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NORFOLK COUNTRY CHURCH ACTS IN A BID TO ENCOURAGE MORE WORSHIPPERS image

NORFOLK COUNTRY CHURCH ACTS IN A BID TO ENCOURAGE MORE WORSHIPPERS

21st November 2019

A country church which pre-dates the compiler of the Book of Common Prayer, Thomas
Cranmer (1489 – 1556), and uses the 1662 version of his Prayer Book for most of its
services, has just joined the Prayer Book Society.

The new corporate member is the church of St Andrew in the Norfolk village of West
Bradenham.

The church’s Parochial Church Council, encouraged by its secretary, Squadron Leader
Robin Loveday – who is also chairman of the Norwich Diocese Branch of the PBS – opted
for membership in a bid to encourage new worshippers to join its modest Sunday
congregations of around ten. Numbers rise on those Sundays when the St Andrews’ choir
members, augmented by two or three enthusiasts from Dereham and beyond, sing at Matins or
Evensong.

Asked how, as a new corporate member, St Andrews might support the work of the society,
Squadron Leader Loveday said: ‘I hope that we will continue to be the PBS light in the very
large and widespread Team Ministry into which we have recently been subsumed.’

St Andrew’s Church, which stands above and outside the village, features a clock facing the
village from an unusual tower offset from the south-west corner of the nave.

Inside visitors can see five Victorian stained-glass windows described by Squadron Leader
Loveday as ‘a treasure house of some of the best work of top nineteenth-century glass
workshops.’

The windows all commemorate the Haggard family which occupied nearby Bradenham Hall
from the early 1800s to the early 1900s. Their most well-known member was the author of
adventure novels Sir Henry Rider Haggard.

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The church of St Andrew, West Bradenham

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