Have you heard of the Paston family?

The Paston family wrote a prodigious number of letters in the 15th century which have been saved and teach us much of life in those times. Edward Paston, 1550 – 1630, had a Manor House in Blofield and was buried in Blofield Church. One of the most prominent Norfolk families is getting a huge boost from the Heritage Lottery Fund – and it will enable people across the county and beyond to join up the dots in its 300 year history.

The 600 Paston Footprints Project will, over a three year period, engage with 11 key centres in Norfolk (Paston, Bacton, North Walsham, Gresham, Mannington, Oxnead, Hellesdon, Blofield, Mautby/Caister, Norwich and Dereham) to work with and support local community groups, schools, walkers, churches, museums and the owners of key sites, to provide resources, information boards, events, activities, workshops, podcasts, booklets, and maps of heritage trails and cycle routes. Look out for Blofield’s part in this exciting venture.

Bell, Bats and Owls Sleepover

We will be holding our Bells, Bats and Owls Sleepover again this year from 4 pm on Wednesday, 30th May until 8 am on Thursday 31st May.

For children from 9 upwards there will be Bell Ringing and activities at 4 pm. Richard Carter from St Peter Mancroft will be on hand to share his love of bell ringing and give you an opportunity to have a go at bell ringing on a Mini Ring, Hand Bell Lapping, Mini Chimes and also visit the big church bells.

From 6 pm there will be an owl encounter and activities for children 6 and older. Would you like to learn about owls and their habitats? The Raptor Trust will bring an owl for you to see and learn about.

Between 7 pm and 8 pm there will be a BBQ and an opportunity to prepare your camp for the night.

At 8.30 pm ‘Bat’man arrives to take us across the hills to Braydeston in search of bats with a bat detector and your torches!

What do you need to bring? An adult!!!!, wellies, sleeping bag, torch, pyjamas and £3 per person – glow sticks provided! Batty breakfast included!

Further details and a booking form are available here.

Visit to Cambridge

A date for your diary: We are organising a visit to Cambridge on Sunday, June 3rd. We are planning a visit to Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge who are patrons of Blofield and Hemblington churches. A coach will take us there giving us time to explore the city and then attend evensong in the college chapel. This is a memorable experience. Please contact Janet 431139 or Yvonne 715213 if you would like to come along. All are very welcome.

“Play Church” Toddler Group

Our Play Church group is every Wednesday from 1 pm until 3 pm during school term time. Parents, grandparents and carers are all welcome to come and join this successful and friendly toddler group while the children learn in a welcoming, safe and well-resourced setting. Activities provided are appropriate for all preschool aged children. There are refreshments for the adults and healthy snacks and drinks for the children. There is no charge but we do have a donation bowl if you wish to contribute.

Computer Café in the West End

A warm welcome awaits you at our new monthly Computer Café at Blofield church. Free wi-fi available, alongside delicious coffee, tea and homemade cake (on a donations basis). So, if you’ve got some research or writing to do come and work in the company of others. For those who are unsure about using their computer help will be on hand to give some pointers and encouragement. It is hoped that we will have access to family history research for which there will be a minimum donation of £1 to cover costs.

Computer Café will run on the last Wednesday of each month 10.30 am until 12.30 pm. We look forward to welcoming you at the West End Café in Blofield church.

West End Café

Each Wednesday there is a warm welcome from 10.15 am at our West End Café with hot drinks, cakes, cookies and companionship. Do come along then or join us also for the 9.30 am mid-week communion service which precedes the café.