September Exhibition – Art, Crafts and Artisan Knits

At Margaret’s is looking forward to hosting an exhibition by three local artists 7th-8th SeptemberART EXHIBITION poster1 Untitled 2

Artists’ profiles – Exhibition Sept 7th 8th  Thorpe Market Church

Tony Lee
Former member of the “Brother Lees” cabaret act for 45 years.
75 appearances on National television shows from the 70’s to the 90’s.
on such shows as the Generation game, Seaside Special’s, Cilla Black show
and numerous more .
Self taught artist, Original, acrylic paintings, first applied brush
to canvas in 2005, painting mainly landscapes and seascapes.

Rosemary Fereday
I have a love of all things in the natural world and since retirement I have returned to painting mostly in watercolour. I am particularly interested in floral studies in the ‘botanical style’ but recently broadening work into line and wash and including some wildlife images alongside some photography.

Antonia Martinez
Since a small child I was always happiest drawing. Attained Art at A level in one year, turned down art school for advertising. In early married life in Spain sold many pictures. I’ve had a good number of commissions over the years. I paint portraits, landscapes, floral studies in all mediums, with a particular passion for
The exhibition will also include handmade jewellery and artisan knitting – with teas and homemade cake available.

June 22nd: St Margaret’s Midsummer Party – with Francesca and Clifford

On Saturday June 22nd at 7.30 pm, St Margaret’s Church Thorpe Market near Cromer will be hosting a ‘Midsummer Party’ in aid of Church funds, featuring music from Francesca and Clifford combining vocals, saxophone and beats – which promises to be a soulful and entertaining evening – expect classic songs with contemporary sounds – suitable for all ages. Refreshments will be available, including a licensed bar.


To find out more about Francesca and Clifford and to book tickets online please visit

“EastCoastArtz” invite you to Try Something New! See How it’s Done!

Saturday 25th May 2-4 pm.

Pen and Wash in the churchyard with Susanne Lakin. Materials supplied.  Maximum 10 people.  £7.50.  Please pre-book 01692 407555. Wednesday 25th May 2-4 pm. Painting with Watercolour Using Credit Cards with Nigel Paterson. Materials supplied. Maximum 10 people. £7.50.  Please pre-book 01263 515607. Thursday 29th May 2-4 pm.  Free rag rug making demonstration with Edy Ward. Friday 31st May 2-4 pm. Mexican Woven Hangings with Jeny Walding. Materials supplied.  Limited numbers. £7.50.  Please pre-book 01263 721062. Sunday 2nd June 2-4 pm.  Free sculpture demonstration with Ken Riches. These classes and demonstrations are during the Open Studios event which is taking place at Thorpe Market church between Sunday May 25th and Sunday June 2nd.
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May Day weekend at Thorpe Market – local history evening and Pypedream Brass concert

Saturday May 4th 7:00 pm

Local History Evening with Brian Hedge.DadsArmy1

Brian is bringing his collection of old village pictures and giving them the big screen effect.  This is an opportunity for past parishioners and present-day villagers to see Thorpe Market through the eyes of others.

Pictures of when life was quieter, less traffic, cows walking down the A149 and Dad’s Army.

If anyone has any photos that they care to share please send scans of  them to so that they can be added to the programme.  A chance to remember and reminisce.

Do visit where Anthony Beck’s farming diaries that relate to Green Farm make very interesting reading.

There are no tickets for this event.  Refreshments will be available and a retiring collection for church funds.


Sunday May 5th at 3.00 pm.

Tuneful Sunday Teas at Thorpe Market

AsPypedream Brass Quintet the sunny weather returns, the folks at St Margaret’s church in Thorpe Market are reviving their popular Sunday afternoon tea recitals.

Visitors are invited to afternoon tea in the church at 3pm on Sunday 5th May, accompanied by the foot-tapping tunes of Pypedream Brass Quintet.

Pypedream was formed in October 2011 and is well known at fundraising events, festivals and weddings around the county.

With a wide repertoire designed to accommodate all tastes, you’re sure to recognise some old favourites; from TV themes, to light classical pieces, to American swing.

Admission £5. Refreshments available

Stainer’s Crucifixion at Thorpe Market Church – Come and Sing!

Good Friday April 19th 2019

“The Crucifixion” by John Stainer.

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Stainer’s “The Crucifixion” will take place on Good Friday the 19th April 2019 at St Margaret’s Church in Thorpe Market. The rehearsal will begin at 3pm with a break between the rehearsal and the performance, which will take place at 6.30pm. There is no charge for taking part.  If you are familiar with this work and would like to join the choir for this occasion, please contact to confirm your attendance at the workshop and to reserve your score.  Conductor Alan Morris and organist Geoffrey Hunter.

John Stainer (1840-1901) was an English composer and organist, including at St. Pauls Cathedral, London. His oratorio “The Crucifixion” is amongst the most popular of all English choral works and portrays the events of Good Friday.

Scored for Tenor and Bass soloists, mixed choir and organ, this meditational oratorio contains recitatives, solos, rousing choruses and congregational hymns.  The centrepiece is the evocative anthem “God so loved the world”.

The first ever performance of this work was at Marylebone Church in 1887.  It is an oratorio that has stood the test of time and has been regularly sung at churches during Passiontide.  It was first sung at St. Margaret’s Thorpe Market in 1997.

