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 Sunday Services

For the rest of August and September, our Cranmer Group Sunday Services will continue to be only in our three largest church buildings, Aslockton, Orston and Whatton, all at 10AM (with coffee, tea and biscuits after):

29th August – St. John of Beverley, Whatton – Holy Communion (BCP)
5th September – St. Mary, Orston (on this Sunday only, coffee from 10am; service starts at 10.30am)
12th September – St. Thomas, Aslockton – Café Church is back! – coffee and bacon cobs from 10am; service starts at 10.30am
19th September – St. John of Beverley, Whatton – Baptism Service, with short Holy Communion afterwards
26th September – St. Mary, Orston – Baptism Service, with short Holy Communion afterwards

We’re continuing to maintain social distancing, and please also remember to bring your face covering with you. However, there’s no longer any need to book your place for our services. Many thanks in advance for your help with all of this.

But if you don’t manage to join us for our services in person, they’ll be posted a short time after the service on our YouTube channel – do catch up with them here.

And then we’re going to be launching a new service pattern from October onwards across the whole Benefice – details to come here very shortly!

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 – to join our September meeting, which will be a week later than usual, at 8pm on Sunday 12th September, click here (meeting ID: 891 4598 1249; passcode: 976207).

Online Morning Prayer

To join Morning Prayer on Zoom, Wednesdays & Fridays 9.00-9.45AM, click here (meeting ID: 871 4296 0181; passcode: 363519). However, we’re taking a short summer holiday break from Morning Prayer, and are back again on Wednesday 8th September.

Private Prayer

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

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, 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.