Binham Priory guided tours
There is a Guided Tour of Binham Priory and its monastic precincts every Sunday and Tuesday afternoon starting at 3.00pm. These tours last for about an hour and run throughout the summer months from May to September. Booking ahead is not necessary. Many visitors find the interpretation panels very informative but if you like to ask questions or want the latest news about this building then do come along and join one of our tours.
Group tours can be arranged at mutually convenient times by contacting Maureen Frost on 01328 830362. A donation of £2 per person will help us to maintain this magnificent priory church.
Binham Priory Events
Binham Priory hosts a wide range of music, arts and social events and activities
Dear Friends and Parishioners,
I offer you The Song of The Nightshade Berry Fairy, first published 1926:
“You see my berries, how they gleam and glow,
Clear ruby-red, and green, and orange-yellow;
Do they not tempt you, fairies, dangling so?”
The fairies shake their heads and answer “No!
You are a crafty fellow!”
“What, won’t you try them? There is naught to pay!
Why should you think my berries poisoned things?
You fairies may look scared and fly away –
The children will believe me when I say
My fruit is fit for kings!”
But all good fairies cry in anxious haste,
“O children, do not taste!”
As children my sister and I gathered everything, but care was needed. A friend of mine one day dug up the root of nightshade and grated it into a salad. I’m glad I wasn’t there. Everyone ended up in the QE. The bright berries in life can be poisonous. But not all of them; and I give you The Song of The Blackberry Fairy:
My berries cluster black and thick
For rich and poor alike to pick.
I’ll tear your dress, and cling, and tease,
And scratch your hands and arms and knees.
I’ll stain your fingers and your face,
And then I’ll laugh at your disgrace.
But when the bramble-jelly’s made,
You’ll find your trouble well repaid.
When we were young my sister and I had a firm belief in fairies, and often lay still in woodland glades…waiting…; or lingered by quiet bridges…waiting…; and on a diet of Narnia books addressed dryads in woods and nyads in pools, throwing garlands about and pouring libations. Father: ‘Who’s been at the port?’ Mother: ‘The children. For the fairies and dryads and nyads, and boggarts.’ ‘What’s a boggart?’
All this was combined with a strict but cheerful christian upbringing: the idle protestantism of my father, and the colourful, determined catholicism of my mother. The fairies finally gave way to Christ. They had to. Avoid the Nightshade. Devour the blackberries. And in these Autumn days may we turn to our Creator God, who has turned to us in Christ His Son, and Who will never turn away.
Ian Whittle The Rectory, Langham
Forthcoming Service Times – October
|1st October||Tuesday||6.00pm||Evening Prayer|
|6th October||Sunday||The Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity||11.00am||Holy Communion|
|8th October||Tuesday||6.00pm||Evening Prayer|
|13th October||Sunday||The Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity||11.00am||Harvest Thanksgiving Service|
|15th October||Tuesday||6.00pm||Evening Prayer|
|20th October||Sunday||The Eighteenth Sunday after Trinity||11.00am||Family Service|
|22nd October||Tuesday||6.00pm||Evening Prayer|
|27th October||Sunday||Bible Sunday||9.30am||Holy Communion|
|3rd November||Sunday||All Saints Day||11.00am||Holy Communion|
|8th November||Tuesday||6.00pm||Evening Prayer|
|10th November||Sunday||Remembrance Sunday||10.50am||Holy Communion Service of Remembrance|
|12th November||Tuesday||6.00pm||Evening Prayer|
|17th November||Sunday||The Second Sunday before Advent||11.00am||Family Service|
|19th November||Tuesday||6.00pm||Evening Prayer|
|24th November||Sunday||Christ the King||9.30am||Holy Communion|