The church building is open daily, even during this crisis

As you will all be aware, we are in unprecedented times, with a global-scale health emergency the like of which has never been seen before. This means that life has already changed, and it means the church has to change, too.

With immediate effect, all acts of public worship are suspended. So until further notice, there will be no public services in any of our churches. However, thanks to technology, we will be live-streaming an act of worship each Sunday at 10:30am – details to follow.

All meetings, groups and events planned for the foreseeable future will still be happening, but they will be online, using Zoom, Facebook Live or Youtube – watch out for the links.

Although public acts of worship are cancelled, the church is still very much alive. Your church building remains open for private prayer, quiet time or lighting a candle.

Very soon, we will be launching a helpline number based in Cawston, but covering all of the villages in this group of parishes. This will be a number people can call to get additional help with shopping if they are self isolating, or just a friendly ear if they are bored-stiff from staring at 4 walls – this is being developed in conjunction with a wide range of people in the village including the school and local businesses.

Though we clearly face tough times, it is fantastic to see people pulling together. Remember to support our local businesses and keep abreast of the latest advice from the government website.

Revd. Andrew Whitehead

The great news is that after 8 months of closure due to our extensive repairs project, the church is due to reopen to the public on Monday 9th September. Though there is still work to do in the church, most of the building is accessible, and visitors are welcome. The church will be open daily from 9:15am until dusk.

We’re all but finished with our amazing project! In the last couple of weeks, the protection on the rood screen has been removed and the final parts of our project are beginning to take shape.

On Sunday 11th August, Bishop Jonathan will join us for a service of celebration where he will bless the work that’s been done. We’ll also have the chance to celebrate with a barbecue, a licensed bar and traditional games in the churchyard.

All are welcome to join us in celebration at 10:30am on Sunday 11th.

Please note the church remains closed during the week. After our next site meeting, we hope to give an indication of when we will be open again.

A 20-page full colour printed guidebook is now available in Church. Pick up your copy for just £3.

Read More →

A 16-page full colour printed guidebook to the world famous Cawston Rood Screen is now available in Church. Pick up your copy for just £3.

Read More →

We’re pleased to say the the majority of our repairs project is now complete. Our completely rebuilt clerestory windows are now finished, and and the new rainwater downpipes are gradually appearing along the nave. What you can’t see is the new rainwater drainage system which is safely tucked away underground. The patches of new tarmac on the churchyard path show where two of our new rainwater soakaways have been installed.

The project is scheduled to be finished in August, and work will continue in the chancel until then. The rood screen remains underneath a protective box; we don’t want it to get damaged during the work! The organ is also wrapped up until we can be sure all the dust has settled.

Fantastic news for villagers is that the path through the churchyard is now re-opened, but as the work inside the building continues, the church remains closed to visitors, though we will soon reopen the church for Sunday services.

On Sunday 11th August at 10:30am there will be a service of celebration with the Bishop of Lynn, and this will be followed by a garden party in the churchyard – all are welcome.

It’s amazing just how fast a team of scaffolders can work! In the space of two days, the vast majority of the scaffolding in church has come down. The picture below is from yesterday evening, but already the church looks very different again.

As someone who’s had the privilege to ascend the scaffolding on many occasions to look at the angels and ponder, it’s been quite sad to see the scaffolding disappearing. It represents the end of a major phase of the project, and the conclusion of an amazing opportunity to spend time up there.

But it’s all hands on deck now, as we get the church ready for a very important memorial service on Saturday. That doesn’t mean the project is finished – far from it – but it does mean that we are getting close to being able to have our Sunday worship back in church. Alas, it will be a little while longer before the church is open to visitors again, but watch this space for updates.

It seems like a long time since the roof of the church was last visible from the floor of the nave. Our extensive repairs have required comprehensive scaffolding, and that scaffolding has given us a precious period of close access to the angel roof. Since just after Christmas 2018, a full deck of boards has created a false floor at the level of the hammer beams. Today, though, the boards have come up. Our resident bats need to spread their wings again, so the scaffolding has to come out; starting with the top level of boards. There’s still work to do on the windows, but that can be done from the scaffolding that remains. And so this was the view this evening, as the roof was revealed to us once more.