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Scarning Church

St Peter and St Paul Parish Church

The parish church of St Peter and St Paul has occupied its prominent position in the village of Scarning since the 12th century and there have been Rectors of Scarning since 1299. The whole building, which is mainly in the perpendicular style, was extensively restored in 1869, when the gable of the chancel roof was raised to its original pitch for £1000. In 1894 the tower was restored, the nave buttresses were entirely rebuilt and new churchyard gates were fitted - all at the expense of Dr Jessopp.
The single gate was replaced in the 1950s by the Scarning Mothers' Union and was refurbished in 2007 in memory of Fred and Lilian Hoskins. The churchyard was levelled and re-seeded in 1970 and Scarning Parish Council contributes to its upkeep.The church and vestry were re-roofed in 1979.The double gates were replaced by the PCC in the 1980s. You will find a lot more information about the church and its history here.

The Parish Office, Church House, Church Street, Dereham NR19 1DN
open  10 - 12 noon Tuesday - Thursday and 9 - 12 noon - Friday
telephone 01362 693143
email: parish.office.dereham@gmail.com

If you would like to know more about the Dereham and District Team Ministry click this link: www.derehambenefice.co.uk or if you would like to know more about the church click this link: history and architecture of the church

Team Rector

day off: Monday

Team Curate



Alan Glister


Tim Farnham 


PCC Secretary

Sue Rockley


Parish Office


Parochial Church Council

Alan Glister and Tim Farnham are our churchwardens - with Ron Steward as deputy Churchwarden.  Mike Quinnell is the treasurer and Sue Rockley is the secretary to the church council.  Other members of the PCC are: Corinne Steward, Stephen Archer, Tricia Foreman and Charles Steward. 


A warm welcome is assured to everyone who would like to join us for a service at 11.15am each Sunday.

1st Sunday Morning Prayer – Common Worship
2nd Sunday Parish Communion
3rd Sunday Family Service, sometimes with baptism
4th Sunday Parish Communion - BCP
5th Sunday Songs of Praise– Lay led

The latest Dereham Benefice newsletter which has details of Church Service
is available on the Benefice website and can be downloaded directly by clicking on the following link:
http://derehamanddistrictteam.org.uk/ The newsletter for each week is usually uploaded on the preceding Thursday

September Sevices

1st Morning Prayer DA
8th Parish Communion JR
15th Family Service ES
22nd Parish Communion (BCP) JT
27th Harvest Festival GW
29th Songs of Praise Lay

Coffee Mornings

AND OTHER FUNDRAISING ACTIVITES. 1t’s been another exciting and successful year of fund raising in Scarning. Coffee Mornings in 2017 have continued to be very well attended. Ever popular are the bacon butties and we have again exceeded expectation with raising funds for the Church. The total for the year, including theChristmas Craft Fair, was .£4,3 13.38, making a grand total of £16,881.22 since Coffee Mornings began in July 2013. Once again, may 1 thank the volunteers who have worked tirelessly and also everyone who has supported this very worthwhile venture for the village

. Well done for what has become a most enjoyable occasion. Coffee Mornings in 2018 will continue to be the second Saturday of each month through to November with the Christmas Craft Fair on Saturday lst December 2018.
Throughout the year the Village also enjoyed a number of other fund raising events for the Church. These included a Jacket Potato and Pancake evening, a Strawberry Tea, Harvest Supper in September, a Flower Demonstration by Constance Rose and an Autumn Serenade with Fish and Chip supper. These were all well supported and future events will be planned for 2018. For those who have not yet been able to join us for a Coffee Morning you will be made most welcome so do come along and meet some of your fellow villagers. If you would like to help in any way please contact Tricia Foreman on 01362 687082. All funds raised are for Scaming Church.

Scarning PCC Report to Scarning Annual Parish Meeting – 16 April 2018

Scarning Church occupies a prominent position in the centre of the village and it is, therefore, important for the church and churchyard to be kept in reasonable condition.  The PCC is grateful for the help provided by the Parish Council in terms of cutting the grass, maintaining the church clock and supplying the Christmas tree.   The PCC is investigating the possibility of the church being open to visitors every day but there are a number of security and health and safety issues to be addressed before this can happen. 

Once again, the PCC paid its parish share to the Diocese in full.   

The church is fortunate to have its own team of bell-ringers who play regularly for services and indeed help out at St Nicholas in Dereham.

In 2017 the PCC received the quinquennial inspection report from its architect.  All churches have these five yearly inspections which are funded by the Diocese.  Invariably they result in a long list of projects categorised by urgency.  Our architect identified £133,000 of work to be done by 2023 and a further £85,000 of desirable improvements – a daunting prospect.  Work to the windows in the north wall was listed as urgent and the PCC has already had one of the nave windows and one of the stained glass windows repaired at a cost of £16,000.  It is hoped that work on the remaining windows might be undertaken in 2019 to 2020.   The contractor is fully booked until next March in any event.  Other works undertaken this year include health and safety improvements to the tower floors and lighting.   

