Church of England Diocese of Bath & Wells Norton Fitzwarren

From The Church Wardens

From the Churchwardens for November Norton Community News

We hope you will join the chorus of thanks and gratitude for Val Contreras, who has this month stepped down after countless years of service as Churchwarden. Val has been a rock, ensuring that everything at All Saints’, right down to the very smallest of details, runs smoothly at all times. Thank you for everything that you have done, and for your support, Val!

The impact of this changing of the guard has been softened by the election of Pam Wreford, our Lay Pastoral Assistant, as Churchwarden. Pam brings to the role her many organisational skills, and her kindness and consideration for others, which have been invaluable during the vacancy, and during the continuing coronavirus pandemic.

We are encouraged by the attendances at our Sunday services after their resumption at the end of September, and we are extremely grateful for the guidance and support that we have received from Rev Christopher Rowley, who has been leading our services at this time.

Our service on Remembrance Sunday, 8 November, will be held only in church this year as we are sadly not permitted to gather either in the Village Hall, or in any numbers at the Memorial Gates to the Village Hall, as we have done in recent years.

In the List of Benefice Services, published elsewhere in these pages, we include services only up to Sunday 13 December for the reason that we are still working on plans for our services in the run up to Christmas and beyond. We will publish details as soon as these are agreed and finalised.

We will soon hear from the Diocese how many responses there have been to our advertisement for a new rector, and we hope to be able to provide a positive update in next month’s Issue.

The last seven months since March have continued to test us, and nobody could have predicted that we would have to experience a pandemic during the vacancy after Stephen’s retirement in February, which has made it all the more trying for us all. We ask you to pray for a successful outcome to our search for a new rector.

Andrew Ritchie and Pam Wreford

October 2020


From the Churchwardens for September Norton Community News

Sunday Services are resuming

Welcome back! We are very pleased to announce that we have been able to plan for the resumption of regular Sunday services of worship from Sunday 27 September. The plan is for these to continue on the 2nd, 4th and 5th Sundays of each month; and the List of Benefice Services, including those at St John’s Staplegrove is set out in these pages. Please do, however, check our Church website https://www.achurchnearyou.com/church/11356/and the Village Hall Noticeboard for further updates.

Importantly, as you will see from the List of services, spaces are limited so a Booking System is in place; so please do not turn up at church without having received confirmation of a place. For each service at All Saints’ please contact Andrew Ritchie by email (preferred): [email protected]; or by phone: 07808 611273.

Once again our huge thanks go to Pam Wreford for making this happen, and for putting all of the arrangements in place. Thank you, Pam!

Turning to practical matters, for those of you whom we look forward to welcoming into our Church:

• The Government and the Church of England require you to wear a mask or face covering while you are in Church with others, unless you have a medical reason not to do so. This must be in place before you enter the Church porch. We do have masks available for your use.

• We are adhering to strict social distancing within our Church, which means our capacity is somewhat restricted. We can comfortably and safely seat 22 people at the moment.

• To support the Government’s Test and Trace programme, which is in place to help keep us all safe, you will be asked to provide your name and phone number the first time you attend our Church after it opens. You will also be asked to complete, sign and hand over on that first occasion a short GDPR disclosure form giving your consent for us to collect your personal data for this purpose and to retain it for no more than 21 days, after which the data will be securely destroyed. Copies of the form will be at Church, to be completed upon your arrival, but you can download the form from our Church’s website, print and complete it to have ready to hand over on your first visit. On your first and subsequent visits your details will be added to an attendance sheet. It is these sheets that will be securely retained by us and then destroyed after 21 days.

• Upon your arrival we will greet you in the Church porch and ask you if you are well and, if so, to sanitise your hands upon entering the main church building. Hand-sanitising gel will be available for your use at the entrance, and throughout our Church. You will be asked to wait at the entrance until a member of our Church team can direct you to your seat(s) in the pews, where additional hand-sanitising gel dispensers are available for your use.

• Upon your leaving, we ask that you sanitise your hands again, and be mindful of others who may be leaving at the same time, maintaining a social distancing at all times.

• Sadly we are not able to offer refreshments for the time being.

We look forward to welcoming you back!

Vacancy

I am pleased to report the Benefice profile was unanimously approved at a joint meeting of the PCCs of Norton and Staplegrove via Zoom at the end of last month. The advertisement has gone live on the website of the Diocese of Bath and Wells; and the date for interviews of any shortlisted applicants has initially been set for early November.

