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 September
9.00am - Mass at Winterton
9.30am - 12.30pm - Table top sale and pop up café at the Church Room
9.00am - Mass at Winterton
Sunday 19th September Harvest Worship across the Benefice
9.00am at Winterton and 10.45am at Somerton
Sunday 26th September Harvest Worship across the Benefice
11.00am at Hemsby and 6.00pm at Horsey
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
“The older you get the more time goes more quickly.” In my younger days I thought that was a silly thing that older people said. Through experience of life we do find that to be true. Of course time is evenly passed with sixty seconds making up one minute, and sixty minutes making one hour. But what we do within those minutes, or indeed, not do, does affect what we experience of the passing of time. And I can hardly believe that by the time you read this we shall be in September.
It’s the month of new beginnings for students and teachers as a new school year begins. In the days prior to ordination when I too was working in a school the time table up to Christmass would have been put together, including carol services and Christmass parties.
In the Church calendar we mark the end of harvesting with harvest festivals. Though centuries ago it was marked on Lammas Day, which was on 1st of August. In a tradition dating back to the time of King Alfred this was the equivalent of our harvest festival (which is a fairly modern invention dating only as far back as the nineteenth century).
The word Lammas derives from two words ‘loaf’ and ‘mass’. It was customary in the early English Church to bless bread made from the first ripe corn at Mass on that day, as a thanksgiving for the harvest. Customs change, one tradition gets built upon another, until the original is forgotten.
During September we shall be celebrating our Harvest Festivals in our four churches of the benefice. But it’s worth remembering that older English tradition of presenting a loaf at mass to celebrate the harvest. Bread is a staple part of life, without eating and drinking we would not survive. Within the Christian Church bread and wine are the gifts we offer every week at the altar. God gives us the natural world, we take the grain and make it into bread which we give back to God at the offertory in our Eucharist, then after consecration God gives it back once more to us, but this time transformed by the Holy Spirit and prayer into the Body of Christ for our Communion.
One very early name for our worship is the Eucharist, a word derived from the Greek simply meaning thanksgiving. At every celebration of the Holy Communion, (also called the mass, the Lord’s Supper and the Eucharist) we are reminded that we should live eucharistic lives - lives of thanksgiving for what we have received in life. It’s all too easy to moan about what we haven’t got, or to blame God when things go wrong in our lives. Our weekly worship should remind us of what we have got and all the blessings of life.
A message from your parish priest Father John