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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 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.

Yours truly,

Ian Whittle The Rectory, Langham

 

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