Both Sandringham and West Newton school and Flitcham school celebrated Harvest by having services in church. A good haul was contributed by the pupils and taken away by the Kings Lynn Food Bank after both of the services.
An organ recital was held at Flitcham church on the 20th September by Julian Haggett, organist of St Peter, Mancroft. The event, to raise funds for Flitcham church, was an enjoyable and well supported evening. We are very grateful to Julian for playing at the event and giving such an interesting and varied program and to Avril Wright for organising the event. A well needed £1000 was raised from the evening.
Visitors to Sandringham Church and Flower Festival were kept refreshed and hydrated by the hard work and effort of volunteers manning the church refreshments tent on what was one of the hottest days ever, on record.
Jackie Christensen, the Teas and Tent organiser wrote, following 4 busy days…
“I thought I’d let you know that we had an amazing day for flower show church teas last Wednesday considering the truly arduous conditions. It was so hot from start to finish and we were all melting in the tent with 3 tea urns full of boiling water and a kettle! But all our wonderful volunteers over the 4 days before, during and after the show were absolutely marvellous, everyone single one is such a hero and I am so proud to be able to call them all friends.
We had such a happy day and new friendships have been forged which I think is more important than the actually fundraising aspect. However thankfully we had a safe day, with volunteers and our visitors alike staying calm, happy and relaxed throughout the day. I spoke to lots of our visitors, several who come back year after year to visit us at church on flower show day, the main comments being what a fantastic cup of tea in such welcoming and beautiful surroundings.
To cap it all we raised a whopping £3008 net for church funds, which considering the hot weather was a fantastic testament to everyone’s hard work!”
Jackie has been the lead organiser for church teas for several years and her effort, along with her incredible team of volunteers have raised over £20,000 for church funds during her time but Jackie has now decided the time is now right to hand the reins over to someone else for next year.
Jackie, we salute you and thank you for all you have committed. And, a heart felt welcome to each and everyone of the team who gave up their time, as ever, in aid of keeping the church funds coming in.
A stud visit was organised to raise funds for Sandringham church. The Stud Manager, David Somers, kindly took a group of 50 people round the stud explaining in some detail all that goes on there. This was followed by a glass of wine and light refreshments.
It was a lovely evening and much enjoyed by all who attended. £1030 was raised for church funds. Our thanks to David and to all of those who made this possible.
“And it’s off into the world I go……Keep me travelling along with you.”
Year 6 leavers from both schools in the Sandringham Federation were presented with a Bible during a church service celebrating the closing of a chapter at primary school and embracing the start of a new chapter going on to secondary school.
We wish them all the best of luck as they go off into new and exciting times.
Rogationtide when the Church has traditionally offered prayer for God’s blessings on the fruits of the earth and the labours of those who produce our food.
The word “rogation” is from the Latin rogare, “to ask.” Historically, the Rogation Days (the three days before Ascension Day) were a period of fasting and abstinence, asking for God’s blessing on the crops for a bountiful harvest. Less of us today directly derive our livelihood from the production of food, yet it is good to be reminded of our dependence upon those who do and our responsibility for the environment.
Traditionally a common feature of Rogation days was the ceremony of beating the bounds, in which a procession of parishioners, led by the minister and churchwardens would proceed around the boundary of their parish and pray for its protection in the forthcoming year. As it is no longer practical to follow exact boundaries many services will be held that have a focus on specific elements of creation such as livestock, fields, orchards and gardens.
The pupils of both Sandringham/West Newton and Flitcham schools enjoyed a sunny morning appreciating the countryside, looking at trees, crops and nature.
The photo below shows the children standing around a tree called the sequoiadendron giganteum, (giant redwood tree) which produces a soft, spongy like bark. If hit with a fist or hand, the bark cause very little pain or damage to the object hitting it! The children certainly gave it their best shots trying to prove the theory incorrect!
The Diocese of Norwich have announced that Graham Usher has been appointed as the new Bishop of Norwich following the retirement of Bishop Graham James in 2018.
Bishop Graham Usher is currently the Bishop of Dudley in the Diocese of Worcester. He will be formally enthroned as the Bishop of Norwich in the late autumn.
We look forward to welcoming to Sandringham next Christmastime.
More details of the appointment are the Diocese website or click here to read.
Palm Sunday came early to Flitcham school (as term finishes 2 weeks before Easter). Following a service of Holy Communion in the church, the children held their palm crosses aloft in remembrance of Our Lord’s death and resurrection at Easter. After the service the pupils processed back to school with their crosses which will then be taken home at the end of the day.
Sandringham and West Newton school held their annual Mothering service at West Newton church on the 29th March. It was a lovely sunny morning. After a short service in church everybody went outside for the clypping of the church. This is a 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 28th March. Sadly, they weren't so blessed with sunny weather. Flitcham church is much larger so it was a real stretch but we managed it there as well!
The children from Wolferton Nursery and the pupils from Flitcham Primary School enjoyed their nativity production
The Sandringham church stewards enjoyed their annual Christmas lunch at the Sandringham Visitor Centre on Friday 30th November.
As always the meal was delicious and a big thank you to the chefs and staff at the visitor centre for all their hard work.
On the evening of December 3rd, Sandringham church was full for one of the Norfolk Hospice’s Light Up A Life services. During the service of carols and readings, each person can come forward and light a candle in memory of someone who has died.
A collection was taken for the work of the hospice. Tea and mince pies were served after the service.
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.
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.
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.