The six months since March have continued to test us, and nobody could have predicted that we would have to experience a pandemic during the vacancy after Stephen’s retirement in February, which has made it all the more trying for us all. We ask you to pray for a successful outcome to our search for a new rector.

Andrew Ritchie and Val Contreras

23 September 2020


From the Churchwardens for August Norton Community News

All Saints’ Opening

Welcome back! We are very pleased to announce that at all risk assessments and practical

arrangements have now been completed to enable us to safely open our Church to visitors from

Sunday 23 August. This is initially only for private prayer and contemplation, but we are confident

that we will be resuming services of public worship from the end of September. Our current plan is

to open every Sunday, for private prayer and contemplation, for an hour from 10:30-11:30am.

Please do, however, check our Church website

https://www.achurchnearyou.com/church/11356/and the Village Hall Noticeboard for further

updates.

The Parochial Church Council (PCC) joins us in expressing huge gratitude for the generosity of the

Norton Fitzwarren Parish Council in having awarded a grant to our Church to cover the cost of the

PPE, sanitising products and other materials that have now been purchased to enable us to prepare

the church for opening, and to keep visitors safe in the uncertain months ahead. We could not have

done this without this support, for which we are extremely grateful. Special thanks, too, to Graham

Withnell for having carried out the risk assessments on behalf of the PCC.

Turning to practical matters, for those of you whom we look forward to welcoming into our Church:

 The Government and the Church of England require you to wear a mask or face covering

while you are in Church with others, unless you have a medical reason not to do so. This

must be in place before you enter the Church porch. We do have masks available for your

use.

 We are adhering to strict 2 metre social distancing within our Church, which means our

capacity is somewhat restricted. We can comfortably and safely seat 22 people at the

moment.

 To support the Government’s Test and Trace programme, which is in place to help keep us

all safe, you will be asked to provide your name and phone number the first time you attend

our Church after it opens. You will also be asked to complete, sign and hand over on arrival a

short GDPR disclosure form giving your consent for us to collect your personal data for this

purpose and to retain it for no more than 21 days, after which the data will be securely

destroyed. Copies of the form will be at Church, to be completed upon your arrival, but you

can download the form from our Church’s website, print and complete it to have ready to

hand over on your first visit. On your first and subsequent visits your details will be added to

an attendance sheet. It is these sheets that will be securely retained by us and then

destroyed after 21 days.

 Upon your arrival we will greet you in the Church porch and ask you if you are well and, if so,

to sanitise your hands upon entering the main church building. Hand-sanitising gel will be

available for your use at the entrance, and throughout our Church. You will be asked to wait

at the entrance until a member of our Church team can direct you to your seat(s) in the

pews, where additional hand-sanitising gel dispensers are available for your use.

 Appropriate music will be played in the Church while it is open.

 Upon your leaving, we ask that you sanitise your hands again, and be mindful of others who

may be leaving at the same time, maintaining a 2 metre social distance at all times.

 Sadly we are not able to offer refreshments for the time being.

 We would be very grateful if you would take home any single use printed Intercession prayer

sheets that you may be given, and any used tissues and other items etc. as otherwise these

would have to be removed by a volunteer cleaner.

We look forward to welcoming you back!

Vacancy

Work on the Benefice Profile has accelerated through the past month, and I am pleased to report

that it is now in its final form to be put to a joint meeting of the PCCs of Norton and Staplegrove for

formal approval, planned for the last week of August. As this is to occur after these pages go to print

I am unable to report on the outcome, but I am confident that we will be pushing the button on the

advertising campaign in early September, when you will all be able to view the Profile online.

My thanks go to Pam Wreford for having stepped up to provide huge help and guidance, on the

Profile and generally managing things, during and after my brief stay in hospital last month. All of us

in Norton also owe a huge debt of gratitude for the skill and efforts of Chris Young and Felicity

McGill, from Staplegrove, tirelessly working the Profile into its present shape.

The months of lockdown since March have been testing us all, and none of us could have predicted

that we would have to experience this during the vacancy after Stephen’s retirement in February,

which has made it all the more trying for us all.

Churchyard Maintenance

Once again a big ‘Thank You’ to the churchyard maintenance team, whose tireless efforts attending

to the grass, and more, have kept the churchyard looking tidy. Special thanks once again to John

Pearce and Tony Contreras; and a special mention and ‘Thank You’ to the kind lady who spends time

pottering in the churchyard, tidying, and pulling ivy off the wall.

