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Looking forward

As you can imagine, we are anxious to keep this beautiful church with its wall paintings and garden in good repair and hopefully put a little by for research and perhaps an archaeological dig or a symposium in future years.

It costs £6,000 a year to maintain the church and churchyard and a 1000 year old building is a little needy!

We have launched a  Subscription Scheme for Friends of St. Mary’s.

For £25 a year you can help to keep the church in the state it is today and also help towards discovering more of its history. In return, and as a big thank you, you will receive advance notice of our events and a three monthly newsletter.

Forms and payment are on our website and also at the church.

We also have DVDs on the restoration for sale and a small booklet on the history of village and church as well as greetings cards.

Please become a Friend and make a difference to this unique place.

Latest News

A Performance by Pot Of Gold: Swaffham Shanty Crew

Saturday, September 4, 2021

Saturday 4 September saw the finale to St Mary's Church concert season, and a full house - with standing room only...


A Concert By Graham And Alison Cracknell

Sunday, August 22, 2021

St Mary's Church was filled to capacity - standing room only - for an excellent concert...


St Mary's Annual Thanksgiving Service

Sunday, August 8, 2021

St Mary's Annual Thanksgiving Service took place on Sunday, August 8, 2021


Donald Bousted In Concert

Saturday, July 31, 2021

A fascinating concert was held in St Mary's Church on 31 July. A recital by Donald Bousted, which demonstrated the wide musical range of the baritone and tenor ukuleles, played to a full house...


Ringing the Bell at St. Mary's!

Saturday, May 29, 2021

To celebrate the installation of the original 14th Century Bell everyone was invited to come and ring the Bell!


Bob Davey MBE

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Bob Davey died on 4th March 2021 at the age of 91. He was for many years the driving force and power behind the restoration of St Mary's Houghton on the Hill.


A wonderful Discovery

Saturday, February 6, 2021

Lost photos and notes have been discovered at the Norfolk Hospice, Tapping House in King's Lynn. All the items have been generously donated to the Friends Of St Mary's.


The Sponsored Bike Ride 2020

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

We are very happy to be supporting the Norfolk Churches Trust Sponsored Bike Ride 2020 on Saturday the 12th of September! On that day we will be open from 10 am to 4.30 pm and look forward to seeing all the riders and supporters.


Become a Voulunteer

Sunday, July 26, 2020

GUIDES We welcome volunteers to act as guides for the church. It does not matter how often you can manage. Even one day a month will help. You will be given induction training before you start. OTHER POSITIONS At the moment, there are no other vacancies but these may arise over coming months and will be notified here as they arise.


Reopening After Lockdown

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

St Mary's will be reopening on the 11th July 2020 at 2pm


What we've missed

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

For those who have missed the church during 2020 lockdown


Coronavirus (COVID‑19)

Monday, March 23, 2020

It is with much regret that we are having to follow government advice and close St Mary's church until restrictions are lifted. We find it impossible to safeguard our volunteers in these difficult times. This also means that we have had to postpone the series of events we had planned for this year.


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