Worship

Sunday 12th November 2017

Remembrance Day Service

10.50 am

At 493rd Bombardment Memorial

Off Snipe Farm Road

Followed by refreshments at the Education Centre on the old airfield 

Sunday26th November

11am Family Service

 

Bell Ringing

Bell ringing practice takes place at the church every 

Friday at 7.30pm.

Please contact David Stanford on 07711683792 for details.

New ringers very welcome

Prayer for the Month

Autumn Blessings
Autumn brings to the soul relief,
as hot summer days, slip to an end God sent the season for weary hearts to restore, repair and mend.

Unlike the Autumn trees,
that shed their changing leaves
God sent the season for failing hearts to adhere, embrace and cleave.

Just as with the Autumn winds,
there comes a new refreshing rain God sent the season for fraying hearts to increase, grow and gain.

The Autumn sun is slow to climb, and dips much earlier into the night God sent the season for tired hearts to rise, shine and awake in His light.

God gave to us the Autumn season, so we could have a respite and rest for it is the season for our beset souls to see how much we are blessed!
Deborah Ann Belka

 

Heritage

 

We are developing an area in the church where village history will be available for all to see. A team of people has been formed to research,collect and collate information about the village, past and present. Regular exhibitions will be held in the church.

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The first meeting was held in the Village Hall on Friday 11th January 2013 when Tim and Sheila Holmes from Campsea Ashe Heritage Group joined us and told us how their group was established and what they have achieved.

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The meeting was a great success. Tim and Sheila told us the story of their group from when it first started up until the present day. We heard of the excitement when new items were found and of the problems as well, all told with clarity and humour. They brought along lots of examples of their research and everyone agreed that it was a superb evening.  It concluded with a brainstorming session and  possible research topics were listed. These were --

History of the church,

 Changes in the church,

 Church organ,

Footpaths,

Field Names,

Land ownership,

Boundary issues,

Farming through the centuries/ historic buildings,

History of the pub, shops and school,

History of the slaughter house,

Photos of all houses in village today,

Dating houses,

Village layout and road names,

American influences,

493rd memorial board,

P.O.W's

River Lark

Transport through the ages

Famous people who have lived in or been associated with Clopton

Transcribe and collate all census returns.

The second meeting was held on March 22nd. Several people discussed their research and photos and articles were shared.

Our third meeting was held on Friday 5th July.

We met again in September and again in January 2014. We now have tables and storage facilities ( purchased with grant money from Heritage Lottery) in the church and all the currently held records are being copied to disc and hard copies made for the church. Most of this workis now complete.

Jean and Peter Day have done extensive research on the organ. They discovered that it was made by Hill and are hoping to replace the missing nameplate.

We have been promised photographs dating back to WW11 and some of later events to add to our collection.

If you would like to help with the research or you have any old photos, documents or even oral history of Clopton please contact us.  All materials will be copied and returned.

We met on 25th July in the church to watch a film about Clopton and farming in the Second World War.

The folders are now in the church for people to use.

Friday 30th January 2015

Richard Taylor gave a talk entitled 'When the Yanks came to Debach'.

The arrival in Debach and Clopton of over three thousand Americans caused quite a stir! They built runways, erected Nissan huts, constucted a sewage system and also had to generate their own electricity as there was no electricity in Clopton at the time.

Thirty four people enjoyed the talk and the chance to look at all the Heritage material that was on display.

Friday 11 September 2015 

There will be a light hearted talk by Peter Driver at the Village Hall starting at 7.30pm. The title of his talk is 'It's a Grave Business!' He will give us a history of tombs and gravestones with lots of humour.

 

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