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Local minister named retailer of the year!

The Revd Andrew Bevan, is a Self-Supporting Minister, who also runs a retail business in Brundall.

On Tuesday 5 March his team were named as Broadland Retailer of the Year at The Broadland and South Norfolk Council Business Awards ceremony at Norwich Football Stadium. They were also a Finalist in the Small Business of the Year category.

The judges recognised the team’s community involvement and care of those who visit the shop.

The Revd Andrew Bevan said: “For many years as a family business we have tried to support our local community and to be a central part of village life. We have always provided a friendly welcome and extended the hand of support and friendship. Since my ordination in 2019 many visitors to the shop appreciate the opportunity to share their concerns and to seek a pastoral ear. This is not provided just by myself but by the whole team. It is wonderful to be a visible minister in the community, enabling both those familiar with Christianity and those less so, the opportunity to speak in confidence and to seek prayer support. It helps to break down some of the invisible barriers to church life and demonstrates the Christian Gospel message is accessible to all. I do sometimes get some strange looks from new customers who find it a little strange to be served in a shop by someone wearing a dog collar!