Saint Andrew’s is the Parish Church of West Dereham and is in the Diocese of Ely. Saint Andrew’s is recognised by many groups such as English Heritage as one of the most important medieval churches in the UK. It is a gem of a church set on a small hill to the north of the Fens. It manages to combine its historical importance with its role as the spiritual centre of the Parish with obvious style. Its bright clean interior leads you to contemplation and is perfect for quiet reflection and prayer.
Saint Andrew’s has a lively welcoming congregation who meet every Sunday to worship the Lord. We are in a Benefice with three other parishes - Denver, Ryston with Roxham and Bexwell. Each Parish has its own personality and is worth a visit. Denver has heating and tremendous Bells, Ryston is set in the grounds of Ryston Hall, an unspoilt jewel and Bexwell is a lovely church set in a small village with links back to the RAF in world war two and beyond.
Saint Andrew’s is probably in the best condition since the 16th Century and has survived the collapse of the roof in 1902 the tower roof leaking in the 1990’s, windows blowing out in gales and horror of horrors LPG gas heating.
All these set backs have now become history due to a huge effort of restoration which has led to Saint Andrew’s being the centre of Village life and with its links to the village Parish council and village hall means we now have coordinated events and access to modern facilities and support from all of the village.