The Parish Church of St Andrew the Apostle, Holt, Norfolk

All Saints District Church

Situated in an attractive woodland setting in High Kelling, two miles from St Andrew’s Church. It is one of the smaller churches in the Diocese of Norwich, seating only 60.

All Saints Church, High Kelling

It was built in 1924 as the chapel of Bramblewood Sanatorium which cared for TB patients in Kelling. (The civil parish of High Kelling was established in 1987, the area previously having straddled the junctions of Kelling, Bodham and Holt.) In 1955 Bramblewood was closed and the Chapel building was purchased by High Kelling residents for £500.

The first service was held in November 1955 at All Saints Tide, and the Rector of Holt (The Rev’d John Southern) agreed to take responsibility for the services. The church was used for fifteen years in an unofficial capacity served by the Holt clergy, and was not officially licensed for worship until September 1970. In 1977 High Kelling was included in the ecclesiastical parish of Holt.

In 1978 All Saints Church was finally recognised as a District Church within the Parish of Holt with High Kelling.

Fellowship

All Saints Fellowship Group meets with coffee, in various venues, on the first Thursday of each month following the Eucharist. The group discusses various topics introduced by a different leader each month.

Coffee and Chat

Each month there is a Coffee and Chat, usually on the second Tuesday. An invitation is extended to all High Kelling residents to come for a cup of coffee and biscuits and have a chat with friends and neighbours. With a different venue and hostess each month this is well supported and provides a welcome opportunity for fellowship.

Harvest Festival

It has become a tradition for the All Saints and
St Andrew's parishioners to join together at a combined Harvest Lunch following the Annual Harvest Thanksgiving Service. The venue alternates annually between Holt Church Hall, and High Kelling Social Centre, with the meal being provided by a committee combined from representatives of each Church. This meal provides an opportunity for both congregations to meet and enjoy fellowship together.

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