Welcome Message

Prayer, Witness and Service

Welcome to the website for the Waterside Group of Churches (Benefice), we are a group of church communities committed to following Jesus and sharing his love in the heart of the Norfolk Broads.

Our three parish churches are All Saints', Catfield, 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 three churches of the Waterside 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 Reverend Gary Noyes
Vicar of the Waterside Benefice


The Churches of the Waterside Group Benefice

All Saints, Catfield

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 Catherine's, Ludham

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

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.

Worship in the
Waterside Group Benefice

sunday service


Churches in the Waterside Group are open for worship as follows:


Sunday 3rd December - Advent Sunday
St Nicholas' Potter Heigham
Benefice Holy Communion and Patonal Festival led by Rev’d Gary Noyes at 10am
St Catherine's Ludham
A Special Benefice Advent Service to commemorate those loved ones who we espcially remember led By Rev'd Gary Noyes at 6pm.

Sunday 10th December
Potter Heigham Methodist Church joined by All Saints' Catfield and St Nicholas' Potter Heigham
Carol Service at 10am
St Nicholas' Potter Heigham
Carol by Candlelight led by Mary Haslam at 3:30pm
St Catherine’s Ludham
Holy Communion led by Rev’d Gary Noyes 10am

Sunday 17th December
All Saints' Catfield (St Nicholas' Potter Heigham to join)
Holy Communion led by Rev’d Gary Noyes at 10am
St Catherine’s Ludham
Morning Prayer led by Stephen Pitkethly AWA at 10am
St Catherine’s Ludham
Service of Lessons and Carols
led by Rev’d Gary Noyes at 6:30pm
Followed by mulled wine and mince pies

Saturday 23rd December
St Catherine’s Ludham
Carols Around the Christmas Tree led by the Scratch Band, starts at Stocks Hill at 5pm
Refreshments afterwards

Sunday 24th December Christmas Eve
All Saints' Catfield
Carols starting from the school led by Judith Gardiner LLM
St Catherine’s Ludham
Morning Service led by Lynda Savage AWA at 10am
St Catherine’s Ludham
Crib Service
led by John Savage AWA at 3pm
St Catherine's Ludham
Benefice Midnight Holy Communion
led by Rev’d Gary Noyes at 11:30pm

Monday 25 December Christmas Day
St Nicholas' Potter Heigham
Christmas Day Holy Communion led by Rev’d Gary Noyes at 10am
St Catherine’s Ludham
Morning Worship led by Christine Wall AWA at 10am

Sunday 31st December
St Nicholas' Potter Heigham
Joint service with Potter Heigham Methodist Church at 10am
St Catherine’s Ludham
United Service at Ludham Methodist church led by Rev'd Andrew King at 11am
All Saints' Catfield
Evening Prayer led by Judith Gardiner at 6pm.


Upcoming and recent events in the Benefice


Save the Parish

A group called “Save the Parish” has recently been formed to more effectively voice the views and concerns of rural parishes such as ourselves in this very important debate.

Visit the “Save the Parish” website at savetheparish.com to find out more, or sign up as a supporter.


A Christmas message from the Bishop of Norwich

Recently, Bishop Graham filmed a Christmas message with primary school children at Cringleford School near Norwich.

The Bishop of Norwich, the Rt Revd Graham Usher speaks about the Prince of Peace and the message of Peace in advent during these troubled times across the world.

A special and grateful thank you to the children and staff team at Cringleford CE VA Primary school.



Churches in the Benefice are open for individual prayer and reflection during the week.

For more details visit the church's webpage using the tab at the top of this page.


Lighting a Candle for Prayer or in Remembrance.

If someone you knew has died recently or long ago, lighting a candle can often help us pause, pray and think of them for a few moments.

Lighting a candle can also be a way to help in prayer, or to ask for God's help, either for yourselves, a loved one, or someone you know is in difficulty and needing God's support.

Whatever is going on, make space to pray in your life.

If you are unable to get to Church you can Light a Virtual Candle

If you can't get to a church just now, you can still light a candle at home, or online on the Church of England website (link below). The process is simple. private and totally anonymous, there are no login, registration, or any other details asked for.


Services at Norwich Cathedral including those on YouTube

Follow this link to view details of Services coming up in Norwich Cathedral.

Follow this link for the Norwich Cathedral Services YouTube Channel.


The following link to the Church of England website offers links to prayer resources, guidance and further information.


Church of England
Facebook page

Follow the Church of England on its Facebook page to follow live services and events, and to receive regular prayer and guidance.


Join in a service of Daily Prayer

The following link to the Church of England website offers the opportunity to join in a service of Daily Prayer which is available in both contemporary and traditional forms and for all times of day.


Supporting good mental health

Given the challenging times we are living in with coronavirus, the Church of England have updated their booklet supporting good mental health with new reflections and new resources. They seek to provide hope, reassurance and comfort.

If you want to speak to someone, please visit the Mental Health Foundation website, which has lots of helpful resources and contacts. Visit the Mental Health Foundation website.


