Benefice News & Events

Holy Week and Easter 2024

All are warmly invited to our services for Holy Week 2024 across the benefice. The details of each individual service can be found below!

Palm Sunday - 24th March
Holy Communion East Harling - 9:30am
Holy Communion - Garboldisham - 9:30am
Holy Communion with Baptism - Brettenham - 11:00am
BCP Matins - Larling - 11:00am
BCP Evensong - Riddlesworth - 6:30pm

Monday of Holy Week - 25th March
BCP Sung Compline - Wretham - 7:00pm
A traditional sung compline from the Book of Common Prayer. Revd Josh is leading and preaching.

Tuesday of Holy Week - 26th March
Healing and Wholeness Eucharist - Brettenham - 7:00pm
A simple Eucharistic service with laying on of hands and annointing of the sick. Revd Br Simon is presiding and Revd Caryll preaching. 

Wednesday of Holy Week (Spy Wednesday) - 27th March
Service of Tenebrae - Shropham - 7:00pm
A service of shadows and lights, with hymns and readings to enter into the mystery of the Passion of Christ. The Benefice's Clergy are leading.

Maundy Thursday - 28th March
Liturgy of Maundy Thursday with washing of feet and hands - Garboldisham - 7:00pm
A Eucharistic service recalling the Last Supper and the washing of feet and hands. It will end with the stripping of the altars and a Vigil Watch until 9:30pm. Revd Br Simon is leading and Revd Lynn is preaching.

Good Friday - 29th March
Eccumenical Walk of Witness - East Harling - 11:45am
The Liturgy of Good Friday - East Harling - 12:00pm
An 'Hour before the Cross' - Garboldisham - 2:00pm
Stations of the Cross - Bridgham - 5:00pm

Holy Saturday - 30th March
Solemn Easter Vigil with First Mass of Easter - East Harling - 7:00pm
The conculsion of the season of Lent, at sundown on Holy Saturday the Easter Fire is lit, Paschal Candle blessed and the Resurrection is celebrated it its full glory. A service of music, readings andd the Eucharist supported by the East Harling Choir.

Easter Sunday - 31st March
Dawn Service - Blo Norton - 6:30am
Easter Eucharist - East Harling - 9:30am
Easter Eucharist - Rushford - 9:30am
Easter Eucharist - Shropham - 9:30am
Easter Matins with distribution of Holy Communion - Wretham - 9:30am
Easter Eucharist - Garboldisham - 11:00am
Easter Eucharist - Bridgham - 11:00am

We look forward to welcoming you to any (or all!) of our services in the benefice!


Upcoming Events in East Harling

We are delighted to announce some upcoming events from March - May to look forward to.

Great Garden Birdwatch

The church will be taking part in this, along with many others, on Saturday, 28th January, 8.30am-4pm and Sunday, 29th January 11am-4pm. Join us in the churchyard and learn about all the birds seen on the day, general birding and wildlife. There will be colouring activities for children, and bird seed to take away to start feeding the birds at home. Everyone is welcome.

Happy birding!



Benefice Epiphany Meditation





Wednesday 3rd January at

40 White Hart St, East Harling

7-8 pm

 Starting off our year thinking about how we follow, on our different roads, the same star to the same place, followed by 30 minutes’ meditation.  


For more information, please ring Rev Lynn Fry on 07554930054


Benefice Advent Carols

Riddlesworth were hosts to the benefice 'Advent Carol Service' this year. It was a wonderful evenings with 40 or so in the congregation. 

Susan Wilson (East Harling) said:

This evening we were warmly welcomed to the Benefice Advent Carol Service at Riddlesworth. Revd Josh was leading the worship, supported by Revd’s Caryll and Lynn, with Revd Brother Simon delivering a wonderful sermon about hope, peace and love and the ‘coming again of Jesus Christ’. There was singing of some favourite Advent carols too. Afterwards everyone was treated to some delicious savoury treats, whilst enjoying some wonderful fellowship together. Sincere thanks to everyone at Riddlesworth for making everyone so welcome.

