• 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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  • WELCOME TO ST. ANDREW'S!

    The church is open for private prayer every day of the week.

    Services this month:

    5th December:  6 p.m. A Service for Advent

    19th December:  6 p.m.  Candlelit Carol Service

    Christmas Eve: 5.30 p.m. Christingle

    Christmas Day:  10.30 a.m.  Christmas  Eucharist 

     

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

    Readings and prayers for those unable to get to Sunday services  (click on the link)

     

     

    EVENTS THIS MONTH

     

       CHRISTMAS MARKET:

       4th DECEMBER   9.30 a.m.  - 12 noon

        Christmas gifts, flowers, crafts, cards and sustainably green preloved books.

        St. Andrew's Pantry open for coffee and festive fair.

     

     

     

     

     

      A SERVICE FOR ADVENT:

       5th DECEMBER   6 p.m.

        Traditional Advent hymns and a time for reflection structured around the Great "O" antiphons.

        Music provided by the St. Andrew's Singers.

        Cantor: Alan Heath   Organist and  Choir Director: Peter Macken

     

     

     

     

     

    CHRISTMAS CONCERT:  12th DECEMBER  3 p.m.  

    "SUGARPLUMS and MISTLETOE"

    presented by The Mirliton Flutes.

    followed by Christmas refreshments.

    Retiring collection.

    All welcome!

     

     

     


    CHRISTMAS OPEN FOR TEA: 17th DECEMBER   2.30 - 4 p.m.

    Please come and join us for carols, a cup of tea, a scone and festive fare.

    All welcome. No need to book.

     

     


     

    CANDLELIT CAROL SERVICE:  19th DECEMBER  3 p.m. 

    Traditional carols and merry music from The St. Andrew's Singers and talented friends. Mulled wine and mincepies.

     

    CHRISTINGLE:  24th DECEMBER  5.30 p.m. 

    The Christingles will be made in the church at 10 a.m. Children accompanied by a parent are invited to come and help make them.

     

    CHRISTMAS DAY SERVICE:  10.30 a.m.

    Celebrate this joyful day with us and reflect on the real meaning of Christmas! All welcome and the heating will be on.

     

     

    For details about the choir and the bellringers,  please  CONTACT US.

     

     

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    IF YOU NEED TO REPORT ABUSIVE BEHAVIOUR OF ANY KIND,  YOU CAN CONTACT THE DIOCESAN SAFEGUARDING TEAM ON:

     01603 882345 or safeguarding@dioceseofnorwich.org

    See the  SAFEGUARDING PAGE  for more details.

    OTHER SOURCES OF HELP

    Help for young people wishing to report abusive behaviour

    Parish Safeguarding Officer:   Mary Carden Tel: 07808164686

    Email:  marycarden1@icloud.com

    You can if you wish also contact Childline (childline.org.uk or telephone 0800 1111 This service offers free, confidential advice and support about whatever is worrying you.

    Also: the NSPCC  0800 802020.

    Help for adults wishing to report abusive behaviour

    Parish Safeguarding Officer:   Mary Carden Tel: 07808164686

    Email:  marycarden1@icloud.com

     

     

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    Our church building has been here for over 1,000 years and we try to ensure it is a welcoming and inspiring place for worshippers, local residents, visitors and pilgrims.

     

    The William Martin Building with its much needed handwashing and hospitality facilities is open fully.  We are so grateful to those who built it and to those who donated materials, labour and funds. We are also pleased to announce that we have received £5,000 from the Lottery Community Fund to provide tables and chairs (plus a storage container) for outdoor hospitality. They got plenty of use this summer!

     

    Pilgrims walking the Walsingham Way are very welcome. We can offer a place to camp, kitchen and W.C. as well as basic shelter if the weather is bad. You can contact the churchwarden on 01328 829413.

     

    Many thanks too to all who helped raise the money to fund the restoration of the westernmost south chancel window! It is now back with us, with help from the Norfolk Churches Trust and the Round Tower Churches Society . The next task is to repair the porch,  its roof in particular needing some attention!

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    NEW ADDITIONS TO THE WEBSITE

     

    Ryburgh and the Revd George Tatham

    George Tatham's work to restore St. Andrew's

    Little Ryburgh 17th Century Style

    A journey through Little Ryburgh following a field map of the 1680's

    Little Ryburgh Bridge

    Illustrations of Little Ryburgh's lost history

    Edmund Walter Betts

    Just in time for Remembrance, Walter Bett's medals and death plaque come to light

    Baking in Ryburgh

    Tracing the Bakehouse back to 1763

    Revd. Moris Fuller, the man behind the Ryburgh Scandal

    An investigation into this controversial priest to try and explain how village/clergy relations had broken down to such an extent that an effigy of him was burnt by some 200 villagers.  

    Ryburgh Foundry,- the early years

    Updating the history of the Foundry from the start 

    Snapshots at St. Andrew's

    Photos from the Lovett family

    The stories behind the postcards

    In addition to the pictorial record they provide, some of our postcard collection has been the stimulus for research into the histories of those that sent and received them.

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