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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.

Julia Hilton





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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

Mynx Soul Band Saturday 17 November

Following their huge success last year, we look forward to welcoming the Mynx Soul Band back to Thorpe Market Church on 17 November. 

An evening of hand-clapping, foot-tapping, even dancing in the aisle.  A 10-piece band – brass, keyboard, drums, saxophones, guitars, vocals. Advance tickets £10.00, on the door £12. Bar sales and snacks. Doors open 7.15pm.



FRIDAY 24th – MONDAY 27th AUGUST 2018, Open 11am-4pm daily

Rosalie Osborne Gibb Kingfisher resizedMake sure not to miss an exciting new exhibition and sale of work over the Bank Holiday weekend at St Margaret’s church, Thorpe Market, situated in a beautiful and tranquil setting.  Local Artist Rosalie Osborne Gibb will be exhibiting an exciting collection of original artwork, in a variety of styles and media, together with prints, greetings cards, mugs and coasters depicting her artwork on all 4 days from the 24th to the 27th.   Nick Woolston from Arcs & Sparks Welding Services will have for sale a wide range of beautiful handmade products for the home and garden, from small candlesticks to ornamental garden items.  Nick also offers a bespoke service.  Nick will be exhibiting on 26th and 27th only.  As always, a wide selection of used books will be for sale, as well as teas, coffees and delicious homemade cakes.  Entrance is free, there is ample free parking opposite the church, the exhibition has disabled access and is dog friendly.

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Mike Waters Exhibition

Saturday 26th May until Monday 28th May

Open daily 11:00 am  until 4:00 pm

Thorpe Market Church will be hosting  an exhibition of works by Mike Waters, a renowned local artist who has exhibited with the Royal Society of Marine Artists.

Mike was born in Melton Constable and has been painting coastal views and landscapes in watercolours and oils since 1991.

Mike will be offering high quality reproductions of some of his best-known images in a variety of formats at affordable prices.

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“Visit our Churchyard” – Open Day for all the Family

Sunday May 27th Thorpe Market Church

“Visit our Churchyard” – Open Day for all the Family

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The churchyard is looking beautiful after the dismal weather of recent months.  Primroses, Bluebells, Violets of different hues and a sea of Comfrey in the Hazel Grove.

The resident bees are becoming active, the Bug Hotel is open for business and we hope the re-homed hedgehogs are settling in well in the Hazel Grove. 

Sunday 27th May will be a day of varied activities for all the family.

The churchyard is renowned in conservation circles for the great diversity of its plant-life.

In February in excess of 1200 people visited the snowdrops and enjoyed  cakes and hot drinks.

Now the end of May is the time to see all the other wild flowers looking their best, including several species that are on the endangered list.

The event will run from 11:00 until 4:00 and there will be the usual array of homemade cakes. Entry is of course free.

  • Norfolk Wildlife Trust will be on hand with activities for all ages:
  • Churchyard Bioblitz  –  How much can be identified.
  • Churchyard Wildlife Quiz Trail – Can it be found.
  • Bat making – Definitely NOT the cricketing variety.
  • Time to browse the used book selection
  • Enjoy some live music on the organ.

Touring Theatre at Thorpe Market

Thursday 31st May at 7:30 pm

Doors open at 7:00 pm

Licensed Bar, Car Park, Level Access

A Midsummer Night’s Dream by W. Shakespeare

stage1The summer is long and the season will not change until Oberon and Titania, king and queen of the fairies, resolve their dispute. Lysander loves Hermia, and Hermia loves Lysander. Helena loves Demetrius; Demetrius used to love Helena but now loves Hermia. In search of their loves these four young Athenians take to the woods but when a mistaken Puck, servant to the fairy king, places a spell on the wrong suitor, chaos results. In all of this, a company of actors meet to rehearse a play but the mischievous Puck once again interferes placing an asses head on the unfortunate Bottom, much to the horror of his friends. Find out how these tales intertwine and resolve as a reduced company of actors bring one of Shakespeare’s most loved plays to life in this one act adaptation. With live traditional folk music this comedy of love, magic and mischief will capture the imagination of audiences.

Thorpe Market Church is delighted to be the venue for this ON-STAGE production by a professional theatre company.

Tickets £12.50, under 16 £5.00 .  Tickets should be pre-booked on

“THISISMYTHEATRE”  Is a Sussex based theatre company, although they now tour all over.

The aim of the company is to produce classical plays and literature that are accessible to all, particularly those living in rural communities. As such, they are delighted to work regularly with charity The Churches Conservation Trust to stage productions in their ancient buildings, aiding their mission to “work with local communities to bring them alive again”

Their first production was Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, performed initially at St Botolph’s Church nestled in the South Downs near Steyning. Due to the popularity of the performance they then toured Sussex and Surrey later that same year and haven’t looked back since!

They also tour to open air venues including purpose built theatre spaces, gardens and to be honest anywhere they can! They love the challenge of working in different spaces whether conventional or not so are always on the look out for somewhere new or different to perform. In 2018 they will work with a variety of new spaces including those owned privately and those kept open and cared for by charitable organisations including The National Trust.