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

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

Team Rector

Canon Sally Theakston 


day off: Monday

Team Curate

Revd. Dominique Turnham - tel: 697388


Alan Glister


Ron Steward


PCC Secretary

Sue Rockley


Parish Office


Parochial Church Council

Alan Glister and Ron Steward are our Churchwardens – with Alf Webdale and Charles Steward as deputy Churchwardens.  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, Charles Pope, Tricia Foreman and Tim Farnham.


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: The newsletter for each week is usually uploaded on the preceding Thursday.

Services September

Morning Prayer - Lydia Crick
9th Parish Communion - Dominique Turnham
16th Family Service
23rd Parish Communion - BCP - Jenny Taylor
30th At Dereham for Alan’s farewell


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.

Saturday 8th September 2018
Saturday 13th October 2018
Saturday 10th November 2018
Saturday lst December 2018 - CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR

Scarning Church Restoration Appeal

The PCC would like to thank everyone for their generous support and are delighted with the response to the appeal which has raised the £25,000 required in match funding for the initial grant offered by English Heritage. This has been achieved through many fund raising events, donations and offers of grants from other charities. In the meantime we will continue fund raising to ensure that we can do as much of the urgent work as possible.

Waste paper collection -
Charles Hewson has kindly offered to run a waste paper collection.

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 on 30th June 2015

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


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

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.

Report to Scarning Annual Parish Meeting  April 2017

watch this space

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 below:

Remembrance Sunday at Scarning 2016

 a photo by Alan Glister


Concert in Church October 2016


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 an Alphabetical list of inscriptons which is based on the above record prepared in 1980. Since 1980 more of the headstones have become illegible and some grave markers are no longer in place. Brackets indicate where the text is illegible. Click on the green link to access the list and view a plan of the churchyard with numbered gravestones.