Deanery Lent Services 2019

Journeying through Holy Week with Jesus in Luke’s Gospel.

Every Wednesday at 7 pm in the following locations.

13th March - St Edmund’s - Hunstanton. Luke 19, 29-40.

20th March - St Mary Magdalene - Sandringham. Luke 19, 45-48

27th March - St Nicholas - Dersingham. Luke 22, 7-23

3rd April - St Mary’s - Snettisham. Luke 22, 39-48

10th April - St Mary’s - Docking. Luke 22, 54-62.



 Palm Sunday 14th April

9.30 am Family Service                      Wolferton

9.30 am Holy Communion                Sandringham

11 am Mattins                                         Castle Rising             

3.30 pm Evensong                             West Newton                          

 Monday 15th April

10 am Holy Communion                   Sandringham

 Tuesday 16th April

10 am Holy Communion                   Castle Rising [at Trinity]

7 pm Holy Communion                    Flitcham

 Wednesday 17th April

10 am Holy Communion                   Wolferton


7 pm Holy Communion and Vigil    West Newton

GOOD FRIDAY 19th April

8.45 am           Assemble at Sandringham church for the Procession of the Cross and Pilgrim Walk to Hillington church. Everyone is very welcome to come on the walk.  These events are always better if there is a good crowd so do please try and support it.

Families would be very welcome to come along and if they feel they cannot stay for the service at Hillington church, that is fine. The walk is an event in its own right and not just a preamble to the service There will be refreshments served at Hillington church before the Good Friday service at 11 o’clock.  If you feel you cannot make the walk you are, of course, welcome to come just to the service in the church.

 EASTER DAY 21st April                    

8 am Holy Communion                     Castle Rising at Trinity

9.15 am Family Service                      West Newton Holy Communion                   Sandringham

11 am Family Service                         Flitcham

11.15 Mattins Hillington

Sandringham Churches' Bible Study Group - UPDATE!

Dear Bible Study Member,

I’m very much looking forward to continuing our exploration of Abraham’s life and legacy. Here’s the update....

Our next two studies on Abraham will be:

Tuesdays 7-9 pm

22nd January at Flitcham Primary Academy, Church Road, PE31 6BU. From the B1153, turn west onto Church Road, then about a tenth of mile turn right through the school’s entrance and proceed to the car park. (Tel.: 01485 600383)

5th February at Sally and Harry’s, Church Cottage, 43 Church Road, Flitcham, PE31 6BU. From the B1153, turn west onto Church Road. The entrance to Church Cottage is at the end, to the left of the churchyard. (Tel.: 01485 609099)

Wednesdays 7-9 pm

23rd January at Linda’s, The Old Stables, School Road, East Rudham, PE31 8RF. Approaching East Rudham from Hillington, as soon as you get to the green, turn right, almost back on yourself, into School Road (signposted on the flint wall). Linda's is the first property on the left, at the end of the flint wall. (Tel.: 01485 529188)

6th February at Fiona’s, Manor Farm House, Wolferton, PE31 6HA. From the Royal Station, after about 300 yards, bear right towards the Wolferton Stud. Just to the left of the Stud entrance is the house’s white 5-bar gate. Drive through it and close it behind you. Drive on and park behind the house. Enter through the back door on right side of the back of the house. (Tel. 01485 540651)

We will be studying the following Bible passages:

22 and 23 January: Genesis 18 (study guide chapter 7, “Speaking Face to Face”)

5 and 6 February: Genesis 22:1-19 (study guide chapter 9, “The Ultimate Test”)

Remember, for each study you may attend either the Tuesday or Wednesday meeting.

Dates for our Eastertide meetings

To avoid disappointment, please enter these dates in your diaries now!

Tuesday, 30th April

Wednesday, 1st May

Tuesday, 14th May

Wednesday, 15th May

Tuesday, 4th June

Wednesday, 5th June

Tuesday, 18th June

Wednesday, 19th June

Tuesday, 2nd July

Wednesday, 3rd July

See you soon,

Bob Nichols

T: 01485 609294

M: 07970 691118


Remembrance Sunday - The Centenary

We had good attendance at all the services held on Remembrance Sunday.

At 6 am, a piper played the Scottish lament, “The Battle’s o’er” to mark the time that the armistice was signed to come into force at 11 am on the 11th November 1918.

30 people had made the effort to be there after a very early start.

The 11 am services at Castle Rising and Sandringham were both well attended, both starting out at the war memorial before processing to the church for a service.

In the evening, at 7pm, we had an act of remembrance at Sandringham church before launching a rocket to signal the lighting of the beacon. The lighting of the beacon was part of a national program of beacons being lit to mark the end of hostilities.

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Visit by the Archbishop of Canterbury to the Diocese of Norwich

On the 9th November the Archbishop of Canterbury led a service at Kings Lynn Minster during his 2 day visit to the Diocese. It was well supported by local churches and by the primary schools in Kings Lynn where pupils led the singing.

The Archbishop then interviewed a Rwandan poet, Richard Benda, about his experience during the genocide in his country in 1994. During this interview, a poem of Richard’s was read out.

The first 2 verses were:

He was on a boy
eight or nine years - or thereabouts.
He was lying in a pool
of tan and ruby fluid.
He made as if to talk
only a painful hiss-
they’d severed the conduit.
Air could not be sound -
only shallow breath.

So I held his hand
and looked into his pure eyes:
I held his gaze.
Hurt, accusation and confusion
met mine.Still I held on.
Desperation drove away guilt-
why should a child’s last sight
be one of bearded barbarity,
greying savagery, wrinkled madness?
I tried to look human,
a kind adult face,
but what can a guilty gaze do
against a hundred murderous eyes,
a gentle squeeze against scarlet blades?

