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Latest news in brief ~ 2016/17

November 1st

Coffee and chat hour in the church


Fuelled by home-made cakes with coffee or tea, this revealed some latent talent and was greatly enjoyed by the modellers.  The theme was "Anything loosely connected with Christmas"

October 31st


Jean, our Church Warden/Treasurer/Secretary/Website Co-editor and general co-ordinator of everything, gave us a chance to see her wearing her BEM medal at a tea party organised by her family and friends

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29th September

A fantastic sunset over the reservoir

Photo by Carrie Spencer

1st October

Contrasting  sky over Clippesby one mid-afternoon

Photo by Carrie

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30th October

Edmund Holmes our harmonium restorer tells us that the harmonium will be ready in time for Christmas!

November 19th


Organ restoration: nearly finished; it will be coming back very soon! Latest photos here.  Anyone interested in how things work, and what has been involved in this restoration, will find the sequence of photos fascinating.

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19th November photos

December 6th

Coffee and chat hour in the church


Making paper angels proved a bit challenging in the time, but we achieved a few which now for a while join last month's plasticine models to  adorn the church.  Thanks to Jean for the coffee, tea, and delicious buttered loaf-cake.

December 8th

The harmonium arrives!


Brought back to its home by Edmund and his wife after its restoration,  and being tried by our merry organist, who looks delighted, as we all are.

The harmonium will be making its debut, after having been silent for decades, this very Sunday, at the Communion Service here at 10.45

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December 13th/14th

The church is being decorated for Christmas, and promises to look beautiful.

Carols by Candlelight tomorrow (15th) at 7.30 bringing you equally beautiful music.

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Clippesby Knit-ivity

by Diane

Thelma's visitor

A littler visitor to Thelma's garden

January 6th 2017


We launched our new-look Home and Menu pages, which we hope will make navigating easier in the future  


At present forgive us if you stumble across some incomplete pages or inaccurate links.  It will all get sorted as quickly as we can.

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January 18th 2017


Brief sunset seen from Clippesby 4.30 pm

Burns Supper this Weds (25th Jan)

Have you LOOKED and BOOKED?

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Valentine's Weekend  February 11th & 12th

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The Clippesby Church Fun-raising Team set up this year's exhibition "with a little help from their friends" to make it eye-catching and of absorbing interest.

Well-chosen wedding gowns showed changes in fashion over the last half century.

The  exhibits illustrating Norfolk words were really amusing and we Norfolk dumplings enjoyed pitting our wits against Jane's Norfolk quizzes.

Entries in Sara's project entitled "What Clippesby Church means to me" brought out some lovely reminiscences, which we will feature soon.

The church looked beautiful with Fran's lovely arrangements of flowers generously donated by Tesco.  We had Cecily's jolly parcels, Jane & Rachaels tombola & Ann's Valentine fruit cake

Monies raised were £422.00 a marvellous result to cheer a chilly weekend

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March 19th

"When's the happy day, Mavis?"

"I think it's next week, Maud."

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March 26th


Mothering Sunday Service at Clippesby,

Christine brought simnel cake.

Some of the congregation enjoying the cake plus liquid refreshments

April 27th

Our Churchwarden, Pamela

Minett, celebrates the publication of the 7th Edition of her book "Child Care & Development"

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Anne & Mark Knights had their wedding ring blessed by Rev. Sandy Mitchell

May 4th       Extra Coffe & Chat


Those who were at the Coffee & Chat hour on Tuesday May 2nd decided it would be nice to have another soon - so they have planned an extra  one for Tuesday 23rd May. (This is purely a socializing event, not a fund raiser.)

May 11th


Jean gave the Clippesby Annual Report to the Fleggburgh Parish Council.  Read it here


Basil Ransome sent us photos showing his view of  the Village Sign dedication .

View them below the report here

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June 15th


Thank you to Henry Alston

/Billockby Farms for restoring the footpath from Clippesby Village sign towards Fleggburgh (Mill Lane)

June 28th


We in Clippesby feel immensely honoured to have been selected as one of three churches to be featured in a book to be published by Garfield Weston celebrating 60 years of country-wide grant-giving. Our architect Iain Walker has revisited the church and sent us some new photos, to be submitted for the book.  Read more . . .

Thelma's open garden and Flamenco show, 24th July.


The splendid amount of £777 was raised, to be shared between Motor Neurone Disease and Cancer charities.  Congratulations and thanks to Thelma & family, and helpers.

Full report and flamenco pictures here.

Posted 26th July

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Dancing in the rain . . .

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Posted 1st August


Congratulations to Paul & Verna Guise-Smith and their daughter Lauren on the birth yesterday of  Fin(lay), a little brother for Aria

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Posted 27th August


BBC TV weather man visits Martham


Not strictly Clippesby news, but many local residents and visitors might be interested in going to this event.

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Norfolk Churches "Cycle Ride"


This year our fundraisers are walking Norwich churches. Here they are, all smiles at the start of their day.

Posted 9th September

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Our new church path is on its way ~ thanks to the generosity of a Big Lottery grant, and the industry of  Jonathan Molineux

Posted 14th September


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Members of Great Yarmouth Round Table did a sponsored sky dive on Tuesday and raised £5,000 for the charity Nelson's Journey. One of the intrepid divers was our own Lee, pictured here on the left with a friend.

Congratulations and our admiration!


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Congratulations to John & Yvonne McCarthy who celebrated their 60years of marriage with a party for their friends & family, their bridesmaids & pageboy

  Golden Wedding

Congratulations to Rod & Thelma Pointer on reaching their 50th year of marriage

Posted 9th October

Our lovely improved church path,which is now very accessible, was dedicated at our service today by the Revd. Michael Pickering. He cut the tape and sprinkled the path with water from the Holy well at Walsingham.

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October 2017


Our church path,

before and after.

We conratulate great grandmother, Jean, grandparents, Johnnie and Sue Lindsay and parents, Lee and Hannah Lindsay-Clarke on the birth of Isaiah John on the 27th of October in the James Paget Hospital, Gt. Yarmouth.


Posted 29th October 2017

Clippesby Church's Autumn Bazaar was held on Saturday, 11th November in Fleggburgh Village Hall. A two minute silence was observed at 11am before the proceedings began.  

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Posted 13th November

Thanks to  forward planning and willing help This was its usual success. Success measured in several different ways; as a fund-raiser  £800.00 is an excellent result; as a get-together being supported by friends from surrounding villages it was great fun and as a way to spend three jolly hours doing some good in company with other like-minded people  what could be better?

Carols by Candlelight  - Clippesby Church  - 13th December 

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It was a very different experience for the Clippesby Christmas Choir this year as we had to sing without the help of our conductor Pauline who was unable to be with us for health reasons.


It was lovely to welcome Sally Mitchell to take our service again and Anne Brookes to play for us once more, and Anne brought three of her music pupils to accompany the congregation hymns  (I understand Anne is playing for ten carol services this December) Plus, of course, it was great to see so manyof our friends both old and new filling the pews.


After Sally brought the service to a close Sue Pickles read a letter written by a young Canadian soldier to his parents describing the Christmas Day he spent as a guest of the Bower family at Clippesby Hall in 1942 when he was stationed in Clippesby. Then Geoffery Hewitt lapsed into Norfolk to give an account of a school Nativity Play.and the choir rounded things off with their version of 'Here we come a Wassailing' as the 'ladies of this place' brought round their laden trays of hot mince pies and scrumptious mulled Clippesby cyder.


The churchwardens offer their grateful thanks to everyone who helped in any way to bring forth yet another Clippesby Carol Service.