next year’s Charge and Picnic will be held at Wolterton Hall whose new owners (Peter Sheppard and Keith Day) have generously invited us to enjoy their grounds.  Wolterton Hall was built for the first Lord Walpole in the 1740s. It lies in the Parish of Wickmere with Wolterton between Aylsham and Cromer.  The view from the Hall, looking out over the lawns and to the lake across the route we will be taking, has been described as the finest view in Norfolk!
All are welcome for another great event on the May Bank Holiday, Monday, 1st May 2017, again setting off at 11 am. 
All are welcome to walk or to run or you can just come and enjoy the picnic and entertainment.  We will again have a circuit of 2.5 miles so that you can choose your distance with a challenge to the fittest to run or walk four circuits (10 miles). 

As details and plans are developed, you will be able to find regular updates at: www.dioceseofnorwich.org/charge
With renewed thanks and very best wishes.

John Ashe
Archdeacon of Lynn

Sandringham and West Newton and Flitcham Primary Schools Help the Needy and Pigs at Castle Rising!

Both schools in our parish have recently celebrated Harvest Festival at Castle Rising, West Newton and Flitcham. Money was donated for WaterAid and food donated for Kings Lynn Food Bank. 

A sterling effort from both schools!!

Year 6 Flitcham pupils oversee the Food Bank donations 

Year 6 Flitcham pupils oversee the Food Bank donations 

Rare breed pigs joined in the Harvest celebrations with Sandringham and West Newton pupils in Castle Rising. The pigs were NOT donated to Kings Lynn Food bank!!!

Rare breed pigs joined in the Harvest celebrations with Sandringham and West Newton pupils in Castle Rising. The pigs were NOT donated to Kings Lynn Food bank!!!

Sandringham and West Newton pupils say hello to the pigs in attendance at Castle Rising Harvest Festival!

Sandringham and West Newton pupils say hello to the pigs in attendance at Castle Rising Harvest Festival!

A Jolly Joint Day Out!

The 2 schools, Sandringham and West Newton and Flitcham had a joint day out at Sandringham on Friday 23rd September. After activities in the park and a picnic lunch all the children with teachers and some parents gathered in the Sandringham church for a short service of blessing for the new partnership between the schools. With 140 children and 50 adults Sandringham church was as full as it has ever been. It was a very happy occasion on a glorious September day.


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A plea!

As you know we regularly collect for the Kings Lynn food bank. I noticed in the paper last week, they were appealing for more donations to stock up for Autumn and Winter. They urgently need UHT milk, cereal and tinned food such as tomatoes, meat and fruit. It would be lovely if we could support this appeal generously.

Sandringham Flower Show 2016

The church was open and very busy for the Sandringham Flower Show on the 27th July. A dedicated team of church volunteers served tea and cake for the many visitors and over £4000 was raised for church funds. Our thanks to all who worked so hard on the day.

Photos of Paul Gizmondi's ordination in St Pauls Cathedral

Paul was ordained in St Pauls Cathedral on 2nd July and was licenced to work in our group of parishes by the Bishop of Lynn on 24th July in Wolferton Church. He will be dividing his time between Holy Trinity Sloane Street and here, spending 3 weeks and 1 weekend in London and 1 week and 3 weekends in Norfolk. His London Sunday is the first in the month so apart from then he will be regularly helping our present team to lead services in the group.

Entering the Cathedral

Spectacular birds eye view!

The Ordination.