Andrew Ritchie and Val Contreras

21 August 2020


From the Churchwardens for August Norton Community News

All Saints’ Opening

We are completing our review of all the necessary precautions and practical arrangements that need to be put in place to give people confidence that it is safe to come to our church. We hope to be able to open All Saints Church, for private prayer, for an hour every Sunday, 10:30-11:00am, by the end of August. We look forward to welcoming you back! Please check our Church website and the Village Hall Noticeboard for further updates.

Vacancy

Work also continues to take place within both our All Saints’ Church and St John’s Church in Staplegrove on the Recruitment Profile for the recruitment of a new Rector. This is an online document/ brochure which forms part of the advertisement for our vacancy and it is important as it’s an overview of our villages, the surrounding countryside, our congregations, our church councils and the services and work we undertake within the community.

Sunday 2 August

A Lammas Service will be held, outdoors (weather-permitting), in the churchyard of St John’s Staplegrove at 3:30pm on Sunday 2 August. Please bring a chair and your own Lammas-type picnic (bread, cheese, apple juice). Locally produced cider will be provided, too.

Annual Cricket Match

For all cricket-lovers among you I am sorry to report that the annual Norton –v- Staplegrove cricket match, due to be contested on Sunday 30 August, has been cancelled. Another casualty of the Coronavirus pandemic, I am afraid. After a tightly fought contest last year, and a victory for Norton by just one run, we had hoped to raise our arms this year in celebration of a hat-trick of victories. We will now have to wait another 12 months for this chance.

Churchyard Maintenance

Once again a big ‘Thank You’ to the churchyard maintenance team, whose tireless efforts attending to the grass have kept the churchyard looking tidy.

Funerals

6th July 2020 John Paull

Andrew Ritchie and Val Contreras

21 July 2020


From the Churchwardens for July Norton Community News

We are pleased to be able to report that permission has been given by the Government for churches to open for private prayer. A team has begun preparing for the opening of All Saints; but we are not rushing, as we have to be confident that all necessary precautions and practical arrangements are in place to give people confidence that it is safe to come to our church.

Our current aim, but only when everything is in place, and the church is ready, is to announce that All Saints will be open every Sunday for private prayer, for an hour, from 10:30am to 11:30am. As it is likely to happen before publication of the next Issue of these pages, we will ensure that word is circulated and that notices are prominently displayed in the usual places. We thank you all for your patience and understanding in the meantime.

Churchyard Maintenance

Once again a big ‘Thank You’ to the churchyard maintenance team, whose tireless efforts attending to the hedges and grass have kept the churchyard looking tidy. Though this month’s prolonged rainfall has been most welcome to some, its impact will create extra work for the team. Special thanks to John Pearce and Tony Contreras; and to Tim, Rachael and Jasmine Dunn; and a special mention and ‘Thank You’ to the kind lady who spends time pottering in the churchyard, tidying, and pulling ivy off the wall.

Andrew Ritchie and Val Contreras

19 June 2020


From the Churchwardens for June Norton Community News

Though a phased lifting of the lockdown restrictions relating to church buildings was reported to have been approved by the House of Bishops, subject of course to the current law, our church sadly remains closed, with all public worship suspended. Accordingly, no services will be held at All Saints, or at St John’s Staplegrove, until further notice. We are not permitted even to open the church for private prayer, so you may wish to access the Church of England website for prayers and liturgy, via the following links:

https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/coronavirus-covid-19-liturgy-and-prayer-resources

https://www.churchofengland.org/prayer-and-worship/join-us-daily-prayer/todays-prayer

If you need help or someone to talk to, please telephone the Benefice Office in our Village Hall on 01823 270211, where there is an answerphone; and if you leave a message with your phone number, someone will respond to you. Alternatively you can email us at [email protected] or telephone us on the numbers set out on the back of these pages.

The Benefice Survey – Your Church, Your Say!

Our Profile Team are pleased to report the return of completed responses to the Survey, and thanks are extended to all of you who have taken time and effort to complete and return those responses. We would like to receive more, though, and so the deadline for submitting responses is extended to 21 June.

We have again included the Survey within these pages, for you to print and complete. A reminder is also being posted on Facebook. However, if you would prefer to receive a paper copy of the Survey, please do not hesitate telephoning the Office on 01823 270211 and leaving a message with your name and address, and a copy will be delivered to you.