Although the interior of the building is much drier than it was before the major drainage works, it is still extremely cold in the winter and the PCC is investigating the cost of more effective heating.  This will require an upgrade to the building’s electricity supply.  The two notice boards are also due to be refurbished.

We continue to build links with Scarning School.   The school is too large to visit all at once so we hold a service for younger children at Christmas and one for the older children at Easter.

In terms of clergy, Revd James Rosie joined the ministry team in 2017 bringing the team back up to strength.  However, the Curate, Dominique Turnham had a maternity leave.  Ralph, her son, now accompanies her to services.   We are fortunate in having a service every week and special services at Easter and Christmas which attract large congregations.

Fund raising events included a strawberry tea, a pop up shop of ladies’ fashions, a flower arranging demonstration, the annual church cycle ride, the newspaper collection organised by Charles Hewson, sales of Frank Foreman’s books and CDs, a concert with fish and chips supper and a Christmas Fair.  The monthly coffee mornings held in the Village Hall on the second Saturday of each month are extremely popular – with bacon butties a key component.  The PCC thanks everyone involved in organising and supporting these events.

The village website now includes a plan and directory of burials and interments in the churchyard.

The PCC hopes to organise an event over the Norfolk Day weekend in July and another to tie in with the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.  Discussions are underway about the provision of a flagpole in the churchyard as part of the village’s marking of the anniversary.

The PCC was sorry to see the suspension of Scarning News and hopes that it might be reinstated as a key means of communication with village residents.

Looking over to the church this evening, the daffodils look delightful – complementing those in the rest of the village.  Later on, the poppies provided by Dereham Rotary Club will bloom near the memorial – a fitting reminder of the sacrifices made by small village communities. 

Sue Rockley, PCC Secretary

The Bishop of Norwich with the rector, Sally Theakston and two churchwardens, Ron Steward and Alan Glister after the  re-dedication service in the church in June 2015

Scarning Church

This picture shows the church as it is today.

Scarning Church

This reproduction of an old postcard showing the church as it was prior to the first World War. The building on the extreme right of this picture was the old Post Office on the other side of Chapel lane.

The choir in the time of Rev.Bignold about 90 years ago.

scarning hall

Scarning Hall which is adjacent to the church was once the rectory but now a private house.

Would you like to ring those bells?

Scarning's  bellringers are making excellent progress after deciding to learn the skill and they want more people to join them. Anyone who wants to get involved should telephone Tricia Foreman, tower secretary on 01362 687082.

They now have their own website which has all the up to date information about the group and their activities.  Click on the image

Remembrance Sunday at Scarning 2016

 a photo by Alan Glister


Concert in Church


A record is kept in the church and anyone wishing to consult the register should contact Alf Webdale on 01362 687558 or Alan Glister on 01362 696674 who will ensure that the enquirer has access to the register. The original record made by Scarning WI as part of the Norfolk Federation of Women’s Institute’s project to record Norfolk’s churchyards is available online.Click on the picture to search records up to 1981. Sue Rockley has prepared a current Alphabetical list of inscriptions based on the survey carried out by Scarning WI in 1980.  Click on the green link to access the list and view a plan of the churchyard with numbered gravestones.

Song Book

 Frank Foreman has written a number of songs about life in the village (see below), and the lyrics are now available in book form at £5 and CD at £5 Both will be on sale at the Village Hall Coffee Mornings and other functions, at the church on Sundays or direct from Frank. All profits will go to the Church Restoration Fund, with a donation to Parkinsons UK. For more information please contact Frank on 687082, or fforeman4@sky.com THE SEASONS IN SCARNING

It's Springtime in Scarning , the flowers re-appear, Lambs find their voices it's lovely to hear. Clocks all spring forward as daylight extends. It's getting warmer too. Chorus These are the seasons they come round so fast, A new one beginning, another just past. The weather is varied with wind rain and sun. Snow in the winter too. Summer in Scarning the weather is hot. There's fruit in the hedgerows, a bountiful crop. The fields are all golden, the skies are all blue. There's passing showers too. Chorus Autumn in Scarning, the trees lose their leaves. Winter draws closer theres a Chill breeze. Clocks all go backwards as daylight recedes.  It's getting colder too. Chorus Winter in Scarning, there's snow on the ground, The birds are all hungry they forage around. The East wind is freezing, Jack Frost's in the air. There's rain in abundance too. Chorus Repeat Chorus © Copyright 2012 FIF