Holy Trinity and All Saints Church
Holy Trinity and All Saints Church, WInterton-on-Sea
Rev Clarence Porter's grave, which is in line with the altar
Picture by Cassie Tillett ©
It is one of the four rural parishes Fr John is responsible for in the Flegg coastal group and like much of the rest of Winterton, it is dog friendly – in fact he has his own canine assistant Dixie, a rescue dog. Well-behaved pets are welcome at services.
The son of a shepherd, Fr John, who arrived in the village in February 2019 after two decades in charge at St Edmund in Hunstanton, is an experienced church organist as well as a priest. As a schoolboy in North Norfolk he played for both the Church of England and Methodist churches in his home village of Holkham.
Parish Mass is at 9am on a Sunday and the church is open daily between 9am and 6pm - or until dusk in winter.
Inside Holy Trinity and All Saints Church
For general inquiries please phone Fr John Bloomfield on 01493 393628 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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An aerial trip around the church
A bird's eye view from the top of the tower - open to the public during spring & summer
THE fishing heritage of Winterton is apparent as soon as you walk through the door of Holy Trinity and All Saints Church.
Nets from one of the last fishing boats that made a living from the beach hang from the walls and at the back of the church is Fisherman's Corner with a crucifix carved from ships' timbers.
The feature was the idea of one of current vicar Rev John Bloomfield’s predecessors, Rev Clarence Porter, who was rector between 1925 and 1932.
Rev Porter's life was cut short when he suffered a heart attack after rescuing a choirboy from the sea and among the tributes to local lifeboatmen, who carried out daring rescues, is a memorial to him. He is buried in the churchyard and flowers are still occasionally laid on his grave.
Joseph Hume of nearby Burnley Hall, a 19th Century MP who campaigned against anti-trade union laws and protested against flogging being used as a punishment in the army, is also remembered on the walls of the church along with another Hume whose generous legacy can be seen in the beautifully carved roof and rood screen.
One of the 14th and 15th Century church's big claims to fame is the impressive tower. At over 132 feet high it dominates the landscape and served as a lookout post during times of war. Some of the soldiers who spent cold and lonely nights up there left their marks etched into the lead roof.
It underwent a major restoration in 2014 and now, on Saturdays during the spring and summer, it is open to the public and offers stunning views over the surrounding countryside as well as out to sea. On a clear day those who make the climb can see as far as Happisburgh lighthouse to the north and Caister water tower in the south. (Please see our ).
Times and the local population may have changed over the years, but the church is still an important part of the village.
There is a flower festival that is well supported and people will also turn out for events like the Good Friday Walk of Prayer through the village.
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Service times and church events during May
9.00am - Mass at Winterton
9.00am - Mass at Winterton
Ascension Day - 13th May
7.00pm - Eucharist at Winterton
Saturday 22nd May
9.30am - 12.30pm - Table top sale and pop up café at the Church Room
Some of the items destined for the table top sale - books can be bought from the church porch at anytime and at the Church Room every last Saturday of the month until 28th August
Every charity and organisation which we chose to support or actively take part in are obliged to have an annual meeting to show openness and no one has broken the law or gone against the rules or constitution of the organisation. In the Church’s case the rules we are to abide with are called ‘The canons of the Church of England.’
As a church we are required to have an annual meeting. The parish in fact has two annual meetings. The oldest of those meetings is known as the Easter Vestry meeting when the churchwardens are elected. In earlier times one was appointed by the Vicar “The Vicar’s warden” the other by the parishioners, although in some ancient places the second warden was chosen by the mayor. The churchwarden’s role is quite specific and set out in the Canons of the Church of England (as mentioned above)
‘They shall be foremost in representing the laity and in co-operating with the incumbent; they are to use their best endeavours by example and precept to encourage the parishioners in the practice of true religion and to promote unity and peace among them. They shall also maintain order and decency in the church and churchyard during the time of divine service.’ Canon E 1. 4
Secondly ‘In the churchwardens is vested the property in the plate, ornaments, and other moveable goods of the church, and they shall keep an inventory thereof which they shall revise from time to time as occasion may require. Canon E 1.5
The second meeting, which usually follows on from the Easter vestry meeting is called the Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) at which the updates Electoral Roll is presented, declaring the number on the roll, the number of those who have left the roll and the number of those who have joined the roll. The electoral roll officer is not required to be a member of the PCC. Following this the churchwardens give their report specifically on the state of the church building and the inventory. The PCC secretary gives a resume of the dealings of the PCC in the past year. The treasurer presents the accounts, which do not have to be adopted by the meeting, legally they have to be adopted by the PCC and simply presented to the APCM by the treasurer. Then there follows reports from any church groups, eg the choir, Mothers’ Union, Social committee etc. The incumbent will usually give an address which may be part of the worship before the meeting. Then there are various legal issues to be addressed, specifically the Children and Vulnerable Adults Policy of the parish and the election of an officer relating to that policy.
Next follows the election to various roles:
First, (only when the three year period necessitates it) the election of a Deanery Synod representatives. The number of representatives is determined by the number on the electoral roll.
Next, the election of members to serve on the PCC (Parochial Church Council). Every parish may adopt into its constitution how many members are appropriate and for how long they are to serve.
Thirdly, the election of sidemen and women.
Finally there is Any Other Business. This is the only meeting of the church which requires AOB. It is a chance for anyone on the church’s electoral roll to ask a question or to suggest something that the Church in the parish might undertake. (or volunteer to do something)
The secretary and treasurer to the PCC are elected at the first meeting of the PCC. The treasurer does not have to be a member of the PCC but does attend its meetings to give a report. The PCC can also appoint a Minutes Secretary so that the elected PCC Secretary can take a full part in the PCC meetings without having to take minutes at the same time.
If you are a church member please do attend though only those on the electoral roll can stand for office and vote at the meeting. Sunday May 30th following the Sunday service at 9am.
Your priest and pastor,
A message from your parish priest Father John