Castle Acre: St James the Great, Castle Acre

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The village of Castle Acre is a major tourist attraction in Norfolk. The church of St James the Great stands in the middle of the village amidst the ruins of the Norman castle and those of Castle Acre Priory. Visitors can often miss the church which is a great shame for it contains many interesting features, including a wine glass pulpit, a medieval rood screen and font cover. The Friends of Castle Acre Church assist in raising funds to maintain this fine church.

Work commences on 27 June 2017 to address internal works to the tower for Health & Safety reasons at a cost of approximately £105,000 an immense task for a small community. The Friends of the Church have committed £ 70,000 towards this work plus £5000.00 to refurbish the clock face, and we have recently received £ 5,000 from the Garfield Weston Foundation,  £2,000 from the Paul Baasham Trust, £5,000 from the Norfolk Churches Trust, £ 5,000 from the Wolfson Foundation, £5,000 from the Idlewild Trust and £ 5,000 from the Music in Country Churches Charity. Plus £ 2,300 from the Allchurches Trust, £1500 from the Alan Evans Memorial Trust, and £ 500 from the Jill Franklin Trust, towards the tower works.  We urgently need to complete this work to prevent further deterioration in the tower.  The population in Castle Acre is only 750.

 If you have had any previous connection with, or a love, of St James the Great Church then we invite you to help the congregation to retain this building for future years.

 Donations may be sent to the Church Treasurer – Mr Martin Webster, Woodford Lodge, Tittleshall, Norfolk, PE32 2PF

 Cheques should be made payable to Castle Acre Church Restoration Fund.


Updated 31 May 2017


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Revd Canon Stuart Nairn
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King's Lynn
Norfolk, PE32 1TE
PE32 1TE
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Every first Sunday at 10:15 AM for ¾ hour
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Sunday 22nd October 2017 at 10:15 AM for 1 hour
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Sung Eucharist
Order One Sung Eucharist Dopm Gregory Murray setting celebrating St Simon & St Luke
Saturday 28th October 2017 at 10:00 AM for 50 minutes
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Order One Sung Eucharist Dom Gregory Murray setting celebrating All Souls Day
Thursday 2nd November 2017 at 7:30 PM for 50 minutes
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Incumbent: The Revd Canon Stuart Robert NAIRN
A Church Near You ID (venue number): 5313
Architect: Mrs Ruth Blackman
Style of worship: Modern Catholic
Our Patron: Bishop of Norwich
Archdeaconry: LYNN (263)
Deanery: BRECKLAND (26301)
Benefice: Nar Valley (26/284CP)
Parish Legal Name: Castle Acre (260501 )
CofE Church Info: (626501 26/501)
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This page was last updated on Wednesday 11th October 2017
Castle Acre: St James the Great : Stocks Green, Castle Acre, Norfolk, PE32 2AA

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