Just a single Poppy at All saints Thorpe Abbotts

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October Mardler

The Summer

Well what a summer we have had, wall to wall sunshine day after day!! Now a couple of years ago we had promise of a BBQ summer which turned into one of the wettest ever! This one however rather crept up on us. I cannot remember seeing the countryside (or my Garden) looking so brown. It seemed like no amount of watering was working. You would think that it would have been a perfect time for tomatoes, sadly I am told that it was far too hot. Apparently they do not like temperatures above 30 deg which rather bizarrely stops the toms from ripening. Happily September and August saw a return to relatively normal temperatures so all things, apart from my beans, have recovered.

The last really hot summer was way back in 1976 with the countryside all about going very crispy. All bar the gardens in Thorpe Abbotts who had access to the pump which in those days still drew water. It had been refurbished a few years before and had benefitted from being rebored as a result of a water table drop due to the number of bore holes servicing the Airfield. Piped water only cam to the village in 1952/3 when each of the houses were provided with a single stand pipe which sat on the verge at the front of the house. I believe these were still in use when the Estate sold off the houses in the 1970/80’s.

Well it seems the autumn is setting fair so far which means that by the time you read this it will be howling down with rain!!!!  Enjoy

Church News

Over the summer we put out a plea for some help with the running of the church and churchyard. Thank you very much indeed to those who have offered their help. As it happens the mowing task has not been onerous as the mower did not have to come out from May through till the end of September!!!! We hope to have a cleanup day later in the year when the clearing of the boundary wall will continue and we will have a go at the ivy on the church which has had a very good summer.

Back in July we were delighted to welcome a visit from the Round Towers Society who included us in their Friday tours. We had over 50 there and it was fascinating to hear the experts tell us all about the church. Mind you with a building over 900 years old there have been many changes, alterations or rebuilds. For instance it is clear that during the 15thCentury there was a major extension to the west and then the building of the tower. The skill lies in being able to spot what and when alterations have happened.

Coming up we have our Harvest Festival on 14thOctober when we will celebrate what a wonderful summer we have had with a family service at 4 o’clock. Following on from this we have our Remembrance Service at 9.30am on Sunday 11thNovember. Finally we have decided to put on a Race Night in November so put the 10thin your diary more details to follow but definitely not one to be missed!



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Holy Week at All Saints and Benefice Churches

Monday 26th March: Reading of St Mark’s Gospel St Peter and St Pauls Brockdish 6.30pm

Tuesday 27th March: Evening Devotional at All Saints Thorpe Abbotts at 6.30pm

Good Friday 30th March: Devotional Half Hours:

St Peter’s and St Pauls Brockdish 11.00am

St Mary’s Redenhall 12.00pm

St Peter’s Needham 1.00pm

St Andrew’s Scole 2.00pm

All Saints Thorpe Abbotts 3.00pm

St Leonard’s Billingford 4.00pm

Easter Day 1st April: Holy Communion at All Saints Thorpe Abbotts at 9.30am




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March Mardler

“Collected for the redemption of the English captives out of Turkish Bondage £9/5/6 December 1670.”

This is a hand-written note on the side of a page in the All Saints record of  management decisions made by the Church Officials known as the Vestry Book. Well what’s this all about I wondered?

Piracy and the taking of slaves had been a fact of life in the Mediterranean for over 300 years, the Mediterranean coastlines were at the mercy of Barbary pirates (corsairs) from the coast of North Africa, based mainly in the ports of Algiers, Tunis and Tripoli. Their number included not only North Africans but also English and Dutch privateers operating against Spain with the support of the English Government. Their aim was to capture slaves for the Arab slave markets in North Africa.

The Barbary pirates attacked and plundered as far north as the English Channel, Ireland, Scotland and Iceland, with the western coast of England almost being raided at will. It is estimated that along with raids along the coast that between 1677 and 1680 some 160 English ships were captured which would translate into a probable 7,000-9,000 able bodied souls taken into slavery in those years.

