Flitcham and West Newton Pupils Clypp the Church for Mothering Sunday.

Both Flitcham and West Newton schools hold their Mothering Sunday services during the week before. At each church the children all hold hands and form a circle around the outside of the church. With the help of parents and staff we normally manage to get all the way around. We then give 3 cheers for the church.

This medieval practice is known as 'Clypping the Church' and shows respect and love for our Mother church which cares for us through out our lives.

I am always keen to remind the children that it is Mothering Sunday and not Mothers Day. So as well as giving thanks for our mothers, we also remember all those who care for us and for the Church.

Prize Giving February 5th February 2017 West Newton

On Sunday 5th February, children from the Sunday school and choristers in the Sandringham choir were presented by Her Majesty with prizes for good attendance through out 2016.

It is a very happy event, much anticipated by the children and completed with the Sunday school children performing their annual play. This year it was Jonah and the Whale.

Holy Week and Easter 2017

GOOD FRIDAY 14th 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

For more details of other services in the group over the Holy week and Easter, please see the Services page with in this website.

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.

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. 

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.