David profile

Rev David Smith

The Rectory
Church Road
East Harling
NR16 2NB
01953 717140
Caryll profile

Rev Caryll Brown

It’s forty-six years since my husband Richard and I married and made our home in Norfolk. We have four grown up children and six grandchildren and really treasure family life in all its up and downs. 

We have worshipped at East Harling for over forty-two years enjoying a very busy lay ministry, together, with the children and young people of these communities for much of that time. Like Varlie, over the years I have also been involved in many other aspects of church and village life – church cleaning, flower arranging, events committee and PCC; in the village, Meals on Wheels Organizer and School Governor. 

In 2008 I felt the call to ordained ministry and began training in 2010. I was ordained in 2013 as an OLM (Ordained Local Minister). I feel privileged to serve alongside such a dedicated team in such a beautiful Benefice as this. It is a joy to share the Christian message of hope in such a variety of ways and to have the opportunity to walk along side our parishioners in every aspect of their journey through life.     

01953 717451
Varlie profile

Rev Varlie Sheldrake

I’m one of the Ordained Local Ministers in the Benefice. Born and educated in Norwich, I've lived in Harling since 1972 and over the years have been involved in most aspects of village and church life - from cleaning and flower arranging to PCC member and secretary.

After retiring from secular employment - I was a nurse - I trained and was ordained in 2003 to serve in this United Benefice.

I have two adult children who are both married and live not too far away.

Now officially ‘retired’, I have Permission to Officiate, am a member of the Ministry Team and continue as before, preaching and leading worship across the Benefice. Much of my involvement is with the older members of the community but I am concerned that the Love of God is demonstrated and spread to all age groups and that the Church community is open and accessible to everyone.

01953 717404
Ministry profile

Ministry Team

The ministry team is focussed on the spiritual / pastoral well-being of the benefice.  It is not a decision-making body, although it can make recommendations to the various PCCs.  It typically meets every 6-8 weeks and is comprised of the clergy (David, Caryll, Lynn, Varlie),  and lay members (Richard Oliver, Dorothy Scott & Stuart Langridge).

Sue profile

Mrs Sue Dolling

In 2014 I was elected as one of the church wardens in East Harling. I am also on the committee of the 'Friends of East Harling Church'.


I organise the opening of the church for visitors during the summer months from 10:00 am to 4pm.





01953 718658
Jennifer profile

Mrs Jennifer Galliford

In 2016 I was elected as one of the church wardens. I am also a member of the choir, help to lead the intercessions and read the lessons on a Sunday morning.

01953 717327
Tony profile

Captain Tony Poulter

I am the churchwarden of St John the Evangelist, Rushford and have been in post since 2007. I am also the Treasurer and Lay Vice Chairman of the Rushford PCC, the Lay Vice Chairman of the Harling United benefice Coordination Group, a member of the Deanery Synod (Thetford and Rocklands) and its Diocesan Synod Representative, with a seat on the Executive Committee of the Diocesan Board of Finance

Glebe House
IP24 2SF
Marion profile

Mrs Marion Sharpe

I am one of the 2 churchwardens at Bridgham.

01953 717686
Sheena profile

Mrs Sheena Robson

I am one of the 2 churchwardens at Bridgham.

Mary profile

Mrs Mary Wright

I am a Churchwarden at Brettenham

Peter profile

Mr Peter Wright

I am a Churchwarden at Brettenham

Dorothy profile

Mrs Dorothy Scott

01953 717719
DB profile

Mr DB Di Blasio

Director of Music & Choir Master
Nick profile

Mr Nick Hunt


Anne profile

Ms Anne Slater

I am the Sacristan and the Bell Ringing / Tower Captain.  

Stuart profile

Mr Stuart Langridge

My current roles within the church are: Web administrator, leader of the Wednesday evening Bible Study & Fellowship Group (with help from others), member of the Music Group (guitar and singer), member of the Ministry Team, Gift Aid Officer.

01953 714900

Mrs Clare Wise

I am a member of the Events Committee, the Choir and the Music Group.

01953 717379

Mrs Dorothy Jubb

I am a member of the Events Committee, the Choir and the Music Group.

01953 717128

Mrs Eleanor Doyle

01953 718304

Mrs Elizabeth Kemp

I am the chairman of the 'Friends of East Harling Church'

01953 717253

Mr Richard Brown

I am one of the leaders of Tuesday Club and Supper Club and serve on the PCC.

01953 717451
Jan profile

Mrs Jan Francis

I am part of the lay ministry team who plan the monthly Family Service.

01953 718732
Sandra profile

Mrs Sandra Jarvis

I am the secretary for the HUB committe meetings.








07840 245035

Mr George Sharpe

I retired from my capacity as a Lay Reader for the Harling United benefice, due to a long period of illness, in 2013




Before retiring from work, I worked for Lotus cars as an engineer. I was licensed as a reader on 18th May 2002 at Norwich Cathedral.


Mrs Anne Poulter

01842 753634
Lynn profile

Rev Lynn Fry

September 2016: I am returning to Papua New Guinea for an extended period and no longer have an active role in this Benefice.

I moved to Norfolk in the 1980s with my husband Tony and have brought up our family here. I originally trained as a chef, then went travelling and eventually went to University to train to be a teacher. I earn my living working in Tacolneston Primary School 5 days a week.

I trained and was ordained with Varlie in 2003. I have worked in the benefice ever since preaching and leading worship and co-ordinating the youth work.

I became a Christian when I was expecting my first child and was confirmed in Attleborough Church. The churches here have become an important part of my formation as a Christian - learning how to live together, how to accept difference and being willing to learn from each other.

For me, the Christian message is one of promise -  that things can be different,  that we can be freed from the things that bring us down and the promise that this is not all there is! 

I returned from a year's sabbatical in PNG in mid 2015.


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