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News Archive

Here you will find all of our news stories dating back to when the website was launched in March 2015.

  • Bird Watching with Trevor Williams

    Peregrine Falcon

    At the Friends dinner/auction in April 2016 we were fortunate to secure the successful bid for a birdwatching experience with Trevor Williams, Chairman of North East Norfolk Birdwatching Club, himself a Friend of St John’s. Finding a date when seven retired people have nothing in their diaries is always a difficult task so it was not until 26th October that Patsy and I, with four other Friends met up with Trevor.

  • Autumn Fund Raising Concert

    Gresham's School Sound the Trumpets

    The Friends autumn fund raising concert was held at St. John’s, Aylmerton on 28th September where we were thoroughly entertained by talented musicians from Gresham’s School, Holt.

  • Visit to Hyde Park Nursery

    Hyde Park Nursery

    One of the items in the April auction event was a visit to the Hyde Park Nursery, courtesy of The Friends of Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens. Paula Dyche, a Friend of both St John’s and the Gardens enjoyed a visit to the nursery in July 2016, with her friend Joan Chapman. It was a well timed visit to the Nursery being packed with flowers all ready to go out to central London Royal Parks. Mike Jones, the nursery manager, took about 20 Friends of Hyde Park & Kensington Gardens, around the nursery and enlightened us with how the plants are grown and managed as well as providing us with the history of the nursery.

  • St John’s has quite a large, mainly grassed churchyard which has always been something of a challenge to keep under control. It used to take around 4 hours to cut the grass at the churchyard, but with the ride-on mower all three areas of grass are now cut once a week in just one and a half hours

  • A ''Friendly Supper'''

    Auctionner - Martyn Fox, MBE

    The Supper/Talk/Auction, organised by the Friends, was held at Aylmerton Village Hall on 1st April and proved to be a sellout and a great success. Taking into account ticket sales the event raised a total of £1,515. It really was an evening among Friends and enjoyed by everyone.

  • As you would expect – with difficulty! The last Quinquennial Report indicated that there could be death watch beetle in the main timber beams high up in the nave and recommended that these should be checked.

  • Repairs to the Church Bell

    'Our Bell'

    The Friends put forward a grant application virtually a year ago on behalf of the PCC to the Churches Trust for the specialist repair of the medieval bell which pre-dates 1600 and is on the National List of Church Bells (ie. bells that are of an historical significance). We anticipate that we should know whether the grant application has been successful around the end of July and if so the amount of any grant. Jim Dumolo has already inspected the flooring in the tower beneath the bell and discovered that the lay-out of the timber bearers have previously been altered to enable the bell to be lowered to the ground, which helps to reduce the costs.
    Again, we’ll keep you posted.

  • Ian Ridgway at Felbrigg Forge in the village has produced the design for the handrail. We are now awaiting approval and hope that we will receive the go ahead in the coming weeks.

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