The Cranmer Group

A very warm welcome to the Cranmer Group of Parishes – Aslockton, Hawksworth, Orston, Scarrington, Thoroton and Whatton!

What’s On When and Where

A summary of the main things that are currently happening in the Benefice is here in one place, with all the information you need to join in. Do look on the Cranmer Blog page as well for our latest Newsletter, with details of other ways of connecting with God; with one another; and with our communities.

Our Sunday Services are currently online.

We’ve made the hard decision to take our Sunday services online again, for the foreseeable future, to ensure we keep you all safe – our top priority. 

Our Sunday services at 10AM are currently online here.

Do also join us after the service on Zoom, from 10.45AM, to catch up with your friends from across the Cranmer Group – think of it as like having a coffee with them after a usual service in church! Click here to access the Zoom gathering (Meeting ID: 896 7267 1672; Passcode: 815850)

And if you don’t manage to join us for our services live, they’re all on our YouTube channel – do catch up with them here, or on our podcast page.

Ash Wednesday and Lent

Our Lent Group is meeting on Zoom here (Meeting ID: 876 2423 1285; Passcode: 550189) every Tuesday during Lent (choose which of 2pm or 7.30pm suits you best) from February 23rd to March 30th. We’re reading together the Archbishop’s 2021 Lent Book, “Living His Story”, by Hannah Steele. Get your copy here – and call or email me (01949 850523 or to let me know you’ll be joining us!

Ash Wednesday and Lent

‘First Things’ Prayer

On the first Sunday of each month, 8-9PM, we meet to pray in an informal style – do join us as we listen to God, and intercede to Him for whatever is on our hearts.

We’ve also moved First Things online – why not spend time in God’s presence, with us, on Zoom at 8PM on Sunday, February 7th here (Meeting ID: 858 8151 4967; Passcode: 347840)?

Online Morning Prayer

To join Morning Prayer on Zoom, Wednesdays & Fridays 9.00-9.30AM, click here (meeting ID: 873 3636 1158; Password: 629570).

Private Prayer

Our six church buildings continue to be open for private prayer on the following days and times:

And, as we begin this year with wise caution, but also with renewed hope, may “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.” (Numbers 6:24-25).

Do please contact me (details below) if there is any way in which I or our church family can help you, in practical ways, or in prayer.

May you know God’s comfort and joy in your hearts, even as we continue to journey together through difficult times.

With every blessing,

Rev. Tim Chambers
The Cranmer Group

Phone: 01949 850523

Mobile: 07946 526569


We are the Cranmer Group of parishes formed in 1967 embracing the villages of Aslockton, Hawksworth, Orston, Scarrington, Thoroton and Whatton. We are proud of our connection to Archbishop Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury at the time of Henry VIII. Cranmer was born in Aslockton and worshipped in Whatton church.


The Cranmer Group, as part of The Church of England, aims to be an authentic and accessible Christian community that faithfully worships and serves God.

We believe that God’s love leads Him to make Himself known through His Son, Jesus Christ, whose story is told in the Bible.

It is our joy to help people know Jesus as Lord and Saviour and we wish lovingly to support, nurture and encourage belief.

As disciples of Jesus, we strive to be faithful to God’s Word. We recognise that the Good News is life-changing, and this begins with us.

As we reach out through service in our communities, we seek to respond with gratitude to all that God has done for us in Jesus by living lives that match the words that we speak.

Find Us

Cranmer Group Vicarage,
Main Street,
NG13 9AL
Call 01949 850523

Safeguarding in the Cranmer Group

The Cranmer Group take Safeguarding seriously, ensuring that children and young people as well as adults are kept safe whilst in our care is an integral part of our church life. If you have any concerns about safeguarding please contact the Cranmer Group’s Benefice Safeguarding Lead, Amy Taylor, on 01949 358309 who would be happy to discuss any matters with you.

In the Southwell Diocese, the Diocesan Safeguarding Team (Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser: Julian Hodgson) can be contacted on 01636 817200 during working hours.

For non-urgent advice and queries, please email the Safeguarding Team at

If you have an immediate or emergency safeguarding concern, contact the Police on 999 or the statutory agency for a child or vulnerable adult in Nottinghamshire:
MASH (Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub), on 0300 500 8080.

Other out of hours contacts for Children & Adults are Nottinghamshire: 0300 456 4546, Nottingham City Council: 0115 876 1000 or Bawtry: 01302 796 000

For more information on Safeguarding procedures, please follow this Safeguarding link.