The English Government, unlike its Catholic neighbours, was slow to organise or finance the freeing of its nationals by payment of a ransom.  The English Church however did seek funds and the note in our Vestry Book is testament.

After an attack on Algiers by the British and Dutch in 1816 more than 4,000 Christian slaves were liberated and the power of the Barbary pirates was finally broken


Church News

The chestnut tree on the north side of th church yard lost a large bough in the autumn storms which indicated that the tree was deceased. Advice was sought which suggested that its time had come thus it was that a couple of weeks ago armed with chainsaws we it was taken down. It has opened up the church yard wonderfully and now the debate is whether we replace it and if so what with.

Easter will soon be on us. In the meantime of course we are in lent during which we do not have flowers in Church. During this time, lead by Lynda Mansfield, we have a Lent course run as a house group around the village. Probably the most important Christian event of the year Easter is quite early this year being the last weekend of March. We will hold an Easter Service at All Saints at 9.30am on Sunday 1st April, as always a very warm welcome awaits.




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All Saints Annual Quiz

Our Annual Quiz will take place in Thorpe Abbotts Village Hall on 27th January with the first question at 7.30 pm. Please see below our poster with all the details.

Poster quiz doc

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All Saints Carol Service

The 10th saw us all gather at All Saints for our Christingle Carol Service. It was lovely to welcome so many of the village both young and old. As the serrvice progressed so the Nativity Scene was built with youngsters coming up with the appropriate individuals. Once completed we had the handing out of christingles by Lynda Mansfield who was taking the service. All went well until during her explaination Lynda noticed each Christingle had only had three sticks as the apposed to 4 representing the 4 points of the compass and the 4 seasons, ours only had three….. which got a laugh.

Now onto the lighting of the candles, Lynda light her taper with the aim to light each Christingle in turn…..all of a sudden the taper took on the appearnce of a flame thrower!!!! much to the consternation of both the children and their parents. However order was restored with the candles being light from each other. Once all alight we had a lights out singing of Silent Night which was beautiful with all the children at the front with their candles safely alight.

Well as you might see by now it was a lovely service followed by mulled wine and festive comestibles so a chance for all to catch up which was lovely. Thank you so much to Lynda for masterminding it and Chris for the Christingles

Days to do before th big dy are getting few so my I close with our very best wishes to you and your families for a happy and family filled Christmas.

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Christmas Mardler

All Saints News

Well summer has passed and we are now well into winter. A summer highlighted by a visit by the Bishop of Thetford and the Church yard full of wild flowers.

On the 29thOctober we hosted the Benefice Service welcoming all from the 7 churches that now make up the Benefice which stretches from Redenhall up the Waveney Valley to Scole. A lovely service taken by Lynda Mansfield and Nigel with a very well filled church led by the benefice choir and of course David Hillier in fine form on the organ.

As I write it is the lead up to Remembrance Sunday on 12th November when we hold a service of Holy Communion with an Act of Remembrance. Jane Wood will read the names on our two WW1 and WW2 memorials and we all pause to reflect on those who laid down their lives for their country.

As you read this Christmas will be very much on the horizon with us all counting down the days! We will have our Carol Service at All Saints this year on 10th December at 4.00pm. Very much an all age event where the youngsters bring up the crib figures and we enjoy a good assortment of our favourite Carols, a selection of readings and of course festive fair to conclude. It is very much the most celebratory and family services we have and is always enjoyed so please do join us and get your Christmas off to a joyous start.

Once Christmas is over we have our Annual Quiz held as always in the Village Hall, this year on Saturday 27th January. I am already looking for something a little different to test the little grey cells, so be assured a fun night is in prospect. As always you might think you have the right answer but only my answer, which will also be right, gets a markJJ. We will get Christmas out of the way first before advertising.

Let me finish by wishing you all a very wondrous, fun, and laughter filled festive season from us all on the All Saints PCC.




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