We are keen to hear from everyone, particularly those who visit our church only occasionally, if at all. All replies will be anonymous, but results will be made public. They will help to inform our vision for the future of your church. In due course, and when circumstances permit, a public “Your Church, Your Say – The Next Step” Vision Event will be held to enable you to hear and discuss the wide range of views that we have seen, and hope to see, in the responses to the Survey.

Churchyard Maintenance

Finally, a big ‘Thank You’ to the churchyard maintenance team, whose tireless efforts have at last tamed the rapidly growing grass in the churchyard. The Diocese had suggested that churches should engage the services of grazing animals in churchyards as a green and economical maintenance option, but for a number of reasons we felt that this was not a realistic or practical option at All Saints. Though a little noisier than gently bleating sheep, many thanks to Tony Contreras and John Pearce for their hard work with a mower and strimmer last weekend and earlier this week.

Andrew Ritchie and Val Contreras

22 May 2020


From the Churchwardens for May Norton Community News

Many of us sadly were unable to celebrate Easter with all family members present and together, and some of us will have felt isolated and alone. These are testing times for us all; and the lockdown was yesterday announced to remain in place for a further 3 weeks until Thursday 7 May. During this time our church sadly remains closed, with all public worship suspended. Accordingly, no services will be held at All Saints, or at St John’s Staplegrove, until further notice. We are not permitted even to open the church for private prayer, so you may wish to access the Church of England website for prayers and liturgy, via the following links:

https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/coronavirus-covid-19-liturgy-and-prayer-resources

https://www.churchofengland.org/prayer-and-worship/join-us-daily-prayer/todays-prayer

This is a very worrying and stressful time for all of us, but it is at times like this that we are reminded of the importance of a strong community spirit, and of friendship and kindness, with many experiencing heightened anxiety and loneliness. If you need help or someone to talk to, please telephone the Benefice Office on 01823 270211, where there is an answerphone; and if you leave a message, someone will respond to you. Alternatively you can email us at [email protected] or telephone us on the numbers set out on the back of these pages.

The Benefice Survey – Your Church, Your Say!

As we trailed in the April Issue our Profile Team are seeking to enlist the support and involvement of the whole community of Norton and Staplegrove by conducting a Survey as part of the preparatory work towards seeking the appointment of a new rector. Rather than attempting to distribute paper copies, we have decided to include the Survey within these pages, which are planned to be placed on the website of our Parish Council, and on Facebook.  You can also download a .pdf version of the survey form from the link below. We may also make a limited number of paper copies available for collection at the Co-Op. We invite you all to take a few minutes to print the Survey pages and respond to the questions, then scan and email the responses to us, or post the completed form through the letterbox at our Village Hall. We have initially asked for the forms to be completed and returned by Sunday 17 May, but this is likely to be extended in the present circumstances. We are keen to hear from everyone, not just regular churchgoers. All replies will be anonymous, but results will be made public. They will help to inform our vision for the future of your church. In due course, and when circumstances permit, a public “Your Church, Your Say – The Next Step” Vision Event will be held to enable you to hear and discuss the wide range of views that we expect to see in the responses to the Survey.

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength . . . Love your neighbour as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.”

Andrew Ritchie and Val Contreras

17 April 2020


From the Churchwardens April 2020

Suspension of public worship and closure of churches

After the Church of England announced that all public worship was to be suspended with effect from 16 March until further notice, the Government instructed that all churches had to close with effect from the evening of 23 March, until further notice. Accordingly, no services, baptisms, weddings or any other gatherings can now take place at All Saints, or at St John’s Staplegrove, until further notice, which sadly includes the services during Holy Week and Easter.

We refer you to our church website https://www.achurchnearyou/church/11356/ for the prayer resources that we continue to upload to it. There are prayers and liturgy on the Church of England website, which you may wish to access via the following link: https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/coronavirus-covid-19-liturgy-and-prayer-resources

This is a very worrying and stressful time for all of us, but it is at times like this that we are reminded of the importance of a strong community spirit, and of friendship and kindness, with many experiencing anxiety and loneliness. If you need help or someone to talk to, please telephone the Benefice Office in the Village Hall on 01823 270211, where there is an answerphone; and if you leave a message, someone will respond to you. Alternatively you can email us at [email protected] or telephone us on the numbers set out on the back cover of these pages.

Annual Parochial Church Meeting

We have been obliged to cancel the Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) on 28 April, and new guidance issued by the Diocese extends the deadline by which the APCM must be held to 31 October 2020. We will keep you informed of the date on which the APCM is to be rescheduled later in the year.

