Vicar’s leap of faith to raise funds for Blofield Church

15:36 21 August 2012

Rev Paul Cubitt, the vicar of Blofield St Andrew and St Peter

Rev Paul Cubitt, the vicar of Blofield St Andrew and St Peter's Church, and his son Oliver, who will be sky diving out of a plane in aid of church funds. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

Archant Norfolk

He is used to climbing church towers, but this week a vicar will face a challenge which takes him to new heights when he takes part in a skydive.

The Rev Paul Cubitt and his son, Oliver, 16, will each take part in an tandem skydive at Beccles Airfield on Friday.

Mr Cubitt said: “Our church warden, Sue Shillam, had the idea and wrote on my Facebook wall. By the time I had seen it, my son had said that he would do it as well so I couldn’t say no really.

“I was stitched up – I had no choice but to say I was up for it. I am going to wear my dog collar when I jump.”

All donations will help pay for repair work to Blofield Church.

Earlier in the year, English Heritage granted £99,000 to the church to pay for work, but when it was inspected, more problems were found. The church now needs to raise around £40,000.

Mr Cubitt, who lives with his wife, Clare, in Oakwood, Blofield, anticipates the repair work will begin next spring.

The father-of-two said: “Part of my nature is to give anything a go.

“I go up and down church towers on a regular basis and I don’t particularly like looking over the edge.

“I am sure that after the jump, I will think it was brilliant . Oli is really looking forward to it. ”

Oliver, 16, who collects his GCSE results from Thorpe St Andrew School on Thursday, hopes to study A-levels at The Norwich School in September.

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  • his church netted 90 grand or more recently from the lottery.just how much do they need?

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    Tuesday, August 21, 2012

  • The Rector of All Saints, Belton, Rev Rosie Bunn, performed a sky dive on 17 August to raise funds for our church. She should be thanked for this act,

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    Stephen Wassell

    Tuesday, August 21, 2012

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