Welcome to e-bulletin for 12th May 2022

Sunday Service Plan: May

15th May


Bawdeswell + Zoom

All-Age Communion



North Elmham

Holy Communion



Wood Norton

Holy Communion




Sung Evensong

22nd May


Bawdeswell + Zoom

Word & Praise




Holy Communion




Holy Communion



North Elmham

Morning Praise




Morning Praise

29th May


Bawdeswell + Zoom

Group Holy Communion


Zoom Church

The service on 15th May at Bawdeswell will be available on Zoom. Order of Service here.


Topic: HON Benefice Sunday act of worship
Time: 10:30am
Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 825 4276 0074; Passcode: 823350.  



The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend:
Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th June



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A programme of events taking place across the HON benefice area is available on the HON website here.

As part of our celebrations, Sunday services on 5th June are as follows:


Wood Norton All Saints

Celebratory Service



Celebratory Service in the Village Hall


North Elmham St Mary’s

Jubilee Thanksgiving Service


Stibbard All Saints

Service of Celebration led jointly by the Methodist and Anglican churches


Foulsham Holy Innocents

Service of Celebration with Foulsham Baptist Church


Archdeacon Ian Bentley (Archdeacon of Lynn)

You may have heard the very sad news that Archdeacon Ian’s chemotherapy treatment has not worked. Bishop Graham wrote to clergy, churchwardens and PCC secretaries last week with an update on Ian’s prognosis, saying that it appears he has weeks, rather than months, to live.

We continue to pray for Ian, Caroline and the family as they travel through this journey. You may wish to include this prayer in your own devotions, written by Susanna Gunner:


Risen Christ, we hold Ian in your Love:
may he and Caroline and all the family
know themselves enfolded in your embrace,
upheld by a Love stronger than death.

Risen Christ, we hold Ian in your Light:
for his own trusting witness to that Light
we thank you; we rejoice with him
that the darkness can never put it out.

Risen Christ, we hold Ian in your Life,
for you are the Life that’ll never, never die:
may his journey into you be marked by grace,
full of gentleness and the deepest peace.


News from our parishes




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Ticket sales are now open at www.ticketsource.co.uk for the Festival Players production of 'A Midsummers Night's Dream' on Sunday 31st July at Bylaugh Hall. Gates open at 12pm, performance at 2pm (bring your own chairs). £15 per ticket.

Food and bar available for lunch, plus other retail sales. General enquiries (including tickets for those unable to buy online) from: pjlilwall@hotmail.com

In aid of The Friends of Bawdeswell and Bylaugh churches.





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Musical picnic at Bintree Mill, Saturday 25th June from 2pm. Bring your own picnic and chairs – no dogs please. Numbers strictly limited to 50. Please phone Jenny to book 01362 668224 or email jennycunningham@mac.com


North Elmham


Music at St Mary’s - Songs for a Spring Afternoon

North Elmham St Mary’s welcomed back acapella group Sonrisa for a return visit on Saturday (7th May) after two-years of lock-down and covid anxiety.

Around 60 people came to enjoy both a concert and a singing workshop, ranging from folk to gospel and a beautiful arrangement of James Taylor’s “Shower the people [you love with love]”.  


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It was such a joy to be able to gather to sing together and enjoy tea and cake in the churchyard, blessed by warm Spring sunshine (thanks to Jenny, Joyce, Kate and Eileen for the refreshments). We were very grateful to receive donations covering Sonrisa’s fee and making a surplus of £107.50 towards the Music Fund.


Coming Soon: Music for a Summer’s Afternoon, 11th June 2.30pm


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Musica Mira was formed by four professional musicians who want to showcase the musical glories of the period from the dawn of Western music in the 11th century, to the time of Bach and Handel in the 18th century, when the entirety of modern harmony had developed  – that is, the period in which music, as we now know it, evolved.

The four musicians, between them, comprise four singers, three players of five different sizes of recorder, two keyboard players, a cellist, an oboist and a percussionist – which means plenty of variety in their performances!

Sophie Bell – Jonathan Dodd – Jon Payne – Willow Swiatek


Come and sing! 9th July, 2.30-4pm, Natasha Hood (May Singers), North Elmham St Mary’s.


North Elmham Flower Festival

This year’s flower festival will be over the weekend 30th and 31st July, with the theme “All that’s Royal” as a tribute to the 70 years of the Queen’s reign.

To complement the flowers, there will be stalls in the churchyard, the ever-popular archive display of village history, music from local performers and trips up the tower to see the beautiful views of the surrounding countryside. Refreshments will be served in the Memorial Hall next to the church.

The weekend begins with a Car Boot Sale on Saturday from 10am and closes with ‘Songs of Praise’ in church at 4.30pm on Sunday with guest preacher, Canon Andy Bryant.


HON/Diocesan Prayer Calendar

The diocesan prayer calendar for the period leading up to 29th May.

15th May: 5th Sunday of Easter  


Praying for Secondary School students


HON Group: Foulsham, Foxley, Guestwick.


Heavenly Father, we lift to you our young people taking exams this year after such interrupted education over the past two years. We ask you to hold them in your loving hands, strengthening their faith and helping them to be clear-headed and achieving their best during this exam season.


The people of Ukraine.






Mary Labouchere (North Elmham);

Archdeacon Ian Bentley (Archdeacon of Lynn).



Lydia Bend (North Elmham)

Funeral and burial, Worthing, 9/05 (2pm)

  Eileen Sansom (Worthing) Funeral at Green Acres, Colney, 10/05
  Don Copeman Funeral to be arranged, Themelthorpe


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