The Benefice Survey – Your Church, Your Say!

The Vacancy Benefice Team from Norton and Staplegrove continue to devote time and effort managing the vacancy. The recent creation of a new Benefice Profile Team signals the start of the next phase of the vacancy and the work that needs to be put in to preparing the written Profile document that will be instrumental in the process of the appointment of our new rector. We do anticipate, though, that the escalation of the Coronavirus crisis will hamper and delay this process

Whilst this task falls mainly on the shoulders of the volunteers in this Team, we are seeking to enlist the support and involvement of the whole community of Norton and Staplegrove by conducting a Survey. We are working out a practical way for the Survey forms to be distributed, but this is unlikely to be possible for the time being. You will all be invited to take a few minutes to respond in writing to the Survey, telling us what you think is important about your Church and what you would like to see happening over the next 5 years or so. We are keen to hear from everyone, not just regular churchgoers. All replies will be anonymous, but results will be made public. They will help to inform our vision for the future of your church. In due course, and when circumstances permit, a public “Your Church, Your Say – The Next Step” Vision Event will be held to enable you to hear and discuss the wide range of views that we expect to see in the responses to the Survey.

Prayers from our Bishops

Bishop Peter and Bishop Ruth are asking for prayers to be said during the outbreak of the new coronavirus, for those affected by it in any way. Bishop Peter said:

“This is a time of great anxiety for many. We hope and pray that people’s fears won’t be realised. In prayer, we give our anxieties and our hopes to God, as we think of those affected by the virus and those treating them.”

Lord God, carer of all people, creator, sustainer and healer;

We pray for all who have contracted Covid-19. Be with them and their loved ones and bring healing to their bodies.

We pray for all medical staff and emergency services as they look after the physical health, worries and concerns of their patients, especially the vulnerable and particularly those who have reduced contact with the outside world. Let us be good neighbours, looking out and after each other.

We remember the work of scientists, discovering and testing vaccines for this disease, and we pray for all of us, caught up in our everyday lives with the effects of these outbreaks.

Bless your world Lord, and help us to be blessings to one another, in Jesus name. Amen

Andrew Ritchie and Val Contreras

24 March 2020


From the Churchwardens March 2020

The Vacancy Benefice Team from Norton and Staplegrove continue to devote time and effort managing the transition into the vacancy, which started upon Stephen’s retirement at the end of January. We are entering a delicate phase of the process but remain hopeful that we will be in a position to report more positively in the April Issue of Norton Community News.

Our contact details

We wish to correct an error that crept onto the back cover of the February Issue, which mis-spelt the email address for the Benefice Office. The correct address, which is now on the back cover of this March Issue, is [email protected] We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused. Please do not hesitate emailing us with any questions.

Church Services

On Mothering Sunday, 22nd March, we look forward once again to welcoming to All Saints children from our Church Primary School, with their parents and teachers. We thoroughly recommend to you Gillian Keniston-Goble’s article on Mothering Sunday in these pages, and we look forward to welcoming you to the service at All Saints on that day.

A reminder to you all that British Summer Time begins, and your clocks will go forward, on the morning of Sunday 29th March; so don’t miss our Joint Benefice service at All Saints at 10:30am on that day!

For convenience and to allow you to plan ahead for April, we have listed in these pages details of all of the services during Holy Week, starting on Palm Sunday, 5th April, and on Easter Sunday, 12th April. Once again, we look forward to welcoming you to those services

Andrew Ritchie and Val Contreras


From the Churchwardens February 2020

As we edge towards the end of the first month of the new decade let us first recap on the events of last month, being a month full of joy as we celebrated Christmas, yet ending full of mixed emotion with the last service led by Stephen at All Saints before his retirement at the end of January.

A huge thank you again to Don Wyatt and his team at our Village Hall for organising and hosting the carol singing around the Village Hall’s Christmas tree on 17 December. The chilly, but fortunately dry conditions failed to dampen the spirits of the gathered masses, whose singing was bolstered by the angelic singing of the excellent Community Choir and its guitar-playing musical director. The warm and welcoming hospitality offered by the Coffee Shop, with lashings of mulled cider and mince pies kindly donated by those present, brought the evening to a perfect conclusion. We sincerely hope that this excellent tradition continues for many years to come, cementing the bond between our church and the community.

