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On Thursday 17th May 2018, Martham had its own Royal Wedding; well actually, it was a Royal Friendship! A group of toddlers, from Jenny Ewing’s playgroup came to St Mary’s and we had a mini service.  JJ and Rosie were joined together as, “best friends”.  The congregation consisted of bridesmaids, best man, soldier, cavalry man (complete with cardboard horse) and various onlookers. The serviced was conducted by Ivy Eyre.  The couple left in their pedal limousine (after a brief squabble between the best man and soldier about who was driving);  the whole company then retired to Ealing House, for a bunfight.

Many thanks to Jenny and Sarah for choosing St Mary’s for the venue. We are looking forward to seeing them again for Harvest, Christmas and any time they want to come to church.”

Martham village held its annual "Scarecrow Festival" on the weekend of Spring Bank Holiday, 5th and 6th May, 2018.  The weather smiled on us all and the weekend was a great success.  St Mary's joined in the festivities and we were very busy throughout the two days. Refreshments were provided at reasonable costs and visitors were continually mounting and descending the tower.

We also entered all the competitions for scarecrows, decorating the church interior and exterior, yarn bombing and making wool bobbles.  Our two scarecrows, Noah and his wife, complete with ark, rainbow and dove were placed in the porch and drew many an admiring reaction from our visitors.  So - watch out for our next year's display!

Jj & rosie's register WW1 bench

To commemerate World War 1 the Parish Council have placed benches round the village. They kindly placed one in the churchyard.  A short service was held to dedicate the bench.  Revd Howard Daubney officiated.  The chairman of the Council, Paul Hooper was amongst those present,

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Our church is always decorated beautifully for Harvest.  We have services on Sunday then during the week, for the schools. By the end of the Harvest services the church is overflowing with produce and gifts. All is then taken to local charities.

What a lovely experience - the high point of the Christingle service; lights out, candles lit, the strains of "Away in a Manger" resounding through the church and the sweets on the oranges will soon be no more!


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Cambs 876 Remembered


We have been contacted by the above organisation. It is a commemorative project devised and conducted by the Eastern Region members of the Riders’ Branch of the Royal British Legion.


The riders will be coming to Martham in July, to commemorate Private 328175 L V London.  Private London was in the 1st/1st Cambridgeshire Regiment; he died on 5th July 1918.  He is buried in St Mary’s graveyard, in a Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWHC) grave. There will be a short service at the graveside at about 1.00 pm.  Any interested parties are most welcome to join the service, particularly family members.


The riders would be very grateful for any local information about Private London and his relatives.   The Cambs 876 Remembered Project can supply details about Private London’s history from their researches.


Some information about the Cambs 876 Remembered Project: -

Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) records show that 876 officers and soldiers of the Cambridgeshire Regiment, who were killed during WW1, have memorials at home and abroad. The fallen are named in 208 cemeteries across 6 countries: UK, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany and Tanzania. The first man fell in 1914 and the last died in 1921.

The intention of the Riders is to honour all 876, as part of the national WW1 centenary celebrations.

The first task will be to research each individual, to consolidate known or previously unknown facts and share all findings with a Royal British Legion project called “Every Man Remembered”.  Then the riders will ride (where reasonably practicable) to each and every memorial on the 100th anniversary of the each individual’s passing and place a poppy cross at their memorial.

It would be wonderful if any family members of the officers and soldiers were to become involved in whichever way they feel willing and able.

The riders will be paying their own expenses and it is not a primary objective of the “Cambs 876 Remembered” project to raise funds.  However, should any monies be offered as a donation during the course of the project 100% will be donated to the Poppy Appeal via the Riders’ Branch.

Project details can be found at  or on the Facebook page of the same name.

Cambs 876 Remembered

As we reported below, the above organisation contacted us because they wanted to come to Martham in July to remember Private London who is buried, in a Commonwealth War Graves Commission grave,  in St Mary’s churchyard.

“Cambs 876 Remembered” is a commemorative project devised and conducted by the Eastern Region members of the Riders’ Branch of the Royal British Legion (RBRBL)


The riders did come, on July 8th and held a very short service at Private 328175 L V London’ graveside.  Private London was in the 1st/1st Cambridgeshire Regiment; he died on 5th July 1918.  He is buried in St Mary’s graveyard, in a Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWHC) grave.

Unfortunately it was not possible to find any relations of Private London so the only attendees were the members of the RBRBL) who numbered 16 (plus “Mr Pickles” who is the dog of one of the riders)










Project details can be found at  or on the Facebook page of the same name.

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                                                                      Martham Village Festival 2018

The church was open during the days of the Festival weekend. The History Society put on a dsiplay of the history of Martham.  The tower was open, for the brave souls who wanted to ascend to the heavens.  The weather was beautiful and they were well rewarded with the breathtaking views.

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Celebrating Open Churches


Friday 27 July - Sunday 12 August


For over 10 years, Open Churches Week has been an annual celebration where churches across the Diocese hold a variety of events in their church, inviting the local community in and enabling visitors to come and explore the building.

This year, to showcase just how welcoming our churches are, Open Churches Week is growing!

The celebration is being extended to start on Friday 27 July 2018 – which is Norfolk Day – and will run until Sunday 12 August. This celebration will be called: ‘Celebrating Open Churches’


Norfolk Open Churches Classic Car Run


Please note: this event is not run by the Diocese - it is privately organised.

The annual classic car run coincides with Open Churches Week,


The Norfolk Open Churches Classic Car Run this year had the theme of 'Broads and Mills'.

The 2018 event was held on Saturday the 4th of August . Starting at the cathedral with the first cars waved off by the Bishop of Norwich, after a pit-stop service led by the Bishop. It visited selected churches on route where there was information and light refreshments available.


The event started at Norwich Cathedral at 9.00am and followed a scenic route visiting several selected churches on route to the finishing church. The route passed many churches but only stopped at 5 or 6 selected ones. It ended in the heart of Broadland, at Martham, after covering the beauty of the Broads and the historical Broadland Mills. The route was just over 63 miles in length before finishing at the end church, St Mary the Virgin, Martham. At the end of the event there was a short pit stop service of thanks officiated by the Bishop of Norwich.