The Six Parishes of the Saxon Shore Benefice

"The United Benefice of Hunstanton St. Mary with Ringstead Parva St. Andrew,
Holme-next-the-Sea St. Mary the Virgin and Thornham All Saints,
with Brancaster St. Mary the Virgin, with Burnham Deepdale St. Mary
and Titchwell St. Mary, with Choseley",
which is the official name of this Benefice, is rather a mouthful and so the name
"The Saxon Shore Benefice"
was chosen for these churches on the north west Norfolk coast.

The new Rector for our Benefice

At 7 p.m. on Monday 13th October in the church of St. Mary the Virgin, Old Hunstanton the Reverend Susan Bowden-Pickstock was Instituted by the Right Reverend Graham James, the Bishop of Norwich and Inducted and Installed by the Venerable Steven Betts as Rector of the Saxon Shore Benefice.

In a packed church parishioners, friends and family witnessed a moving ceremony as Susan was made Rector of the Benefice. At one point in the ceremony the congregation held its breath as our new Rector began to pull the bell rope but after a few tugs to get into the swing of things we were rewarded with some very nice dongs from on high!

After the ceremony the Rector and the Bishop stood by the main door...

...chatting with just about every member of the congregation...

...who were also enjoying a most excellent buffet with wine and cups of tea and at the same time taking the chance to socialise with inter-parish chit-chat in a wonderful atmosphere of friendship and goodwill.

Our grateful thanks must go to everyone involved in any way with the evening. The Bishop of Norwich, the visiting clergy, the Rural Dean, our own Curate, James, and all the Chuchwardens, representatives and parishioners who played their parts well - and, of course, those who baked and prepared and also served the refreshments in the back of the church afterwards.

Contact details:
Rev. Susan Bowden-Pickstock
The Rectory,
Broad Lane,
PE31 8AU

Tel: 01485 211180

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Our Curate

Rev. James Monro

The Rev. James Monro is curate of the parishes of the Saxon Shore Benefice. He took up his post in July 2012 when he returned to Norfolk from Street in Somerset.

Contact details:
Rev. James Monro
Manor Cottage,
Church Place,
PE31 8LW

Tel: 01485 518342

"Ordination at Norwich Cathedral"
Information and photo by kind permission of the Diocese of Norwich

Rev. James Monro (front row left - with the cross showing) after his ordination with the Bishop of Norwich

WITH THE BISHOP: The Rev. James Monro (front row left - with the cross showing) after his ordination
with the Bishop of Norwich at the Petertide ordinations which took place on Saturday 30 June 2012

A Letter from the Curate, Rev James Monro...

September 2014

The recent commemorations marking the start of World War I brought home to me two paradoxical facts: how little our world has changed in the past century, and how deceptively peaceful Western Europe has been for almost seventy years. We see daily the horrific events unfolding in other parts of the world, but often find it strangely difficult to connect with the suffering of others elsewhere.

Our churches are part of our comfortable lives in the Britain of today, and yet if we who belong to them are part of the worldwide Church, we should feel very uncomfortable indeed. Christians are suffering perhaps the most violent martyrdom and persecution ever today, particularly in Syria and Iraq.

The long catalogue of historical and recent actions by Western powers is certainly having negative outcomes for the church in the Middle East. Yet these words that Jesus spoke to his disciples on the night before he was killed give us food for thought: “An hour is coming when those who kill you will think they are offering worship to God. And they will do this because they have not known the Father or me”.

The pictures of long lines of refugees fleeing across a barren landscape, or the cathedral in Mosul going up in flames should tear our hearts open in prayer. These images should also move us to help practically, perhaps by supporting charities such as Open Doors or the Barnabas Fund that bring aid to those suffering for their faith.

Rev. James Monro, Curate

Last updated 21/10/2014
Events page updated.
Contact details for our new Rector have have been added.
The Institution, Induction and Installation of the new Rector of the Saxon Shore Benefice.
Services throughout the Benefice during October and November.