Great with Little Witchingham
Great Witchingham includes the hamlet of Lenwade and is known by both names. When combined with Little Witchingham, the area has a population of around 600 people.
St Mary’s Church, Great Witchingham is a beautiful 13th Century, grade I building which stands around 1.5 miles out of the village at the end of Heath Lane. It has two bells, although these are currently unsafe to ring. The church is large and light with a wonderful acoustic and since 2009 has benefitted from heating and electric light. It has a seven Sacrament Font. (The seven sacraments are Baptism, The Eucharist, Confirmation, Penance, Marriage, Ordination and Extreme Unction.) Great Witchingham C of E Primary School is also located in the village and we regularly visit them to perform “Open the Book” assemblies as well as other festive services throughout the year. Great Witchingham also has a large, modern village hall where we hold Messy Café Church on the second Sunday of the month.
St Faith’s at Little Witchingham is a small 14th century church which is currently in the care of The Churches Conservation Trust. Having fallen out of use in the 1930s, the church was in a state of disrepair. However, one day in 1967 Mrs Eve Barker intrepidly climbed into the church through a window and discovered splendid medieval wall paintings which were under threat of being lost forever. The Norfolk Churches Trust and the Council for the Care of Churches took responsibility for the repair, renovation and maintenance of the building and the wall paintings have been saved for worshipers and visitors alike to admire. Although the church is redundant, we do hold occasional services there, particularly in the summer months when the church offers a beautifully cool and light place to be.
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Our church buildings in the Reepham and Wensum Valley Benefice are as individual as those who have worshipped in them for hundreds of years. They each hold many interesting social and historical artefacts as well as providing spaces for peace, worship and celebration for the communities they serve today. Below are links to The Norfolk Churches website which will provide you with a taster of what you may find when you visit us.
Click here for Simon Knott’s report on St Faith’s, Little Witchingham on the Norfolk Churches website.
Click here for Simon Knott’s report on St Mary’s, Great Witchingham on the Norfolk Churches website.
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