Angels to the rescue

Author: Elizabeth Winter

Published on: 20 May 2021

It is a great shame that so many events and club meetings in Knapton have had to be cancelled for such a long period because of COVID, but the Knapton Angels have done a fantastic job of supporting our parishioners through these dark times, meeting over 400 requests for support and help.

The Parish Council also decided to continue the project over the coming months expecting the need for help to continue over the winter months. I am one of the Angels and am still supporting ladies who live alone. We are a very small rural village of less than 300, it is also very spread out, it has a limited bus service on just five days a week and no shops, our nearest is Trunch.

Unfortunately, our congregation at St Peter and St Paul’s Parish Church is very small, now down to less than 10 and mostly elderly, which makes them in the vulnerable category. With this in mind and in addition to the Knapton’s Angels our Rector, The Revd Andrew Jones, asked some of us to keep in regular phone contact with other members of the church who were isolating, this we have done. During the summer months Knapton Church installed a sound system and new hearing loop which meant that during the period when in-church services were permitted, we were able to host the Benefice-wide services which rotated using mainly three of the churches. In fact, as our church was the easiest to make covid-safe, we hosted the first of the Benefice Services in July. Albeit meant a lot of cleaning and extra work for the two church wardens, we did it with a happy heart as it meant that people could join together in person for a service.

So many in our area were feeling the strain of isolation, so let’s hope that we can soon return to church and our human communities.

The author...

No Image Found

Elizabeth Winter

Churchwarden, Knapton (Parish)

This article is from...

Articles in this issue...

£15,000 raised in a day

Founded in 1993, this village organisation has truly gone from strength to strength.


Friends in a time of need

‘Do we carry out urgent repairs to the building or do we pay our parish share in full?’


Powerful friends

When the local community learnt that St Peter’s Church, Forncett, was threatened with closure, the response was immediate; their beautiful 1000-year-old Anglo Saxon church with its iconic round tower must be saved for future generations!


An amazing array of support

The rector and churchwardens are the Trustees of Reepham Church Charities which includes a plot of land, currently leased to Reepham Town Council for allotments, but also funds accumulated from rents which are to be used specifically for ‘the relief of the poor of Reepham’.


Supporting education in Brooke

Like my predecessors I am a trustee of several small village-based charities.


Heating cost support

The Sporle Relief in Need Charity (charity number 213063) owns Sporle’s Town Farm: a farm which nowadays is sadly separated from the village by the A47, with no bridge or easy means of crossing.


Curiosity into wonder

The Saxons founded Fishley in the 10th century, followed by the Normans who built the current church of St. Mary’s.


Honour where honour is due

The 2011 Census identified 177,918 young carers in England and Wales.


Please hold the line caller

Just opposite the church in Blickling, on the side of the road, is a lovely old red phone box which, a couple of years ago, was looking a bit unloved and forlorn.


A backward glance

What does a development worker do during lockdown?


Keep up to date

Subscribe to our eNews for a snapshot of news, events and resources, usually emailed once a fortnight

Signup to newsletter