The Christingle service at All Saints on Christmas Eve, at which it was lovely to see so many children and their families, was followed in the evening by the Carols by Candlelight, also at All Saints. The numbers attending this carol service appear to increase each year; and the church was full to bursting, both with numbers and with the rousing singing. Mince pies and mulled wine, kindly donated, were gratefully munched and sipped afterwards. Thank you again to all those who contributed time and energy preparing and decorating the church for Christmas, and to Gillian and Stuart Goble who kindly donated the huge tree. The next day dawned bright, and mercifully dry, and we welcomed a larger than normal congregation at All Saints to celebrate Christmas Day.

The last Sunday of December drew a large attendance for Stephen’s last service at All Saints, and we were delighted to welcome back Lawrence and Sue Burr, who had returned for the day from their new home and life in Salisbury. The words of Lawrence, and of the others who spoke to the assembled congregation, evidenced the deep well of love, respect and warm friendship that we all have for Stephen and Ann. Thank you again to those who kindly prepared and donated the food and refreshments that we enjoyed after that service.

The first Sunday of New Year bore witness to an emotional farewell to Stephen and Ann, at the very last service led by Stephen at St John’s Staplegrove, our sister church in the Benefice. In the presence of their close family the service was followed by a series of moving addresses to the congregation, and presentations of leaving gifts to Stephen and Ann. Tables were laid out with copious amounts of food for the gathering afterwards; wine and cider flowed, and the largest carrot cake we had ever seen, baked by Nicki Ritchie, was ceremonially cut by Stephen and Ann and almost completed devoured by those present. Our thanks are extended to the many at St John’s Staplegrove who made this service, and the event as a whole, an occasion that will live long in our memories.

Now to organisational matters. From early October last year much work has been going on behind the scenes, involving a Benefice Team from Norton and Staplegrove making arrangements to ensure that it will be business as usual after Stephen’s retirement. In managing this transition it remains a key focus of this team to ensure that the Benefice is in the best shape possible when it comes to advertising for the appointment of a new rector. As Stephen has been in post for 16 years, these are uncharted waters for many of us, and uncertain times lie ahead. We do not underestimate these challenges that we are facing, but we have all been pulling together as one, and will continue to do so.

Our Office and Pastoral Hub in the Reading Room at the Village Hall

One important development, of which readers will probably be aware by the time they read this, is that the Benefice has set up its office in Norton, having taken on a year’s rental of The Reading Room at our Village Hall. This will serve as Administration Office and Pastoral Hub. Our Benefice is unique in the Taunton area in not having its own separate administration office, and it was vital for us that this should change right away. The Parochial Church Council (PCC) joins us in expressing huge gratitude for the generosity of the Norton Fitzwarren Parish Council in having awarded a grant this month to support the cost of our church’s share of the furnishing and annual running costs of this office. Though our current plan is for the office in Norton to be a permanent long-term arrangement beyond January 2021, this will largely depend on the decisions and actions of others beyond our control in the year ahead.

The siting of the Administration Office and Pastoral Hub in the Reading Room, with our planned ‘open door’ policy so that you can drop in at times when the room is attended, will provide community-wide pastoral support and community outreach, at the very heart of our village. We will publish the times when the Office and Hub will be open. Pam Wreford, our Lay Pastoral Assistant, will be heading up the Benefice’s Pastoral Team. You may have read Pam’s excellent article on ‘Pastoral Care’ in these pages. If you haven’t yet done so, we recommend it to you.

Our contact details – business as usual

The telephone number for both churches in the Benefice remains unchanged as 01823 270211. This number has been transferred from The Rectory in Staplegrove to our new office in the Reading Room at our Village Hall. The church’s email and webpage addresses have changed from the ones published on the back cover of earlier Issues of Norton Community, so please make a note of them now for future reference. There is lots of interesting material to read on the website. Please do not hesitate emailing us with any questions.

Church Services

During the period of the vacancy, also termed an ‘interregnum’, the Benefice Team has been arranging for retired clergy known to us to be booked to lead our regular services on Sundays, and on other days as required.

Though the Sunday afternoon and Friday morning services are now no longer being held during this period, you will see from the List of Services in these pages that our regular services at All Saints will continue on every 2nd, 4th and (when there is one) 5th Sunday of each month.

On Mothering Sunday, 22nd March, we look forward once again to welcoming to All Saints children from our Church Primary School, with their parents and teachers.

We ask you to join us in wishing Stephen, and Ann, all the very best in his retirement, thanking them both for the 16 years of devoted service, and kindness to us all.

Wishing you all a Happy New Year.

Andrew Ritchie and Val Contreras

17 January 2020





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