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Latest News 2018

Burns Night January 25th 2018

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For the second year we held the Clippesby Church Burn's Night Celebration at Acle Bridge Inn. As always it was a sell-out and a very enjoyable evening. We had a delicious Scottish-themed dinner followed by the usual speeches and a raffle in aid of Clippesby Church.


Our Aberdonian kiltie, Donald Blair, addressed the haggis and John Carter 'piped' it in on his keyboard. The proposers of toasts were as eloquent as ever, Ron Lindsay proposed the toast to 'The Immortal Memory' in the novel form of a quiz and Chris Wallace toasted 'The Lassies' with Pam Spychal responding. Sara and Jane's 'Scottish Raffle' raised £140.00 for the Church. Altogether a jolly and successful evening.

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Valentines Weekend Exhibiion  in the church 10th  - 11th February

We have just dismantled our annual exhibition which happens around February the 14th. this was organised by the Clippesby Church Fund-raising Team of Sara, Jane & Rachael who had done a superb eye-catching display interspersed with floral arrangements. The Norfolk firm of McCarthys

was featured together with a series of famous Norfolk people.


There was Elizabeth Fry, Edith Cavell, Anna Sewell, Harriet Martineau, Mother Julian, Princess Diana, Delia Smith and two lifeboatmen, Cromer's Henry Blogg & Caister's Jimmy Haylett. Various friends had helped to research and put the profiles together. This theme could easily expand to include so many more famous Norfolk characters.


Sunday morning began with a bit of excitement as we welcomed Radio Norfolk's Treasure Quest searching for their second clue of the day which they found amongst the Caister Lifeboat memorabilia the mention of our event on local radio brought in visitors to have a look at what was going on and enjoy a hot drink and homemade cakes, also a good old mardle. We were pleased with the day, we like putting on these weekends - our next one is in October - to encourage appreciation of our very beautiful and historic little church and in an attempt to foster or rekindle a community spirit in our village of Clippesby.

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Posted 11th March 2018

Lent Course


On Friday lunchtime through Lent a benefice group meet together for a simple lunch followed by a study of Mark's gospel. The Revd. Howard Daubney leads the discussion and most people join in.

Participants only just fit round Jean's table but if more should come we shall just widen the circle.

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Posted 12th March 2018

Clippesby Church Coffee & Chat

Our friendly neighbourhood policeman came to say goodbye, sadly  his job is being axed at the end of the month; he has been a very visible presence in the village. We wish him luck for the future.


A couple came  who were staying in Clippesby, the wife, Helen, was the daughter of  the Revd.  William Sinnett Davies who was Rector of  Clippesby from 1938 to 1946, Janet remembered the family well and once she and Helen started reminiscing  about their childhood memories of each other and people they both knew they hardly paused for breath. It was an unexpectedly special little gathering.


One never really knows who will pop in for a cuppa and a mardle, on occasions there are only a few of us, for we live in a tiny village, but sometimes neighbours from Thurne, Repps, Martham or Rollesby join us, everyone is very welcome; Diane and Thelma make tea and coffee and kindly wash up too!

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April 12th 2018


GY Tree Services Working in Clippesby Churchyard Pollarding Three Limes

It was about  twenty-five years ago when the huge Lime trees in our churchyard were last pollarded. The photos on the right show tree surgeons from Gt. Yarmouth Borough Council working very precariously. They tackled it all by climbing without the aid of cherrypickers, we think they were really fearless. They did an excellent job.

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Christening of baby Isaiah John in the ancient font of St. Peter's Church, Clippesby.


The family, friends, parents and godparents gathered together in Clippesby Church to witness the Revd. Sandy Mitchell baptising Isaiah in the font that has been used to christen Clippesby children (and adults) for over five hundred years.

April 30th 2018

Lucky Friday 13th  Music in the Garden  Evening picnic at Stokesby.  

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Stokesby Evening Picnic

Everyone spoken to agreed that this latest musical picnic evening was the best ever. The Strummers are great to listen to and, apart from a break for a bit of instruction in line dancing , they played all evening.. Pamela's garden looked lovely despite the drought and the weather was perfect and we all had a super, relaxing time.

Thanks to Pam, Strummers and all.


Sunday 29th July.       Garden Party, Clippesby Hall


After weeks of wall to wall sunshine and a long drought Sunday's weather was rainy and blustery so the Garden Party moved into the Muskett Arms -our thanks to Lee -but here on the parched lawn is Dave who stayed put with his shellfish stall. This was an innovation for Clippesby; tempting pots of prawns, cockles and jellied eels all ready to eat. For the shellfish lover it was a delicious array. Thank you Dave & Marie.

Grateful thanks too to the Fund-raising Team and their kind helpers for a very successful & jolly afternoon.

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The Christening of Ezra Simon Clarke


Young Noah and his parents brought baby brother Ezra to be Christened by Revd Sandy in Clippesby Church, just like Noah had been two years before.

It was a lovely gathering of mostly young people, with children and babies, all welcoming Ezra into the fellowship of Christ's Church and promising to support him throughout his life.

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Photos and report

Final Church Garden Party for 2018


Thankfully the sun shone, the holiday visitors came and we all had fun. People crowd round the stalls and there is fierce competition for the games involving a bit of skill, the Bean Bags, Hoopla, Buttons and Marbles, parents against children they are afraid may beat them, but all in a happy spirit of friendly rivalry.

Well done to The Fund-raising Team for another successful event.

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16th September 2018   Harvest

Farmer Sally from Repps-cum-Bastwick came to take our service as once more we met to celebrate the harvest of the land.


'All is safely gathered in' for which we gave our grateful thanks to the Lord of the harvest for the bounty of the land and for the glorious summer that we enjoyed with sunshine day after day.


Following the service we ate a simple harvest lunch in the church.


The annual ‘Harvest of a Quiet Eye’ exhibition took place in Clippesby Church over the weekend.


This year’s reflective look back included a tribute display to those whose names appear on our "Parish of Clippesby’s Roll of Honour who faithfully served their King and Country in the Great War – 1914 –1919"

The exhibition featured pictures painted by the children of Fleggburgh School. It also commemorated the 100 years of the Suffragette Movement.

Tea, coffee and homemade refreshments were available. There was no charge but donations for St Peter’s Church were gratefully received.

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Posted 18th October 2018

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We welcome you Steven and Emma and we earnestly hope that you and your children will be happy living amongst us.


We look forward to our future ministry together as we serve our parishes. Rest assured that we will assist you in every way that we can and please bear with us in our limitations.


This will be an exciting time for our Benefice . . . watch this space!

The Revd. Karen Rayner


Sadly our dear friend and late Rector passed away peacefully on September 30th after a long illness fought with bravery and dignity.

The Revd. Karen's funeral service was in St. Mary's Church, Martham it was the most beautiful and spiritual service.


Despite Karen's time as our Priest-in-Charge being cut short by her cruel illness the legacy of her ministry will live on.


Karen set an example to us in the way she lived her life of  open and all-embracing welcome; her and Mike's generous hospitality for various meetings and courses surrounded us with warmth and friendship.


We are grateful for  the teaching we received from Karen which will continue to be an inspiration to us; how fortunate we were to have known her.

The Royal Maundy and Jean's visit to Windsor.



The amazing chance meeting and a glimpse into a small piece of our local history

Jolyon and Lt.Col Ray Giles (81) Windsor Chapel interior