Although you might not think that this subject would be a good one for discussion with a group of primary school children, it did work really well. The Archbishop knows Rwanda well and combining this with having Richard who lived through the genocide and the very moving poem, made for a thought provoking occasion.


Bible Study Additional Study Groups

Dear Bible Study Group Member,
I write to confirm and report the results of our Group's discussion on the first evening of the current series of Bible studies. Our Wednesday evening group has become large enough to warrant becoming two groups meeting on separate evenings. Hence, the schedule for the rest of this series is as follows:

Tuesdays 7-9 pm

  • 6th November, at Flitcham Primary Academy, Church Road, PE31 6BU. Please park in the school's car park at the back. (NOTE : THE VENUE HAS CHANGED FROM THE ONE ANNOUNCED AT OUR FIRST MEETING)

  • 20th November (venue t.b.a.)

  • 22nd January (venue t.b.a.)

  • 5th February (venue t.b.a.)

Wednesdays 7-9 pm

  • 7th November, at Manor Farm House, Station Road, Wolferton, PE31 6HA. 

    • Directions: From the Royal Station, after about 300 yards, bear right towards the Wolferton Stud. Immediately to the left of the Stud entrance is the white 5-bar gate of the Manor Farm House (Fiona Petch's home). Drive through the gate and CLOSE THE GATE BEHIND YOU. Drive on and park behind the house. Entry to the house is through the door on right side of the back of the house, which is to the left of where you have parked. 

  • 21st November (venue t.b.a.)

  • 23rd January (venue t.b.a.)

  • 6th February (venue t.b.a.)

I will be leading both groups, and both will follow the same study plan. For the meetings on the 6th and 7th of November, we will be examining Genesis chapter 14, using chapter 3 of the study guide, "Going to battle" (pages 17-20).

I recommend choosing one of the two evenings for regular attendance but, of course, if in any week you need to miss one evening, you'll be welcome to attend the other to stay in the flow.  

It is gratifying and exciting to witness the growth of interest and participation in studying Holy Scripture in the Sandringham Group. Let's pray that both groups will flourish and bring further blessings to their attendees and to the Sandringham area.


01485 609294

The Old Rectory, Station Road, Hillington, King's Lynn, Norfolk, PE31 6DE, U.K.

35th Anniversary of the death of Squadron Leader Michael Stephens on Wolferton Marshes

On the 27th September we had an Act of Remembrance down on Wolferton Marshes to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the death of Squadron Leader Michael Stephens, when his Tornado crashed there in 1983.

The memorial had fallen into disrepair and has now been revamped and a new fence erected around the oak tree that was planted at the time.

As well as the present Group Captain of IX Squadron and a number of the current serving personnel, we also had the Group Captain who was in post at the time of the accident as well as the navigator who was able to eject and members of Michael Stephen’s family.

It was a rather moving ceremony on a lovely autumn day. There was also a fly past.


Dersingham Guides achieve Faith Awareness.

5 of the Dersingham Guides have recently completed their Faith Awareness badge partly at a family service where they arranged tea and coffee for the congregation as well as baking a selection of cakes.

As these 5 girls regularly attend Sunday School many of the parts of the badge were something they regularly covered. Other aspects included Drama, artwork, creative writing, learning about faith traditions and how those values are part of life today. The group also held discussions with their Guide Leader - Elizabeth Wheeler about their faith and that of others whose faith was important to the way they led their life. Learning about organisations who promote positive support for others and finally writing their own prayer and sharing it with others.

Well Done Girls!!!

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Concert given by the Choir of Sandringham Parish Church - 16th June 2018

The Sandringham Choir gave a concert in church on Saturday 16th June. The programme included both sacred anthems and secular traditional songs. 
A large audience supported the choir and a retiring collection was made in aid of Camps International, supporting community, wildlife and environmental projects.
After the concert, refreshments were enjoyed outside the church giving the opportunity to meet friends and people who were visiting the Sandringham Estate for the day.

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Rogationtide - West Newton and Flitcham pupils give thanks.

Both West Newton and Flitcham schools celebrated Rogationtide with walks in the countryside in their local area, looking at the crops, trees and hedgerows. Shown below is West Newton school pupils looking at the Carp in one of the lakes at Sandringham House. At Rogationtide, we give thanks for the beauty of God’s creation and ask for his blessing on the crops in the fields.

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Wolferton Coffee Morning 24/03/2018 - An amazing success!

Our morning started at the Social Club at 8am & by 9.50am  people were arriving & the rest of the morning is a blur as Wolferton Social Club was a sea of people.
We carried on with a steady flow of people leaving and arriving by the time we settled down to call the huge raffle the Club was full of people & an amazing atmosphere.

My heartfelt thanks goes to my family and friends for all their help, I couldn't have done it without them.

Thank you to everyone who came and supported the event it is very much appreciated & all the hard work was worthwhile as we raised the unbelievable sum of £1,061 in two hours.  The charities this year were Happy Memories Group (for people living with dementia and their carers) and St. Peter's Church, Wolferton .

Thanks again to everyone for their support.

Jacquie Dennis

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Mothering Friday service for Sandringham and West Newton school at the church

Sandringham and West Newton school held their annual Mothering Friday service at West Newton church on the 9th March. It was a lovely sunny morning after an overnight frost. After a short service in church everybody went outside for the clypping of the church. This is medieval custom at which everyone holds hands and makes a loop around the church in order to show our love and respect for mother church.  With parents and staff members as well as the children, we were easily able to completely surround the church! we then have 3 cheers for the church. The service finishes with prayers in the churchyard.

Flitcham school did their service on Thursday. Flitcham church is much larger so it was  a real stretch but we managed it there as well!