Explore Thorpe Hamlet and church at its heart

St Matthews Church in Thorpe Hamlet will be at the very centre of a weekend inviting people to get to know more about the village community of Thorpe Hamlet, greater Norwich.

Thorpe Hamlet will be celebrating the things which make it unique: its history, its beautiful gardens, and some stunning buildings. Over the weekend of September 6 – 8 there should be something to interest everyone. Events include guided walks, open buildings and gardens, children’s activities, exhibitions and plenty of refreshments – including home-made cakes and a cuppa along with the opportunity to see what goes on at St. Matthew’s, also known as ‘The Hub’, in its role as parish Church. During the weekend there will be an ongoing exhibition and timetable of events within St Matthew’s.

On Friday September 6 the official opening at 7pm is by Mary Ash, Chair of the Norwich Society. The Thorpe Hamlet History Group will introduce their current project on Thorpe Hamlet and the First World War, and there will be an entertaining story about Robert Kett and Thorpe Hamlet.
From Friday there are guided visits to building not normally open to the public including; The Water Works Site with its towers and reservoirs, the Old St Matthew’s Church conversion, the distinctive new Open Academy, and around the railway station with the Station Manager. In addition there are guided walks around the area (longer ones lasting up to 3 hours and shorter routes of around 1 hour!)
On Saturday there will be a pop-up village show in the church, including a decorated cup-cake contest and a competition for the most unique fruit of vegetable grown within the area.
In the afternoon the architect of Gas Hill’s eco house, Neil Winder, will talk about his property. Also, an extensive Blue Badge tour will explore Thorpe Hamlet on foot.
On Sunday there is an open invitation to the morning services at St Mathew’s, including an ‘all age’ service at 10.30am. During the afternoon 12 glorious gardens will be open between 1 – 5pm, for just £3 for a programme available from the church.
St Matthew’s Vicar Chris Ellis said: “I am very aware that in the nearly two years that I have been the vicar of the parish of Thorpe Hamlet, I have only scratched the surface of the history of this area. The ‘Get to know Thorpe Hamlet’ weekend is a wonderful opportunity for all of us who live in or value this part of Norwich to learn more about its history and beginnings. It is surprising that a parish which is relatively young at c.160 years is already on its third church building! I am delighted that ‘The Hub’ of the weekend will be the modern (but architecturally very interesting) St Matthew’s Church, where I look forward to meeting many visitors over the course of the weekend; all are most welcome to join us for one of our Church Services on Sunday morning ,before enjoying the open gardens in the afternoon”. 

Events outside of the church require booking, via Bridgid Everitt. T: 01603 621020, E: beveritt@supanet.com
Full programme: www.thorpehamlet.org.uk
Also on display in St Matthew’s church: http://stmatthewschurch.org.uk , T: 01603 763695

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