Benefice Confirmations

A reminder for your diaries to come and celebrate the baptisms and confirmation of many of our Church family with the new Bishop of Thetford, Bishop Ian. All are most welcome to this Benefice service, Bishop Ian will be presiding and preaching and both the East Harling Choir and Benefice Pop Up Choir will be providing musical support. 

Wretham Remembers

Legion and local villagers pay Remembrance Sunday tribute.

The war memorial outside the church gates of St. Ethelbert at Wretham was the focus of attention for over 50 people on Remembrance Sunday.

The traditional service, organised by Wretham and Hockham branch Royal British Legion, was moved from Hockham through lack of a priest – and, at short notice, the Wretham service was led by the Rev. Caryll Baker of East Harling, after the curate, the Rev. Josh Whitnall, fell ill.

But the hour long service, first at the memorial and later in the church, moved with grace and reverence.

RBL secretary Miles Howard recited the names of the men from the local villages connected with the Legion branch and gave the Exhortation.

Trumpeter Chris Ellis from Shropham played Last Post and Reveille either side of the two minute silence and later accompanied organist Callum Dring during hymns.

Branch chairman Richard Burlingham carried the standard in and out of the church, where it was draped over the altar during the service. Lessons were read by Mr Howard and church secretary John Kitson.

Outside, wreaths were laid by Wretham Parish Council chairman Harold Smith and by those from the various villages whose members are within the Wretham and Hockham RBL branch.

Wretham Remembers


Special service remembers those in village war graves.

Despite poor weather, over 100 people turned out in a Norfolk village on Wednesday (November 8th) to pay tribute to Poles and Czechs who flew from its grass airfield and died during WW2.

The 20th anniversary of the annual service at St. Ethelbert, Wretham, was led by the priest in charge, The Revd Br. Simon Richardson Best, who reminded those attending that simply remembering was not enough – unless we acted on those memories so the present and future could be better.

The service has been organised for the past two decades by Thetford and District branch RAFA, whose chairman, John Macpherson, was parade marshal and read the Exhortation, before a bugler played Last Post followed by the silent tribute to men who flew Wellingtons for 311 Squadron from Wretham. They lie in 14 war graves in a corner of the churchyard.

With nine standards from RBL, RAFA and ATC units on parade, Deputy Lieutenant Melinda Raker led wreath-laying at the war memorial outside the church gates, followed by local MP Liz Truss.

Among those also paying tribute as a piper played a lament were officers from the Czech and Polish embassies, from RAF Honington and Godmanchester and the 48th TFW at Lakenheath, Breckland Council chairman Peter Wilkinson, Thetford Mayor Stuart Wright, Watton Mayor Peter Bishop and Wretham Parish Council chairman Harold Smith.

Remembrance at Wretham.

Remembrance at Wretham.

As the nation once again comes together to remember so many lives lost in conflict, Wretham will host two separate functions in November.

Wednesday November 8th at 10.45am.

The service of remembrance for the Polish and Czech WW2 flyers from Wretham airfield reaches its 20th anniversary this year.

Organised by Thetford Royal Air Forces Association to honour the 14 men who lie in war graves in a corner of St. Ethelbert’s churchyard, the short service will be led by the Revd. Simon Richardson. After prayers, Exhortation, playing of the Last Post and two minute silence, the well attended ceremony sees wreaths laid at the war memorial before the parade moves to the war graves for planting of poppy crosses.

The event will be attended by a large gathering, including uniformed military attaches from London embassies, as well as local mayors, council chairmen and other local and county dignitaries.

After the service refreshments are served in the Village Hall.

Sunday November 12th at 10.45am.

St. Ethelbert is this year’s venue for the annual Remembrance Sunday service, which moves round villages from which are drawn members of Wretham and Hockham branch RBL.

The traditional service, with its well known hymns and ceremonial features, will be led by the Revd. Josh Whitnall, with Callum Dring at the organ.

Members of the general public are warmly welcomed at all these three occasions.

East Harling Christmas Tree Festival

A wonderful Christmas Tree Festival, with a record 85 trees, beautifully decorated by local clubs, groups, schools, businesses and individuals.  Also a record number of visitors, who all enjoyed seeing the magic and sparkle light up our amazing church.


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