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Young winners, memorial service, pilgrimage invitation

Latest news of interest across the Diocese of East Anglia includes young prize winners, a FEPOW memorial service and a Suffolk pilgrimage invitation.

The East Anglia Province 27 Winners of the KSC 2023 Nativity Scene Painting Competition received their awards of certificates, cash prizes and copies of their entries at school before half term. Entries were received from the Catholic Primary Schools of St Mary’s at Lowestoft, St Mary & St Peter Gorleston, St Edmund’s Bungay (Group A)  and St Augustine’s Costessey, Norwich, (Group B) (pictured above). 

These schools are also entering the current KSC Lent Scene Painting Competition, working to a March 15 deadline.

Five youngsters in the Parish of Our Lady Star of the Sea, Lowestoft also received awards for their Christmas photo winning entries and are entering the Easter Digital  Photo competition in March with photo opportunities being offered by Lowestoft Knights at church after Mass, by permission of the Parish Priest.

To obtain information about KSC Youth Competitions please contact Bro. Christopher Brooks, Past Provincial Grand Knight Tel: (01502) 563208 or email:

An Ecumenical Far East Prisoners of War (FEPOW) Memorial Service is set to take place at Our Lady & St Thomas of Canterbury in Wymondham which houses the official FEPOW memorial, on Sunday May 12 at 12:30pm.  

Norfolk Deputy Lieutenant Lt Col Ian Lonsdale will attend the service and will lay a wreath.  The speaker this year will be Jane Flower, FEPOW historian, whose father as CO of the 9th Northumberland Fusiliers was himself a FPOW.  She has a wealth of experience in researching FEPOW matters. All are welcome to attend. More details from Peter Wiseman on 01953 604144.

‘In the footsteps of Suffolk Saints Edmund and Botolph’ is a pilgrimage for anyone irrespective of beliefs.   It starts on May 4 at Dunwich and ends on May 9 at Bury St Edmunds at the ruins of the Abbey of St Edmund where there were shrines to both saints. The pilgrimage builds on those previously held to follow the journeys of the monks who founded the Abbey.  Fr Mark Ashwood said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for reflection, prayer and meeting others.  Being relatively new to St Edmund’s parish, I have been delighted to be part of the discussions to bring people together on a common purpose no matter what their beliefs are.  Pilgrimage is inspirational – we can find out more about ourselves and others.  It will be special for our Diocese because the final stages will involve a visit to St Edmund’s Church for prayer and veneration of a relic of St Edmund.” 

Full details of the pilgrimage can be viewed at and there will be a Zoom meeting for final questions and answers in April but there is a requirement to commit by March 11.  Any queries about the pilgrimage can be directed to Fr Mark at or John Saunders

Pictured below is a sculpture of St Edmunds. Picture by Giselle Whiteker.