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News items include the latest news from the Friends and news items relating to the church building, which may be of interest to Friends. For news relating to Aylmerton Village Hall please visit www.aylmertonvillagehall.wix.com/northnorfolk

  • 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.

  • Annual Carol Service

    Altar at the Carol Service

    It’s a great pleasure to be able to report back to The Friends that our annual Carol Service on December 20th was a very happy and successful occasion.

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