Church News

The summer has passed with our regular monthly service alternating between morning Prayer and Holy Communion. Last week we were delighted to welcome the Bishop of Thetford who was visiting the Benefice. We had hoped to take him on a short walk around the area of the church, sadly the fields adjacent to the Church were ploughed just days before. Since as many of you know walking across fresh plough is just plain hard work I conducted a historical tour of the Church using the North wall which clearly indicates the various phases of the church’s construction from 12th Century onwards.

The church yard has done quite well although it did rather suffer from the very dry May and June so the variety of species flowering was reduced compared to previous years. We did manage some 15 Pyramidal Orchids, sadly the Bee Orchids again did not appear which is sad since at one time they were quite common up there, they are though know to be very fickle. We have now cut all the long grass so it is all looking very neat and tidy.

The second weekend of September was the annual Norfolk Churches Cycle ride. The team all took turns to man the church and welcome those visiting. Being on the southern edge of Norfolk we tend not to get too many but as always whoever comes gets a warm welcome and a cold or hot drink if they wished to keep them going.

Next fund raising event will be a talk by Richard Gibson from the 100t Bomb Group Museum on 21st October in the Thorpe Abbotts Village Hall (IP21 4HS) on the Bomb Group’s impact on Thorpe Abbotts and the local area. Much looking forward to this to hear how the village was before the airfield was built and how the Bomb Group impacted on it and local area. As normal we will have bar,  light supper and warm welcome will be on offer all for £7. Interested in coming along? Tickets will be avialable from


About All Saints Thorpe Abbotts

Living in Thorpe Abbotts I am the Secretary to the PCC, manage the churchyard conservation area and write regularly for the Parish Magazine.
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