Welcome Message

Prayer, Witness and Service

Welcome to the website for the Waterside Group of Churches (Benefice), 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 Benefice 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 Benefice

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

The Waterside Group has a monthly Benefice Holy Communion Service on the first Sunday of each month. This service will be held in one of the parish churches each month, please check our calendar for details.
The regular pattern of services during the rest of the month may be a service of Holy Communion or Morning Worship held in each of the parish churches.

Please see below for the times of each service and look on the calendar for more details.

  • All Saints, Catfield - 9.30am
  • St. Mary, Hickling - 10.00am
  • St. Catherine's, Ludham - 9.30am
  • St. Nicholas, Potter Heigham - 10.00am

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

Events

Throughout the year the churches of The Waterside Group Benefice organises regular events for all the family.

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

Photos & Video

Take a look at some photographs and video clips from past events and services on our media page, click on the link below.

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, intercession and engagement with Scripture.
All are welcome to join us.

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

Online Daily Prayer

Click the link below to view an online copy of Morning and Evening Prayer on the Church of England website.

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.

Message from the Rector

We arrived back from our Sabbath rest in the first week of September to a very wet Norfolk from Sunny Spain. We went to a place called Almunecar. It is a very Spanish family orientated resort and it challenged us linguistically, not being able to speak a word that would make any sense previously. I am now proud to say I can order Spanish breakfast, dos tostada n tomate, and dos café con leche, por favour. With the limitations of our Spanish we lived on this most days.
My time away caused me to reflect on our similarities and our differences in relationship with one another wherever we are. We are not so different to our continental brothers and sisters.
It struck me that Almunecar is the equivalent of our Great Yarmouth, or Cromer. It is the holiday resort for the local Spanish people, our ordering of tostada etc. is their equivalent of the full English breakfast. Crowds of locals packed the cafes for breakfast every day, all ages and stages, large and small families. And then everyone disappears around 11 ishand Lunch begins at 1.30 ish and ends at 4.00pm. The Spanish certainly know how to pause in the day, savour the moment. Lunch is a very significant and important social gathering for all the family. Everyone stops for Lunch, three course lunch with wine, always bread, bier, tinto de verrano, coffee etc. Then it all closes down till the evening when everyone comes out to promenade, talk in the streets, walk along by the seafront.
Learning to pause for us in the U.K. is not so easy, everything moves at such a pace. People are often found eating their way through lunch at their desk, trying to catch a sandwich or a coffee. We don't have time to pay very much attention to ourselves or those around us. Often we look forward to retirement as the time when we can stop and pause and pay more attention to the world around us.
As we move forward into the Autumn season with our upcoming Harvest Festivals (7th October) and Remembrance Services in November in all four churches in the Group. I extend a warm welcome to all, young and old and everyone in between. I pray that we will be able to use this coming season to pause together, to do more of what brings us joy, to punctuate the rhythm of the day with good things. In Jesus day it would be called table fellowship, they loved to eat and talk together. We grow together when we notice one another more, noticing and appreciating one another is another form of prayer and has its roots in being obedient to the command to "Love one another as I have loved you." Jesus challenge to us all.
May the God of all our musings and doings in the coming weeks help us to notice more, love more, and enjoy more. God bless you and all those that you pray for and care for now and always.

Revd Deborah Hamilton-Grey

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

John Savage (Authorised Worship Assistant, Organist and Choirmaster)

johndsavage@ymail.com

01692 678654

Lynda Savage (Authorised Worship Assistant, Verger)

lysa24sept@yahoo.co.uk

01692 678654

Michael Hamilton-Grey(Authorised Worship Assistant)

m.hamilton.grey@gmail.com

01692 678382

Christine Wall (Authorised Worship Assistant)

thewalls@broadland.net

Stephen Pitkethly (Authorised Worship Assistant)

stephen@dadsboats.com

Judith Gardiner (Authorised Worship Assistant)

judithgardiner5@aol.com

Zephney Kennedy (Authorised Worship Assistant)

zlkndy@gmail.com

How to reach us

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

Links

Dioces of NorwichThe Church of England

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