Welcome Message

Prayer, Witness and Service

Welcome to the website for the Waterside Group of Churches, we are a group of communities committed to following Jesus and sharing his love in the heart of the Norfolk Broads. A group of four churches including All Saints, Catfield, St. Mary's, Hickling, St. Catherine’s, Ludham and St. Nicholas, Potter Heigham. A warm welcome can be found at all of our churches, we look forward to greeting new visitors and old friends alike.

The four churches of the Waterside Group are committed to providing a welcome to all members of the community and our many visitors. We do this through prayer, visible witness and practical involvement in our individual parishes and in our community.

The Waterside Group has a deep desire to show the Grace of God in its community, guided by the example of Jesus Christ.

The Churches of the Waterside Group

All Saints, Catfield

The church at Catfield was completely rebuilt in the 14th and 15th centuries, built in traditional Anglian flint and stone. The oldest part of the church is the 14th century west tower. In the tower is a first floor chamber used as a residence by the priest. It contains a fireplace and recessed stone cupboard, with light from four narrow lancet windows. Above the nave arcades are traces of wall paintings. One thought to have been painted around 1377 and shows Stephen kneeling in prayer, while two men throw stones. All Saints contains many more treasures click on the link below to discover more and to find out about our services.

St Mary's, Hickling

St. Mary's church was built in the 13th century by the canons of Hickling Priory, founded by the Valoins family in 1185. Hickling village is situated on the edge of the Hickling Broads, a popular destination for tourists and holiday makers. St. Mary's is said to be a gem of a historic building, in a beautiful setting. The striking west tower is perhaps the best feature of the church. It stands 90 feet high, with diagonal corner buttresses rising over 3 stages high towards an embattled top. For more information about the church and services held there click on the link below.

St Catherine's, Ludham

St Catherine's church sits at the centre of the pretty village of Ludham. Its size and splendour is a reminder of Ludham's wealth in the heady days of the 14th and 15th centuries, when Norfolk thrived on the proceeds of the wool trade. The present church was begun in the 14th century, but only the striking west tower and the chancel date from this period. The nave was rebuilt in the 15th century in Perpendicular style and given a superb hammer-beam roof of oak. St. Catherine's contains many uniqe and interisting features click on the link below for more information about these and services and events held in the church.

St Nicholas, Potter Heigham

Situated in a quiet spot amongst trees at the edge of the village. St Nicholas is one of Norfolks round tower churches, an early round tower rising over 10 meters has an embattled octagon belfry added around C14. Remarkable are the six tall Perpendicular clerestory windows on both north and south sides of the church topped by a neatly thatched roof. Inside can be found a striking brick font and many wall paintings the best are the Seven Works of Mercy in the south aisle. For more about these wall paintings and to find out about services click on the link below.

Services

Each church in the Waterside Group has a regular Sunday service, please see below for the times of each service.

  • All Saints, Catfield - 9.30am
  • St. Mary, Hickling - 11.00am
  • St. Catherine's, Ludham - 9.30am
  • St. Nicholas, Potter Heigham - 11.00am

Morning and Evening Prayer

Morning and Evening Prayer is said at St Catherine's Church, Ludham throughout the week. The offices of Morning and Evening Prayer are said from Common Worship: Daily Prayer, embracing the three key elements of praise, intersession and engagement with Scripture.

  • Morning Prayer: Monday - Saturday at 8.30am
  • Evening Prayer: Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at 5.00pm

Please check our calendar for more details and amendments to the church services.

Events

Throughout the year the churches of The Waterside Group organises regular events which cover a wide range of topics for all the family.

For more information about our upcoming events got to the calendar/events page.

Photos

Take a look at some photographs from past events and services on our photo galleries, click on the link below.

Weddings, Baptism and Funerals

It is our privilege to be involved in many of the significant moments of people’s lives. Here at The Waterside Group of Churches we will do our best to guide you through what Christians mean by baptism, marriage and funerals.

Ministry Team

The Revd Deborah-Hamilton-Grey (Rector)

rector@watersidegroup.org.uk

01692 678382

Alex Cordiner (Authorised Worship Assistant)

alexcordiner@btopenworld.com

01692 678682

Helen Middleton (Licensed Reader)

helenmiddleton315@btinternet.com

01692 678072

Ian Watton (Licensed Reader)

01692 598907

How to reach us

Rector of the Waterside Group: The Revd Deborah Hamilton-Grey

Links

Dioces of Norwich

The Church of England