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:

Diocesan “Vision 2030” Sermon Series

In our Sunday services over the coming weeks, we’re listening to a sermon series based on our Diocese of Southwell & Nottingham’s new “Vision 2030”. Do watch our Bishops introducing the Vision here, and what it means for us in our Cranmer Group family, and our brothers and sisters in Christ in all of our neighbouring churches. Do catch up with all our preaches on the Diocesan Vision – and all other Sunday sermons – via our podcasts.

Cranmer Group Confirmations!

And on Sunday 9th June, at 6pm, we have our Confirmation Service in St. Thomas’ Aslockton, for members of our Cranmer Group family (and some other local churches) who are making a public commitment to following Jesus Christ in their lives. Join us and the Bishop of Southwell, Rt. Rev. Paul Williams, to support all these wonderful Confirmation candidates, and celebrate what God is doing in our community – and there’s a bring and share celebration in the Thomas Cranmer Centre afterwards.


We also have a couple of lovely opportunities for you to have some fun over the coming weeks, and to raise funds for our church family at the same time:

Nottingham Chamber Orchestra Concert, St. Mary’s Orston, Saturday 8th June

Firstly, following on from our excellent recent concert from the Nottingham Chamber Wind Ensemble, we’re able to enjoy some beautiful music-making from another wonderful local group, the Nottingham Chamber Orchestra. Do join us in St. Mary’s Church, Orston for what promises to be a great concert in aid of church funds, at 7.30pm on Saturday 8th June:

You can purchase tickets in advance from Jules Humpheson (contact details above) or on the door. We look forward to seeing you there!

Orston Art & Craft Fair, Saturday 6th July

And then the second Orston Art & Craft Fair is on Saturday, 6th July, 10am-3.30pm, in St. Mary’s Church. Buy attractive local art, craft and gifts; enjoy delicious refreshments and great live music; win on the raffle; and support your local church family too – sounds like a great day!


Our Regular Service Pattern – do join us to worship:

Ash Wednesday and Len

Sermon Recordings

Our Sunday sermons are normally recorded, so that you can catch up with them whenever you wish, if you miss a service, or would like to listen to them again. Click here to access them all – they are uploaded a short time after each week’s service.

Our Children and Families Ministry

Our toddler and baby group runs on the first, third and fifth Thursdays of the month (in term-time) in the Thomas Cranmer Centre, Aslockton, 10.00-11.30am. Come and have fun with us!

Here’s our 2024 spring-into-summer schedule…

‘First Things’ Prayer

On the first Sunday evening of each month, we meet alternately online, or in person, to pray in an informal style. Do join us as we listen to God, and intercede to Him for whatever is on our hearts.

Our next meeting is on Sunday 2nd June, from 7.30-8.30pm, online, on Zoom. You can join us via this link, or using the Meeting ID: 842 9351 5200 and Passcode: 132242. We’ll particularly be praying about the forthcoming General Election – we look forward to seeing you online then!

Online Morning Prayer

To join us for Morning Prayer on Zoom, on Wednesdays and Fridays 9.00 – 9.45AM, click here (meeting ID: 871 4296 0181; passcode: 363519). Please note that there will be no Morning Prayer on either Wednesday 3rd or Friday 5th April; we will be back on Wednesday 10th April.




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.

With every blessing,

Rev. Tim Chambers
The Cranmer Group

Phone: 01949 850523

Mobile: 07946 526569


Alternatively, do please contact our Benefice Administrator, on 07733 985985 and at



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 takes 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. All of our parishes within the Group have formally adopted and implemented The House of Bishops’ Safeguarding Policy, ‘Promoting a Safer Church’. Our safeguarding policy and practices are available here.

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.