Church of England on your Smart speaker

Access the Church of England with your Smart speaker for prayers, explanations of the Christian faith, location-based information about local church events and services, and more.

To get started, just follow the instructions for your device below

"Alexa, open the Church of England"
"Hey Google, talk to the Church of England"


Waterside Message

Vicar's Christmas Message

Dear Friends,

As we approach Christmas and the New Year of 2024, we look forward to celebrations of one kind or another- parties, family reunions, a time for giving and receiving, or maybe even just having a quiet Christmas! Whatever it might be, it can be a time of great optimism, too. Let's face it, there is much going on in the world right now that cries out literally for peace, and the word and concept of hope becomes something of paramount importance for all of us. It's great for us to be able to take a moment, and to reflect on the true meaning of the hope of Christmas for this world.

I heard recently of Christians in the Middle East and elsewhere who, through the most challenging times, hang on to their hope in Christ- not just at Christmas, but each day of the year. They know, and we can know too, that the coming of Jesus to us changes everything, and God calls us to respond to his love for us in some way. We all know ourselves pretty well, and we know the best way that we can do that.

So, may you find God's true blessing in Christ this Christmas- that our lives may be changed and burn even brighter, whatever we happen to be facing at the moment. Here is a Christmas Prayer for us all to share in Waterside Benefice, whether we are in Catfield, Ludham, or Potter Heigham: (Feel free to use it in whichever way suits you).

Lord God, help me this Christmas time to find a moment to reflect on the real meaning and impact of the coming of Jesus to us- to be still, and find healing and peace. Renew me, I pray, and may I know your power and presence as I prepare in true hope for the coming New Year. I pray this in the name of Jesus, as I also pray for those around me who need your touch at this time. Amen.

With our love and best wishes for Christmas and the New Year

Gary and April


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.



We are committed to the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults and ensuring their wellbeing.

If you have any concerns for a child or vulnerable adult then please contact :

All Saints, Catfield - Judith Gardiner - tel 01692 580391
St Catherine's, Ludham - Helen Middleton - tel 01692 678072
St Nicholas, Potter Heigham - Judith Gardiner - tel 01692 580391

As part of The Church of England, The Waterside Benefice, its clergy and leaders are committed to safeguarding as an integral part of the life and ministry of the Church.

‘The Church of England is called to share the good news of God’s salvation through Jesus Christ. The life of our communities and institutions is integral to how we address this task. The good news speaks of welcome for all, with a particular regard for those who are most vulnerable, into a community where the value and dignity of every human being is affirmed and those in positions of responsibility and authority are truly trustworthy. Being faithful to our call to share the gospel therefore compels us to take with the utmost seriousness the challenge of preventing abuse from happening and responding well where it has’.

From ‘Promoting a Safer Church’, The Church of England’s Safeguarding Policy Statement.

The Norwich Diocesan Safeguarding Team can be contacted on email safeguarding@dioceseofnorwich.org or on 01603 882345.

You can also use the following link to the Norwich Diocesan Safeguarding page containing more information and contact details.

You can also speak to the ChildLine helpline - call free on 0800 1111

or click on the link below to find out how they can help.


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.


Waterside Scratch Band

sratch band

Scratch Band meet for practice, fellowship, fun and a tea break every Wednesday evening at 7.30pm to around 9.30pm usually in one of the Waterside Parish churches.

We play for a number of services and events in the Waterside benefice and beyond. Including everything from supporting regular worship to carols in pubs and care homes.

The key qualification of scratch band is a willingness to take part. A warm welcome always awaits whether you sing, play an instrument, or would just like to listen.

For more information on Scratch band please contact David Frost Tel. 07907 679630 or Ros Wilson Tel 01692 597120


Would You Like To Be More Involved In Your Local Church

All are welcome. We need musicians, readers, singers for the choir/worship group, people who would like to pray, worship assistants, help with buildings and maintenance.

People to help with youth and children's work, people who would like to help with pastoral care, fundraising people.

Would you like to host a house group or fellowship group? There are many opportunities for all.

Please come along to one of our churches and speak to a Churchwarden.

Ministry Team

The Reverend Gary Noyes
Vicar of the Waterside Benefice


01692 678842

John Savage (Authorised Worship Assistant, Ludham Organist and Choirmaster)


01692 678654

John Savage (Authorised Worship Assistant, Organist and Choirmaster)

Lynda Savage (Authorised Worship Assistant, Verger)


01692 678654

Lynda Savage (Authorised Worship Assistant, Verger)

Christine Wall (Authorised Worship Assistant)


Christine Wall (Authorised Worship Assistant)

Stephen Pitkethly (Authorised Worship Assistant)


Stephen Pitkethly (Authorised Worship Assistant)

Judith Gardiner (Licensed Lay Minister in Training, Churchwarden All Saints' Catfield)


Judith Gardiner (Authorised Worship Assistant, Churchwarden All Saints Catfield)

How to reach us

For all enquiries please contact:

The Reverend Gary Noyes
Vicar of the Waterside Benefice