• This beautiful corner of North Norfolk is a good place to live. Five small communities are linked together by a stream, the Scarrowbeck, which gives the parish churches of the area a name that identifies and unites them in a renewed sense of vision. This website attempts to show who we are, what's going on, and where to find us.


    Rev. Brian Faulkner

    has been our interim Priest in  Charge and he has been the person to call  for baptisms, marriages and funerals and on any other matter you think he might help you with.

    Oak Tree Cottage Cherry Tree Road Plumstead NR11 7LQ

    Tel: 01263 577868

    Email: briantfaulkner@btinternet.com

    Rest days are Monday and Tuesday

    However his contract ends on January 20th and so the benefice  will now be back in an interregnum. It is unfortunate that his time with us has been almost entirely blighted by the pandemic but we offer our sincere thanks for how he has helped us in this year as our interim priest.


    This is the communication from Father Brian on January 5th 2021

    Dear Friends

    Following yesterdays announcement of a third national lockdown, I have phoned all Churchwardens and Readers in order as a benefice to agree how to proceed. Although public worship is allowed legally to happen under strict safety precautions, by a clear majority the advise given to me is to be cautious. I am therefore suspending all acts of public worship in our five churches until further notice.This includes the cancelling of tomorrows planned service for Epiphany at Ingworth. Our church buildings remain open for the use of private prayer as before, and I encourage those able to do so. This decision will be reviewed in a few weeks

    I do this with a heavy heart, but conscious that the safety of all is our first priority

    The usual notes and sermon will be sent out to all on my e-mail list in time for each to use on Sunday

    with my continuing love and prayers

    Fr Brian

    To see his notes and sermon and from after January 20th those of the readers, every week click on the  'Special Sunday Services' folder

    CHURCH OPENING the churches will still be open for private prayer as below.

    Please use the hand sanitiser in the porches when you enter and leave the churches and keep a safe social distance if others are there. Thank you.

    Erpingham   unlocked Wednesday and Sunday 10.30am - 3.30pm to allow 72 hours between.

    Calthorpe and Thwaite   unlocked every day during daylight hours (locked each evening)

    Alby     unlocked daily ( night and day)

    Ingworth   for the moment remains locked


    During this time of the closure of our church buildings owing to the Coronavirus our income from collections at services and fundraising had stopped, but the fixed costs remain much the same.  Please consider giving generously to our mission and ministry as we seek as churches to support everyone in this community.  For ways to give please click on the :-

      UPDATES RE CORONAVIRUS folder.  Thank you.

    Our Parish Priest Father Brian Faulkner welcomes your contact  on 01263 577868 or briantfaulkner@btinternet.com                                                                                           

    Please contact either the rector or the churchwardens for further infomation or if you would like yourselves or loved ones to be included in our prayers.


    We have now resumed delivering Keeping in Touch in the Scarrowbeck Benefice. Aldborough PCC have decided not to contribute as they have left the benefice to join another one under the Aylsham Team Ministry. Their services can however be found in Keeping in Touch when they are sent to us. They now have their own newsletter so Keeping  in Touch is  no longer delivered there but can of course be obtained on this web site.


    If you have any worries or concerns then please ask for help. On the folder to the left are addresses, phone numbers and links to help you.

    Scarrowbeck Benefice Churchwardens

    Alby Church             Mecki Green                  01263 761480 no e mail

    Erpingham                Keith Harrison              01263 761698                                                                                                                  harriswine@doctors.org.uk

                                       Linda Howard               01263 833323                                                                                                                  cicely@danbrian.co.uk

    Thwaite                     James Buchan              01263 768916                                                                                                                  jebuchan@btinternet.com

                                       Lesley Hennessey       01263 761873                                                                                                                 lesley.alby@gmail.com

    Calthorpe and Ingworth churches are now part of the Diocesan Churches Trust and have no churchwardens. For information about these churches please contact the Rector the Reverend Brian Faulkner or see the relevant site.

    There are five parishes in the Scarrowbeck benefice: Alby,  Calthorpe, Erpingham, Ingworth and Thwaite. Both Ingworth and  Calthorpe are now in the care of the Diocesan Trust who look after the fabric and insurance. After this pandemic they will have at least 6 services a year, and will be open during the day - see above -  and will be available for baptisms, weddings and funerals.



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  • The Charity Day at Mannington Hall raised over £3,500 for the churches of Erpingham, Alby and  Thwaite. A magnificent result and very many thanks to all those whose hard work made this possible. Especial thanks  must go to Lord and Lady Walpole for not only allowing us to use their lovely grounds but  also helped us so much in preparing for and running  the day itself.