Two churches in the Diocese are set for a major cash boost as the recipients of the Norfolk Social Infrastructure Fund.
St Mary Magdalene Church in Gorleston has been awarded just over £38,000 for work towards a new kitchen, chairs, and
accessible toilets to expand their community offer.
The Revd Matthew Price, Vicar of St Mary Magdalene, said: “We were absolutely delighted to hear that we had been awarded a grant. When we re-opened the church after the initial lockdown, we received temporary permission to remove our pews, primarily to enable social distancing. But it also opened up new opportunities for our work in the wider community – we have already launched a new baby and toddler group using the space, our community lunch has expanded into it and it gets used as a games space for our Friday evening youth club. The grant will enable our worship space to be properly developed into a multifunction space, including a new kitchenette to provide hospitality and a cafe area. The grant will also enable the long-overdue refurbishment and updating of our toilets and the creation of a fully accessible toilet. Mindful of the General Synod’s target that all parts of the Church be ‘net zero carbon’ by 2030, we are also taking the opportunity to introduce some insulation into our building. We are so grateful to the Norfolk Social Infrastructure Fund for enabling this work.”
All Saints North Church, North Runcton has also been awarded nearly £8000 for much needed modernisation works. Churchwarden Ken Matthews said:
“Fundraising has been hampered by the pandemic so we are very pleased to be granted this excellent award to take us close to the position where work can commence. The project includes connecting the church to a mains water supply, the provision of an accessible toilet plus a kitchenette. They will not only provide an enhanced environment for worship but also open up the opportunity to hold social and educational events such as classes for local schools under the ‘Inspired Classrooms’ initiative. All Saints’ is steeped in history and the plan is to make this known on a wide scale to firmly put North Runcton on a ‘must visit’ list.”
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