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Reflections from Mundford Rectory Jan’18

Where love is there God is

Dear Friends,

A very Happy New Year to you all! Any New Year’s resolutions made??

As I sit and write to you we are very much in the heart of winter. It certainly feels like January out there, and we are very much huddled up in multiple layers as we wait in the coming months for the first signs of spring to appear, and an enormous thank you goes to those who donated to our parish gift day in Mundford, we have raised in excess of £1,000, thank you so much to your gift to your parish church!

In the church calendar we have celebrated the Christmas Season, receiving afresh the Good News of Jesus coming among us and had the joy of many people celebrating His birth in many of our church communities, with record breaking numbers of people of all ages at our Christingle service in Mundford on Christmas Eve. It was such a joy to share in this special service, along with some wonderful Nativity plays performed by the children of Gooderstone and Mundford schools.

Following on from the Christmas season comes the season of Epiphany, which literally means ‘enlightenment’.

During the season of Epiphany we explore God revealing Himself to us in new ways, what was once hidden is now revealed, and many of the readings we hear in this season reflect this, as we lead on into a new season of Lent, beginning on Ash Wednesday and eventually leading to Easter.

When we are very busy in our lives it is very easy to blot out a lot of what surrounds us, because we are immersed in so many of the demands of what life has to hold, and perhaps miss the signs and changes that are happening all around us in our villages and the wider world.

On New Year’s Day this year I decided to take a walk in the heart of the forest. It never fails to amaze me how beautiful the area in which we live truly is, or the diversity of the countryside surrounding us, and I made a decision that as part of my new year’s resolution was to take more time out to just be immersed in the gift that God has given around us.

However, I am also aware that there are areas of the world that are not so beautiful due to the greed and destruction of humanity, or natural disasters that occur across the world and sometimes we question how God speaks into this, along with the things that happen where we are left utterly speechless with endless questions that appear to have no logical answer.

It is these times when perhaps the ‘big’ questions of life are asked, and where God’s revealing to us is at its most powerful.

The gift of God Himself, who came as a vulnerable babe into the world, who experienced what it was to be truly human. God who in Jesus was nailed to the cross to take on all of the hurt, rejection, and pain of the world, and in love would reveal the most powerful emotion of all – forgiveness.

As we discover God’s revealing to us this year, in new ways, the greatest Epiphany of all is that the promise of Christmas and indeed Easter is that we are never truly alone, and that forgiveness is the route to all freedom. Even in the most desperate times there is an opportunity of hope, because the One who was born at Christmas-time, is the same One who leads us into a new way of living, a new way of looking at the world around us, and a new way of hearing the needs of the world, and a new way of learning how to forgive.

With every love and blessing,
Your parish priest, Zoe

Revd. Zoe Ferguson (Priest in Charge Mundford Group Benefice & Assistant Priest to Hilborough & Oxborough groups) Day off Monday.

(For Wedding, Baptism & Church enquires 01842 879375 or email)

Parking on Grass Verges and Pavements


The Parish Council receives a number of complaints on this issue every year.  Unfortunately it has no power to stop residents and their visitors parking on the verges and pavements in and around Mundford.  Complaints are duly referred to the Norfolk County Council Highways Department for attention but in these times of austerity there is little or no money available to reinstate grass verges damaged by vehicle traffic.  In addition to that, the parked vehicles are often left in positions that impede pedestrian traffic forcing people to walk through mud or worse still in the road.

The Parish Council would therefore like to encourage residents and visitors alike to refrain from parking on the verges and pavements around the village and help make the village a more attractive and safer place to live and work.

Litter Pick Volunteer Thanks

The Parish Council and residents of Mundford would like to say THANK YOU to our volunteers who joined our litter pick on the 13th December, it was another cold wet day but our team still showed up for duty and around 12 bags of rubbish along with the usual bits of cars that fall off by the road side were collected.

We are always looking for more volunteers and we meet around every 6 weeks, so if you have 1 – 2 hours to spare and would like to join us please contact the parish clerk, all equipment is supplied.

New Letterbox

I am pleased to announce that the Post Office have confirmed that our Post Box will be returned to Mundford. The location will be on the corner junction of St Leonard’s Street and Church Lane, by the bench.

Update 12th February 2018

It was intended to install the new post box by 6th February 2018. We are sorry to announce that there has been a delay regarding the installation of the new Post Box. We will keep you informed as and when we have received any further news regarding the new installation date.


The letterbox outside the old post office opposite the playground in St Leonard’s Street has been removed. The Parish Clerk has put in an application to the Royal Mail for a new one to be installed and are currently awaiting their response.  

Fish Bar Planning Permission

Mundford Fish Bar recently put in two planning applications for: external lights; and extended opening hours. Both have been granted permission.

