News from around the Parishes


100th anniversary of Fr Alfred Hope Patten’s

appointment as Vicar of Walsingham

As part of the celebrations to mark the 100th anniversary of Fr Alfred Hope Patten’s appointment as Vicar of Walsingham in 2021, Fr William Davage SSC has been commissioned to write a history of the Vicars of Walsingham from 1921-2021. If you have any memories you would like to share please contact him at:



From Darkness To Light

A wonderful concert of fine choral music in aid of the
Royal National Lifeboat Institution

was held in

Saint Mary & All Saints Church
on Saturday 29th February 2020.

The members of Ex Umbra are drawn from the London-based choir Iken Scholars, conducted by Matthew Dunn. Friends and a number of singers from Norwich Cathedral joined the choir for this event because of its strong links with Norfolk and Norwich.
The concert was in aid of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution and in memory of a 20 year old Norfolk lad, Adam, who was studying at Aberystwyth University in Wales. While on a coastline walk he had an accident and, following an extensive search, died despite the best efforts of the RNLI.




Lent Lunches began on Friday 28th February

in the Village Hall, Little Walsingham

and will continue at 12.30 pm on Fridays during Lent.



Shrove Tuesday

S. Giles Church hosted a very successful Pancakes & Tea Party on Shrove Tuesday in the Village Hall, Little Walsingham. Fr Harri was tucked away in the kitchen producing pancakes to order and ably helped by his efficient serving staff. Fortunately, pancake production and consumption went on long enough for children from Walsingham Primary School to join the party.



Fr Tony Noble SSC 

Fr Tony Noble was the Principle Celebrant and Preacher

at S. Mary's on 2nd February 2020 - Candlemass -

the occsasion of the Ruby Jubilee of his ordination to the Sacred Priesthood.



Fr Andreas Wenzel

We congratulate Fr Andreas Wenzel, the Shrine Priest, on his appointment as Vice-Principal and Director of Pastoral Studies at St Stephen’s House. There will be an opportunity to thank Fr Andreas for his contribution to our Parish later on in the year. Please remember him, Zoe, Miriam and Robert in your prayers as they prepare for this next chapter in their lives.




The Parish Confirmation will be held on Saturday 9th May 2020 in St Mary’s.

If anyone wishes to be confirmed, please speak to Fr Harri.



The Crib Service at Saint Mary's

was held on 24th December 2019







Fr Peter Keeling SSC

celebrated the 60th anniversary of his Ordination to the Sacred Priesthood

at Saint Mary & All Saints on Sunday 22nd December 2019.



Fr Frank Nichol's

celebrated the 50th anniversary of his Ordination to the Sacred Priesthood

at Saint Mary & All Saints on Sunday 15th December 2019.



A Foodbank has been established in S. Mary’s. All donations must be in date, and there is a need for: pasta or rice, long life milk, soup, tins of meat or fish or vegetables or fruit,, baked beans, rice pudding, cereals, biscuits, dried potato, small packets of toilet rolls, tooth brushes, toothpaste, soap, washing up liquid and roll on type deodorants. Do support this endeavor as we seek as a Parish to support those greatest in need.




Benefice Eucharist with Baptism & Confirmaton

Bishop Norman Banks, Bishop of Richborough, was the Celebrant and Preacher at a well attended service at S. Peter's on 17th July, when Joseph Gould and Andrew Rodgers were Baptised and Confirmed together with Zinnia-Claire Booty, India Davies and Arthur Woodhouse.



Parish Pilgrimage

A parish pilgrimage, led by Fr Harri Williams, Parish Priest, to the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham was made on Saturday 6th July 2019. It was the first pilgrimage involving Walsingham parishioners for many years.




Fr Harri Williams SSC


On Monday 3rd December Fr Harry Williams SSC was licensed as Priest-in-Charge of the Benefice by The Rt Revd Jonathan Meryck, Bishop of Lynn and the Archdeacon of Lynn, The Ven Ian Bentley; the Preacher was The Rt Revd Norman Banks, Bishop of Richborough.


A full set of images of the ceremony

my be seen here




The Ecumenical Agreement 2018



At Solemn Vespers in the Shrine Church, filled to over-flowing, on Monday 24th September – the Feast of Our Lady of Walsingham – a new Covenant agreed between the Anglican and the Roman Catholic Shrines in Walsingham was announced and signed by Fr Kevin Smith (Priest Administrator of the Anglican Shrine) and Mgr John Armitage (Rector of the Roman Catholic Shrine). Messages from the Bishop of Norwich and the Bishop of East Anglia were read out to mark the occasion.





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