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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.

 

Virtual tour of The Priory

Virtual tour of The Ruins

Binham Priory Events

Binham Priory hosts a wide range of music, arts and social events and activities

Rector’s Message

Dear Friends and Parishioners,

I wonder if you saw on the television lately ‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’?

Comically it reminded me of potential visitors at home, circa 1970.

 

‘Jean!’  ‘Winifred.’  ‘Jean, we could be with you tomorrow for lunch.  Only eight.’

‘How is life in Hawick?’  ‘Yes, but …..’  ‘Sausage, mash and Sunday’s gravy.  For four.’  ‘Would it stretch?’  ‘Only with a surgeon present.’  ‘Tea?’  ‘A week on Tuesday.’  ‘We’ll be back in the Borders!’  ‘ Nice to be at home…..’

 

My mother had a good way of avoiding the awkward.  I have not inherited the gift.  In the week before Christmas I gave lunch to five lots of god-children and their parents and grandparents; and at New Year fed, with much delight, many friends and many more in the days afterwards.  I am actually a bit more sociable than my lovely mother.  She, though, made everything from scratch: stock, bread, pastry…; I buy in and prepare, so carrots, greens, puddings and all the rest are made and frozen.  Her blue eyes are always upon me!

 

But Preparation is indeed all.  For some things we cannot of course make ready.  But for much we can.  And not just blanched Sea Beet (delicious and free), or proper boiled suet pudding!

 

In this New Year, with the lengthening of days, our bodies, minds and spirits yearn for something new.  And in the Good News of Jesus Christ there is the forever fresh.  Even if we feel simply done in, or are facing awful everything, His freshness is available.  Lying in bed, at an Invitation, he will attend; needing a friend to help, He will be there.   And shockingly, in the absence of Feeling, deep, deep down He is there.

 

Fourteen years ago I stared at death twice.  Once would have been enough!  After a ghastly accident which was entirely my own fault, life hung by a very fine thread.  Through pain and no hope I was launched upon a sea of infinite possibility.  And this was before nine months of relaxing morphine.

 

He is there.  He is capable.  He lives and He loves.  And at rock bottom Jesus lives.

 

Is it so small a thing

To have enjoyed the sun

To have lived light in the Spring,

To have loved, to have thought, to have done….

 

From the Hymn of Empedocles by Matthew Arnold

 

Yours most truly,

Ian Whittle

 

Forthcoming Service Times – October

1st OctoberTuesday6.00pmEvening Prayer
6th OctoberSundayThe Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity11.00amHoly Communion
8th OctoberTuesday6.00pmEvening Prayer
13th OctoberSundayThe Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity11.00amHarvest Thanksgiving Service
15th OctoberTuesday6.00pmEvening Prayer
20th OctoberSundayThe Eighteenth Sunday after Trinity11.00amFamily Service
22nd OctoberTuesday6.00pmEvening Prayer
27th OctoberSundayBible Sunday9.30amHoly Communion

November

3rd NovemberSundayAll Saints Day 11.00amHoly Communion
8th NovemberTuesday6.00pmEvening Prayer
10th NovemberSundayRemembrance Sunday10.50amHoly Communion Service of Remembrance
12th NovemberTuesday6.00pmEvening Prayer
17th NovemberSundayThe Second Sunday before Advent11.00amFamily Service
19th NovemberTuesday6.00pmEvening Prayer
24th NovemberSundayChrist the King9.30amHoly Communion