Reflections from Mundford Rectory Nov’17

Where love is there God is

Dear friends,

I wanted to say and enormous thank you to you all for sponsoring me for my Skydive on 30th September, to raise money for a hoped, and planned for extension to be built onto St Leonard’s Church, Mundford. Where we hope to create a small meeting room, kitchen and toilet facilities, for all of the community to enjoy and share.

This was an enormous challenge to me personally, being someone who is petrified of heights and roller coasters, but turned out to be one of the most incredible experiences of my life, jumping for a very good cause.

To date, we have raised in the sum of £2,500, and donations are still coming in and extremely gratefully received, and can be sent to The Rectory, St Leonards Street, Mundford, IP26 5DW, cheques made payable to Mundford PCC please.

A special thank you goes to Mundford Church of England Primary Academy, to the PTA of the school and the many parents and grandparents, children and teachers who raised money at the school and supported me so warmly. I was extremely moved to receive your sponsorship.

So would I do it again?  Most definitely Yes!!!

The photo above was literally following the moment my feet reached Terra Firma again, you can see the elation on my face!!

But I couldn’t have done it without the wonderful and professional care of UK parachuting and my instructor Ritch for keeping me safe.

So what’s next…. Well…watch this space…haha!!!

With every love and blessing,
Your skydiving parish priest, Zoe

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

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Radio Norfolk Treasure Quest 2017

On Sunday 15th October 2017, Mundford was on Radio Norfolk’s Treasure Quest programme. Parish Councillor, Ann Shepherd set up a clue for the presenter, Sophie Little, to find fixed to a box of Maltesers by the Village Green Sign.

Below are photos of the visit from Radio Norfolk (click to enlarge).


Invitation to Sponsor the Christmas Tree


This year there will again as in previous years be a beautiful big Christmas tree with hundreds of festive bright lights to light up our village green during Christmas and New Year.

Further to this announcement the Parish Council would like to ask if any residents would like to donate towards our tree perhaps in remembrance of a friend or loved one that has passed on or you may have a special anniversary or birthday to celebrate.

Donations for any amount big or small along with your details will be gratefully accepted at the Parish Office – 2a Swaffham Road, Mundford, IP26 5EH.

Donations accepted in cash or cheques made payable to Mundford Parish Council.

Your Remembrance notices will appear in the December/January Connect plus small temporary plaques /baubles with your messages will be attached to the bottom of the tree. 

Should you need any further information please contact the Parish Clerk.

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony


The Parish Council, The Crown Hotel, Crown Hairdressing,  St Leonards Court and the Chip shop will be turning on their Christmas Lights on Saturday 2nd December at 5pm.

There will also be Carol Singing by the Village Voices Choir.

And for a donation to a charity of their choice the following local businesses have very generously agreed to be offering all manner of goodies such as Mince Pies, Hot Chocolate, Mulled Wine,Ginger Bread Christmas Trees and more:-

  • The Crown Hotel
  • Crown Hairdressing
  • Browns
  • Yallops
  • Lynford Hall
  • St Leonards Court Care Home will be holding a Tombola and Raffle

All welcome to attend.

(All public attending are responsible for their own health and safety)

Allotment Waiting List

Although the Parish Council currently have no allotments going spare we could do with having some names on our waiting list. 

If you would like to be put on this list (this is also open to Cranwich and Ickburgh residents) please send your name, address and telephone number to the Parish Clerk.

Bench Sponsorship

We still have room for one more bench that needs a sponsor, Sponsoring a bench in Mundford can often be an apt way of commemorating a loved one, however, it can also be used to celebrate a special occasion such as a wedding or anniversary or you may have a favourite quote or short verse that you would like to display .  If you are interested in this the cost is in the region of £385 however this may vary at the time of ordering.

Please contact the Parish Clerk if you would be interested in this idea.

Updated 6-Dec-17 – room for just one bench left!

Thank you to our bulb planting and litter picking teams

THANK YOU – to our many volunteers who came to help on Saturday 14th October with the annual bulb planting, your efforts will be very much appreciated in the spring when we will see the results of our hard work.


THANK YOU – to our litter pickers who turned out yet again on Wednesday 18th October to tidy up our village and surrounding roads coming into the village, it was pouring with rain but this tough lot still turned up for duty, we really do appreciate your time and help.

Fish Bar Planning Applications

Mundford Fish Bar has submitted two planning applications. You can make comments by clicking on the links below and using the ‘Comment on this application’ button to leave your observations. Alternatively you can forward your comments by email to

REFERENCE: 3PL/2017/1250/A
PROPOSAL: Erection of one Front externally illuminated fascia sign and one rear non-illuminated fascia sign
Click here to leave your comments by 24th October 2017.

REFERENCE: 3PL/2017/1219/VAR
PROPOSAL: Variation of Condition 6 to 3PL/2016/1299/CU – Change of opening hours
AMENDMENT: Email received 23rd October – revising opening hours
The original application was for opening hours to be every day from 11am to 10pm. The amendment is for opening hours to be Monday to Saturday and Bank Holidays from 11am to 9pm, closed on Sundays.
Click here to leave your comments by 14th November 2017.

Reflections from Mundford Rectory Oct’17

Where love is there God is

Dear friends,

It is that time of year again when we begin to see a new season creep in, with some of the trees beginning to look more autumnal and the nights are beginning to draw in, with lights being put on earlier of an evening and there is a real nip in the air…. Although it wouldn’t surprise me after writing this piece to you that we suddenly head straight into a heatwave haha!!

The children today have returned to school, and it is so lovely to hear them playing again on the school field after the long summer break.

In the church season we are still very much in the season known as ordinary time, although things have been far from ordinary, with my colleague Revd Charles Sherlock now having retired and I am soon to be made Priest in Charge of the Mundford, Hilborough and Oxborough Groups of Parishes, with the hope of a new colleague to come and minister among us in the, I hope, not too distant future…. And very soon too we will be celebrating the Harvest season giving great thanks to God for all the goodness He gives as we let go of the old and embrace the new…. This is where for now this reflection leaves us…. As we let go of all that has gone before and look to a new season…. With the words of Annie Heppenstall in her prayerful poem…..’Letting Go’

The birch leaves are falling, Lord,
yellow diamonds on the green grass,
released in the autumn wind.
But I, Lord,
I still clutch tight the leaves of my old life,
useless, withered and dry.

Teach me to let go of the old –
old hurts and animosities, old troubles and grief.
Teach me to release them into the wind of your Spirit
to be whisked away,
that like the tree I may rest a while
at peace within,
then grow again in the spring.

May we all have courage to let go of all that is no longer helpful to us in the past and move on in courage into a new season of our lives, as we embrace a new yearly season.

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.

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