Treasures of Ranworth, a delightful day on the Broads

A big thank you to everyone who joined The Treasures of Ranworth event on Wednesday 18th August.   Situated in the heart of Broadland, the medieval church dedicated to St. Helen, is acknowledged as the “Cathedral of the Broads”. St. Helen’s contains three internationally significant treasures: the painted rood screen, the cantor’s desk and the Ranworth Antiphoner.  Our guide to these treasures, Canon Phillip McFadyen, enlightened our guests with their history and importance at that time and for today.

The Ranworth Antiphoner

Thank you to the Churchwardens for giving their permission for our guests to look closely at the rare, beautifully illustrated medieval service book, the Antiphoner.

Our heartfelt thanks go to the Cator family for honouring the late Jaquetta Cator’s kind invitation for participants to have their picnic lunch in her garden, an idyllic location close to the church.

The day ended with a scrumptious afternoon tea served in the Ranworth Visitor’s Centre.  The event raised approximately £1,400 for The Trust.    Thank you to everyone who made the day possible.

Although not part of our tour, for those interested in visiting Ranworth church in the future, the tower was open for those brave enough to scale the 89 uneven steps, two ladders, past the bells (not recommended on the hour!) and through the trapdoor for a wonderful view of the Broads, at your own risk of course.

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