Middlewinch Benefice

The Middlewinch Benefice

 is the name adopted for our group of churches
serving the parishes of:-

East Winch (All Saints) with West Bilney (St. Cecilia)

Middleton (St Mary)

North Runcton (All Saints)

West Winch (St Mary the Virgin) with Setchey (St Mary)

Middlewinch Benefice calendar of church services may be seen her

Priest-in-Charge:  Reverend Riaz
Telephone: 01553 841519.
E-mail rev.riazmubarak@gmail.com

The Revd Riaz    
is the Priest-in-Charge of the Parishes of West Winch with Setchey, North Runcton, Middleton and East Winch with West Bilney
He was previously  Vicar of St Luke's Abbottabad, Diocese of Peshawar in the Church of Pakistan.

Riaz was licensed by the Bishop of Norwich on Thursday 3 April 2014 in the chapel at Bishop's House. The Bishop of Lynn led a service of welcome.

On Sunday 6 April 2014,  Rev. Mubarak, was installed at Middleton representing the West Winch benefice - now known as MIDDLEWINCH.

An artcle about Rev. Riaz, descrbing how he came to join the ministry and how he is planning to engage with families in our benefice may be seen here.

Ministry Team:

Ministry Team:

Rev. Riaz                     Priest in charge
        Rev. Heather Berry      Clergy with PTO

        Nell Steele                  Reader

        Amanda Hart              Authorised Worship Assistant             

        Ken Matthew

        Sue Cook

        Shaun Dale

Reader:        Nell Steele

telephone:-  01553 840814
email :-        nellsteele@btinternet.com

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Clergy with PtO: (Permission to Officiate)     Heather Berry

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Authorised Worship Assistant:                  Amanda Hart     
    email:      ahart2400@hotmail.com

Middlewinch Benefice calendar of church services may be seen here

The Benefice Churches
West Bilney - St Cecilia

Listed Building - GRADE II*

St Cecilia is a closed church in the care of the Norfolk Churches Trust;
the diocese permits up to three services a year to be held there.

PCC details as for East Winch - see below.

Church Post Code PE32 1HS   Grid Reference TF 71701535

To see more about the church go to St Cecilia

All Saints at East Winch is the church of the combined parishes of East Winch and West Bilney; services are normally held there.

East Winch - All Saints
Listed Building - GRADE II*

Churchwarden:    Wendy Smith
                        telephone:- 01553 842281
                           Shaun Dale
                        telephone:- 01553 630167

Secretary:             Janet Weavers
                        telephone:- 01553 840510

Treasurer:            Wendy Smith:    
                         telephone:- 01553 842281

Church Post Code
PE32 1JZ
Grid Reference TF 69091625

To see more about the church go to All Saints

Open on Saturdays 10am - 4pm when BST in operation.

All Saints at East Winch is effectively the church of the combined parishes of East Winch and West Bilney and most services are therefore held here.

Middleton - St Mary

Listed Building - GRADE II*

Secretary:            Vacant

Treasurer:-           Mrs Christine Minister
   tel:- 01553 840559

Church Post Code PE32 1RD    Grid Reference TF 662159

Fourteenth century foundations, mainly restored in 19th century. Thompson 'mouse' wooden furniture. Extensive churchyards.

Open Dawn to Dusk.

North Runcton - All Saints
Listed Building - GRADE I

Churchwardens: Mary Angelina   
                           tel:-01553 841519
          Mr K Matthews
              tel:-01553 842265

Secretary:-        Mrs Ann Matthews
                            tel:- 01553 842265

Treasurer:-         Mrs Maggie Challis
                             tel:- 01553 842540

Church Post Code PE33 0RB      Grid Reference TF 646159

Designed by Henry Bell, the architect also of the Custom House, King's Lynn.
Built 1710-1720, after spire of older church fell on nave during a storm!

Open Dawn to Dusk March - September

See Church Services calendar here

West Winch - St Mary the Virgin


Secretary:-           Mrs S Cook
  telephone:- 01553 841269

Treasurer:-          Mrs M Garford
  telephone: - 01553 840223

Church Post Code PE33 0QH    Grid Reference TF 632158

14th century foundations, built of carrstone with ashlar dressings.

See Church Services calendar here

Setchey - St Mary

This building is no longer a church., though the adjacent burial ground still exists.

Benifice Services
are here           Church Events
are here

Parish Magazines.

There are two Parish magazines published within the Benefice.
One covers the parishes of West Winch and Setchy, the other covers Middleton, North Runcton, East Winch & West Bilney.
Both are titled  "Parish News" - though they are not immmediately connected in any way.

Editors are:-

Middleton, N.Runcton, East Winch
Chris Hudson- email: editorofparishnews@gmail.com
    Telephone: 01553 849725
(The magazine may be seen / downloaded - click here)

West Winch, Setchey
Duncan Garford- email: duncangarford@btinternet.com
        Telephone: 01553 840223


Formerly, until April 2014 when there was a re-organisation, the Gayton Group of parishes included East Winch and West Bilney. With East Winch & West Bilney transferring to the Middlewinch Benefice, a new group was formed - The Gayton, Grimston and Massingham Benefice.


Ashwicken & Leziate

All Saints


Great Massingham

St Mary


St Andrew



St Botolph

East Walton

St Mary



St Lawrence


St Nicholas


Little Massingham

St Andrew

Gayton Thorpe

St Mary



All Saints



The Priest in Charge of the benefice is the Reverend Jane Holmes; you may contact her at

jmh200@btinternet.com or telephone 01553 636227.

Church Services, contact details and much else, may be seen on the benefice web site