St Martin's, New Buckenham
Our small congregation is keen to open our doors and welcome our neighbours and friends. We follow a monthly pattern of Eucharist, Sung Evensong and Services of the Word. We have a small but enthusiastic choir, the only one in the Benefice. St Martin’s is also fortunate that members of the community have formed a team of regular cleaners and flower-arrangers. We are proud of the extensive second-hand bookshop, which raises funds and encourages footfall. As part of our outreach we run coffee mornings from April to October, raising funds for other charities. To further encourage use of the church for cultural and community events, Village & Vestry was set up as a “friends” group, raising funds for the fabric of St Martin’s. St Martin’s is in excellent repair, with toilet and simple kitchen facilities. The tower has a recently re-hung and augmented peel of 8 bells, popular with visiting teams.
New Buckenham is a vibrant community of approximately 400 residents. It arose on the skirts of the castle built around 1150 (now a ruin), and was once a flourishing market town. The entire Village is designated as a conservation area and, very unusually, retains its medieval street pattern. It has a flourishing shop with an outreach Post Office, pub, tea shop and garage, together with a residential nursing home. There is a modern village hall, well used by village and outside organisations, including visiting theatre groups and the village cinema.
Banham: St Mary the Virgin
St. Mary's is known for it's Friday Youth Cafe, Saturday cafes and film nights and it's small but active congregation gives everyone a warm welcome. Banham is known for its zoo at the other end of the village - if you come for that, our beautiful church is not far away through the village by the village green so come and see!
Quidenham: St Andrew
St. Andrew's has a small congregation living locally who welcome any newcomers warmly. They join with Eccles congregation each week, worshiping together in each other's churches week by week.
Wilby: All Saints
All Saint's Wilby meets for worship on the 3rd Sunday of each month, joined by the congregations of Eccles and Quidenham. We enjoy the old traditional language for our service. The congregation enjoys the comfort of upholstered chairs in a carpeted chancel for our services but on special occasions when we have larger congregations, it is a privilege to use the older wooden pews and box pews in the nave.
The parish of Wilby: All Saints is committed to the safeguarding of children, young people and adults. We follow the House of Bishops guidance and policies and have our own Parish Safeguarding Officer(s), PSOs. The Diocese of Norwich’s safeguarding pages contain vital links and information including contacts for the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor (DSA) who advise our PSOs. If you are concerned that a child or adult has been harmed or may be at risk of harm please contact the DSA. If you have immediate concerns about the safety of someone, please contact the police and your local authority Children or Adults Services.
Eccles: St Mary The Virgin
St. Mary's Church, Eccles has a small congregation living locally who welcome any newcomers warmly. They join with Quidenham congregation each week, worshiping together in each other's churches week by week.
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