The Parish Churches of Ranworth with Panxworth,
South Walsham, Upton and Woodbastwick

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"I am the vine, you are the branches" (John 15:5) - Stained glass window

The Broadside Benefice

Parishes of Ranworth with Panxworth, South Walsham, Upton and Woodbastwick.

News Update: Ranworth Church Works

Major repairs have been completed at St Helen’s Church, Ranworth, restoring this medieval treasure to its former glory.

A significant programme of work, carried out with the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Ranworth Trust and the Geoffrey Watling Charity, has renewed the roof of this wonderful building and improved the rain water drainage. This vital work has now been largely completed, although there are still some small scale external groundworks to be completed.

The medieval rood screen, one of several important historic artefacts in the church, has been cleared of scaffolding and protective coverings and is on view to visitors once again. Its future has now been secured for generations to come.

Our famous Visitors’ Centre, serving light refreshments, is open daily until the end of October half term and will continue on Saturdays and Sundays only from the beginning of November for the winter months.

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The Ranworth Symposium 2016

Ranworth Rood Screen

Ranworth Rood Screen

Time-travel back 500 years to experience the sights and sounds of medieval church goers. Learn about 15th century artists, like those who painted the famous Ranworth rood screen, and hear singers from Oxford University as they recreate a medieval service originally sung in Ranworth church by monks. For more information, visit our special Ranworth Symposium page.

Welcome to the Broadside Benefice. We are a group of parishes situated in the beautiful Norfolk Broads, comprising five villages served by four Parish Churches, a Visitor Centre and a Church Centre for Education and the Arts. Our group name, the Broadside Benefice, reflects the fact that our parishes contain no less than six Broads (Decoy, Cockshoot, Ranworth, Malthouse, South Walsham and Upton), stretching along the southern bank of the River Bure.

All of the Broadside churches are usually open during daylight hours. You are welcome to explore their unique character and history. St. Helen’s, Ranworth draws many thousands of visitors each year to see its famous rood screen and medieval service book, the Ranworth Antiphoner, or simply to admire its views. South Walsham’s two churches share a churchyard, an East Anglian speciality. Upton’s fourteenth century font and 1865 Holdich organ are undiscovered gems. Our only thatched church, Woodbastwick, possesses a unique dedication and presents the gospel in its stained glass windows. Panxworth’s churchyard offers an evocative haven away from the main road, under the shadow of its ruined medieval tower.

Our church communities are committed to working together as we grow as Christ’s disciples, as worshipping congregations, and in loving service to residents and visitors alike. You are warmly invited to our services, children’s work and social events and will find details in our magazine, ‘The Broadsider,’ downloadable from this website. Whether you live or work here or visit this area occasionally, we hope that we may have the opportunity to enjoy your company and that you may find a spiritual ‘home’ here among us.

We hope you enjoy exploring this site and its links. Please contact us with any questions or feedback you may have. We look forward to hearing from you.

Come and Sing the Mozart Requiem

As part of World Hospice Day, the Priscilla Bacon Lodge Support Group and the Friends of Hospice Ethiopia invite you to join them to sing The Mozart Requiem, on Saturday 31st October 2015, in Norwich Cathedral.

Organisers are keen to involve anyone with a love of singing – no auditioning, simply turn up and join in. The Requiem will be conducted by David Dunnett and supported by the Norwich Philharmonic Chorus.

All proceeds will go to the Priscilla Bacon Lodge Support Group & Hospice Ethiopia.

Tickets – Singers £10 (students £5) Audience £5

Registration and Rehearsal from 2pm followed by the performance at 6pm.

View the official poster (PDF file 667KB).

Details and booking form on website: or telephone Elizabeth on 01603 630009. You can also book online at