Holy Trinity and All Saints Church

Holy Trinity and All Saints Church, WInterton-on-Sea

Fisherman's Corner

Rev Clarence Porter's grave, which is in line with the altar

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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


Services & Events

Aerial Video

Views from Tower Top

A bird's eye view from the top of the tower - open to the public during spring & summer

Services & events during December

An aerial trip around the church

For general inquiries please phone Fr John Bloomfield on 01493 393628 or email

To view more photos from the top of the tower please visit our slideshow page

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 slideshow).

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.

Sunday 1st December

9.00am First Sunday of Advent Mass at Winterton.

6.00pm Benefice Advent Service of light at Hemsby.

Tuesday 3rd December

2.15pm Hemsby Primary School Chrsitingle service in Hemsby Church.

3.30pm Winterton Primary School Chrsitingle service in Winterton Church.

Friday 6th December

9.00am Said Mass at Winterton.

Sunday 8th December

9.00am Second Sunday of Advent Mass at Winterton.

Tuesday 10th December

10.00am - noon Coffee morning at the Barn Room, Hemsby. Tea, coffee, home-made cakes and raffle.

Thursday 12th December

10.30am Advent Quiet Hour of Preparation for all four congregations in Hemsby church.

7.00pm for 7.30pm Hemsby Christmas Dinner at The Lacon Arms. The three course meal with entertainment is £20. Please add your name to the list at the back of the church or speak to Maureen.

Friday 13th December

9.00am Said Mass at Winterton.

Sunday 15th December

9.00am Third Sunday of Advent Mass at Winterton.

Tuesday 17th December

7.00pm Carol Service at Winterton

Friday 20th December

9.00am Said Mass at Winterton.

Sunday 22nd December

9.00am Fourth Sunday of Advent Mass at Winterton.

Christmas Eve 24th December

3.00pm Christmas Eve Crib service

7.00pm Christmas Eve Moonlight Mass

Christmas Day 25th December

9.00am Christmas Day Mass

Friday 27th December

9.00am Said Mass at Winterton.

Sunday 29th December

9.00am Benefice Mass at Winterton.


Church Tower open days raised £1331.83

Christmas Bazaar raised £500

Winterton Church 100 Club is looking for new members. Proceeds go towards the upkeep of the church and the Church Rooms. It costs £1 a month and the draw is at the end of each month. Contact Margaret in the evening on 01493 393755