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.

Our Regular Service Pattern – do join us to worship:

Thy Kingdom Come

I said in our services this last Sunday that over the coming days we’re joining in ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ ( – the global wave of prayer between Ascension and Pentecost, calling all Christians to pray in particular for more people to come to know the love and peace of Jesus Christ.

We have a series of services and times of prayer across the Cranmer Group’s churches, and online, between Ascension Day (this Thursday, May 26th) and Pentecost (Sunday, June 5th) to help us all do just that, and especially to spend time in God’s presence, in prayer. Do join us for as many of these times as you can:

Ash Wednesday and Len

Our Children and Families Ministry

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

‘First Things’ Prayer

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

However, exceptionally our June meeting will take place not online, but in person, and slightly ahead of our normal schedule – as part of ‘Thy Kingdom Come’, we’ll meet in person to pray, at 7.30pm on Sunday 29th May, in St. Thomas’ Aslockton. Do join us then!

Online Morning Prayer

To join Morning Prayer on Zoom, Wednesdays & Fridays 9.00-9.45AM, click here (meeting ID: 871 4296 0181; passcode: 363519).

And, as we move forward with wise caution, and 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.

With every blessing,

Rev. Tim Chambers
The Cranmer Group

Phone: 01949 850523

Mobile: 07946 526569

Alternatively, do please contact our Benefice Administrator, on 07526 603766 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 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.