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St Mary the Virgin Eccles

We meet in St Mary's on the 4th Sunday of the month at 11am, joined by the congregation of Quidenham, where we worship on the 3rd Sunday of the month at 11am. (We all join in at Wilby on the 2nd Sunday in a month at 9.30am, and vary between Eccles at Quidenham on the 1st Sunday of the month at 9.30am. It doesn't take too long to get used to :-). Future events are to be found in the calendar pages or on the 'What's New' column on the Home page here :-)

Eccles is a rural village of some 250 people. It is next to Snetterton Heath, a former American Airfield during WWII and now a Motor Racing circuit with an industrial area providing many jobs for the local community.  The village itself has two main areas of residence. One is centred around the railway station, a stop on the main Norwich to Peterborough line, which dissects the village. The other being adjacent to the former primary school. We have a Pub plus a Village Hall, which also houses a Social Club.  St Mary’s church is situated on the outskirts of the village in an elevated position on the edge of a wood. It is said to be one of the oldest known ecclesiastical sites in Norfolk. This beautiful small Saxon church has a restored round tower, which contains three bells dating back some 400 years. The building also contains the largest stone Mensa in the whole of East Anglia. We have a small but loyal congregation of less than ten, who gather here for worship at least once per month. We also support and work together with our sister churches in the adjacent villages of Wilby and Quidenham, both of which are only 1.5 miles away.   The church also has very close links with an adjacent independent boarding school, which makes occasional use of the facilities.  

For more about the history of the building see here.