• St. Andrew's in the early morning sunshine.St. Andrew’s stands at the entrance to the Norfolk village of Great Ryburgh, close to the bridge over the River Wensum. This round tower church with Saxon origins is a distinctive feature of a village that is essentially a working community with a maltings, some light industry and a shop that has been retained as a community venture. 

    The cruciform design of the church building is unusual, each arm  of the cross being almost equal in length.The reordering of the Chancel in 1912 by Sir Ninian Comper gives the building a wonderful feeling of space and light as well as a flexibility of use which the parish uses to full advantage for its services, community events and concerts. 

    St. Andrew's, Great Ryburgh is part of the Upper Wensum Benefice. The Revd. Robin Stapleford looks after seven parishes with the help of reader, Richard Hirst and a number of retired clergy who give generously of their time. 

    Visitors are welcome every day of the week.

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  • WHAT IS GOING ON THIS MONTH?

    SERVICES: 

    Sunday, 7th May                   10.30 a.m               Morning Worship and Crafty Church

    Friday, 19th May                   9.30 a.m                Short  BCP Eucharist in St. Thomas's Chapel 

    Sunday,  21st May                10.30 a.m            Sung Eucharist  for Rogation Sunday

    Sunday,  28th May                10.30 a.m            Sung Eucharist 

    Come and join us, even if you are not familiar with our services! 


    RINGING:     Practices every Tuesday and Thursday at 7.30 p.m.  Sunday ringing  half an hour before the Sunday service.

    ST. ANDREW'S SINGERS: Rehearsals in church on Wednesday  afternoons at  2 p.m. 


    EVENTS:    

    BellsWW1 COMMEMORATIVE PEALS: 3rd and 10th May  2  - 5 p.m.   This would have been yet another sad month for the village 100 years ago. Listen  to  the bells, see the exhibition and reflect over a cup of tea  in peaceful surroundings. 23 peals have so far been rung since 2014. See below for more information.

     

     

    Wednesday, 10th May :  OPEN FOR TEA  2 - 4.30 p.m.  Join us for a cup of tea and a slice of cake. All welcome!  Next month we revert to our normal Friday slot.

     

    Wednesday, 17th May :  CHRISTIAN AID LUNCH  12 - 1.30 p.m.  You are invited to come to lunch in St. Andrew's Pantry: enjoy a hot meal and a pudding!  A donation of £5 or more will help Christian Aid support the world's many refugees. 

     

    Saturday, 17th May : SPRING FAIR - PLANTS,  GIFTS  & BOOKS  9.30  - 2 p.m.  Browse our huge collection of books, buy a garden plant, see the WW1 exhibition, enjoy coffee and a light lunch in the peaceful surroundings of this unusual church. For Church Funds.

     

    READ ABOUT THE RECENTLY DISCOVERED ANGLO-SAXON GRAVES:

    http://www.mola.org.uk/blog/all/2016?page=1

    https://historicengland.org.uk/whats-new/news/survival-of-rare-anglo-saxon-coffins


     RECENTLY UPDATED PAGES

    Tumbrill Restoration  See the latest pictures of the Farmers Foundry Tumbrill

    William Ainger Howman   Not on the Roll of Honour in St Andrews

    From the Bell Tower 2017: an illustrated version of the monthly column in "The Upper Wensum Diary".

    The Wedding Fair   If you are thinking about getting married in church, have a look at the pictures!


    RYBURGH "THINK AND THANK" HERITAGE LOTTERY AWARD

    Think and Thank screenWe are delighted to have been awarded  a £9,000  Heritage Lottery grant to help us participate more fully in the nation's WW1 commemorations and to conserve  our colourful "Think and Thank" memorial screen. Since the grant was awarded in June 2104 we have been finding out what we can about the soldiers whose names are inscribed on it and researching  local life during the war years. There have been plenty of opportunities for people to take part: workshops to investigate WW1 food, events to recreate the silk embroidered cards that were sent back from the Western Front as well as activities to record information about the past.

    Click on the images  below for further information:

    Angel

           

           - account of our WW1 events and activities 

     

    Cleaning the screen       

           - cleaning the "Think and Thank" screen 

      

    Wreath

           

         - research into the families of the Ryburgh soldiers.

     

    Singing

             

         - WW1 music

     

    WW1 food

              

            - WW1 food

     

    Cards

     

          - WW1 silk embroidered cards

     

    Peal ringers

               

            - WW1 commemorative peals

      

    “THE THINK AND THANK PROJECT”: WHERE NEXT?

    The project came to an end in June 2016  but the commemorative peals and research will continue.

    Contact us if you would like to contribute memories that have been passed down or if you would like to take part in any of the activities.Ryburgh Think and ThankHLF

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