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

Thinking of visiting St Helen's Church, Ranworth? Please read about the current works taking place at this church before visiting.

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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.