Snowdrop Sundays 2019

SNOW DROP SUNDAYS & ART EXHIBITIONS 3rd, 10th, 17th & 24th February 2019 / 12 – 4.30pm

snowdropsAs has been tradition for some years now, St Margaret’s Church in Thorpe Market will be flinging its doors open to the Spring to welcome visitors who trek for miles to come and visit the snowdrops in the churchyard. We also host rotating exhibitions by local and visiting artists in the church. ‘Love My Garden’ from Groveland Farm Shop will be selling a selection of beautiful spring plants. We will also be selling honey produced by bees from our Hazel Grove by bee keepers Ken & Theresa Caves. Woodland crafts from ‘Wrong’s Covert’ and ‘SilverWood Studio’ will also be for sale. Finally, but no less important we welcome you to taste the delights of our home-made spread of cakes and refreshments.

In 2018 we broke all records for numbers of visitors and for the funds raised for the church’s upkeep.  The snowdrops attracted over 1200 visitors over four Sundays. Our many volunteers come from outlying villages: Trunch, Southrepps, Northrepps as well as Thorpe Market. Without them none of our fund-raising efforts would be possible at the church, especially the homemade cakes that have been so much in demand that we produced our have own collection of recipes for sale. Last year we had live organ music and a ‘Cantamus’ singer serenading us with wonderful music from the pulpit. We hope to offer this again. Exhibiting artists for each Sunday will be as follows:

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Feb 3rd: Stained Glass Craftsman & Restorer Neil Forkes of Forkes Stained Glass will display a selection of his work and have smaller items for sale. Neil specialises in the restoration and conservation of leaded and stained glass windows. He works all over East Anglia on churches, historical buildings and also works with private clients to design and fabricate bespoke stained glass commissions.

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Feb 10th: Julia Hilton and Joanna Sheldon. Visiting artist maker Julia Hilton creates lively jugs, folded bowls, butter dishes, unique plant pots and platters inspired by nature, and Joanna Sheldon is a painter of landscapes, still life and abstract works inspired by her annual visits to France and by her flower garden. /


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Feb 17th: ‘9 Photographers’ has been created by photographers who have worked together for a number of years under the tutelage of Julia Rafferty at Wells Library. The group meet for a weekly class and undertake photoshoots all over the county. They then work together developing creative editing techniques. They share a love of the natural world and enjoy capturing the beauty that this county has to offer. Photographers are Andrew Barclay, Pauline Chapman, Annie Cowper Johnson, Cecilia Evans, Linda Gower, Janet Keymer, Rosie Ward and Mary Groombridge.

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Feb 24th: Gillian Eustace.  Gillian returns to support Thorpe Market Church to exhibit a new range of paintings and prints of landscapes, flowers, wildlife and still-life in various medium. Also for sale a selection of her cards, coasters, hand-knits and stitch work. She looks forward to welcoming you on the 24th February.


For further information please contact the Churchwarden, Geoffrey Hunter at , 07980695385.

Cantamus Candelit Christmas Concert

‘The Christmas Story’ by Heinrich Schutz­­­­­

Don’t miss Cantamus Christmas Concert Poster 2018 for email[8954]this very popular and atmospheric candlelit concert by Cantamus Singers in North Norfolk on the 7th and 8th of December. The choir is led by its inspirational Director Philip Adams who is also the Director of Music and Organist at Holy Trinity Church in West Runton. Philip’s formative musical experiences were centred on the English choral tradition. He studied organ, choral conducting and piano accompaniment at Trinity College of Music, London.

Cantamus will be performing ‘The Christmas Story’ a dramatic and musical representation of the birth of Christ. Carols by Gustav Holst, Edward Elgar, Peter Warlock and John Stainer will be sung; congregational carols will also be performed.

Thorpe Market Church has hosted this special event for 25 years. Cantamus have also been invited by the organisers of the Trunch Concert Series to perform their candlelit concert in Trunch, in aid of the St Botolph’s Church conservation and restoration project.

Venue 1:       FRIDAY 7th DEC 7.30pm / THORPE MARKET CHURCH, NR11 8UA

Venue 2:       SATURDAY 8th DEC 7.30pm / TRUNCH CHURCH, NR28 0PS

£10 (£8 Concessions / free under 16) entry on the door or in advance / Licenced Bar  01263 833847 / For Trunch ring 01263 722072

Seasonal Spectacular Friday 2 to Sunday 4 November, 11am-4pm

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Once again we will be holding a seasonal exhibition and sale of work in the very pretty (and warm!) St Margaret’s church, Thorpe Market combining stunning new artwork with a variety of unique, handmade Christmas gifts, cards and prints, from three local artists.  As always, a wide selection of used books will be for sale, as well as refreshments in the form of teas, coffees and delicious homemade cakes.  The exhibition is accessible for wheelchairs and is dog friendly, and as always there will be teas and delicious homemade cakes and a selection of used books.  Do come along and meet the artists who will be on hand throughout the exhibition.  Opening hours 11am – 4pm each day.

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Rosalie Osborne Gibb will be exhibiting a new collection of exciting and diverse artwork, together with signed Limited Edition Prints, greetings cards, mugs and coasters from her artwork, including Christmas cards.   Terrie will have a unique range of handmade kiln-fired glass items, ranging from beautiful Murano glass pendants to Christmas decorations and ornamental items.  Ian Clifft designs and makes handmade clocks, lamps and other gift items from reclaimed oak with inserts of complimentary materials.  All of which would make beautiful, unique presents if you can bear to part with them!

For more information/any queries please contact Rosalie at Rosalie Osborne Gibb 07773 553150