Worship

 

11am AUGUST 26TH.

Family Service

Please note that there is only one service in Clopton in August

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

Fothcoming event

Poppy Weekend 10th and 11th November

World War 1 Commemoration

More details available shortly

Prayer for the Month

A Smile
A smile costs nothing, but gives much.
It enriches those who receive, without making
poorer those who give. It takes a moment
but the memory of it sometimes lasts forever.
None is so rich and mighty that he can get
along without it, and none is so poor but
that he can be made rich by it. A smile
creates happiness in the home, fosters good will
in business, and is the countersign of
friendship. It brings rest to the weary, cheer
to the discouraged, sunshine to the sad,
and is natures best antidote for trouble.
Yet it cannot be bought, begged, borrowed,
or stolen, for it is something that is of no
value to anyone until it is given away.
Some people are too tired to give you a smile.
Give them one of yours, as none needs a
smile so much as he who has no more to give.
Source unknown

 

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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