Happisburgh Parish

St. Mary the Virgin Church, Happisburgh

The Parish of Happisburgh has a population of approx 1300 with the majority being elderly and retired folk and a few young families. There is an excellent Church of England Primary School, general store with post office and public house and restaurant. The Church Room in the centre of the village is used for coffee mornings, Monday Mardles etc. The Wenn Evan's Hall and playing field is not far from the church where football, cricket and outdoor bowls are played. The hall is also available for parties etc.

The red and white Lighthouse was built in 1790 and is the oldest working light in East Anglia. It is the only independently operated light in the UK and is maintained by voluntary contributions. It is open to the public occasionally during the summer and private visits can be arranged by appointment.

The RNLI station was moved from the centre of the village due to cliff erosion and the life boat, manned by local professional crew are called out fairly often for inshore rescue, especially during the summer months. A special service is held each year on Sea Sunday at the old RNLI shed which now stands close to the edge of the cliff.

The church was rebuilt during the 15th century and stands on a hill overlooking the North Sea. It has one of the highest towers in Norfolk and most Saturdays and Wednesdays you can climb the 133 steps to the top for a breathtaking view across miles of fields and sea.

The eight bells are rung by an excellent band of ringers for all the services and practice night is every Wednesday at 7:30pm. New ringers are always welcome.

Children are always welcome to any of the services and there is a well equipped children's corner at the back of the nave.

Coffee mornings and concerts in church are held throughout the summer months and an annual fete in the grounds of the Old Vicarage is a big boost for church funds.

The church is open every day for visitors. For more details about St. Mary's Church, Happisburgh, please click the following link: www.stmaryhappisburgh.church

View from the top of the tower looking south-east

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