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

Welcome to the Broadside Benefice. We hope you will enjoy exploring this website. If there’s anything else you would like to find out, or would like to discuss planning a wedding, baptism or funeral, please go to Contact Us or phone the Rectory on 01603 270769.

We are a group of parishes situated in the beautiful Norfolk Broads. Our six villages are served by five parish churches, a Visitor Centre and a Church for Education and the Arts. We also have two ruined towers! Our group name, the Broadside Benefice, reflects the fact that our parishes contain six broads (Cockshoot, Decoy, Malthouse, Ranworth, South Walsham and Upton) stretching along the River Bure between the edge of Salhouse Broad and Acle Bridge.

Ranworth, South Walsham and Woodbastwick churches are open daily during daylight hours. Fishley church is open every Friday. Currently, Upton church is open daily from June to September and by arrangement at other times. Ranworth church draws thousands of visitors every year to see its famous rood screen and medieval service book, to enjoy spectacular views from the tower or have a cuppa at its friendly Visitor Centre. South Walsham boasts two churches in one churchyard- an East Anglian speciality. Upton’s fourteenth-century font and lovingly restored Holdich organ are both gems. Woodbastwick’s church stands near a picture book village green. It tells gospel stories in its beautiful stained glass and is the only church in England dedicated to Saints Fabian and Sebastian. Fishley has an ancient round tower church and stands alone in the fields, but with a host of stories to tell. Panxworth’s churchyard is a peaceful haven off the main road, under the shadow of its ruined medieval tower. You are very welcome to explore their unique character and history.

The safety and protection of children, young people and vulnerable adults is a the heart of the gospel and their well-being is of the highest importance in our churches. If you would like to find out more about our safeguarding polices or contact the Named Safeguarding Person, please click the link on the homepage sidebar.

You are warmly invited to our services, children’s work and social events. Details can be found in our Magazine, ‘The Broadsider’, which can be downloaded from here. Our church communities are committed to work together and grow as Christ’s followers and to offer welcome and care to residents and visitors alike. We hope you will come and see us and find a spiritual ‘home’ here. We look forward to hearing from you.

Nick Garrard, Rector

Nick Garrard, Rector