Hempstead lies about two miles south-east of Holt and has around 130 full time adult residents and some 20 children and young people. Although it no longer has a shop or public house, its close proximity to Holt and the North Norfolk Coast means that all amenities are within easy reach. The houses are very varied with many traditional brick and flint cottages, so familiar in Norfolk, and some larger fine houses together with some modern houses and bungalows. Tthis mix of property works well together bringing charm and interest to the village. Some of these cottages are second homes/holiday lets.
The village is surrounded by footpaths which are well walked, and bring visitors passing through the village, and there is a small Caravan Club site on one of the four farms surrounding the village. Many visitors return regularly and some even end up moving to the village on retirement because they have been made so welcome here. Many residents are retired professionals who bring a wealth of experience to the village that is often called upon when community projects are being undertaken.
There is a strong sense of community within the village. The existence of the well-used and much-loved village hall which is run by a Management Committee elected from interested village residents helps this. There is an annual Hog Roast, a Quiz night, occasional concerts, and a Grand fête which is a joint effort with the PCC and the proceeds shared between the Church and the Hall. There is also a thriving bi-monthly play-reading group, a weekly Art class, a Film Club and a monthly coffee morning which is a convivial opportunity to meet with friends and neighbours. The hall is available for hire and is used by residents for family gatherings and children’s parties. North Norfolk District Council also hire it as a polling station.
There is also a 200 Club that is well supported by village residents, the profits from which are used for the upkeep of the churchyard. This is a village with much to offer and the church has a central place in village life.
All Saints' Church.