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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

Picture by Cassie Tillett © http://www.norfolkbroadphotography.co.uk

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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

For general inquiries please phone Fr John Bloomfield on 01493 393628 or email jonstefanfield@btinternet.com

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

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 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.


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Service times and church events during July

Every Sunday

9.00am - Mass at Winterton

Every Friday

9.00am - Mass at Winterton

Every Saturday

9.30am - 12.30pm - Table top sale and pop up café at the Church Room

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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

Dear friends,

At the time of writing it looks as if we shall soon be free of all the lockdown restrictions, which means for church worship we will be able to sing again. I know this is something that many people are looking forward to. I must thank our organists across the benefice for their commitment to producing music for us even though we weren’t able to sing.

We should perhaps reflect that singing hymns in the Anglican church came very late. When Cranmer reformed the Churches worship in the sixteenth century he translated a great deal of material from the Latin rites of the Mass and the offices. Although he may have had skill with words in prose he was not a poet, so all the old Latin hymns were discarded from worship. In order to retain some singing in worship John Merbecke was commissioned to compose a setting of the Mass, so he produced a setting of the Kyries, Gloria, Creed, Sanctus and Benedictus and Agnus Dei. When the 1549 Prayer Book was changed in 1552 Merbecke’s musical settings had to be adapted to Cranmer’s reworking of the worship. For instance at first sight it looks as if he dropped the Agnus Dei (Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world have mercy on us).

However if you look carefully at the 1552 service and compare it with that of the 1549 book Cranmer put the words of the Agnus Dei into the Gloria which stayed in that combined setting into the 1662 Prayer Book. The Kyrie’s were adapted to become responses to the Ten Commandments, and the Benedictus dropped out of sight; but that was all that would be sung.

Hymns as we know them came from the non-Conformist tradition. Originally only metrical versions of the psalms were sung until Isaac Watts started writing words which were not settings of parts of the Bible. But these were frowned upon in the established Church of England. These days we expect we will sing hymns but not necessarily parts of the liturgy (worship). How times change! What was once forbidden in the Church we now take for granted. What was expected to be sung has become optional.

So you see we can easily change our pattern of doing things in our worship.

In this last year Cranmer and his Reforming friends would have been horrified that we have only been receiving Holy Communion in one kind, i.e. the host (the Bread of the Eucharist) and not from the chalice. It is one of the things that the Reformers held so dear to themselves that we should eat and drink the precious gifts of the altar.

Now that we are soon to restore the chalice I must stress that we should eat and drink, NOT dip the wafer into the chalice. It is quite disrespectful to our Lord’s command, and reduces this most sacred moment to the likes of dipping a biscuit into a cup of tea or coffee. When we get back to receiving the precious blood from the chalice please do NOT go back to that dreadful habit of ‘intinction.’ If (for whatever reason) you have done this in the past, please receive your Communion in one kind only as we have been doing for the last year.

A whole year of doing things differently should now make us think if our old habits were always right and good, or merely habit and done for the wrong reason. At whatever stage we are in life it is always good to reflect on the way we do something, and why we do it. If this year has done anything for Christians then it could well be to see what is really important for us in our worship of God, and what is only a man-made tradition should be forgotten.

Your priest and pastor, Father John

A message from your parish priest Father John

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