The planning decision report for the later includes the following comments:

“Objections raised mainly referred to smell, noise, traffic congestion and the granting of the original permission in the first place.

“We can’t re-visit the scheme as part of a variation condition and Environmental Health will be taking the smell and noise issues up separately with the applicant, via their legislation.”

“Environmental Health have picked up on the various complaints and concerns raised by the local residents in respect of noise and odour and these will be dealt outside of the application process. It should be noted that the Environmental Health Legislation covers these issues and should further noise and smell issues arise, complaint should be made to the Environmental Protection Team who will investigate.”

“It is noted that the noise attenuation scheme condition has not been complied with and our enforcement team will be notified as a result.”

Click to read the full report.


Youth Club Volunteers Wanted

Would anyone be interested to help run a Youth Club for the children of Mundford Village? So they would have a somewhere to meet up with friends in a safe place. There is a fund with the Parish Council waiting to be used for this reason, Please call Debbie on 01842 879985 if you are interested. Many Thanks.

Christmas 2017 Donations and Messages

Mundford Parish Council and residents thank all of the following for their generous donations for our Christmas Tree and to all local businesses and organizations who participated in the Tree Lighting Ceremony.


  • Andrea Sinclair
  • Mummy, Daddy and Bliss in loving memory of Iona Erin Starostenko
  • Grandma and Granddad in loving memory of Iona Erin
  • Pat and Jane in loving memory of Tony Loi
  • Pat in loving memory of Pat Dawkins
  • Beryl and family in loving memory of Michael Uwins
  • Jenny Borsberry in loving memory of Ray
  • Her friends in the Crown in loving memory of Cindy
  • Vic, June and Family in loving memory of Nellie May

The full messages of remembrance are on baubles attached to the tree and here.

HUGE THANKS go to the following local businesses for their involvement and donated goodies to eat and drink:

  • Village Voices Choir
  • Crown Hotel
  • Crown Hairdressing
  • Yallops
  • St Leonards Home
  • Browns
  • Lynford Hall
  • Mundford Chip Shop

A selection of photos from the day lighting up event follow.

Reflections from Mundford Rectory Dec’17

Where love is there God is

Dear friends,

My reflection this month is very much a focus on who we are as your parish church in the communities to which we live and serve, at a time of year when many people will visit parish churches and cathedrals in the coming weeks for Advent, Carol and Christmas services, along with attending Baptism’s, Weddings and sadly Funerals.

When a Church of England Priest is installed into their new post and parishes, they are given a pastoral charge known as Cure of Souls. This put simply means that I have through my work in the parishes to which I care for, a duty of spiritual care and responsibility for every person of each parish, whether they have an active faith in God or not. Which also means that anyone who lives, as an example, in the parish of Mundford, has the right to be baptized, married or buried in the local church in the parish in which they live, and to receive spiritual care. Which means I look after, along with the people I journey in faith with, around 5000 people across the villages I serve.

Much of my ministry is in general oversight of care in each parish, which includes visiting, Sunday worship, working with our 2 schools in Mundford and Gooderstone, our pre-school, conducting services, including weddings, baptisms and funerals, burials and blessings, caring for those who are near to death, the bereaved and administration. I also attend and chair lots of meetings along with working within local Trusts and Charity’s supporting local people, and visit people in hospital and wherever I am needed. I am a Padre and Chaplain to the Desert Rats Memorial Association and Stanta MOD base, with also a duty of care to my family, doing the normal things that mums have to do with 2 teenage children. I work 6 days out of 7, and sometimes beyond that, with an average working day of 12-13 hours, pretty non-stop, that is why days off are so important, to rest and be with my family and friends.

Along with all of the pastoral ministry offered, we also manage 12 church buildings, and churchyards, community spaces, that belong to their local community. But these are very costly. For instance, to run just the parish church of Mundford alone costs £511 a week, and that is without the cost of repairs and ministry, and our small and dedicated team of fundraisers work really hard to help meet this cost. So it’s tough on small worshipping communities.

This year St Leonard’s Parish Church are holding an Annual Gift Day on Saturday 2nd December, asking our local community to support us as we seek to support the local community. I know it’s a tough time of year with Christmas just around the corner, but in order to keep these historic community buildings in current use, and open for the needs of each local community, we need the help and support of the local community to do this. We thank you wholeheartedly in advance for your love and financial support as we seek to care for each community to the best of our ability. Donations can be brought to the church on 2nd December or popped through the door of the Rectory, thank you.

With every love and blessing,
Your parish priest, Zoe

Revd. Zoe Ferguson (Priest in Charge Mundford Group Benefice & Assistant Priest to Hilborough & Oxborough groups) Day off Monday.

(For Wedding, Baptism & Church enquires 01842 879375 or email)