the Bishop of Richborough, the Rt Rev Norman Banks, leaves the ferry. Pictures: Paul Tibbs

A special ferry trip across the River Great Ouse signified the start of a new journey for a West Norfolk parish church.

St Peter’s in West Lynn has now joined All Saints’ Church in King’s Lynn, both headed by parish priest Father Adrian Ling.

On Tuesday, along with Father Joshua Bell and the clergy of All Saints’, Fr Ling crossed the river at Lynn to attend a Service of Welcome at St Peter’s.

They were joined by the Rt Rev Norman Banks, Bishop of Richborough and West Norfolk Mayor and Mayoress Geoff and Rose Hipperson.

They were welcomed at West Lynn by churchwardens Jane Atwell and Cassie Saunders.

They proceeded to St Peter’s where Fr Ling was presented the keys of the church.

He said: “It was lovely. We had around 100 people at the service which was really nice.

“Both churches have a similar outlook and although St Peter’s has a small congregation, they are extremely enthusiastic.”

St Peter’s, which currently remains locked during the day, will be open for mass every Sunday at 9am and also 11am at All Saints’.

Both churches will be open for Heritage Day on Sunday, September 15. 

“This is a first for many years,” said Fr Ling. “These fascinating churches are well worth a visit. It will be a wonderful opportunity to see  St Peter’s. It’s really beautiful  with its medieval roof.”

He added there were plans for St Peter’s to hold events.

He said: “I look forward to putting the church back into the heart of the community.”